Off to Switzerland…

20th March 2015

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By the time you read this, we’ll be on our way to Switzerland for a little holiday & to visit Philippe’s family. Wish us luck, traveling with a 16 month old toddler… the good thing is we can still get by with Jack as a ‘lap’ child until he turns two, or is that the bad news?!?!

I won’t be posting here while I’m gone, but I’ll be on instagram (duh!) And if you like, here are some things from the archives that might interest you in the meantime…

Our last trip to Switzerland.

Its always fun to learn more about artists… see some of my favorites in the The Otomi Home Artist Series.

The Best List series features a lot of modern classics for the home.

I don’t know why, but I love dreaming about pretty home offices like this one!

Nothing like a hanging basket chair to have you yearning for summer.

And my first ever post! Time is flying!!!

Have a lovely week everyone.

 

The Best List: Glass Globe Pendant Lights

18th March 2015

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect glass globe pendant lights for a client’s kitchen. A few of these in the kitchen is a modern classic – finding the one with the perfect proportions and size for the space is key! They can work in a variety of decors from modern to transitional to traditional and everywhere in-between.

Here is my round up for the best glass globe pendants on the market . Which one is your favorite?

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Bachmann Woodworking in Dwell Mag

11th March 2015

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So you may or may not know that Philippe, my husband, is a master craftsman and woodworker. Born and raised in Switzerland, he is an educated, talented, and skilled cabinet maker and has his own business here in the Bay Area – Bachmann Woodworking. I’m SO EXCITED to tell you that his work was recently featured in Dwell Magazine!!!! How cool is that?! I literally did a backflip – Philippe was much more cool, calm, and collected than I. It must be his swiss-ness that makes him like that.

The home was designed by George Bradley Architecture and Design & Philippe did the custom cabinetry. It’s such a beautiful and warm light filled home in San Francisco. I especially love the kitchen with the white modern cabinets. Here are some pics so you can ogle too… I’m one proud wife in case you can’t tell :-)

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Artist Series: Christina Baker

9th March 2015

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Next up on the Otomi Home Artist Series I am thrilled to feature Christina Baker! I was first introduced to Christina through a friend on instagram and instantly knew I would love to feature her work on my blog. Her colorful abstract works are vibrant yet calming and look gorgeous in a variety of home decors. Here is Christina’s interview…

How did you become an artist? What was your training?
I started creating as a very young child. My favorite memory was making my own paper dolls out of clothing catalogs. Though I had an obsession with crayons, glue and scissors, drawing and painting became my true art love. My first medium was watercolors as my grandmother was a watercolor artist. She taught me how to paint old country shacks and wild flowers. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to focus on abstracts. 

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What are you working on right now?
I’m about to start my second body of work of the year. Seeing that spring is approaching, I’ll be working in warmer colors such as corals and pinks. I’ve also began experimenting with abstracts in watercolor which is very new to me. I’m loving the minimal feel I’ve been able to create with watercolors as I find that a bit more challenging for me to achieve in my acrylic pieces. I’m hoping some of what I learn by painting abstracts in watercolor will carry over to my larger acrylic work.

Where do you do your work from?
I currently have a home studio and absolutely love it. During stressful deadlines I find it very therapeutic to bake, mostly cupcakes, or cook a nice meal. It gives me an opportunity to keep my creative juices flowing yet take a break from painting. I think it’s so important to step away from your work and re-group. Cooking as well as Art Yoga’s (little 5×5 minis on paper) work magic for me. 

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Who or what is inspiring you right now?
So many things inspire my work; current events, color, the weather, relationships. It’s honestly an ever changing kaleidoscope for me. I think my most recent body of work was inspired by the winter that has lingered a bit longer than most of us wished – hence so many moody blues and whites. I’m longing for warmth and returning outdoors so I do see my next series having much more color playing off of my love for neutrals. 

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What are you the most proud of?
I think what makes me most proud, is that regardless of all that comes my way, both in my personal life as well as my art career, I have genuinely remained humble and open to growth. I still have so much more to learn as an artist, a mother, a wife and a friend and I honestly doubt that will ever change, even when I’m 80 years old. 

What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it? 
My youngest daughter wrote me a letter when she was a senior in high school. It was a true love letter. One of tears and of laughter. She placed it in a beautiful ornate frame that I usually would not have selected but because it came from her, it has by far become my most treasured work of art in my home. 

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Thank you so much to Christina for the interview! You can find more of Christina Baker’s work on her website, instagram, and Facebook.

(All photos courtesy of Christina Baker)

Dreamy Home Offices

5th March 2015

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If you read my blog regularly you know that I recently created a little office nook in my bedroom to call my own. Living in a tiny house forces you to get creative with your space and use every square inch you have. But I’m itching to decorate a real home office space one day and I wanted to share my current inspiration. I’m particularly influenced by the image above, and office with a GIANT wood table and black chairs. SO CHIC! Which one is your favorite?

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