Spotted: Oversized Cotton Pendant


Scandinavian blogs get me every time – full of monochromatic, minimalist homes that are as inspired as they are light-filled. And in my weekly check-in with a few of my favorite reads, I kept spotting the most stunning statement pendant in various homes across the pond. Naturally, I had to find out more!:


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It’s In The Details: Multiple Lighting

Image via Nordic Design

Whenever I spot a design I’m head over heels for, I’ll catalog the image for inspiration to reference in the future. Yet sometimes, months later, I’ll find something that a few images all share in common. In this case? Multiple lighting hanging in an unexpected way.

Image via Desire to Inspire

Whether you choose to get the look with a clustered pendant or you simply DIY a version by hanging a trio of individual pendants, the design can elevate nearly any space. Bedroom, dining room or living room – you name it, the look works.

Image via Nordic Design

A good excuse to go big or go home, yes?

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The Importance of Art

Art can make or break a space, as evidenced in the below photo of Blunt’s creative office in London:

The piece was commissioned by artist Ian Stevenson and provides a clear example of how art (especially art with a sense of humor!) can add layers of design depth to any space.

Without this witty piece, the room would feel somewhat sad and empty, but now that it’s coupled with the simplest of art (no more than a canvas and a handpainted message), the space sings.

I’m feeling a DIY coming on… anyone else? ;)

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Kinfolk, a guide for small gatherings…

photo by Youngna Park

Kinfolk (so aptly named) is hands down my favorite online magazine thus far. Volume One came out over the summer and I was instantly in love with the concept, photography, and design. Not sure why I didn’t write about this earlier, but perhaps because I was waiting for the printed version to arrive. Yes, Kinfolk is also a quarterly print magazine as well! In this day and age, I have to admit, I still love to hold a book in my hands… be able to flip through my favorite magazine, and not just “swiping” each page with a trackpad. So when the printed copy of Kinfolk arrived on my doorstep the other day, I was most delighted. If you think it’s gorgeous online, wait till you hold one in your hand. The quality of print and design is exceptional. And oddly enough, what I love most is the serene feeling I get as I turn each page. Makes you appreciate life, the beauty of gathering, and spending alone time. Volume One is now available with a limited reprint, so hop on it!


photo by Michael Muller


photo by Michael Graydon


photo by Hilda Grahnat


photo by Lisa Warninger


photo by Andrea Cheng

{ all images from Kinfolk Volume One }


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What I saw in… Hearst Castle.

San Simeon State Park / en route to Hearst Castle

Have you ever been? It definitely wasn’t all that I had expected. Even though I’m a modernist and minimalist at heart, I can certainly appreciate the history and grandness of the Hearst Castle. Just the ride up to the Castle will take your breathe away. Talk about a long-term collaboration, the construction of the Castle was a 28-year project, maybe even more, between the famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Did you know the architectural style of the Castle was inspired by Hearst’s European travels with his mother when he was a boy? The main house towers were inspired by a Spanish cathedral, guest cottages reminiscent of the Mediterranean, a Roman temple front and columns that anchor the outdoor pool… Can’t even begin to describe the massive European and Mediterranean art and antique collection. It literally covers just about every wall and room (and there are 165 rooms in total!). You have to see it to truly appreciate Hearst’s love of collecting. I was in complete awe.


Casa Grande / the main house


side view of Casa Grande / entrance to wine cellar


Casa del Monte (House of the Mountains) / “House B”


Billiard room / Flemish tapestry from 1500


tiny glimpse of the kitchen / look at that oversized mixer!


Neptune pool / how great is that pattern?


Roman pool / 1″ square mosaic tiles decorated the walls from floor to ceiling

{ all camera phone images by Peggy Wong }


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