We’re all working on our holiday menus this week. Take a look at some of these bright and bold menus from some recent events for some inspiration.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pink never looks better than on toddlers in tutus. Check out my daughter and her buddies at ballet class this past week working hard on their dance moves.

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The artist Corita Kent would have turned 96 years old yesterday – we’ve been so inspired by looking back on her artwork this week and reflecting on her unique style and powerful messages conveyed through a vivid mix of color and typography. These images are still powerful and beautiful 40plus years later. Below are some of our favorite screen prints of hers from the 1960s and 1970s. She was a graphic arts pioneer!

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I’m a true homebody at heart, so when my friend Jocelyn invited me to her parents house in Sonoma for an afternoon and evening of making apple chutney, I couldn’t think of anything more perfect. We chopped and simmered apples, sipped wine and filled 45 jars with our delicious mixture. And of course, no chutney is quite complete unless it has a proper label. 

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One of my favorite places to meet a friend for a cup of coffee is the Mill. They not only serve delicious FourBarrel Coffee and yummy Josey Baker Bread – but the space is just so supremely fantastic. Their use of white tile and wood creates a bright, airy feel that still feels warm and inviting. Added bonus – they have the coolest selection of kitchenware and cookbooks for sale.

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San Francisco is filled with iconic landmarks – the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Building, Sutro Tower – they are really fun to incorporate into local party invitations. Take a look at this modern wedding suite from just last month – we even got the trolley in there!

Calligraphy by Janis Anzalone

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The always magnificent Tjasa Owen, landscape artist, gave me this lovely gift for my birthday last week. Her creativity and generosity are boundless. Thank you, Tjasa!

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I am obsessed with Coyuchi linens. Their designs are rustic yet elegant and soooo soft. A visit to their store in Point Reyes is very inspiring – I just love admiring all of the lovely color combinations and subtle patterns.

Their blog, The Naturalista, is also a great resource for reading about their great community of artisans, locally sourced products and sustainable practices.

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Lexie and Mark knew what they wanted right from the start – a rustic invitation design that still had plenty of elegance. We used a great big oak tree printed in matte gold as the focal point for the invitation and paired that with soft green type and a wood grain backboard. For the menu, we kept the rustic element with kraft paper but used white foil stamping for an unexpected polish. Stanlee Gatti brought his uncomparable talent to the wedding day design – raw, unfinished wooden walls juxtaposed with elegant florals and linens. We just love the branches and lanterns hanging from the rafters!

Event & Floral Design: Stanlee Gatti
Wedding Planner: Stanlee Gatti and Aloe Events
Photographer: Hilary Hood Photography
Wedding Gown: Jin Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses: Gregory Parkinson
Calligraphy: Michele Papineau

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We are embarking on a home addition next year, expanding our main floor into a larger, open family space. One of our challenges will be how to transition a high traffic kitchen floor into wood floor that exists in the rest of the house.

I loved some of these solutions – We could blend tile into wood or use a porcelain tile that looks like wood. I also fell in love with all the work at Tabarka Studio. Their wood floorings are works of art!

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Halloween is such a creative time of year – DIY crafts and decorations, costumes, and, of course, pumpkin carving. We can’t help but be inspired by all of the unique approaches to what was once a steadfast medium for the classically carved jack-o-lantern.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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With Halloween this week (and the Giants in the World Series!), we’ve got black and orange on our minds. Here’s a fun look back at some of our black and orange invitation designs…

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When we moved into our new house, I immediately saw the potential in a strange, open area underneath our staircase. The front hall of our house, as with most homes, is a high-traffic area with most of its occupants carrying keys, purses, phones and immediately kicking off their shoes. We had a cabinet maker help us create a chic storage area complete with white wooden paneling working its way up the wall to meet the curving staircase. Now all of our shoes fit nicely into the lower cubbies, the diaper bags, purses and hats are behind cabinet doors, and I’ve also bought a big tray for all those “I’ve just walked into the house” sundries. Now, no one in our home has an excuse if they cannot find the keys.

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The passing of fashion icon Oscar de la Renta has saddened us all. At the studio this week, we’ve been reminiscing on his amazing design contributions and can’t help but be inspired by his outrageously beautiful use of flowers.

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