Carson Ellis’ HOME at Nationale

Carson Ellis’ HOME at Nationale

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There are few artists that tug at my heartstrings like Carson Ellis. I’ve mentioned my fondness for artwork that reminds me of childhood, and Carson’s does that — but for a childhood that’s not mine. Her love of Russian culture and artwork and the Pacific Northwest loom large in her style and subject matter and, despite having never been my childhood homes, they feel comfortingly familiar and welcoming. Her latest project is a book of illustrations dedicated to the idea of home. Home, which will be out on February 24th, is Carson’s celebration of her love of drawing houses and buildings, with a unique spin on looking at homes in whimsical places, like underwater or in space. What always strikes me the most about her drawings is the attention to detail. Each home illustration has a specific plant, pet, textile or furniture detail that always feels like precisely the right choice for that space.

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Prior to the release of her book, Carson is having a show comprised of original illustrations from the book at Nationale, an excellent gallery in Portland, OR. The show just opened this past weekend and, in addition to showcasing the original drawings, Nationale is also selling print-versions of Carson’s artwork for purchase. Each of these limited edition prints will be available through the gallery through March 16th, so if you’re in town be sure to check them out. You can also check them out online and email Nationale to purchase. xo, grace

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Life & Business: Gitte Christensen of Objects & Use

Life & Business: Gitte Christensen of Objects & Use

Life & Business: Objects & Use

With more and more controversy (and attention) around how our clothes, housewares and everyday products are made, companies with good ethos (think Madewell) are becoming more and more popular, which is pretty awesome — and exactly what Objects & Use is all about.

Gitte Christensen’s heart “beats for sustainable design.” She is the owner of Objects & Use, an online shop and blog which fuses green living with environmentally-conscious home and lifestyle products. With a background in fashion as a designer for large Danish fashion houses, Gitte has a keen eye for trends and continues to work as a stylist, photographer and trend consultant internationally. She has a passion for innovation and helping affect consumption and design for a better world. And though her focus is on the future, today Gitte’s hitting pause to chat with us about why it’s important to not follow a plan (I’m all about burning your business plan) and just do it! —Sabrina

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Butterflies in Wood: A Tradition + Trend Coming Back

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Butterflies in Wood: A Tradition + Trend Coming Back

One of my favorite aspects of design is seeing how trends come and go and come again over the years. Decorative details that have their roots in the distant past come back in cycles as newer generations discover them and fall in love for the first time. We’ve seen this happen with so many design patterns, colors and techniques, but lately it seems that butterfly joints have become a go-to detail in the woodworking that fills shops and online stores everywhere.

A butterfly joint is a traditional joint used to connect wooden boards or prevent further splitting in already damaged boards. There are few skills and trades as old as woodworking, but its recent resurgence in popularity (in both professional and hobbyist forms) means that people are rediscovering techniques and tools with fresh eyes. I’ve enjoyed seeing butterfly joints pop up in just about every form, from functional uses in furniture to decorative metal detailing in high-end pieces and cutting boards. Whether you’re learning about butterfly joints for the first time or are continuing to enjoy their beauty and function, I hope these pieces will inspire you to try them in your home. Click through for 15 beautiful examples of butterfly joints in contemporary wooden designs. xo, grace

*Want to try making your own? Check out these two tutorials to learn.

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Life & Business: Judith de Graaff

Life & Business: Judith de Graaff

Life & Business: Judith de Graaff

As a freelance designer and illustrator myself, I resonate with a lot of what graphic designer, art director (and green thumb) Judith de Graaff has to say. Being a freelance creative means wearing many hats (sometimes all at once) and learning how to compromise between client wants and what you think is best. And on top of striking that tough balance, Judith had to manage all of this and run her own creative business while learning the local language. Having grown up in The Netherlands, Judith up and moved to Pairs, France just over 13 years ago for a job and, after quickly learning how to speak French, she’s since made quite a name for herself as a designer, a founder of Urban Jungle Bloggers (one of my favorites!) and proud owner of a gorgeous home and studio (which we featured just a few years ago). Today, Judith is chatting with us about negotiating, the importance of side projects, and making the world more beautiful. —Sabrina

Photos by © The Joy of Plants, © Ikea Family Magazine and © Judith de Graaff.

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24 Hours In Jackson Hole Update: The Winter Edition

24 Hours In Jackson Hole Update: The Winter Edition

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter EditionOne of my favorite things about these City Guides is seeing how much they change over the years with the ebb and flow of time. Stores open, stores close; cities develop and grow, and sometimes they even stay exactly the same, quaint as can be. Just over two years ago, Meagan Murtagh, blogger behind The Egg Out West, put together her Jackson Hole City Guide for us. Since then, a lot has changed in this great city and a lot has stayed the same but one thing is for sure, this valley city in Wyoming is a different place in the winter than it is in the summer. So today Meagan is back to share her Jackson Hole winter city guide! –Sabrina

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A Bright and Beautiful Home in Nashville

Caroline's father built this bookcase for them. They've mixed vintage pieces and art with modern ones. It's styled without being overdone, too busy or too sparse.

A Bright and Beautiful Home in Nashville

I think there’s something to a well-styled home. It has to feel finished, full and lived-in, but without so many things that the beauty of the pieces gets lost. It needs a good balance of intentional styling and casual living. This 1920s Nashville, TN home styles modern-minimal and eclectic-vintage with a refined eye. I can’t get enough of it.

Stylist and photographer couple, Caroline and Clark Brewer, are Nashville natives and high school sweethearts. They bought their 1920s home three years ago in an unfamiliar neighborhood. “It is an older area with lots of Victorian and craftsman-style homes, which are very charming and full of character. We really never even knew it existed, but when we started house-hunting we fell in love with the area. The neighborhood has really taken off since then with new restaurants and coffee shops popping up all over the place,” Caroline says. Their house was move-in ready and easy to make their own right away. “We added our touch with wallpaper and paint colors which, to our amazement, revolutionized the feel of the space,” says Caroline.

Clark and Caroline have taken their professional work home when it comes to creating moments within the space. Their composition throughout the house is on-point. Each room is filled with layers of colorful art and objects paired with subdued walls and plenty of white accents. Vintage and modern details meet seemlessly while natural light and architectural elements give this pretty home even more dimension and character. Caroline says, “My main goal was to create a space that really felt like home, a cozy haven for us to rest, relax, and be inspired. We have some big, longterm dreams of adding on and possibly building a studio garage in the backyard, but for now, our small home has all the space the two of us need!” —Lauren

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Eclectic Glamour In Laurel Canyon

The living room. Most objects are vintage or part of Sabin's own line of furniture designs.

Eclectic Glamour In Laurel Canyon

The Los Angeles apartment that designer Sabin Ousey rents with his two roommates is, not surprisingly, very much in-line with the aesthetic of his own furniture — a mixture of new and old, romantic and bold, the familiar and the exotic. A resident of this particular apartment for four years (and the building itself for eight), Sabin has had ample time to cull a highly personal aesthetic, one that both complements and playfully contradicts the formal qualities of the space. Overall, the three-bedroom’s decorative scheme reads as an exercise in studied maximalism: a combination of luxe appointments, rich materials, and contrasting sizes, shapes, and textures. Sabin has drawn from numerous geographic and historical sources and dotted the space with various curiosities and objects of naturalia — a modern-day Kunstkammer of sorts.

In addition to the apartment’s beautifully eclectic aesthetic (one that Sabin’s friends joke has become almost like a “showroom” for his designs), the space came fortuitously outfitted with amenities most renters would be jealous of: two working bars (one in the living room and one in the TV room), a large open-air deck, and tall windows with views of the Hollywood Hills. “I probably can’t ever move,” Sabin jokes, “seeing how rents are only getting crazier in Los Angeles!” Not that he would ever need to — the spacious home seems the perfect space for relaxing, entertaining, and gatherings of good friends. —Max

Photos by Sharlene Durfey.

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An Indianapolis Home Designed with Family in Mind

Penelope and Colin painted their bedroom 3/4 gray and 1/4 white. Penelope explained, "The room was really just a box with no architectural detail at all, so the paint adds a little interest. The headboard we actually found next to a dumpster in our neighborhood! After a super-thorough cleaning (a few of them, actually!), we brought it in and intended to paint it, but we ended up loving the unfinished, rustic look."

An Indianapolis Home Designed with Family in Mind

When illustrator Penelope Dullaghan and her husband Colin first saw their Indianapolis home, it was anything but love at first sight. “I took one look at the overgrown bushes, gold paint in every room and dated paneling and walked out,” Penelope explained. But with a little persuasion from Colin, Penelope saw the home’s potential and a little less than two years ago, they moved in. Along with their daughter Veda and family pet, Vince, Penelope and Colin have spent the last year and a half falling in love with their 1949 limestone ranch while they make changes here and there to make it feel like home.

In addition to removing the home’s dated paneling (and the peach-and-maroon bathroom), Penelope and Colin added decorative molding, built-in shelving, fresh paint and storage solutions to help their home not only suit their style, but their daily, real-life needs. With a little help from Penelope’s enviable thrifting skills, the family was able to fill their home with pieces that have history and keep some great pieces out of landfills. While their to-do list is still stocked with ideas and projects around the house, Penelope, Colin, Veda and Vince now feel cozy and at home and love taking walks around their neighborhood and enjoying their river-view from the back windows. Thanks so much to this family for welcoming us into their home today. xo, grace

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A 1960s Cottage in Western Australia

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A 1960s Cottage in Western Australia

After years of moving once a year throughout Australia, Hayley and Chadd Kessner put down roots in Byford, in western Australia, which has been home to Hayley’s family for decades. Hayley’s grandparents were some of the original settlers, so raising their two sons Jaspa (age 10) and Sascha (age 9), their daughter Scarlett (age 3) and their Great Dane, Behemoth, in Byford was important to Hayley. Though their 1960s home is small at just over 1,000 square feet, Hayley, an interior designer, stylist and maker, and her husband Chadd, a construction manager and registered builder, have worked together to make the cottage work for their growing family. Complete with a white picket fence, the Kessner home is a place where they can feel safe and express themselves. Instead of focusing on following trends, Hayley’s aim is to encourage everyone’s comfort. “I wanted this home to be an expression of me and my family…[It’s] a little bit quirky, and always pushes the boundaries just a little,” she says. No matter the day, you can always find the Kessner family sitting in their backyard with the music turned up, working on a renovation project, or simply just enjoying. –Sabrina

Photography by Heather Robbins

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Valentine’s Day Downloads + Best of the Web

Valentine’s Day Downloads + Best of the Web

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For this Valentine’s Day, we decided to team up with Isabel Davis from 9th Letterpress to create downloadable love notes you can send (or sneak install on their phone!) to your friends, family and loved ones! Flowers, candy and gifts are great, but sometimes a little surprise note is all you need to make someone’s day. Want to download a little love? Click here to download the full set. Best wishes for a wonderful Valentine’s Day! xo, grace

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In the Kitchen With: Valeria Necchio’s Polpette di Baccalà

In the Kitchen With: Valeria Necchio’s Polpette di Baccalà

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This week’s recipe is all about nostalgia for me. One of my best friends lives in London. Originally from the Veneto region, I used to visit her often here in Italy before she moved. During these visits we spent our time enjoying all the treats her mother turned out of the kitchen, and even more around town. Venetian-born, London-resident food photographer and writer Valeria Necchio fits my friend’s same profile. Every time I see Valeria’s Instagram feed, I miss my friend and the great food from the Veneto region, so I thought it would be great to invite Valeria to share a bit of her culture. She chose polpette di baccalà, cod fritters. The recipe uses salted cod, a common ingredient in Venetian cuisine, so leave yourself a few days for soaking. -Kristina

About Valeria: Valeria Necchio is a food and travel photographer and writer of Venetian heritage. A curious eater and keen home cook, she shares her cooking endeavours on her blog, Life Love Food, punctuating her stories with bright images shot in her tiny, yet very well lit, London apartment. Valeria’s work has been featured on a number of online and print publications, including Food52, Kinfolk, Die Zeit and Chickpea Magazine. She is a food columnist for leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Find her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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Behind the Bar: Prairie Rose’s Long Kiss Goodnight

Behind the Bar: Prairie Rose’s Long Kiss Goodnight

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Prairie Rose, the author of Bit By A Fox cocktail blog, is back with us for this month’s Behind the Bar. In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, she has developed a cocktail called the Long Kiss Goodnight, based on an exchange about using some seasonal citrus, and something I already had on my bar cart, such as the Buffalo Trace bourbon we used in the Lutheran. I hope you all have a long kiss goodnight this weekend!  -Kristina

About Prairie Rose: Prairie Rose is a New York City-based cocktail blogger, events producer, cocktail creator and gal about town-er. She has received formal training in wines and spirits through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as informal training in her “cocktail lab” (aka, her tiny kitchen) and on the floors of New York’s most popular venues. She is an avid user of Instagram. You can find her previous cocktail, the Brighton Beachcomber, in our archives.

 

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Eulogizing a Home: How to Say Goodbye to a Place With Memories

Eulogizing a Home: How to Say Goodbye to a Place With Memories

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In some homes, the soul of the space has been lovingly crafted over time. The memories we make there, bit by bit, laugh by laugh, with some heartache thrown in for good measure, make it seem inconceivable to ever abandon the house itself. We say that it’s the memories and people that make a home, not the things in it or the structure itself, yet when we’re forced to leave a treasured home behind, it doesn’t merely tug at the heartstrings — it damn near severs them.

I’ve left old apartments behind before, and while I was sad to leave certain aspects (this balcony was the best!) or bemused with some observations (it looks so much bigger in here without my furniture), I never anticipated the mourning that ensued when we began the process of selling my parents’ home in Arizona.

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Home Ec: How to Get Stains Off Of Your Porcelain Sink + Tub

Home Ec: How to Get Stains Off Of Your Porcelain Sink + Tub

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One of the oddest things I discovered when we moved into our house upstate was a series of hazy blue stains on just about every porcelain and tile surface. From sinks and toilets to the floor of the shower, there seemed to be a bright blue stain that, to me, looked like toothpaste had been sitting there for 40 years. I’d never dealt with copper pipes before, so I didn’t know they left blue stains, and I tried just about every cure under the sun until I found a simple vinegar trick that got rid of them in a hot (literally) second. So for today’s Home Ec post, I decided to tackle the stubborn sink and tub stains. From rust and lime to copper and calcium, these tricks will have your sink shiny and clean in no-time. Stay tuned for more cleaning tips for non-porcelain next week… xo, grace

*Image above, Alape Bucket Sink at Rejuvenation Home

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Before & After: Christina’s Kitchen

The kitchen, before & after. Read on for the full project...

Before & After: Christina’s Kitchen

This morning’s first makeover was a triumph of DIY and today’s final makeover is also a testament to the power of slow-but-steady work, done by hand. Blogger and digital strategist Christina Brown bought her first home last year with her fiancé and they have been slowly rehabbing it entirely on their own over the past year. Last week marked a huge milestone for the couple, as they finally finished the first floor of their home! Their kitchen and downstairs living room are now complete and they finished a wide range of projects. From start to finish they: repainted the entire house, kitchen cabinets and hardware, laid down maple veneer flooring in the kitchen, retiled the kitchen backsplash, built a breakfast nook with storage (outside of the kitchen) and built a huge industrial shelving unit for open storage in the kitchen. Any one of these would make a great difference in a home, but all of them together make for a truly beautiful space and I’m so happy to share photos of their home on DS today. Click through to check out the before & afters! xo, grace

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