Tuesday, March 23, 2010

While you wait.

South Central, Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Event :: Heath Wedding Lounge

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the boy and I wandered down to Heath Ceramics' Los Angeles outpost to check out some great food, drink and other goodies at the Heath Wedding Lounge. No one over here is making wedding plans, but that didn't mean we couldn't check out samples of all the elements to a great party. With wine from Domaine LA, food from Heirloom LA, desserts from Cake Moneky and lots of other goodies. I fell totally in love with Cake Monkey's roasted apple tarts, and the lovely, lacey table setting on the patio by Gilly, using all-white flowers, Weck glass jars and carafes and, of course, amazing Heath Ceramics tableware.

See the full set of photos from the event over at my Flickr photostream.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Kitchen theme: yellow.

I've always been notorious for my love of color in the kitchen-- I think I am influenced by my father's obsessive purchasing of second-hand Pyrex bowls in bright solid colors. I know I am certainly influenced by what we'll call his "collecting spirit" -- otherwise known as the pack-rat gene that flows from the Wright side of the family.

Over the years I've added an array of Fiestaware to the four-color starter set I was given at the age of 18. I've had red tea kettles, turquoise tea kettles, and a line up of bright vintage mugs and tea cups. But more and more, I find myself falling into one, main accent color: yellow.

Why yellow? I wish I could say. I would have never called it a 'favorite' color, but I seem to be drawn to it more and more. The yellow vintage 3-tier kitchen cart and yellow vintage Cosco stool? I saw them on the side of the street and make an extremely quick U-turn. Vintage yellow Mikasa dishes designed by Ben Seilbel? Totally irresistible. Yellow vintage Bauer Pottery flower pots found in a friend's grandmother's garage? Mine. And it's all just fallen into place from there.

Maybe yellow is the ugly duckling of colors. Maybe it's the golden glory of a bygone era-- my childhood was also full of that classic 70's color-scheme: brown, orange, yellow and avocado green. But I've come to appreciate it for what it is: a welcome splash of brightness.

That said, here's out latest addition... The Livestrong tea kettle from Chantal. It was an investment, but I expect it to last for years.

Here are some other lovely yellow goodies I've scouted from Etsy... enjoy!

Yellow and White Cathrineholm Lotus Pot

Vintage Letter C is for Canvas {and also 'Charlie'}

hand built porcelain jug


vintage flour sifters

Vintage American Family Scale - yellow - 25lbs

Cast Iron Skillet - Lemon Yellow Enamelware

Let The Sun Shine In - screenprinted poster