Page 1

OC TOB ER 20 08

fellow *

des i gn an d sty le for an yon e seeki ng a li fe wel l-li ve d.

we say

san fransico* out & about

Inspired style *

hello again!

jamie drake

colors like no other

street wear you can live in!

In every issue: What we’re seeing Where we’re going What we can’t wait to get our hands on!

plus

the list!

everything tables: our side of the story


Fellow* Magazine is an online publication created and produced by a real-life working designer seeking to deliver the side of life filled with beauty and style to everyone - not just a select few. Fellow explores a life well-lived regardless of geographic location, financial aptitude, or social affiliation - all without the air of elitism found in other design or shelter magazines. Our contributors include design enthusiasts from all walks of life - because at the core of Fellow* - we believe a life filled with beauty and style should be attainable by all.

october ‘08*


I believe that everyone deserves a life infused with beauty and style. I often encourage my clients to be bold and embrace color. Far too often I believe that people are genuinely desirous of color but are simply afraid to make a commitment to something that they may think is not the safest choice. To these clients I say, Pish-Posh to neutrality! After all, it is only a gallon or two of paint, right? But I have a confession to make: I live mostly in a world of white. My walls (after testing seven minutely different shades) are the perfect white (powdered snow), all of my linens (a mix of high-end Italian linens and bargain basement finds) are white, and my dishware (vintage Bauhaus and modern-day porcelain) is white. I even have an entire drawer dedicated to napkins in an array of sizes; every single one of them is white. I am the poster child for all things white! Why do I love white the way I do? I believe for me it comes down to this: At the end of the day - barraged by infinite sources of stimulus - I enjoy coming home and wrapping myself in a cocoon of peaceful, tranquil, white. It has this magical, calming, effect on my psyche. It's as if I live inside one big nerve pill. This isn't to say that I dislike color. On the contrary, I love color. Buttery yellow and silvery lilac are my current favorites. In my kitchen alone I have had green cabinets, black cabinets, turquoise cabinets, and even Hermes orange cabinets. (Yes, I had the box color-matched) But each and every time I finished painting them the color du jour, I sat back and stared dissatisfied. Looking back, I think somewhere in my head I believed that in order to truly be an "individual" and have "my own style", that somewhere in the equation I needed to have something unmistakably "James" that said This is who I am. Why I settled on turquoise cabinets is beyond me. In the second issue of Fellow*, we bring together not only bold, bright, and colorful products, but also the people whose keen understanding of looking differently at things resulted in pure perfection. From Karen Combs, who creates stunning wall coverings by harmoniously marrying themes that seem poles apart, to Michael McHale, who creates glimmering light fixtures with frames that are quite unexpected, to Jamie Drake, who can conjure up a space so beautifully vibrant that you know he sees things differently than the rest. And who could forget Torryne Choate, whose foresight to see possibility in newsprint landed her an esteemed clientele. We can look to Bunny Williams' wisdom in her debut advice column for Elle Decor in February 2001, where on the topic of decorating one's home she says "Stop worrying for a moment and take a hard look at what you like, how you live, and how you want your house to feel. In other words, get to work on your style first.� After all of my color trials and tribulations I have settled, happily, into my world of white bliss. It turns out that I really didn't need kitchen cabinets that screamed "look at me". The reality of the situation is simply, that I needed to look differently at the definition of myself and my style. I invite you to do the same.

Welcome *

James Saavedra

CREATOR FELLOW* MAGAZINE & DÉCOR FELLOW THE BLOG


fellow*

OCTOBER 2008

We love us some color! jamie drake

pg.35

pg. 62

note worthy a must have to make you effortlessly chic* finally, someone says

“whatever, Martha!”

What we are perusing starts pg. 6

Inspired style* pg.14 color cravings

pg.30 On the cover:

Prcelain glove molds from bluebellbazaar.etsy.com

san pg.44 francisco* LATTE ART @ BLUE BOTTLE PG. 19 FELLOW* OBSESSION: PORTER TELEO PG. 35 Q & A WITH JAMIE DRAKE

WELCOME

PG. 40 ROOM SERVICE: CHRISTINE’S HOME,SWEET, HOME

PG.1 CONTENTS

PG. 44 FELLOW* PLACES: SAN FRANCISCO

PG. 2 CONTIRUBUTORS

PG. 59 THE LIST: EVERYTHING TABLES

PG. 3 DÉCOR FILE: FROM THE INSPIRATION PILE

PG. 62 MUST HAVES: NOTECARDS

PG. 6 HAPPENINGS: WHAT WE’RE PERUSING

PG. 65 OBJECT LESSON: WINE GLASSES

PG. 11 SCOUTING: MERCADO

PG. 67 EASY PLEASING: A FEAST IN MINUTES

PG. 14 INSPIRED STYLE: SANNA

PG. 74 WELL LIVED: THREE FANTASTIC LADIES

PG. 18 FELLOW* FRIENDS: KIRSTEN’S OFFICE

PG. 80 LAST BUT NOT LEAST: A CARD WITH SOUL


fellow*

OCTOBER 2008

Design enthusiast Meghan Bunting has an eye for detail and a love for all things pretty. Currently residing in Seattle, she spends her time decorating her lovely but tiny apartment, traveling and enjoying all the delights Seattle has to offer. Meghan, a Fellow* reader & new friend poured over the pages of Fellow* to fantastically edit our copy.

Writer Erin Loechner launched award-winning blog Design for Mankind in mid-2007 in an attempt to bring light to the inspiration found in today's creative culture. Through photography, product design, style and craft, Erin is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the emerging art and design community. Although she thoroughly enjoys her work, she admits to not possessing a single creative bone in her body! As she says, "In my case, those who can't do, blog!� Erin also helped edit this issue of Fellow* www.designformankind.com San Francisco florist Torryne Choate has called the city by the bay her home for over 17 years. When she is not working away in her shop, Birch, Torryne is out and about gathering inspiration from all the city has to offer. Torryne, a Fellow* reader helps us see San Francisco through the eyes of an inside and contributes to this month’s Fellow* Places. www.birchsf.com

Special thanks: Karen dela Merced, Jamie Drake, Cara Brugnoli, Alexis Stewart, Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, Emily Reaman, Karen Combs, Micheal McHale, Jody Guarlnick, Susie @ SCALO/GUYE, Kirsten Grove, and many more.

contributors 2


décor file: from the inspiration pile Bunny’s Beat debuted in the Feburary/March 2001 issue of Elle Décor and explored the issue of personal style based upon wisdom from Bunny Williams. In the beginning passages of deciding on how to decorate one’s space Bunny states: “Stop worrying for a moment and take a hard look at what you like, how you live, and how you want your house to feel. In other words, get to work on your style first.” We could not agree more. Before you ask your decorator what he or she thinks is right for your space you must know what is right for you. How can your designer bring forth your vision and execute it to perfection if you have not connected to what that vision is in the first place? Bunny continues on to offer suggestions on where to find inspirations and muses for your personal style. Travel. Go to Museums. Visit a showroom or two. Look in your own closet at the very least.How you dress your body is a good indication of how your room might express itself. In the end Bunny says, “There are no firm rules about what goes together and what is right or wrong- if there were every room would look alike”. That would be so boring.

3

We agree with Ms. Williams. The perfect style for any room is on that reflects who you are and how you live.


fellow envy! (image:www.fineliving.com/ martha stewart omimedia)

so good it hurts . so go od it hur ts. so good it hurts . so go od it hurts . so goo d it

Let’s face it,we have ALL watched Martha Stewart and at one point or another and rolled our eyes in condescending disbelief as if to say “yeah, right”. We, at least, are only distant viewers of Martha’s penchant for perfection but imagine what it must be like for those closest to the queen of Omnimedia? Whatever, Martha!, on Fine Living Network, answers this question and more as Alexis Stewart (Martha’s daughter) and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt (daughter of Charles Koppelman, executive chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) say what is on the tip of everyone’s tongue as they watch vintage episodes of Martha Stewart Living. Commenting on everything from Martha’s flirtatious moments during a blow-out with Frederick Fekkai to the ubiquitous use of only “a few simple ingredients” Jennifer and Alex offer up candid and brutally honest entertainment. We wish we could curl up on the sofa with an extra dirty Kettle One and chit chat the night away with these two ladies about living the life with Ms. Martha and a slew of various other issues-- like can you really see Russia from Alaska? Do you really mean “call me” when you say it? While the grass is always greener on the other side, we are still green with envy. Whatever, Martha! Is a weekly unscripted show on Fine Living Network www.fineliving.com/tv

4


fellow envy!

(image:www.katespade.com)

so good it hurts . so go od it hur ts. so good it hurts . so go od it hurts . so goo d it

a must see!

We admit it: we are smitten. Perhaps, slightly obsessed with the behind-thescenes look at one of fashion’s top design studios. Take a peek Behind The Curtain of Kate Spade and you will a bevy of fantastic gems and a mountain of visual inspiration. From the happenings in the studio to the events they are attending, Behind The Curtain offers us a glimpse into a world that we secretly want to belong. What are our Fellow* favorites? We adore the desktop profiles of Kate Spade wonders like Ruth Parsons, the fantastically talented visual director; the downloadable wallpapers, the customized Mix Tape sound track (we’ve had it on repeat at the office for days!) and the exhaustive list of all things loved by the Spadians.. Ok, so we love it all but can you really blame us? It just so happens that we Fellows* happen to love the same wallpaper as those behind the curtain. (www.katespade.com/info)

5


(imgae:amazon.com)

What we’re perusing We know you are itching to get your hands on this one! Domino: The Book of Decorating offers you how-to advice and insiders' secrets from today's top tastemakers to help you create the beautiful room you have been craving. The magazine’s editors take you room by room, highlighting the best ideas from domino magazine and sharing personal insights from their own experiences. This is a must have for anyone’s library. Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2008)

so many good reads this month!

Ina Garten, can blend effortless style and fantastic food with ease. Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is the essential Ina Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style. Chocked full of nearly a hundred new recipes, Ina helps you create fantastic meals without any stress. We are looking forward to the question and answer section comprised of some of most commonly asked questions, which is included in this volume. Exactly what is GOOD vanilla? Now how bad could that be? Clarkson Potter (October 28, 2008)

(imgae:amazon.com)

Oh Mart ha! People often forget that Martha Stewart began her career working as a caterer. We have all seen Martha in the kitchen whipping up some delicious feast with only “a few simple ingredients” and thought to ourselves- “easy for you to do!” With Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, its like getting private culinary lessons from Martha herself at your side. Ok, well almost. For cooks of all levels, Martha teaches you, simple, basics like how to properly hold a chefs knife to making the perfect pot roast. ( We for one eed to brush up on our basic baking techniques so you can bet we will be buying this one.) Also included in this must have edition are cost saving tips for those looking to trim the fat off their budget but still eat impeccably well. It is certain to be filled to the brim with stunning photographs and gorgeous tablescapes worthy of the Martha Stewart seal of approval. Really, is there anything she can’t do? We say no. Clarkson Potter (October 21, 2008)

6


The Regency period in England is considered one of the most sophisticated and refined moments in design history. In America, the Regency revival took hold in Hollywood with the film sets of the 1930s and ‘40s. Designers and architects to the stars such as Billy Haines and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings made a mark with their work for the Hollywood elite. With a forward by Kelly Wearstler, Regency Redux is a designer’s dream. Rizzoli (October 21, 2008)

(imgae:amazon.com)

What we’re perusing

WAITLISTED With Tory Burch and Lela Rose as clients, you can bet Celerie Kemble has the right equation for a fresh approach to traditional interiors. Celerie’s philosophy is all about blending classic beauty with comfort to achieve a home that is tasteful and, truly, livable. Like the title says, Celerie Kimble: To Your Taste, this book will give you the inspiration and know-how to take Celerie’s examples and add your own sense of style to create uniquely personal and original spaces. ClarksonPotter (November 4, 2008)

7


What we’re perusing Sangria, Serrano Ham, Manchego and Architecture? This is but one possible combination should you be attnding the World Architecture Festival in Barcelon this October. The festival celebrates the world’s finest work from the world’s greatest architects. We are most interested in the Studen Charett (which means an intense period of design activity, FYI) a competition between six international architecture schools who will be competing to redesign an industrial complex site in Barcelona in only 36 hours! Octber 22nd-24th, 2008

OVER DESIGNED Kenneth Brown visits one, lucky, overzealous homeowner who has taken a design motif and put it on overload. Using his chic design sensibility, Kenneth turns these rooms into inviting and livable spaces for everyone to enjoy, while continuing to honor the homeowner’s personal style and passions. We love that Kenneth is tackling this one and restoring great design to people’s lives. Check out tlc.com for local times

www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

VANI TY, VANI TY Sponsored by Burberry, Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 will make its only U.S. appearance at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art) beginning October 26th through March 1, 2009. The magazine’s first major exhibition will bring together its historic archive of vintage prints with their contemporary counterparts. This collaboration between Vanity Fair and the National Portrait Gallery of London will feature works from photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Lebovitz, Herb Ritts and Bruce Webber. Just to name a few. If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles or anywhere near by this is a must see. Image: lacma.org; Edward Steichen, A Much Screened Lady—Gloria Swanson, 1924,© Condé Nast Publications Inc./Courtesy George Eastman House.

8


What we’re perusing Image:itunes.com

Sonya Kitchell first garnered peoples attention at the age of 16, when she recorded the album Words Come Back to Me. Now at 19, Kitchell gives listeners a seemless blend of folk and pop with her latest album This Storm. Kitchell’s voice is complex and full of wisdom beyond her years taking the listener on an intimate journey of smoky intrigue from an emerging artist to insightful singer and songwriter.

sonya kitchell

“I want people to feel excited when they hear the album" Kitchell says. "That ecstatic, elated feeling you get when something is so good that it makes you want to listen to it over and over again. I hope to create music that has as much of an effect on others as artists like Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Leonard Cohen had on me. I know that's setting the bar very, very high but that's my goal.” September2, 2008・Decca

Our favorite track is robin the snow!

Image: amazon.com

check this out, too Otis Redding delivers pure, soulful, magic with Otis Blue. Tracks included on this album are “Respect”, the Stones’ “Satisfaction”, and Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come”. If you are thinking about listening to a little Otis Redding, this is a great place to start. 1966 Electra/Wea

9


3. 1. 4. 5.

2.

Where we’re going Fellow* found its way to DIFFA LA at the Los Angeles Mart. We saw a lot of visual goodness paired with design inspiration. With our iPhone in hand here are a few of our favorites. Clocwise top to bottom1. David Stark for Benjamin Moore; 2. David Rockwell’s FAB knitted table; 3. Kravet’s Colorful Lucite chairs and table; 4. Marie Antoinette inspired table by Seyie Putsure; 5. Kelly LaPlante’s Eco Couture Table for Lexus Hybrid Living; 6. Kelly La Plante, Sara Kelly, Taylor Simmons

6.


What we’re scouting

décor fellow is on the hunt for fab finds! these are some gems he has spied these are some gems he has spied décor fellow is on the hunt for fab finds! If you couldn’t tell from the colorful paper decorations that fill this storefront window, Mercado isn’t just another trendy boutique. We discovered this gem on our way to meet a new upholsterer in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction. It was the tissue paper balls that piqued our interest and drew us in but it was the sophisticated mix of modern, vintage, and worldly goods that kept us hanging out for hours. Founded by prop stylist and art director Michelle Weaver, and her partner Chelsea Iovino, an L.A. based veteran fashion stylist, Mercado’s carefully edited assortment reflects their unique point of view and everything is something that they would happily purchase for friends, family, or themselves. We love that Mercado not only offers chic. fashion forward, home goods and accessories- available at every price point (our love of the high/low mix)- but whether you’re there to pick up a hand-printed notecard or one of their fantastically reworked vintage furnishings your shopping experience will be pure pleasure without any of the pretense that can be commonly found in other boutiques of the same caliber. (We chit chatted with Michelle about upholsterers, upcoming art exhibitions, and stylish maternity frocks!) With an ever-changing landscape of fabulous finds we find this is one spot we will keep coming back to time and time again. MERCADO:

11

3517 W. Sunset Blvd.,Los Angeles, CA. 90026 323.662-2600

inside the super chic boutique Mercado


we want this!

What we’re scouting

dĂŠcor fellow is on the hunt

fantastic pierced lanterns from Egypt $425.00 small/$2500.00 large Katherine Pradeau leather bag ; Paris $580.00 each

beaded cuff with Swarovski crystals; Paris $360.00 each

Lokta paper pillows; Nepal $69.00 small/$89.00 large

12


What we’re scouting

décor fellow is on the hunt

fair trade baby toys!

You’ll find plenty of good things inside Mercado!

even chic things for fido 13

vintage chair with African block print textile $1150.0


Inspired style * Straight from the pages of the super fab STYLE DU MONDE…we find inspiration on the streets and deliver it to your door.

nana, antwerp

14


Inspired style * What can we say about Nana other than we totally dig her style. We love her combination of color and textures that say she is playful and spirited. From her beaded bracelet, to her knitted sleeves we adore all the little details that infuse Nana’s ensemble with vivid personality. She is whimsical and modern at the same time and the incorporation of charcoal gray tell us she is a little classic at her core. We take our cues from Nana for her dining room, a place where she can be interactive with her guests and really showcase the best of style and personality. We mix playful pattern and bright colors with modern classics like Carerra marble, fine china, and formal flatware.

we asked Acielle We asked Acielle, creator of STYLE DU MONDE, a few questions about why she picked Nana, Here is what she had to say. “I found Nana on my very first Style Du Monde trip to Antwerp. Her outfit immediately caught my eye with the bright colors, the layering and the playful accessories. I always had a fascination for Tokyo street style so I just had to ask for a picture.”

This room is sophisticated fun at its best.

nana, this is your room *

15

www.styledumonde.com


3 1

2 6 5

8

9

4

7 10

Inspired style *


Lucite chair with printed graphic; www.kravet.com

Inspired style *

we adore these new Lucite chairs from Kravet! Offered in an array of colors these chairs are the perfect mix of modern and classic.

We love this mix of basic china with fine china

8

Longcham Crystal; www.horchow.com

Saarinen dining table; www. dwr.com

we want a square top! nana, this is your room * 17

LEFT TO RIGHT, CLOCKWISE: 1. NEPENTHEAN GLASS; SELTER WATER GLASS; CANDY DISH GOBLETS; ALL ANTHROPOLGIE.COM 2. CRYSTAL LIGHT FIXTURE; HORCHOW.COM 3. SUZANI DESSERT PLATES; ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM 4. METAMORPHOSIS BY RAYNAUD, BLOOMINGDALES.COM 5. TEA SERVICE; HAVILAND 6. CLOTHESPIN CHOPSTICKS; CB2.COM 7. PEGASUS FLATWARE; BLOOMINGDALES.COM 8. SYRACUSE DINNERWARE; HORHOW.COM 9. EDGE DINNERWARE; CB2.COM; 10. PHEASANT NEEDLEPOINT OTTOMAN; ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM


We love it when you share. Fellow* friends is all about seeing how you take our expertise and make it your own. Its about seeing how you live and you design.

fellow friends *

we’d love to work here! A long time reader of DÉCOR FELLOW, and our fellow friend*, Kirsten Grove, shows us that your work space can be multi-functional and super chic. Kirsten’s choice of bold graphic prints and crisp, clean white set the perfect tone for a space where anyone would feel at home. We love the gallery wall of artwork and the addition of a piano--just in case Kirsten’s in the mood to play a few keys! This is one space we would be happy to work 9-5 in. Kirsten says: “I wanted to make it a warm space with pops of personal touches and I wanted to mix traditional pieces with more modern pieces. I chose to paint the walls a medium shade called Silver Sand.I love kicking my feet up in this room!” Kirsten, we would love to join you.

got something to share that is décor fabulous of your own? email us at decorfellow@mac.com 18


fellow* obsessions we know a goodie* when we spot one…two…or three! one look and we were hooked.

a m a n

crazy for rococo Artist Karen Combs once holed herself up in her studio for two straight months. (The impetus came to her after falling in love with a Chinese scroll painting at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.) When Karen emerged the result was a fifty-foot paper scroll of her own design and a new mantra of repetition, rhythm, and color. This was the beginnings of NAMA ROCOCO, a hand-made artisan offering of bold, beautiful, and sensuous wallpapers that ebb and flow like the notes in a symphony. It’s an apt description because Karen believes that wallpaper, certainly, can be musical and her passion for all thing hand-made is a key element that she infuses into her daily life. Just like the seemingly dichotomous name, NAMA ROCOCO (Nama is Japanese for raw) Karen likes to play with things that may at first seem disparate but in the end she marries them into stunning harmony. Certainly, these are not for the faint of heart nor the meek but if you are anything like us and can devour beauty for breakfast then, my fellow* friends, these beauties are for you!


fellow* obsessions

Patterns - Top left, clockwise: Tokyo & Vine; Sixty-Eight; Serious Bokay; Little Butterfly Loop; Random Geometry www.namarococo.com

let’s see you rock this one!

20


fellow* obsessions NAMA ROCOCO SINGLE SHEETS! PEOPLE TAKE NOTE

ht i

o s s i s

How many times have we come across a wallcovering that we just fell in love with and HAD to have, only to find that the minimum order was a trillion yards or umpteen double rolls. Alas, our dreams are shattered. Not with Nama Rococo. Their sheets are available individually or in groupings. It doesn’t get better than this for those on a conservative budget or those with limited wall space and, perhaps, fear of committing to the entire wall. (How can you be afraid with these papers?) What we love most about the single sheet is that it allows everyone with a penchant for exquisite beauty to have a piece of high-end artisan artwork. This follows our core philosophy at Fellow* that everyone deserves a life infused with beauty and style. We, for one, cannot understand why more companies don’t offer single sheets. So whether you’re looking to make a stroke of bold color or you are going for the gusto…Nama’s got you covered. above: french dot single sheets; right: chateau 66

* w lfe lo


SHINE WITH MICHAEL McHALE

fellow* obsessions

When you first lay eyes upon the creations of Michael McHale the message is clear: this is glamour. Major. Dripping with the finest Swarovski crystals and glimmering just right you instantly become entranced and almost miss the real genius these fixtures hold. Almost. McHale chandeliers use materials that you wouldn’t associate with a high-end product. His creations utilize ordinary materials such as brass pipes, plumbing fittings and even low wattage refrigerator bulbs. Most of these materials come with a patina that reminds you of the many years of use these materials must have endured and, whenever possible, McHale makes sure that these time-worn gems are reclaimed, coming from various sources like the Katrina building sites in Mississippi and Louisiana. Think of McHale chandeliers as industrial glam with a soul. Though Michael has no formal training in art or design (He’s a former entertainment lawyer go figure!) he has a his eye on the bigger picture and shares a philosophy that we whole heartedly believe in. Michael explains: “ To have a chandelier that communicates glamour and elegance, but is also, upon second glance constructed out of relatively ordinary materials…that is very compelling, I think. The message is that beauty is all around us: in hardware stores, in basements, everywhere. It just has to be harnessed in the right way.” We think Michael brings that everyday beauty to light with perfect execution. www.michaelmchaledesigns.com

Above Left- 3 bulb outdoor chandelier; right-Michael McHale;

22


fellow* obsessions 5-Bulb Compact ChandelierApproximately 9” x 9” $2290. Swarovski Crystal Edition $1499. Czech Crystal Edition *custom sizing available

The Billiards ChandelierApproximately 31” x 35” $9900. Swarovski Crystal Edition $6880. Czech Crystal Edition *custom sizing available

gorgeous! 4-Bulb Linear ChandelierApproximately 25” x 4.5” $2499. Swarovski Crystal Edition $1,699. Czech Crystal Edition *custom sizing available

23

To order or for more information: info@michaelmchaledesigns.com


fellow* obsessions

above: cracked ice pattern

painted table the beauty of dish studio 24


fellow* obsessions stunning! we love this swirl of green.

When painter Judy Guralnick stumbled upon unglazed Italian ceramics the heavens opened up and beauty was born. Based in Aspen, Colorado, Dish Studio offers artistic, hand patterned, painted, glazed and fired dishware bearing Judy’s brightly colored designs. Each piece is unique both front and back. Judy says: “I delight in the differences in every place setting, so that each stack of dishes, each place at the table, has its own poetry. No two are exactly alike.” We are enamored with the combinations of lyrical patterns and vivid colors. Plus, each piece is dishwasher safe! Should you want to set a stunning table these are pieces that would certainly do the trick. Prices range from $100. for a tumbler to $200. for a 12”

25

www.dishstudio.com


fellow* obsessions

alex & felix alex & felix; copyright SCALO|GUYE Gallery and Courtesy of SCALO|GUYE Gallery

26


fellow* obsessions

We discovered the dream-like photographs from Swiss duo Alex and Felix at the fantastic SCALO|GUYE Gallery on trendy Robertson boulevard .Their specialty is emerging and establish fine art photography. We quickly became mesmerized by the vivid colors, surreal backdrops, and unique genius that Alex and Felix bring to their work. You make our heads spin fellows. "Behind the name “Alex and Felix” there is Alex Gertschen and Felix Meier. The two Swiss photographers have been collaborating for the last ten years on capturing the reality of their dreams. Alex and Felix stands for photography that comes from new perspectives and opens new eyes. Alex and Felix stage their very own worlds, driven by the ambition to uncover visual languages that haven’t been spoken before. The perfectionists express their creativeness by fashioning their own backdrops, which amplifies the mood and the story of the photograph. Their productions have been exhibited both in Switzerland and abroad. The boarders they have crossed in process haven’t only been geographical ones, they have also moved freely towards personal ideas and views.” -artist bio

alex & felix; copyright SCALO|GUYE Gallery and Courtesy of SCALO|GUYE Gallery


fellow* obsessions

alex & felix; copyright SCALO|GUYE Gallery and Courtesy of SCALO|GUYE Gallery

28


fellow* obsessions

29

alex & felix; copyright SCALO|GUYE Gallery and Courtesy of SCALO|GUYE Gallery


color cravings the new apple iPod nano comes is a pallet of colors sure to please everyone. $199. 16 gb; apple.com

fantastic finds *

After Nama Rococo, Micheal McHale and Alex & Felix do we have you craving a little color? Maybe you’re afraid to take the plunge? We’ve searched high and low to bring you a bevy of ways that can help you take that first step to loose your color blahs. Here are our fantastic finds*.

30


fantastic finds * cabo pillow $29.95; www.cb2.com

multicolor HAPPENING curtain by J.Schatz is one way to make an entrance. Comes ready to hang 44� wide x 75� high. $4000.; www.jschatz.com

hugs pillow $165.; wwwjonathanadler.com

perry street panoramic frame $80.00; www.katespade.com twist coat rack $400.; www.dwr.com

pieced awing stripr rug $179.; www.potterybarn.com

gigi chair in mask $649.; www.roomandboard.com

31

b-pop side chair $280.; www.dwr.com

sol pendant lamp $99.95; www.cb2.com


multicolor resin napkin ringss $3.50 each; www.crateandbarrel.com

fantastic finds *

personalized spatula set $27.50; www.williams-sonoma.com

fun for everyone, comic appetizer plate $2.95; www.cb2.com

Morocco dinnerware pantone tea set $4.95- $7.95; www.cb2.com Inquire for price;www.w2products.com

yummy shade of pear- Kitchenaide Artisan mixer $299.; www.bloomingdales.com

kate spade polka dot coasters $20./set of 8; www.katespade.com

it is futile to resist! Three tea infusers Vivid color french galssware and saucers $59.90-$69.90; www..horchow.com $18./set of 3; www..horchow.com


fantastic finds * Handmade, recycled leather organizers $45.00-$90.00; www.horchow.com

multicolor hourglass $28.-58.; www.anthropologie.com classic fruit stripe gum! $18.25/ each case; www.candycrate.com

karlsson diy clock $79.; www.conranusa.com

suzani box $295.; www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com personalized playing cards $35.; www.horchow.com

33

conway stewart limited edition garret anderson pen $1,600.; www.conwaystewart.com


fantastic finds *

one of james’ favorite colors Pantone and Michele Bernhardt, renowned practitioner of intuitive arts, team up to bring you Colorstrology, believing that your personal color reflects the essence of your specific birthday. We wanted to give it a shot to see if Colorstrology was on the mark. Turns out it is! (When James incorporated one of his favorite colors silvery-lilac he wasn’t even aware of this Colorstrology.) We are quite impressed. So what’s your personal color? Go find out at www.colorstrology.com

34


getting to know you

jamie drake*

35


getting to know you When it was clear that the October issue of fellow* was going to incorporate a full dose of color, one great designer instantly came to mind, Jamie Drake. Inducted in 2003 to Interior Design’s Interior Designer Hall of Fame, the New York based designer is the man behind some of the most unabashedly bold and vibrant interiors in the country. Drake uses color fearlessly and imbues his spaces with sophisticated style that is super chic and livable. This melding of unusual colors, style and function is certainly just one of the aspects that draws a roster of clients that include Madonna and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. We think that if you want to learn a thing or two about being bold, staying true to yourself and perhaps something about color then Drake is your man. This is getting to know you, Jamie Drake.

jamie drake Where do you look for inspiration? Under, over, above and below. Everywhere! Inspiration is right in front of me, and lurking in hidden corners of life. Who do you consider a STYLE MAKER? Beyonce, John Saladino, Ralph Rucci, Zaha Hadid, Karl Lagerfeld Describe a typical Sunday Morning. I usually wake up a whopping half hour later than usual. Make the coffee, yawn, shower, eat a bagel and dive into the New York Times and New York Post. What songs would we find on your ipod? Motown, dance party, a little hip-hop, disco, tons of remixes and an army of divas! What magazines are you currently reading? I read magazines voraciously. Every month I devour Elle Décor, Met Home, Interior Design, Veranda, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, The World of Interiors, K&BB, W, Vogue, HC&G, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Westchester Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces, Avenue, Gotham, Traditional Home, Metropolis, Wallpaper, etc….

36


What everyday object could you not live without? My toothbrush. What everyday object do you want to completely overhaul? My Blackberry. Pencil or Pen? What kind. Pen. Black Sanford Uni-ball Micro. What is your most cherished possession? My sense of optimism. Besides sight which sense is most important? Hearing. What are three adjectives that describe where you are today either personally or professionally. Optimistic, realistic, hedonistic. What are three things you feel you need to work on? My smoking (I’m 2 weeks without, sort of, as I type), my ability to calm my brain from overload and working out regularly. Have you ever lost the passion to create and if so when, how, what? How did you get it back? Never lost it….ever. For someone considering going out on their own to follow their passion what words of advice can you offer? Stay as true to your vision as possible. The rent may be due, and sometimes compromise is inevitable, but the more in target you remain, the more it will pay off in the long run. With regard to your designs what is one “I can’t believe I actually did that” moment. Completing the renovation, restoration and redecoration of Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York City’s Mayors, in 3 ! months. A truly miraculous completion of a complex project. Is good design innate or can it be taught? Taste is innate, design can be taught. PR or Advertising? PR In one sentence describe your style. I create bold, polished, intellectually curious spaces. That description applies to my clients’ personalities as well.

37


A designer is…fill in the blank. A magician who creates wonderful experiences. If you could design a room for any person living or past who would it be and what room would you choose? I would choose to create a dressing room for Elsa Schiaparelli, large enough for her to entertain in. If Heaven were only one room what would that room be and what style would it have? I’ve always imagined heaven to be a vast supper club, tiered to infinity, with swell people all dressed up. All my friends and family who have already departed are there to greet me. What is a project you still want to do? The White House. The White House called and said they want to change the color . What would you choose? Why choose only one. With today’s LED technologically, it could be different every evening, reflecting America’s great diversity. If you were to curate a museum what artists would we find? A diverse selection from Koons to krazy, Raphael to Hirst, icons to Cindy Sherman

Above: Drake designed Swag arm and side chairs for Lewis Mittman; Cabachon fabric for F. Schumacher

I am a big believer in living a well-lived life –and at any budget or position. What are a few key elements for you that equal a well-lived life? Delicious food, great bedding, fascinating vacations, good friends, good times…these are the elements of a well lived life to me.

What are three small indulgences that make you feel like you are living the good life? New shoes, a haircut every 10 days, being able to dine out where I want. For you, what is “effortlessly chic”? Sable and denim Coffee or tea? How is it prepared? Coffee, auto drip or press. Cloth napkin or paper napkin? Or no napkin? Dare I say, paper towel? Never a paper towel!!! Cloth, always. Dinnerware. What kind? A revolving assortment including antique Limoges, Russian tsarist silver gilt, Crate & Barrel, and Dansk What’s the perfect floral arrangement for your dinner table? A mass of low garden roses in full bloom, to the point that the petals will drop by morning.

38


Clients and art-is it truly a personal decision? It can be, or it can be art-directed by the designer, selecting pieces that seem appropriate for the client as well as the mis-en-scene. You have to choose another passion to follow. What would it be? Criminal lawyer. Either defense or prosecution. I guess I have a Law and Order fantasy. If you had to live in a color for the rest of time what would that be? Rainbow‌. Can you offer a few essential tips on working with color?

Be bold, be fearless, use more, [and] toss off those nagging tentative feelings.

great advice for color and for life! 39


room service room service room service * room service Just as the name says, room service* is fabulous design delivered straight to your door! Whether you are in need of direction in choosing the perfect pale blue or have an entire room to redo, our resident designer James Saavedra gives you the inspiration and solutions you need.

room service

40


THE SKINNY: Who: Christine, Fashion Industry

room service *

What: Flushing out “her” space - a sublet with already established décor Why: Christine wants to feel at home at the end of the day. Parameters: Incorporate Christine’s tastes within a space that is temporarily hers while keeping within the owner’s comfort level. Work with a very tight budget. Ultimately, make someone else’s home feel like her own.

Pros: Loves color and mixing flea market finds. Likes mixing patterns. Cons: The blue walls must stay along with other furniture items like a blue striped chair and black coffee table

the room:

inspirations


room service *

THE SOLUTION: When I first set my eyes upon Christine’s space, I will admit that I recognized that this was going to be a challenge. Christine’s apartment had blue walls that we could not repaint and she had some of the owner’s furniture pieces that needed to be put into the mix. Christine told me that she liked a lot of color, a vintage vibe and that she also wanted some modern touches. I spied a painting on her wall, yellow flowers, and that started the ball rolling. The first order of business was to rework the apartment’s floor plan and create better flow. Simultaneously, this also allowed us to create a focal wall in which to display Christine’s quirky art collection. We relocated the television and lowered it so that it wasn’t the first thing that caught your eye upon entering the apartment. The next step, after we had the space plan complete, was to fill in the gaps and procure the missing details that would pull it all together. Knowing that Christine was on a tight budget, I suggested that the best bang for her buck was to pay for a few hours of my time and accompany me to two or three places where I knew we were certain to find the things we needed. With our plan in hand we went shopping. We found the black and white stripe sofa first and fell in love. Next we located the vintage wood frame chair and brass table and so on. We hit a few fabric stores, some more flea markets and before you knew it we had all the elements we needed to put Christine’s spin on the place. With a little sweat equity, a well devised plan , and a designer’s eye, we have given Christine a little Room Service*. 42


room service * flea market finds: we scored on the vintage chair and brass table!

We carry this blue stripe across the room into the pillows

This mirror was hanging on a wallbut we turned it into a tray! existing stripe chair

pops of lemon yellow tie it all in!

43

we couldn’t repaint the walls. the blue HAD to stay.

Do you need a little room service? Email us your questions @ decorfellow@mac.com


fellow places *

This month our bags are packed and our hearts belong to San Francisco. We don’t rely on guide books or websites. We prefer to explore cities Fellow* style, going where those in-the-know go. With a little help from a local Franciscan, Torryne Choate, (who just happens to own one fabulous flower shop!) combined with our own knowledge, we shop the cream of the crop, dine at favorite spots, and, along the way, expose you to quite possibly the best macaroon we have had outside of Paris. One visit to this quintessential melting pot and you’ll know why so many call this city by the bay their home.

getty images

san francisco* a san fran tradition: sourdough bread at 44 Boudin!


fellow places * Hayes Valley“As a longtime resident of Hayes Valley, this little oasis is home. The majority of my neighbors own the shops and restaurants on Hayes street and have created a vibrant sense of community.” Torryne

LA BOULANGE

hayes valley

shop:

Torryne says:

I love San Francisco for it’s small town vibe with a city environment. Having lived here for 17 years, it is impossible for me to go out without running into friends and acquaintances everyday. When I have a bit of time out of my shop, Birch, I gather inspiration from my friends at their stores, galleries and restaurants. These are my favorite places to fuel my visual obsession and catch up with everyone in the process:

ZONAL

Zonal 568 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.255.9307 Owner Russell Pritchard was one of the original pioneers of hayes valley. I’ve known Russell for 17 years, as we had jack russell terriers at the same time. His dog was named Nipsy Russell! The deal is this: Zonal is the only place to find early american furniture in San Francisco. My daughter sleeps on an old bed frame from Iowa, and all of her books are stored in a vintage stainless steel case. Russell has a great eye and is super kind. Nomads 566 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.864.5692 Owner Keyvan Behnia is the other Hayes valley pioneer. This man has more style than Andre 3000 and isn’t afraid to flaunt it. This is thego to spot for men's hip and casual clothing. The added bonus of listening to Keyvan d.j., is unbeatable. I love Keyvan.

45 image: zonalhome.com


fellow places * shop: MAC- Modern appealing clothing 387 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.863.3011

image: Chris Anthony Diaz

A San Francisco fashion institution that is so close to my house its dangerous! Amazing finds straight out of Belgium and France, plus the best dressed dandy in town to assist you. Serious.

Rose and Radish 460 Gough Street", San Francisco, CA 94102 "415.864.4988

F. DORIAN

Their new gallery format showcases selected pieces unified by a theme. Every three months, we take it all apart and bring you something totally different. Our goal is to show you pieces of common and uncommon design in ways that allow you to look at them differently.

F. Dorian & Art Options 370 Hayes Street ,San Francisco , CA 94102 (415) 861-3191

image: hayesvalleyshop.com

46


eats:

Sebo 517 hayes street, sf, 94102 415.864.2181

fellow places *

Owners Michael Black and Danny Dunham have become family to me. These men are gifted with a serious sense of style and the talent to entertain, as witnessed each night by the number of familiar faces at the sushi bar. Their selection and preparation of fish is unparalleled. I like to sit back, enjoy some sake and watch them create mini masterpieces just for me. BAR JULES

MICHAEL& DANNY -SEBO

Bar Jules 609 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.621.5482 I thank heaven that Jessica Boncutter moved in across the street from me. Her restaurant, Bar Jules is the quintessential neighborhood café that everyone wishes they could call their own. The menu changes twice daily, both at lunch and dinner. All of the ingredients are local and sustainable, and Bar Jules features a small list of biodynamic and organic wines. The food is delicious and cooked in the tiny open Hotel 1000 kitchen. I prefer to sit at the bar and enjoy the classic Rolling Stones tracks in the background.

MIETTE

Miette Confiserie 449 Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.626.6221 When Miette was under construction, I poked my head in and asked, “What is this space going to be?” This is how I met and became friends with Caitlin Williams- the adorable dynamo in charge of heaven- otherwise known as Miette Confiserie. Imagine my delight when I explained to my daughter that a candy shop was coming to our neighborhood! Miette is for the child in all of us, or the serious sweet tooth. Perfect rows of candy in a rainbow of colors and jars of jelly beans, rocky road that is made by hand in San Francisco, a licorice selection that you must try, plus special confections from around the globe.

the best macaroons ever!


fellow places *

Blue Bottle Coffee Company 315 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 510-653-3394 Owner James Freeman started a coffee revolution in the Bay Area. When he opened his first kiosk, tucked away on linden street, word got out and the rest is history. I am lucky to be able to mosey on down on foot, while so many dedicated followers drive from far and wide to get their daily fix. You can visit Blue Bottle Café in Mint Plaza (66 mint street at jessie), at the Ferry Building farmer’s market, and soon at their new shop inside the Ferry Building- across from Miette..

try these fellow* favs::

POTATO PANCAKES @ SUPPENKUCKE Suppenkuche image: flikr//fogindex 525 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 252-9289

LATTE ART @ BLUE BOTTLE

La Boulange de Hayes 500 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 863-3376

image: picasaweb

Suppenkuche serves traditional comfort food like traditional German wiener schnitzel, pork chops and sausages, and zesty German beers such as Bitburger, Erdinger Dunkel, Weltenburger and Franziskaner, Don’tt expect frills here. Suppenkuche maintains a minimalist decor. LA BOULANGE

In the heart of Hayes Valley, hang out sipping an organic coffee and a delicious handmade chocolate croissant. Grab lunch on the go or sit down and enjoy brunch all day. Expect a line. Regulars to this establishment know that the free condiment bar is stacked with more than the usual cream and sugar. Look for jars of jam, butter, Nutella, pickles, olives and more. Citizen Cake Restaurant + Bar & Citizen Cake Patisserie 399 Grove Street"San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 861-2228

CITIZEN CAKE

Utilizing all of the vibrant products the Bay Area has to offer, Chef Elizabeth Falkner creates a culinary landscape designed to delight your palette. Both retail bakery and sit down cafe, the patisserie features world-renowned contemporary cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and other confections

48


Image:www.beautynewsnyc.

shop: fellow places * The Showroom 864 Post Street, San Francisco,CA 94109 415.292.5551

JULIE ELLIOT- IN FIORE

Two years ago, as I was driving down post street, I noticed an amazing looking space that I had never seen before. I immediately parked the car and went in. This is when my world shifted, and two beautiful friendships were born. Matt Dick, the wizard behind the curtain at The Showroom is one in a million. After a brief tour he offered to design and construct two custom aprons for me to wear at Birch. I went back to Matt in search of the perfect dress to wear to a wedding, and voila- there it was. Matt is the creative director of International Orange Spa, and a visiting professor at The Art Institute. But it is Matt’s inspiring atelier that holds all of the magic. You must experience it for yourself. In Fiore 868 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 415.928.5661

INSPIRATION AT THE SHOWROOM

This neighborhood gets its nickname from the days when policemen were paid more to work its mean streets and could afford to bring home the better cuts of meat! These days the Tenderloin is on the rise.

the tenderloin

Julie Elliot’s parfumerie is the second part of the story. Her dark and sexy shop is next door to The Showroom, in fact, there is a door that connects them. Julie is the second friendship that blossomed on that fated day. Her hand blended perfumes and secret potions are all the rage for those in the know. I can’t live without her parfums solides. Patchouli royale and fumee d’ambre are part of my daily ritual. Do not miss an opportunity to smell her scented books. Pure genius

Image:flickr/pantangay

eats:

Shalimar 532 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 415.928.0333 What Shalimar lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in spades with it’s cuisine. This original Pakistani restaurant is a favorite of many a San Franciscan. The service is friendly, the music is loud and the flavors are out of this world. Lunch or dinner can easily be had for less than $20 a person.

“The Tenderloin is a cultural melting pot, full of tasty, low key restaurants.” Torynne


fellow places *

eats:

Fior d' Italia " 2237 Mason St., "San Francisco, CA 94133 415.986.1886 Fior d' Italia, billed as America's Oldest Italian Restaurant, has proudly served the citizens of and visitors to San Francisco since 1886.

north beach

image:fior.com

Best known as San Francisco's Little Italy, the streets of North Beach are lined with authentic ristorantes, caffes and Old World delicatessens. It's also a destination for fans of the Beat movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg.

Image:sfphotorama.com

Caffe Trieste 601 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA. 94107 (415) 392-6739

Image: beachblanketbabylon.com/photo by Kevin Burne

This was the beatnik hangout of the '50s that drew the likes of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Come here on Saturday afternoons to listen to the owner and his friends sing opera. You better bring some coin because this Caffe is cash only.

ESPRESSO AT CAFFE TRISTE

don’t miss!

Beach Blanket Babylon CLUB FUGAZI 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.421.4222 Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon,is the longest running musical revue in theatre history. The ever-changing musical spoof of pop culture is filled to the brim with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats. Order a bucket of champange and get ready for some hearty laughter. Now in its 34th year of sold-out performances, Beach Blanket Babylon is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution.

50


fellow places * Image:about.com

union square Union Square is a shopper’s paradise with most of the luxury retailers in tow. The square that was once an actual park is created from the four city blocks that create its borders: Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton. This area is full of theaters, art galleries, and San Francisco’s only Frank Lloyd Wright building.

these are only a few places to shop! Tiffany & Co. 350 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 781-7000 Alessi 424 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 434-0403. The famous Italian manufacturer creates whimsical decor that's also functional designed by artists like Philippe Stark. Williams-Sonoma-Flagship 340 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 362-9450 Located in the 1923 Bullock & Jones building, this four-level store offers 19,000 square feet of products. Many are exclusive to this location. Macy's 170 O'Farrell Street "San Francisco , CA 94108 (415) 397-3333

visit: 51

American Conservatory Theater 415 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel. 415-749-2228

torryne’s picks Tory Burch 50 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 398-1525 Brand new flagship boutique on maiden lane, next door to Gumps. Lucite fixtures and orange velvet curtains are a great backdrop for the bold, vivid prints. Did the opening party last week- giant arrangement of hot pink hydrangeas in a cobalt blue vase. Gumps 135 post street, San Francisco, CA 94108 800.766.7628 Luxury gifts and house wares. Nelson Bloncort of Alabaster fame has opened a book salon at Gumps. I can't wait to make a visit. Barneys 77 O'Farrell Street "San Francisco , CA 94108 415.268.3500 Stopped by a few weeks ago and fell madly in love with a Rick Owens vintage leather jacket. Now it’s my look each morning at the flower market.


eats:

fellow places *

fellow* suggests:

The Redwood Room & Asia de Cuba @ The Clift Hotel 495 Geary Street San Francisco, California 94102" 415 775 4700

VIEW FROM THE STARLIGHT ROOM

Head over to Colibri for authentic Central Mexican small plates from executive chef Alex Padilla, This isn’t your typical Mexican affair- these little gems are delicious and out of this world! Sit at the bar and have a margarita because there is ure to be a wait.

Image:harrydenton.com

Image:colibrimexiacnbistro.com

The Clift hotel houses this famous haunt. The historic Redwood Room features the original redwood paneling and enormous bar which legend has, was carved from a single redwood tree. Check out the Starck-designed lounge furniture and an ever-changing array of digital artwork displayed on plasma television screens hung throughout the room. TAKE IN A DRINK AT THE REDWOOD ROOM . Image:clifthotel.com Colibri Mexican Bistro 438 Geary Sreet, San Francisco; CA 94102 415.440.2737.

CLIFT HOTEL 495 Geary Street San Francisco, California 94102 Tel. 415 775 4700

Harry Denton’s Starlight Room 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.395.8595 Harry Denton's Starlight Room is located in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel "on the 21st floor and boasst a 360-degree view of the city. Sip on a Poire Fizz (champagne, grey goose poire, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and pineapple juice) and take in a breathtaking view of city lights,

stay:

Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.392.7755

Image:clifthotel.com

This is modern elegance. Designed by Philippe Starck, Clift is a destination for the jet set.

Hotel Triton 342 Grant AveSan Francisco, CA 94108 Just two blocks to Union Sqaure and at the gates of China Town, Hotel Triton features a daily wine hour!

CLIFT LOBBY

52


Image:googleimages

fellow places *

NOT FURNITURE : XXI DESIGN EXHIBITION AT HEDGE

shop torryne’s favs:

Hedge Gallery 48 Gold Street, San Francisco, CA 9413 415.433.2233

Japonesque 824 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.391.8860 A humble, ethereal and minimal gallery, filled with a wide range of natural objects from Japan. This is the perfect time-out from busy city life.

One block from the Transamerica Pyramid, Jackson Square is the premier antique shopping destination with the largest and finest collection of Fine Antiques, Decorations & Objects of Art in California. Before the San Francisco Design Center this was THE design center.

jackson square AREA Image:areasanfrancisco.com

Owned by one of my dearest friends, Steven Volpe, and his business partner, Roth Martin- Hedge is a world class gallery focusing on sculpture and furniture. Hedge is constantly an inspiration and an education for me.

Sisters Catie and Melissa Grimm have struck gold with their Jackson Square shop. Collections by Peter Som and Narcisco Rodriguez, pieces from Lutz & Patmos and Sari Gueron, Santa Maria di Novella products, a wonderful selection for men and signature carrot cupcakes are just a few of the items that await you. Area 540 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.989.2732 My friend, John Giacomazzi, after stints at Levi’s, Smith and Hawken and Banana Republic, opened his own shop to much acclaim. A selection of clean lined furniture, lighting and accessories make each visit to Area a pleasure.

CARROTS

Image:sfcarrots.com

Carrots 843 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.834.9040


fellow places *

William Stout 804 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 The place to find all matter of art, design, garden and architecture books in San Francisco. I spend hours here.

eats:

Tommaso’s 1042 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.398.9696 The original wood fired pizza, before Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. The pizza oven dates back to 1935, and the thin crust, crispy neopolitan pie shows off their skills. Bix 56 gold street, San Francisco, CA 94133 415.433.6300 Located next door to Hedge Gallery, Bix is a great place to unwind and sift through all of the inspiring design on jackson square. A classic San Francisco bar and restaurant that offers live jazz nightly and top notch martinis to enjoy.

com co. cis fran san ge: Ima

KOKKARI

Kokkari Estiatorio 200 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 415.981.0983 With rave reviews, San Francisco's Kokkari Estiatorio prepares the finest Hellenic cuisine. Named after a small fishing village on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, Kokkari is not to be missed. Image:bubblelounge.com

they serve over 300 varieties of bubbly! The Bubble Lounge 714 Montgomery Street. San Francisco CA 94111 415 434.4204

BUBBLE LOUNGE

A sibling to the original Bubble Lounge in the chic Tribeca district of Manhattan, this location opened CLIFTinLOBBY the spring of 1998 as the first West Coast establishment to offer such an extensive selection of bubbly 54 from around the world. Pair your bubbly with a menu of fantastic tasters.


THE FERRY BUILDING Image:ruggedelegantliving.com

South of Market is an enormous district, sprawling from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street between Market and Townsend. This neighborhood is an amalgam of warehouses, hotels, art spaces, loft apartments, and furniture showrooms more than it is a shopping Mecca. Catch a game at AT&T Park or walk along the water past the Bay Bridge to the Ferry Building Marketplace.

soma- south of market

Fellow* suggests:

Ferry Building Marketplace" One Ferry Building"San Francisco, California 94111" 415.693.0996

COWGIRL CREAMERY

Image:ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

The Ferry Building Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. It is the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco's neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities. Shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafes serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco's top chefs. Inside find the best from Cowgirl Creamery, Miette, and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 415.357.4000

Image:tfaoi.com

The first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art, the San Francisco Museum of Art opened in 1935. In January 1995, SFMOMA opened a new museum facility in the burgeoning South of Market district, designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a dynamic center for modern and contemporary art. Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Mission St,San Francisco, CA 94103 The five and one-half acres of meadows, trees, flowers, falling water, public art, and small cafes are all a part of Yerba Buena Gardens. Located in the Gardens are the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum (a children's media and technology museum), an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, and a restored 1905 carousel The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated behind a majestic waterfall fifty feet high and twenty feet wide which cascades over Sierra granite.

SFMOMA


Museum Of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane"San Francisco, CA 94103 415.227.4888. As the only folk art museum in Northern California, the museum is known for a rich offering of focused and unique exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art and craft from around the world

eats:

21st Amendment Brewery 563 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 415.369.0900

Come here for great contemporary art from local artists.

This would be the amendment that repealed Prohibition. Stop by for a house-made pint of South Park Blonde, or sample a seasonal brew (the watermelon beer in the summer). Come here for a FANTASTIC burger or classy comfort food.

Image:zuppa.com

Image:about.com

Andrea Schwartz Gallery 525 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 415.495.2090

The Slanted Door 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94102 415.861.8032 A modern Vietnamese restaurant that uses only the best from local San Francisco Bay Area farmers. Very Delicious.

fellow places *

Image:paragonrestaurant.com

Zuppa 564 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94101 415.777.5900

An industrial space with wood-fired ovens for some authentic pizza. Great meats and Italian wines and lively service. Paragon 701 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 415.537.9020 Paragon is an American Brasserie combining a sophisticated dining experience with a fun and lively bar atmosphere. Wednesday nights features a smoked BBQ menu. Everything is great here plus it’s located just minutes from AT&T park.


The Castro As colorful as the rainbow flags that line this neighborhood’s streets, The Castro is home to an array of shops, restaurants, and cafes as diverse as the people who call it home. Be sure to check out the landmark Castro Theater. Stay awhile and dance the night away. There is something for everyone in this neighborhood. Image:sftravel.com

Image:castrolodging.com

Fisherman’s Wharf

fellow places *

This is the total tourist attraction for those visiting San Francisco. Walk pier 39 and do a little shopping or eat in one of the many restaurants that line this popular location. B sure to visit Alcatraz Island.

Golden Gate Park Consisting of 1017 acres of public grounds and 174 acres larger than Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park has something for everyone. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young Museum, or the botanical gardens. Image:sftravel.com

China Town The largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, San Francisco’s Chinatown is bustling with activities. such as Tai Chi and old men playing Cinese chess. Walk along the crowded streets and shop in one of the may produce and fish markets with the local residents of this ancient city.

57

There is so much to see and experience in San Francisco that we just couldn’t cover it all. Here are some other places that might be of interest.

Image:sanfranciscotours.net


Torryne made these just for fellow*!

…a little extra *

Image:rosennowfloral.com

Torryne , right, and friend wearing newspaper corsages at the opening of Birch

newsprint bouquets Being chic doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. In fact, we think that part of being effortlessly chic is living well no matter where you might be in life. So imagine our delight when San Francisco florist Torryne Choate contacted Fellow* and shared newsprint flowers with us! We adore these gems for their unexpected beauty as well as their inventiveness and though we certainly still love a fresh bouquet we would be equally happy with a big bunch of these paper creations. We asked Torryne what inspired this stroke of genius: “I came up with the idea for the newspaper flowers after coming across an old image in the library. Before I opened Birch, I made several newspaper flower wreaths for the holidays and sent them to designers in San Francisco as an introduction to my work.The wreaths were a hit and I landed the clients that I had hoped for.” See much more of Torryne’s beautiful creations here : www.birchsf.com

58


Image:donghia.com

1

2

the list EVERYTHING* TABLES We suss out the best little tables that fit here, there and anywhere you may need them. Simple or sophisticated, high or low, these gems make The List.

Essence Table Pure perfection for any spot. (Donghia; to the trade; www.donghia.com)

59


1

2

4

5

7

10

3

6

8

11

9

12


the list Whether you need a little something to rest a book, drop your keys or a place to set down your martini a small scaled occasional table will always do the trick. Use them singularly or bunch several together for a new take on the cocktail table. No matter your need- there is a petite table for you.

1 Conga Side Table/Crate and Barrel

2

1. ARI SIDE TABLE We love this gem that eludes to the designs of John Dickinson. ( $1,400. ; Oly Studio, www.olystudio.com) 2. CUBE NESTING TABLES Choose the silver finish that is hand-painted with a cashmere brush. Space saving is a plus. .( $229.; West Elm www.westelm.com) 3. IRON TRIPOD TABLE _ GOLD LEAF Modern and classic with gold finish and antique mirror top. . ( $2058.; Barbara Barry for Baker; www.kohlerinteriors.com) 4. THREE CLOUD DRUM STOOL We love the clean, modern, lines and the classic lacquer finish ( $3100.; Robert Kuo for McGuire; www.mcguirefurniture.com)

61

5. SHERWOOD TABLE Antique gold with a glass top.( $650. ; Jayson Home and Garden www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com/baker) 6. MERCER SIDE TABLE Dramatic hand-forged iron meets a limestone top. (Inquire for Pricing. To The Trade; Gerard ; www.dessinfournir.com) 7. MEYER SIDE TABLE You can’t go wrong with these clean tables. We love the thick glass that gives then a real designer look.( $249.; Restoration Hardware; www.restorationhardware.com ) 8. COSTA ACCENT TABLE Hand made and ethnic chic..( $299., Pottery Barn; www.potterybarn.com) 9. FOLEY TRAY TOP TABLE Clean and crisp. Does double duty. Who could ask for more? ( $395.; William Sonoma Home, www.wshome.com) 10. SMART TABLE WITH MARBLE TOP This is an affordable version of a classic. Marble elevates its appeal. ( $179., CB2; www.cb2.com) 11. A5 TABLES All we have to say is yum! Fabulous cube tables by Gary Hutton ( Inquire for pricing, To the Trade; www.garyhuttondesin.com) 12. DARBY TABLE Part of the Perfect Pieces collection by Victoria Hagen for Target this table is SUPER affordable and the perfect base for painting any color you wish. Think pop of color. ( $79.95, Target; www.target.com )


custom letterpress from: invitedink.etsy.com chrysanthemum blossom notecards: pinkliilypress/etsy.com, www.pinklillypress.com

It’s the small things that make all the difference

must have *

personalized notecards

62


It’s the small things that make all the difference

must have *

We think that in order to be effortlessly chic you should pay attention to the small details. In our September issue, we introduced you to a little something we call a social card: a fail proof way to make a fabulous first impression because there’s nothing chic about a lackluster introduction. A personalized note card takes that perfect impression you set and extends it beyond the first hello. Think of it as the perfect follow up and another opportunity to express your individuality and style. After all, we’re all about making you the best you can be and not some carbon copy trend follower. Of course, we’d opt for something letterpress (our fav!) but any simple, high quality stationary will do. Remember to keep it blank on the inside because you never know what occasion you may encounter. Our tip is to always keep a few handy (we keep a few in the car, in our briefcase, and yes, even our gym bag) because there is no time like the present to write a quick personal note and send it on its way. Imagine after that first interview, stopping in the lobby for a few moments and leaving a lovely note card with the receptionist! You save time, avoid the possibility of forgetting someone’s name, or worse, not sending one all together. You get our drift. Whatever the reason and no matter the occasion, this is one little tool you should never be without.`

custom bird sillhoutte notecards: le paperier designs; etsy.com

we say yes! super chic.

armadillo notecards: inkspot workshop;

swing notecards: silhouette blue;

orange robin notecards: story by mia;

etsy.com

etsy.com

etsy.com

63

because we’re never too young to start !


take note folks Gone are the days when sending a personal note or thank you was second nature and more of a habit than a chore. Of course, this was well before these days of email and instant messengers. Nowadays, you no longer send your betrothed a scintilating letter of amore. Instead, the modern day love letter is an abridged jumble of letters and numbers that we call text. It might look something like this: Uve won my luv. I luv u. Ur on my mind 24/7. Romantic, isn’t it? We don’t think so. Here are a few simple guidelines from Haute Note for handling most any card giving situation: In General: !It's a good idea to keep a variety of blank cards on hand. Timing is key, so you want to make sure you've always got a card when you need one. Thank You Notes: Who: Whenever someone does something special, out of the ordinary or unexpected (like a favour, dinner party, or job interview), send a thank-you card. WHEN: Try to send it within 24-hours. That way, you won't forget and the gesture will stay relevant. WHAT: Keep it short and sweet (two or three sentences) and adjust the formality of your tone to suit the recipient. Here's a sample format: 1.

Start specifically with "Thank you for [gesture].

2.

Follow up with a brief, related sentence: for example, how much the gesture means to you.

3.

Conclude by looking ahead to the future: what you plan to do with the gift, how you look forward to seeing them etc.

4.

Sign-off with a closing that suits the context (love, sincerely, kind regards, all the best), seal it up and send it off!

It’s the small things that make all the difference

must have * 64

Teal floral notecards: becreativestationary/etsy.com


Image:cb2.com

wine glasses Object lesson * As far back as 50 A.D. there is evidence that glass was used as a vessel for drinking libations. It’s even said that vessels for drinking wine have been around as long as wine itself, with the earliest vessels being made of clay. Today, glassware and crystal are our top choices when choosing stemware .With a plethora of silhouettes to choose from it can seem like a difficult choice to select the right wine glass. At Fellow*, we believe that you should always put your best foot forward and select a style appeals to you. One that expresses your point of view. Having decided on a personal preference there are a few technical things to keep in mind. Select a glass whose bowl is large enough to let you swirl the wine around and bring out the wine’s essence. The foot should be wide and sturdy enough to support a bowl that is half full. ( They say this is the maximum amount of wine that should be poured. Who knew?) Lastly, the stem is there to prevent heat from your hand being transferred to the wine. No matter which glass you choose- as long as you love the stemware you are serving- we say you have made the right choice. Here are a few of our suggestions…

65

Above: a fellow* favorite- affordable chic GIGI STEMWARE $4.95; cb2.com


Object lesson * loving this! romantic

MIKASA IMPERIAL STEMWARE $22./each glass; macys.com

modern chic MARCEL WINE GLASSES $11.95 each; crateandbarrel.com

perfectly classic

RIDEL SOMMELIERS BORDEAUX GRAND CRU $120.each; tiffany.com

traditional

sleek & chic

PARIGI CRYSTAL WINE GLASS $90.each; bergdorfgoodman.com

MISSONI FUME WINE GLASS $29.40; macys.com

extra affordable STEMLESS WINE GLASS $42./set of 6; potterybarn.com

unusual66

GHOST GOBELTS $75./ set of 4; horchow.com


easy pleasing* with a few simple, fresh ingredients you have the makings for a very delicious salad and tasty vinaigrette.

fabulous feast in a snap! one “gourmet� meal that takes the cake but leaves you plenty of time

67


easy pleasing* can you deliver fantastic meals that are easy, effortless and still knock their socks off? absolutely! we can show you how. the sweetest ending: we take a breakfast staple and serve it up for the perfect ending to a great meal. cinnamon sugared french toast is a quick and delicious dessert served along side vanilla bean ice cream or espresso.

We understand life is hectic and that, all too often, there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all the tasks that need to be accomplished. With early to rise and late to slumber we know that the day can take a toll on you and preparing a fantastic meal after a long day’s work may be low on your list of priorities. You may want stop at those arches on your way home or rip open that box and pop it in the microwave but in a matter of minutes we can arm you with a complete “gourmet� meal that will have you fabulous and feasting before you finish that first glass of wine. Our table is set with dishes that are deceptively difficult and seem all too fancy for an effortlessly chic, delicious, meal but we believe that creating a simple and tasty dinnerl is a well deserved treat you must give to yourself end of the day. Carving out a little pocket of time to enjoy the company of friends, family, or simply yourself is imperative for refueling the fires and we believe that one route to a happy heart is through a satisfied stomach. We will have you spending more time enjoying the little things in life rather than keeping you inside of your kitchen all the while proving that you can have quick, homemade, dishes that are better than an anything you could conjure out of a box. So grab your wine glasses and your cloth napkins because this is one sit down you are sure to enjoy time and time again.

68


easy pleasing*

crispy rosemary tomatoes Simple and delicious. Serve thick slabs of ripe red tomatoes coated in fresh rosemary. Terrific as a side, along our couscous or serve as a starter to a great meal. Either way these tasty tomatoes could not be easier.

&

couscous couldn’t be easier! 69

couscous for any occasion Couscous may seem like one of those dishes that should be reserved for special occasions or unusual meals. Traditionally, couscous can be laborious to prepare but today there are many quick-cooking versions and it is even available in whole wheat. In less than ten minutes it is ready serve and can be enjoyed either hot or cold. We give you only one version but you can take this simple recipe and cater it to any meal. Versatile and yummy, you will think twice about making rice ever again.


easy pleasing* strawberry & feta mesclun salad with honey vinaigrette As beautiful as it is delicious, this Mediterranean style salad is a refreshing break from your ho-hum usual. Drizzled with an amazing honey vinaigrette your taste buds will be begging for more.

grilled chili lamb chops with quince Sweet and spicy, these chili lamb chops glistening with a super easy quince glaze elevate your meal to heavenly heights. This dish, truly, is mere minutes in the making.

70


easy pleasing*

the recipes crispy rosemary tomatoes couscous with shallots, parsley & pignolias 1 cup couscous 1/4 cup pignolias (pine nuts) 1 large shallot, chopped 1 garlic clove, grated 1 cup of chicken broth 1 tablespoons of olive oil pat of butter flat leaf parsley, chopped In a large, dry, sauce pan toast pine nuts until golden brown and set aside. In the same pan sautĂŠ chopped shallots in olive oil and butter until translucent. Grate clove of garlic into pan. Add chicken stock to pan and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and pour dry couscous into the pan. Stir well. Cover and let stand for 5-7 minutes. Fluff with a fork adding toasted pine nuts and parsley before serving. Salt and pepper to taste. (Try adding dried apricots, golden raisins, or cranberries for added zing.)

71

2 - 3 ripe red tomatoes, sliced thickly 4 tablespoons of olive oil fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped salt & pepper to taste Heat olive oil in a sautĂŠ pan over medium high heat. Strip rosemary from its stems and coarsely chop. Add rosemary to oil and cook until crispy. Transfer crispy rosemary and oil to a small dish and let cool slightly. Salt and pepper tomato slices on both sides. Add tomatoes to pan and brown on each side. Transfer tomatoes to platter and drizzle with rosemary. Serve either alone as a starter or atop couscous.

strawberry & feta mesclun salad assorted mixed greens, washed fresh ripe strawberries, chopped crumbled feta honey vinaigrette: good, quality honey with comb chopped if desired champagne vinegar or fresh lemon juice salt & pepper to taste In a large salad bowl combine lettuces, strawberries and feta. In another bowl combine champagne vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until combined. Drizzle sparingly over salad and serve immediately. We like to kick this up a notch and sprinkle the salad with chopped honey comb.


easy pleasing* Image:teach77.wordpress.com

These lamp chops could not be easier! Simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili flakes they are divine but we give you an elevated option for some extra frills. Our quince glazed is made with Spanish membrillo - a paste you can find at most supermarkets. For a quick starter serve membrillo along side a a hefty chunk of brie and a crusty baguette.

lamb only seems like it is difficult. grilled chili lamb chops with quince glaze 8-12 lamb chops olive oil chili pepper flakes salt & pepper to taste quince glaze: 4 table spoons membrillo (prepared quince paste) water Brush lamb chops with oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each side with chili pepper. Cook in a hot frying pan or on a grill for 3-5 minutes each side (for medium) or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to platter and cover with aluminium foil. In same pan, add quince paste and mash with a fork., Add a tablespoon or two of water and heat until the membrillo becomes a shiny glaze. Drizzle or brush onto lamp chops and serve along side couscous and tomatoes. Membrillo’s texture is a little grainy so you can easily substitute apricot jam if desired.

72


easy pleasing* We take a breakfast staple and serve it up for a tasty evening treat. Caramelized cinnamon sugar covered brioche buns that are toasted to perfection, and then topped with classic vanilla ice cream- what could be better?

Its not just for breakfast anymore! cinnamon sugared french toast with vanilla bean ice cream 2 brioche buns sliced, thickly, into thirds 2 eggs 4 tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon warm honey salt to taste cinnamon and sugar good vanilla ice cream, if desired 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Slice store bought brioche buns into thirds. Let the slices sit out until slightly dry. Preheat oven to 375 In a bowl, combine ingredients and whisk until smooth. Combine cinnamon and sugar on a separate plate Brush brioche with egg mixture or dip slices into egg mixture for a few seconds. The brioche will absorb the liquid quickly so be careful not to soak the bread slices or your bread will become soggy and fall apart. Coat each side of the brioche slices with the cinnamon sugar and place two at a time into a hot, buttered, pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the sugar begins to bubble and brown. Transfer slices to a cookie sheet with a cooling rack. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar and place cookie sheet into heated oven for 5 minutes. *We placed our slices under the broiler for an additional minute to caramelize the sugar even more!

73

Serve with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream or as they are along side an espresso.


Our cup is definitely half full! In fact, we might say that it is over flowing with goodness because this month we bring you not one but three sneak peeks into the lives of fantastic ladies who are living the good life. Learn what ten things help each individual to create a sense of ultimate happiness.

‌well-lived * or 10 things that make me happy!

For Karen Combs, Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, and Alexis Stewart each list is as individual as they are themselves. From plain white typing paper to three year old sneakers we find it’s the smallest things in life that are the necessary essentials.

74


…well-lived *

You know those people who, after talking to them for five minutes, you instantly want to be their best friend? Meet Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, hosts of the fabulous and hilarious Whatever, Martha on Fine Living Network. These ladies tell it like it is and look great doing it. Another reason you want to be their best friend? They're both totally down to earth and know how to surround themselves with things that make their life better and easier. Trust us, when you read their 10 Things they can't live without you'll want every single one of them. But only if they come with Alexis and Jennifer too. Fine Living Network - you've made a good choice. These two know exactly what it takes to live a fine life well lived.

75


8

5

Image:patricialwexlermd.com

Image:gooleimages.com

Image:companystore.com

these are organic jersey sheets!

‌well-lived *

3 1. The two giant chaise and a halves in my bedroom, which accommodate my two kids whenever they want to sleep in our bedroom! 2. My lovingly imperfect (and ultra-hot) husband. Life would be rather boring without him. 3. Lots of fluffy pillows, comforters and blankets on a bed made up with cotton t-shirt sheets! So cozy. 4. A well seasoned fry pan. 5. Dr. Patricia Wexler's Skin Care line. 6. My DVR filled with all the shows I don’t have time to watch during the week.

9

7. MAC computer. 8. A Cuisinart Mini Food Processor. 9. Glide Dental Floss- truly mood lifting. 10. Always need my Blackberry Curve (waiting for the Bold!) and my iPhone 3g.

10 jennifer koppelman hutt ten things for a life well-lived

Image:gooleimages.com

76


Image:apple.com

…well-lived *

Image:laperla.com

Image:tretorn.com

1

5

Martha’s vegetable garden!

1. My three year old suede Tretorn sneakers in brown 2. A Pashmina-like scarf in summer and winter 3. Unscented Neutrogena Glycerin soap 4. My Blackberry World 5. Matching bra and boy shorts- always! (Eres, La Perla, Aubade, Bodas) 6. Picking vegetables and flowers in my mother’s garden/really fresh, organic vegetables 7. Getting up really early on a Saturday or Sunday, working out, going to the Farmer’s Market, cleaning the house, doing paperwork, eating a yummy lunch and then climbing into bed with a book (preferable by 3:30pm), reading three pages and going to sleep with no designated wake time.

6

Image:marthastewartomnimedia

8. MAC Book AIR 9. Leica Camera 10. Fancy skin care products for the face (Skin Ceuticals, Amore Pacific) but nice plain ones for my body (unscented always, Neutrogena and Lubriderm)

8

alexis stewart

ten things for a life well-lived


‌well-lived *

Instantly, we were enamored with the brilliant wallcoverings of Nama Rococo. Mesmerized by their vibrant colors and bold graphics,we were curious to know more about Karen Combs, the creative force behind these wallpapers. We asked Karen a thing or two about inspiration, following your dreams, what she likes to do on her during her down time and the details of what makes her the happiest and why she is leading a life well-lived. On creating a meaningful and inspired life: I think creating a meaningful and inspired life is all about making the basic things we do every day driving or walking to work, eating, seeing friends,wearing clothes - be pleasurable and beautiful somehow to our personal sensibilities. I don't think it's important to own a lot of stuff, but it's wonderful if we can choose (over time maybe) versions of simple everyday things which have some true meaning and beauty and soul to them. Advice on turning your passion into a business: In my experience it just takes a ton of focus and willingness to give EVERYTHING you've got to it for a few years. Also, it's important to have a really clear vision of exactly what you want to do and WHY you want to do it! Passion & Love for the project is everything! It's not so hard to find the *how* as time goes on. Where there's a will there's a way! Leap and the net will appear! When you’re not working- what occupies your time? I LOVE walking in the city. I can wander for hours and miles just taking in this and that and peoplewatching. I love cooking simple meals for a few friends. I love going to art museums, anytime, anywhere. I couldn't live without music, either live or blasting in the studio while I work. I am interested in history & music from the past, but am also always curious about what is happening right this minute.

78


1. Organic produce from local Farmer's Market. My g favorite producer from Union Square Greenmarket in NYC is BOBOLINK Dairy. Their cheddar cheese and wood fired breads are like wholesome manna sent from the Gods.

…well-lived *

1

2. A simple cast iron frying pan! In my mind the cast iron pan is the king of all kitchenware. 3. Art & Design books. I am currently on a contemporary Chinese Art & Design jag. 4. Plain white typing paper & a clipboard. I spend hours every week writing and drawing and doodling and planning... always using plain white typing paper & a black pen. it's one of my greatest pleasures! 5. STEAM BATHS! My all-time favorite is the LIQUIDROM in Berlin. 6. Jamin Puech handbags. If only I had more of these! 7. I think everyone should own at least one amazing, beautiful and super-comfortable chair. My current favorite is a white leather authentic Karuselli Lounge Chair designed by Yrjo Kukkapuro in 1964.

2

8. My favorite flower is a white peony - Peonies feel so exotic and luxurious. 9. COLOR! For $30 and a bit of courage anyone can change their world by painting a wall or two. Color is so incredibly powerful & magnificent if done right - chosen with LOVE and passion. 10. Church Bells (preferably in Venice) and birds singing in the morning in the countryside.

5

karen combs

79

ten things for a life well-lived

8


…last but not least *

At Fellow*, we get super excited when we discover beautiful things. It’s even better when these gems happen to be made by hand. This month we’ve impressed upon you the importance of paying attention to the smaller details in life and even suggested that you go out and get yourself a set of personalized notecards. We found this striking card by Michelle Brusegaard. Even in all of its visual glory, it is the story behind this card that you should behold, for this card goes beyond just being beautiful and helping you make a good impression. In Michelle’s words: “All proceeds of this sale will benefit my cousin, Julie Brusegaard-Bissell. She has stage IV cancer. She also has a one year-old son, a husband, an awesome family, and a wicked sense of humor.” There’s just something different about things that are crafted by an artist or individual that makes it stand apart from the rest. We liken it to a soul. If ever there was a card with soul, then this my Fellow* friends, would be the one. 10 persoanlized flat notecards: $16./ set ; MichelleBrusegaard.etsy.com

80


Bio*

Los Angeles based designer James Saavedra is a modern day renaissance man. With an extensive background in high-end interior design and an in-depth knowledge of product development, James has worked with companies large and small rolling out new product lines and creating sophisticated interiors in San Francisco, Los Angeles and even Shanghai. Quickly climbing the ranks and establishing himself as a style maker of his generation, James is known for his vast array of styling that can only be described as "effortlessly chic� believing that everyone deserves a life infused with beauty and style. James stared on TLC’c Clean Sweep where he infused organization with style for challenged homeowners across the nation. Taking his creative talents further in 2007, James joined forces with fellow designer Kelly La Plante to create JAK Studio Collection, bringing their vision of creating sustainable designer furniture to life. His most recent career advances include the launch of Decor Fellow, a style blog, his newly-released magazine, Fellow, and his addition to the faculty of the acclaimed Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles.


fellow* Created by James Saavedra

Based Upon His Successful Blog Décor Fellow.

october ‘08*


***

FELLOW* MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2008  

October's issue of Fellow* Magazine is about all things bright, beautiful and unique. Filled with tons of great tips, tricks and inspiration...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you