secrets from a stylist

Friday, February 25th, 2011


So I’ve been uber excited about a recent photo project with the talented Emily Henderson. If you recall, last year she won Design Star which in turn won her her own show, which she’s been filming (and man has she been busy). The new show Secrets From a Stylist premieres this weekend (Saturday night at 9pm on HGTV). Where do I fit in? She wanted help documenting her ‘afters’ so I’ve been shooting each space as she finishes it!

These images are a sneak peek from the first episode that hasn’t aired yet. She created a ‘hollywood regency/country club’ inspired living room in a great home in the hollywood hills. This was the second place I shot and it was so different from the first that I just know this season is going to be amazing. I’ve now seen 6 of the afters (including Joy’s place) and we are all in for a treat. Expect more images over on emily’s blog as the season progresses.

Watch the show Secrets From a Stylist: Saturdays at 9pm on hgtv.

At Home in Alaska

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


Thought I’d share some pictures of my family’s house in Alaska. They built the house 28 years ago and, as you can see, it’s made of logs. The inside is warm and comforting and filled with artwork and textiles from their travels abroad: afghanistan, mexico and asia.

It was perfect for my second trip up to Alaska, due mainly to the fact that E and I are breaking up after 5 years together. I went up to be taken care of, to be outside and to be comforted. It was a lively house with all 3 of of my cousins, aunt and uncle, 2 dogs and 3 cats. I’m glad I took the time to indulge in trip #2.










Summer Travels

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A week ago I was at the Ace in 109 degree weather by the pool. Now I’m in Alaska (yes, again) fresh from a camping trip with my cousins in Denali National Park where we saw bears, wolves, eagles, moose, caribou and loads and loads of striking landscape. Anchorage has been clear the last couple of days so I’ve soaked in some stunning sunsets and views across the cook inlet. Summer is rolling along bringing change and some space. Back to LA soon enough.

Springville

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Took a road trip recently with some friends looking for a wedding venue that’s on the rustic side. We were looking for a barn, but didn’t find quite the right one. We did, however, get to spend the day in Springville, CA. We found a little burger place to eat at and had deep fried mushrooms and onion rings. It was hot and we had a great time.





I’m getting excited for summer road trips, picnics and popsicles.

The images above are the Springville Ranch but the barn unfortunately isn’t available for rent.

Lego Land

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010






I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my love of miniatures and dioramas here. Well a trip to Lego Land last week totally reignited the passion. So. Awesome.

Sunset Trip Archives

Monday, February 1st, 2010


Speaking of Sunset, have you guys cruised all of their Western Trip Destinations? I get lost all the time dreaming about the gorgeous places they feature. This year I’ve been dying to get more travel in, so I’m bookmarking some of my favorites. Among them Fall California Trips including a trip up the 395 to the Eastern Sierra (pictured). This is one of my favorite drives and in the right season camping near lone pine is absolutely magical. I’m also really raring to go to some of the National Parks I haven’t seen yet.

Here are some other favorites. I’m planning to sit down with a calendar and plan in some trips so the year doesn’t escape me!

9 Great Fall Trips in the NorthWest

Plan A National Park Tour including Golden Season in Yosemite (which I caught last year, spectacular!)

Palm Springs: Rent a House, Not a Hotel Room. I also did this last year and it was awesome.

6 Winter Escapes that look serene and gorgeous.

Portland Pistils Nursery

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


I didn’t expect to find so much garden inspiration in Portland but the city is literally teeming with little boutiques, nurseries and beautiful gardens. I’ll need to go back in the summer to experience their world famous rose gardens. Pistils Nursery in the NE is a tiny place chock full of interesting terrariums, indoor plants and, in the back, they raise chickens and have a whole selection (of largely dormant) plants. It was a sweet place that definitely inspired me to bring more plants inside, ater all, if they can grow inside in the middle of a winter in Portland then surely I can grow more in sunny Socal.






You can find out more info on the Pistils Nursery site and Sunset where they did a whole article on the nursery and their Urban Homesteading.

Portland Stumptown Coffee

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Portland was amazing. I’ll be posting about my finds over the next week, but suffice it to say, that town knows how to eat. Mix that with cold weather and grey days and I’m in heaven. I loved local roaster Stumptown Coffee. Sure it’s hip and all the locations are super cool, but it’s just a really really good cup of coffee and it felt more relaxed than either Intelligentsia or Blue Bottle. Plus, no jitters!


I drank it every day and was tempted to buy a bag to brew at home. But I opted not to, so that it would remain a special treat when I visit Portland.

Going To Portland Plus Links

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

A quick update before I leave for Portland for the weekend to visit friends (let me know if you have recommendations!):

I’m still surrounded by boxes, though we’re making progress. I’m replacing the pendant above the dining room table by myself today and have a couple hundred projects on deck.

So that I can close some of the tabs on my computer, here are links I’ve kept open because they make me so happy:


Gorgeous black kitchen from moline on flickr


This incredibly vibrant yet sophisticated living room from h4ndz on flickr.


Rebecca just moved here from Paris and she’s selling her flat there. Who’s with me?


I’m in the mood for some bread and maybe when I get back from Portland I’ll try my hand at this no knead stuff.


It is my goal in life to make things look as beautiful as this cheese spread from Sunday Suppers

Have a great weekend everyone!

Favoite San Francisco Spots

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

So last weekend, before I got sick, I was in San Francisco for a wedding. I had a whole morning to myself and packed a lot in. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities: it’s beautiful, it’s got the kind of weather I love and it’s filled with so many possibilities for food and flavor that it boggles the mind. I basically ate my way through that morning:

First stop, blue bottle, an independent coffee roaster and quite the hip little place. It’s the Bay Area’s Intelligentsia (if you will):


Just take a look for yourself, the space is gorgeous: high ceilings, lots of natural light, a minimal interior, and…


these things. I don’t know what they’re called (siphons?). But gosh aren’t they interesting in a turn of the century TESLA kind of a way?


Also, the best latte I’ve ever had. It was smooth like hot chocolate but still very much coffee. I’m a dedicated sugar adder and I didn’t need a single grain of sugar to drink this mother down.


I was also starving so I ordered what they call a gravis murphy: baked potato with some of the potato scooped out, filled with scrambled eggs and topped with cheddar cheese. Delicious. And easy enough to make for a brunch (maybe a christmas brunch that’s casual?).

Next up, Miette Confiserie et Pattisserie:

I went by their stall at the Ferry Building and decided I needed to see the real shop so I went over to their Hayes Valley Locale and was not disappointed.



The shop is styled as an old fashioned confectioner: a cross between main street USA and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yes!

They’re known for the Macarons (I think) but I opted instead for some of their cookies (chocolate chip and lavender shortbread) and an old fashioned cupcake. Delicious.


I promise I ate lunch soon after this, but I forgot to take a picture: it was an apple, walnut and bleu cheese salad and it was good. So good that I decided I needed a little bit of ice cream to finish it off. So off I went to the Bi Rite Creamery in the mission.

Bi Rite is a creamery that produces small batches of ice cream using local/organic ingedients whenever possible. I was tempted to get a more unusual flavor like balsamic strawberry or creme fraiche but opted instead for what I was craving: cookies and cream and coffee toffee.


The weather was perfect so I walked with my cone and checked out all the people doing the scavenger hunt along Valencia (I think it was organized by 826 Valencia). It was lovely and then it was time to go to the wedding.