Claudia Strasser is the author of Paris Flea Market Style. It's a lovely book about french interior design and bargain hunting in Paris. I've been reading her blog The Paris Apartment for more than 5 years and I love how upbeat and fun she is. Recently Claudia kindly sent me a signed copy of her new book to giveaway on gardenrooms. To enter simply leave a comment below and be sure to check out her wonderful website here. I'll annouce a winner on Monday, thanks for playing !
a little peek inside via my iphone. thanks for stopping by.
Hope your weekend was special. We had a great one and I am beyond thankful for girls & gardens. This week I have a very cool giveaway. Claudia from The Paris Apartment sent me a copy of her new coffee table book for one lucky reader. It's so beautiful and her voice in the text is lovely. I'll post that on Wednesday, but for a little peek at the book now go here. Until then...
1.2.3. sidewalk chicken coops. 4. my garden girl 5. flowers at ava jeans 6. dinner with my girls.
This year May 12th is the day we set aside to pay homage to Mothers everywhere... In recognition, I've found three lovely food gift ideas below. Yesterday I listened to an interview on NPR with Michael Pollan about his new book Cooked. In the interview one of the things he touched on was how important it is to teach our children how to eat, to buy foods, and to prepare foods. While I listened, I was surprised that cooking meals in America is uncommon with the availablity of processed foods and that it's been like this since I was a child in the 70's. Families thought fast was easy, not really understanding that gathering together for a homemade meal was/is a overlooked and under appreciated luxury. I'm happy there's a food movement going on today that brings families together and makes cooking from scratch a positive. Nothing says I love you and care what you're eating more than a home cooked meal, even if it's breakfast for dinner. Happy Mother's Day.
I am loving the weather this week as it warms up the Pacific NW. Here are photos of recently enjoyed things. I visited my youngest at college and had a wonderful time, the energy of people that age is contagious. Hoping you all have a great weekend and happy gardening.
daisy (bellis perenis)
elinor's garden, we took out her lawn last year and planted perennials.
humoring her mama by trying on her great aunt's dress from the 50's. perfect fit. thanks for stopping by gardenrooms.
The days are filled with things to do, I made time today to smell the flowers and bake a little.
1. black & white dogwood photo 2. white dogwood tree 3. stone containers @ sevendee's 4. vinatge clawfoot tub from aurora mills 5. bushtit nest on the buddleia tree 6. white buddleia tree 7. banana bread
3 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons of butter melted
1/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking 'soda'
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
mix well - very spongy texture, pour into bread pan(s) & bake at 325 for 1 hour, check at 45 minutes.
I've wanted to post about a few very nice places to shop, in person I've been loving maven collective. Their tag is 'a gathering place for vintage + handmade goods'.
so far we've found a mid century modern chair and a small bathroom cabinet for a bathroom we just built out. of course i'm also drawn to the handmade soaps, plant hangers and live little plantings throughout the large space.
I've been traveling the last few weeks for work, home again now and much to be thankful for. Here are some recent photos. Hope you're all enjoying Spring of 2013.
1. egg press 2. simple home 3. elliott st. 4. viburnum 5. german chamomile & strawberry 6. vanilla african marigolds, natural bug repellant 7. mollusk surf shop san francisco 8. new faux lawn in sf 9. with fencing. thanks for stopping by gardenrooms.
I had a fun time in a friend's garden yesterday while he tidied up and planted some new things for the season. We also walked down the street to admire Melody's adorable kid friendly garden. Here are photos of my time in SE Portland gardens with Rand. Thank you both for the garden therapy & inspiration!
The girls had their Spring break last week so we had some fun around town scouting ! Stopped in at the Woodsman market for lunch before Easter, the flowers there were glorious. We also ate at their new Italian restaurant Ava Genes's one evening. The little gem salad was amazing, it's dressing infused with lemon and garlic and the pasta ragu melted in our mouths. No room for dessert !
1. house redo in mid century modern furniture from here. 2. bougainvillea on the porch 3. flower craft 4. Alison's magnolia 5. turquoise blue metal chair 6. salad @ outerlands SF 7. Bison golden gate park