bare, brass, bold - a wishlist

Sometimes I get so carried away. It is a frustrating fact that I am just, frankly, easily distracted. Like today, I had picked out this lineup of images I've been daydreaming about and wanted to share with you, and then hours later I've managed to write some long, obnoxious dribble about the housing market in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a bunch of other boring personal financial shit that I'm sure interests no one out there - it certainly doesn't interest me.

So, let's try again. I've been teasing and hinting and mentioning A Move on this blog for awhile now. In truth we've been batting the idea around much longer, but it seems we are finally moving out of the Talk About It stage and into the Do It stage. Which, frankly, is awesome and sad and exciting and anxiety provoking and scary and lovely and more all rolled into one. We love Northern California, we love it so much and for so many reasons and in so many ways. But.

We want a house. A small, simple house and a big, wild, food-filled garden.

I am not a minimalist at home - at least not yet - but my taste trends ever more that way as time goes on. I'm drawn to crisp, light, neutral spaces, and I daydream about putting together our future abode in such a way. I love the idea of clean and simple on the inside and unruly and natural on the outside. And after moving into and out of 10 places in the last 10 years, the idea of setting up a slightly more permanent space is really incredibly exciting to me.  Kai and I are very light travelers for the most part, so when we do leave California we will be mostly starting from scratch. This leaves a lot of room for the imagination to run wild - which is just what I need, sometimes.

I've mentioned on here before that I am greatly inspired and excited by the work of Anna and Daniel over at DoorSixteen and Manhattan-Nest, respectively. I love reading their blogs, daydreaming about my own someday-personal-renovation-projects, and I especially love when they share their inspiration for spaces. And boy oh boy am I a sucker for brass. So since I've been drooling over some images recently, I thought I'd borrow a page from their book, so to speak, and do a little inspiration board of my own. (Please note that none of these images are my own, and links to all the photo owners and original sites can be found below.)

These are some of my favorites, from top to bottom, left to right:

Modern Matte Gold Throw Pillow from Schoolhouse Electric
- Handmade Brass Hairpin Legs from Reform Brass
- The ever gorgeous brass jewelry of WSAKE. I am just smitten with this semicircle collar necklace.
- My personal favorite, the Isaac Sconce in Brass from Schoolhouse Electric. Kai and I don't always agree on design choices, but both of us could see a pair of these over some side tables in a future dreamy bedroom...
- The Dusk Coffee Table from Coil + Drift. (I did say my imagination got to run wild, after all.)
- So while I'm daydreaming and money is no object, let's just throw in this incredible painting, Shangri-La Girls School: Garhwali Himalayas by Narangkar Glover. Not exactly minimalist, sure, but I haven't been able to get this image out of my head from the first time I saw it in her interview with In The Make. Just look at those colors - I could live in that color palette.  In fact, I intend to.


  1. i am happy for you my dear Em, that your dream of owning a small house and a big garden is coming closer!!
    GORGEOUS color palette that you are planning, simply beautiful.
    the lovely items in your wish list actually gives me a strong feeling of Scandinavian design : ))


  2. I am so in love with that painting!

    Linda in VA

  3. Oh! I could live in that colour palette too :)

    Good luck with your searching for somewhere new to call home.

  4. thank you so much for including my necklaces in this wonderful post!
    i LOVE your pottery and all the other work you do!
    so nice to have found you!