Inspired by the hues of the sea, treasures from beachcombing along the shore and epic California sunsets, this mood board represents the string of beautiful beaches along Newport and Laguna. Set on a squishy striped beach towel in a palette ranging from aqua to sea green to marine blue from Laguna Beach Textile Company, there is macramé art from Laguna Beach artist, Jim Olarte, a drippy glazed bowl from a local potter, a fabulous polyurethane bag made from recycled Sicilian fishing net from Italian designer, Luisa Cevese Riedizioni (sold at A’maree’s in Newport) and sunglasses by Celine (also sold at A’maree’s).
The cozy pleasures of winter inspired this board… A thick sumptuous sheepskin, the nubby wool of a hand knit winter hat, the rich taste of thick, creamy hot chocolate (this one by local chocolatier, Ritual), snowflakes drifting down from the sky to frost the trees and the warm glow of candlelight. The thrill of ice skating on a frozen pond and smelling the scent of pine, cedar and fir, or the sight of a majestic elk standing proudly in the icy winter landscape are experiences that I find so memorable and beautiful this magical time of year.
Morocco is a feast for all the senses… Vibrant and earthy colors that delight the eye, nubby textures of handwoven wool textiles, made in the mountains by Berber women… The pungent flavor of exotic spices in meat or vegetable tagine, lade with juicy prunes, and the sweetness of mint tea… The fragrance of blooming roses and orange trees in a riad courtyard and the sound of silence as you cross the dunes of the Sahara Desert under a vast starlit sky by camel. This board is my attempt to capture these senses all at one, as you experience them together in this amazing country, rich in culture and history. Everything in this mood board can be purchased in the labyrinth of the souks in Marrakesh.
Swedish summers are abundant with sunshine and light, bold colors, wildflower crowns for celebrating Midsummer and cozy fika breaks with kanelbullar (cinnamon buns, which even have their own national day of celebration) and handpainted folk pottery from the countryside. Icons of Swedish design include Dalahäst (Dala horses, hand carved of wood and painted for generations), the timeless textile designs from Swedish design house Svenskt Tenn (shown is the beloved Elefant pattern, designed by Estrid Ericson in the 1930’s) and Swedish clogs (those shown are handmade in Sweden by Swedish Hasbeens). I included a book by favorite Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren… this one translates to Most Beloved Sister, a childhood favorite of my daughters. Have you seen the film about Lindgren’s life, Becoming Astrid? It’s so insightful and touching. And the Swedish word of the day, Lagom, which means not too much, not too little, the right amount, and embraces a philosophy that seeks to balance every aspect of everyday life.
Springtime in Portland is a riot of flowers in pastel shades and the most vivid green you’ve seen. The verdant forests are so beautiful in the morning mist and the cool air is fresh and fragrant, often lingering with the scent of fresh rain. The song of birds is in the air and the beauty of new life is sweet. It is a truly delightful season to be in the Pacific Northwest!