SURTEX 2016 – jocelyn proust
mother’s day is just around the corner. i never forget, because i was actually born on mother’s day – such a nice gift, eh, mum? this year i thought it might be nice to create some DIY bouquets myself, for so many of my deserving, hard-working mom friends out there. i was invited by flower muse to offer you some special deals, a reader discount, and to select some of their farm direct flowers. since in my next life i’d like to be a gardener-slash-florist i immediately said, “yes, please”! What makes Flower Muse so special is that they send the farm fresh flowers directly to you, without fillers – Just a big box of gorgeous flowers that arrive directly from the flower farm, which means you are getting the freshest flowers possible. And because they are super selective about the farms they work with, they’re the best quality flowers. just look at these beauties – each type of flower arrives carefully packaged and it was so much fun putting these beauties together into one giant bouquet to show you how creative you can get!
Flower Muse carries an amazing variety of unique, hard to find flowers, including the covetable David Austin garden roses. i picked out some of those, and then i added my very favorite flower – peonies in a few different shades, from hot pink, to white, and coral. and to add a little bit of a wild look, i included some lavender lilacs, sweet peas and astilbe in a few different shades. i gathered up bundles of each flower into sweet little bouquets, wrapped them in gift wrap and ribbon and they were ready to deliver to my favorite moms. so easy, and it felt nice and really personal to hand deliver as an early happy mother’s day.
so whether you decide to put together your own bouquets, or order some of Flower Muse’s wonderful boxed farm fresh flowers, they have some special deals in place for Mother’s Day – like peonies starting at $99; a garden rose sampler starting at $79; and roses starting at $59 – and delivery is always free. but please note – In order for delivery before Mother’s Day, anything at Flower Muse must be ordered by May 3rd. There’s a slightly later date for peonies – they can be ordered by May 5th. After May 5th, Flower Muse will have some select options available for procrastinators on Friday, May 6th for Saturday delivery (in which case there is an extra fee). oh! and they are also offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal for garden roses for $79 – buy one box of garden roses for $79 + free shipping and you can send ANOTHER box of garden roses (to the same person or someone else, like your mother-in-law, or even yourself) at no charge. It’s a pretty sweet deal, but it ends tonight – so if you place the order this friday, april 29th before midnight PST, you’re still good to go!
Flower Muse is also kindly offering a 15% reader discount good through December 31st, – which is good on only on full price items (sorry, not valid on any discount or the buy-one-get-one-free offer above) – simply enter SFGIRL at checkout. they also have gorgeous monthly flower subscriptions, like peonies every month, fragrant flowers every month, and garden roses every month, just in case you’d like to treat yourself, or someone you love. happy mother’s day, everyone!
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
meet M I N Z U U – an online shop inspired and started by a group of enthusiasts for culture, history, and artisanal handicraft that curates handmade home goods from artisans around the world. All these beautiful products carried by M I N Z U U are made with traditional (and often endangered) craftsmanship and most of which are fair trade certified. From around the world, they curate home and personal accessories like bedding, throw pillows, ceramics, and jewelry that combine modern designs with century-old techniques. Each item directly connects to its own cultural origin, displays a fusion of the old and the new, and empowers a community of artisans to thrive. M I N Z U U evokes the meaning “nation” in East Asian languages and symbolizes the exploration, appreciation, and celebration, of the rich diversity in our daily life. to celebrate M I N Z U U’s collection and its artisans, we’re giving away $500 of M I N Z U U’s merchandise of your choice.
to enter to win a $500 gift card towards any M I N Z U U’s merchandise of your choice, simply:
• follow M I N Z U U on instagram.
• comment below letting us know you followed on M I N Z U U on instagram.
• please comment by thursday, may 5th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worlwide.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of may 9th, so be sure and follow along.
NEW DESIGN SHOW NYC – field trip
SURTEX 2016 – pink light studio
even though i really like working from home, i love having the luxury of the studio space i share in downtown L.A. – it’s just such a creative escape from the norm, and can often inspire me just seeing what the other creatives there are up to. these spaces are something special, and i hope they inspire you a little. if you’d like more studio space inspiration, check out sites like freunde von freuden, in the make, and the studio work. you might also view our past studio tours, and check out my pinboards working girl and studio spaces. enjoy the tour!
BLUE PRINT NY 2016 – milk & honey
it’s the one year anniversary of launching my book, see san francisco and i thought it might be nice to celebrate with a giveaway! i’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of those of you who not only have bought my book, but took the time to share your own photos from the book on Instagram! every time i get tagged and see your pretty pics of my book it puts a big ol’ smile on my face – so thank you! if you’ve not seen see san francisco, here’s just a few of my favorite images – makes me nostalgic for my city by the bay now that i’m here living in L.A.! the book is a travel pictorial of san francisco and i tried to share the vibe of the ‘real city’ – as seen by someone who lived there (for 20 years!) – a kind of insider sneak peek of each neighborhood, what i loved best about them and a little history of how each of the city’s unique neighborhoods came to be. to celebrate the anniversary, i’d like to give away 5 copies of see san francisco!
enter to win one of 5 copies of see san francisco, simply:
• pin any one (or more!) of your favorite book images here in the post onto any one of your pinterest boards and tag it #seesanfrancisco and @sfgirlbybay.
• comment here on the blog letting us know you pinned, by tuesday, may 3rd at midnight pst.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide!
• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.
• we’ll announce the randomly selected winner later the week of may 3rd on my twitter, so be sure to follow along.
• all photos by victoria smith.
do you have a hard time getting out of bed on monday mornings? they can be a bit of a struggle for me. but with Lucy and the sunlight creeping in like clockwork, i’m up and at ’em pretty early most days. if you’re an aspiring early-riser who doesn’t have an impatient pup licking your face awake, you might consider making some changes in your boudoir to allow for more natural light. think sheer curtains, and fresh air always helps me sleep better too – so if you can, leave those windows open.
pretty bedroom windows that let in lots of beautiful light are like nature’s alarm clock. just take a look at these bright bedrooms. with all that gorgeous light flooding in, it would be hard not to rise and shine!
STATIONERY – kirstie allsopp