Lifestyle

ASTIER DE VILLATTE FRENCH CERAMICS

By this point you probably know a bit of a collector.  I always joke about my borderline hoarder tendencies, which started with a flat file of paper products and quickly escalated to cupboards brimming with tea cups, plates, and silverware.  Most of it is inexpensive bits and pieces I picked up on ebay or thrifting, but some of my favorites […]
Read Full Post

FRENCH STYLE LINENS BY MERCI

Merci is my favorite shop in Paris, without a doubt.  It’s one of those spots built for window shopping.  Three stories high and filled with natural light, it has a fantastic array of local designers, special collections, vintages pieces, and practically anything from 3 euros to 3000 euros. I always stock up on inexpensive keepsakes to bring back to friends […]
Read Full Post

WOODEN TASTING SPOONS FROM LEIF

How cute are these?? If you really wanted to romance me, you’d give me a bouquet of wooden spoons.  Well, then follow it up with a bouquet of peonies because I’m pretty sure ladies universally love peonies, but regardless the bouquet of wooden spoons would be noted and appreciated. They’re simple and utilitarian, absolutely useful (along with whisks and chef’s […]
Read Full Post

VINTAGE SILVERWARE

I guess I should say “silver plated flatware,” but you get the idea. If you’ve been on my blog before and noticed my photography, you might have also noticed the propping, and that I love things with a patina, character, or that just look old.  Scratches, splotches, a little wear and tear – it all points to an item that’s […]
Read Full Post

SURFACES: MY CUTTING BOARDS

I’ve been fussing over what I put my food in for a while. Is it the vintage white bowl or the modern white bowl? A gold Zara Home spoon or a deco silver-plated spoon? But I’ve been giving one of the most important aspects of my food photography short shrift: the surfaces. The feeling you get from the combination of […]
Read Full Post

VINTAGE FIESTAWARE

This is another one I borrowed (I promise! I’m dropping it off tomorrow, mom!) from my mom’s kitchen.  Her vintage fiestaware has so much deco flair: the bright, vibrant colors; the geometric shape. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with them, and they’re a testament to my mom’s fantastic taste.  Fiestaware still exists, but you can find vintage pieces on […]
Read Full Post

CHAMPAGNE COUPES

Flutes are the current style for sipping bubbly, but I just love love love the old fashioned coupe style of glassware.  There’s something extra luxurious about the bubbles tickling your nose and they make much better models for burlesque dancers to bathe in. The origin story behind these lovely, voluptuous glasses is a bit…ahem…titillating. Apparently they were modeled after Marie […]
Read Full Post

BLUE MASON JARS

When I was a little girl, I used to love collecting sea glass on my family’s trips to the beach. Those bleached out colors and textures were so pretty on my bookshelf, and I guess that’s what drew me to vintage mason jars at first.  They have a weather beaten quality that adds a bit of character to their prettiness.  […]
Read Full Post

AFTERNOON TEA WEEK: VINTAGE TEACUPS

I was raised with, let’s say, an alternative vocabulary. My sister Amanda, who’s only 14 months younger than me, completely missed out on this, but for some reason, sponge-like and impressionable, I absorbed all of my mum’s Aussie lingo. Singlet instead of tank top, lippy for lipstick, “how you going” replaced “how are you doing”, and cup of tea was […]
Read Full Post