Friday Finds

March 14th, 2013

Hello hello and happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Do you celebrate? I always make the classic corned beef dinner and spicy mustard, so I’m looking forward to the traditional feast! I’ve spied some lovely links online this week so here’s another round of spaces and articles to enjoy this weekend. 

I really loved Michelle Adams NYC apartment feature in the March issue of Lonny.

march lonny

 

The Spring Issue of Sweet Paul is also brand new and as always filled with glorious recipes and inspiration.

sweet paul raspberry swiss roll

 

I’m not setting a St. Patrick’s Day tablescape this year, but if I was, it would be fun to do it with these green and gold favorites. 

st patricks day table

dinnerware / napkins / diy celtic tablecloth / hammered goblets / gold flatware

 

Two very cool ceramic studios I discovered while browsing on Etsy:

ceramics on etsy

 Pigeontoe Ceramics and Ingleside Pottery

   

And a few other posts I enjoyed this week:

Nate Berkus has a new TV show

The prettiest 600 square foot condo in Montréal

Over 100 designer’s tips and tricks

Very cool houses on wheels

The 96 year old (with 7 decades of experience) who shares marital advice

The power of “I don’t” versus “I can’t”

A tantalizing tour of Les Madeleines (I also sampled a few in January, yum!)

She refuses to be airbrushed

She gets to be his mom forever 

  

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! I’m finishing up my daughter’s room, stitching up some curtains for the closet and a few pillowcases too, I’ll share it all on Monday!

 

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day,

irish kate

 

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Branches in Bloom

March 13th, 2013

I’ve been feeling run down this week, disorganized, overwhelmed, out of sorts, and irritable as a result. One of the things I’ve learned about myself is in those moments, I need to step away from the things that cause strife and take a moment to seek serenity. Often I find it by sprucing or cleaning around the house – clearing out clutter and cleaning the countertops. Adding something fresh from nature always helps.

I read a great quote from Barbara Barry last week (one of my favorite designers) and she said, "To me it’s easy to be a designer. You just look outside and half your job is done for you."  How true is that?  I too am so inspired by nature, and I never tire of the organic shapes and color palettes that nature reveals with every season.

Spring comes a little earlier where I live (please don’t send me hate mail) so I popped into my local florist to spend a few dollars on some branches in bloom. The different varieties of quince and cherry and magnolia come into the shops from the San Francisco flower market and now bring a welcome dose of spring to our home. 

blooming branches in vases

 

Here are a few more of my favorite images of branches in bloom – proof that when  inserted into simple vases or vessels, any interior is instantly brightened. 

magnolia woodwoolstool

Wood Wool Stool

  

branches in bloom martha stewart

Martha Stewart

 

white cherry blossoms gardenista

Gardenista

 

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