The Coffee Table with Tristen Glaab

While walking around at Artisanal LA this past October, we came across a rustic and cozy display (see photo at end of post) of custom furniture. A few seconds into talking with the owners of the company, we could tell they were … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with The Weaver House

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to meet the most wonderful twin sisters from their very own winter wonderland Portland, OR…

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What’s Brewing 

We’ve been wrapping up edits from summer weddings, as well as a neighborhoods project we photographed In Barcelona & Portland for Airbnb. Next up are some exciting new web design projects for a florist, an upholsterer, a fashion blogger and a charcoal artist. We’re also catching up on curating new items for our vintage & handmade shop in time for the holidays!

Favorite Drink

We spent our youth with family in Barcelona, first sipping ‘cortados’: a mighty shot of espresso in a sweet little shot glass. These days, we love our local coffee nooks (Ristretto RoastersStumptownCoava) for their no-fuss drip coffees, which we enjoy with just a bit o’ cream (and some cinnamon or nutmeg around the holidays!). Sometimes we’ll get fancy and order an Americano.

It’s The Little Things

  • Autumn in Portland. The smells, the colors and the energy in the air leading up the holidays is electric!
  • Going to the movies. Nothing beats sharing popcorn and a pint at our little indie theater.
  • Our menfolk & our mutts. Hannah has two min pins, Kelty has two large bully mixes, and we both have tall, bearded husbands. 

 Our Coffee Tables

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1. Hannah- I stumbled upon my coffee table at Sabi & Friends, a local vintage shop in North Portland. It’s from the 50s, and I like that the heavy metal top is removable, and the legs fold up for easy stowing.  We keep a candle and a few magazines on it, but tend to leave it rather minimal, as we don’t own a dining table!  For meals or drinks we tend to gather around it, sitting on big pillows or perching on the end of the couch. It’s communal medallion, of sorts.
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2. Kelty- We have a large living room that we use for all sorts of activities and purposes, so getting a coffee table with wheels was a must. We found our current coffee table at World Market, and love how simple it is. Bottom shelf, simple metal, sleek wood, wheels, boom. All sorts of books tend to get stacked on there, not to mention plants and candles… it’s typically a mess, but what can you do?  :)
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Words of Wisdom
Our mom is a painter, and her motto when we were growing up was “Do Whatever Works”. We’re both Type A gals, so this phrase reminds us to loosen up and take projects as they are; opportunities for some amazing adventures in creativity.  :)
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(posted with love by Amanda)

The Coffee Table with Falcon Griffith

Joining us this week on The Coffee Table is Brooklyn based photographer and Co-founder of fashion label Grove Lane:

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Currently Brewing

My boyfriend and I are currently putting the final touches on our Spring/Summer ’12 collection of handmade skinny leather ties for Grove Lane; we’re fortunate to be able to source amazing buttery Italian leather and make the ties from our NYC studio. I’ve also been busy running my wedding photography business and am shooting photos of Indie/Rock band, City Walls Autumn Falls next week. All this multitasking surely makes me a true Gemini!

Favorite Drink

Cappuccino with almond milk! The smell of coffee has always been associated with my father’s morning ritual of preparing a cup of drip coffee in the same porcelain cream mug. I discovered the joy and buzzing benefits of coffee in my late teens, sadly introduced by a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino–hey, a girl’s gotta start somewhere!—and later on can still recall my first Australian latte upon moving there nearly three years ago. Those Aussie’s sure take the art of coffee seriously! Since then I’ve made my own ritual and love experimenting with different brewing methods, most recently using a Bodum French Press.

It’s the Little Things

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Bold red lipstick (I love MAC’s Ruby Woo)
  • Wine + homemade pizza movie night with my boyfriend

My Coffee Table

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My coffee table doubles up as my work desk/table. Savouring my morning cup of tea or
coffee here helps me settle into the day. The table was actually once my family’s dining table–my mother was a fantastic host and had a penchant for antiques. It’s since been passed down to me and I love being connected to its nostalgic history.

I found this Olivetti Valentine typewriter on ebay, designed by Ettore Sottass Jr. and doubling as a piece of pop art. I love reading about writer’s morning routines and the romanticism of typewriters. Like shooting film, it’s like every word counts, it really makes you think about what you really want to say.

 Oil painting is my first love, I rarely paint anymore which is a pity. My paintings are heavily influenced by René Magritte and surrealism. They tend to be a bit weird and dark, everyone who knows me is like “what the hell is going on in your head?!”

Words of Wisdom

“The secret is there is no secret. You just have to keep showing up.” – Tara Stiles

Follow Falcon, like her page, check out her Instagram: @_falcongriffith_

Thanks for joining us and thanks to Falcon for sharing her table. See you next week!

(Posted with love by Kathryn)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

                

My idea of a perfect gift to give (or be given) is a blend of homemade with purchased items; a few meaningful things instead of one big box from the department store. And so- for this Mother’s Day- if you’re pressed for time, or simply not into DIY- support the handmade and unique goodies available at Etsy. 

If you’re in Los Angeles, Handmade Galleries  has eclectic treasures. One of my favorite necklaces is from this store- which has been around for 18 years! 

Ears don’t just want earrings, they want music! Make a motherhood themed mix cd: NPR compiled around 50 songs for this specific holiday.  

Feeling crafty? Try making Coffee Filter Flowers. Click here for a tutorial.

              

Last but not least: write your own card. Even if it’s just a few words or a heartfelt poem. At a loss for words? Quote a poem from The Poetry Foundation

Whatever you do, make it your own, make it personal.

Your mamabear’s heart will smile.  

♥ K