Monday, August 26, 2013

Destination: Los Poblanos

The tunnel of cottonwoods you drive through the enter Los Poblanos

Every so often, we're lucky enough to visit a place that is incredibly inspired, down to the finest details. Los Poblanos, in Albuquerque, NM, is that kind of place. A 25-acre working organic farm that specializes in lavender, Los Poblanos also has beautiful guest rooms, an amazingly well-curated Farm Shop, a saltwater pool, and a restaurant specializing in local and organic food. Did we mention it's on the National Register of Historic Places? Just one afternoon at Los Poblanos, and you won't want to leave. (And when you do, you'll dream of recreating the whole atmosphere at your own house.)

The dining room, which features Weck jar glasses & Dinuba water containers

The saltwater pool, surrounded by grape vines Tuuci umbrellas

Albino peacocks wandering the grounds

So in love with this screen-printed canvas curtain material in the Farm Suites!

You can't leave without stocking up on their house lavender products (the hand salve is unbeatable)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Back-to-School

As long and eagerly as we wait for summer to come, by the middle of August, we can't help but start to feel excited for fall. Especially back-to-school shopping. We love the challenge of finding awesome vintage clothes for the kids....around town at consignment and vintage shops of course, but also online. Here are some of our favorite finds so far. Get them while you can!

Sweet vintage kid's (size 3) wool coat on Etsy, $81.08

Leisl dress (4T)  from The Littlest Shop, $24

Vintage plaid dress, $20 on Etsy

Petits Habits has the most darling vintage ensembles (129 Euros for the above), usually on the pricier side

This fringed sailboat top (for 7 years) is 54 Euros on Petits Habits

Portland Pattern People

Courtesy Pattern People, via Portland Monthly

Loved this article in the new Portland Monthly about local design studio Pattern People. The best part? Seeing in 5 parts how exactly they devise their prints: start with photos, mix-n-match them, add background and tweak the colors, build a repeating geometric pattern, overlay. (The pattern above is the final product.) It's probably more complicated than it sounds, but still, don't you want to try it at home??

This "Camo Floral" pattern can be download for free on Pattern People

"Feathers" is another free download on their site

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sounds of Summer: Washed Out

What we're listening to right now...from the new Washed Out record, "Paracosm," due August 13 from Sub Pop.