The Coffee Table with Jessica Murnane

Today’s Coffee Table guest is based (and plant-based) in Chicago and understands the importance of the little things in life: handwritten notes, unique gifts, and the moments and activities that make up one’s day. Give a big welcome to:
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Currently Brewing

  I just wrapped up a certification in plant-based nutrition and launched a new website/food initiative called One Part Plant.The website is a healthy foodie/ lifestyle site with recipes, tips, and practical advice. The site also features partnering hotels and restaurants that offer plant-based dishes on their menus (some for the very first time). There’s even a popular steakhouse on board! After avoiding a major surgery by changing my diet to a plant-based one, I am a huge advocate of using food as medicine. I am so passionate about this project and helping others get healthy, I get giggly just thinking about it.

Favorite Drink

I have always wished I liked coffee. Seriously. I even attempted to fake-like-it in college. But I just don’t. I make a green juice every morning – which is my version of coffee. And if I am not at home to make my own, I just discovered Suja. Their juices are so damn good.

 It’s the Little Things

My Coffee Table
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I found my coffee table at a thrift store in Chicago. I love the scalloped edges and detail. After I bought it, I took off the top (the top is a separate piece – like a tray) and flipped it over to clean. There is a very fancy and pretty piece of metal (the size of the paper in a fortune cookie) that says “Made in Italy”. I would love to know the story of how it made its way to Chicago.
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Some of these items I really have no idea where they came from. The spoon, I know I got at a flea market in Paris. The book was a gift to my husband I picked up at a museum in Madrid. But I was looking at the bird nest, crab necklace, and black apple and thought “where the hell did those come from?”. No idea. They are just little oddities I have picked up through the years that always move with me.

Words of Wisdom

My Dad’s classic answer to everything, “Live in the now”.

“Rejoice in other people’s successes because there is plenty for everyone”. – Louise Hay

I have been practicing this for the past 6 months. I used to get so competitive with other people’s accomplishments. But this new thought process has been a real game changer for me. Frees up so much space in the my brain to do more.
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Jessica’s Pinterest. Suitor Life BlogTwitter and Facebook. So How Was Your Day Twitter.
One Part Plant Facebook and Twitter.
(posted with love by Kathryn)
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The Coffee Table with Sharzad Kiadeh

Hi guys! Black Friday and Cyber Monday were crazy days– to help you ease out of the “sale high” We’re offering : read one interview, get an extra one free! Here’s an extra coffee table interview for you to enjoy and check in this Thursday for the regular scheduled post! We’re so thankful for our readers and contributors; never is there a shortage of creativity and inspiration!!! As I wipe the mascara off my cheek from this sentimental intro… please bat your lashes for founder and blogger of LuxLyfe:

Currently Brewing 

I try to have new projects constantly brewing. I love connecting with new people and brands and I continue to be excited about my on-going partnerships with Room77 and Burke Williams. In a perfect world I would have a webseries show where I travel the world and try exotic beauty treatments in other countries. Any producers out there listening?!

Favorite Drink

I’m actually not a coffee drinker. My drink of choice is sparkling water with lemon (totally boring, I know). If we’re talking booze (which is way more fun!) I love single varietal Pinot’s from the Russian River Valley and I’m currently obsessed with the Kari-Kari cocktail from Michaels in Santa Monica. (Kari-Kari is Japanese whiskey, Serrano chilis and cilantro)

It’s the Little Things

  • Being surrounded by smart, creative, driven, fun, happy, and healthy people. (ie my hubby, family, and friends!)
  • Living in California makes me VERY happy; always has, always will.
  • Doing what I love for a living. I feel extremely fortunate that I have the opportunity to go after my dreams every day.

My Coffee Table

My hubs had the coffee table custom made; he has way better taste in home decor than I do! We like to keep things simple and clean in our apartment, so there are only two things on our table: a beautiful globe, which was a gift from my in-laws, and a Romeo and Julietta limited edition Cigar humidor.

Words of Wisdom

I think being fearless and persistent are two things that have always worked for me. I have never been afraid to go after what I want and I always encourage others to chase after their dreams! Treat everyone with respect and smile!

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(posted with love by Kathryn)

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)

The Coffee Table with Sunnie Brook Jones

Welcome to this week’s Coffee Table Q&A with Silverlake, CA based hair and makeup artist Sunnie Brook Jones! Take a seat, grab a drink, and get cozy.


Currently Brewing 

I’m launching an online beauty shop of thoughtfully curated beauty kits and products inspired by the looks featured on my beauty blog and youtube channel.

Favorite Drink

A dry non-fat cappuccino (my friends and I call it an Al-paccino). I also love espresso poured over ice cream…two of my favorite things in my tummy, oh and chocolate.

It’s the Little Things

  • People
  • the ocean
  • Heart to hearts
  • Music

    My Coffee Table

    The book Food, fashion, friends by Fleur Wood is full of pretty eye candy and creative ideas. My cup is handmade from an artist I met while in Israel last year. The rainbow of color against the grainy rocky texture is so pleasurable for me and the shape feels like I’m being kissed! I like to have my cup and bits near to me while I’m sitting. The table: This table made me smile because of the word cut outs (kinda reminded me of Rob Ryan’s art) and my favorite color is fuschia. It’s also very practical and easy to move, which is convenient since I like to do spontaneous furniture re-arranging! Plus it can go next to my bed for those early mornings when I need my coffee before opening my eyes.

    Words of Wisdom

    Never stop hoping and dreaming. Be open handed with everything you have from your heart to your home. Always love and forgive. Embrace each day one at a time and give your best.

    Follow Sunnie, visit her blog and youtube channel, like her page.

    Thanks for joining us this week!

    (posted with love by Amanda)

The Coffee Table with Marissa Maharaj

Welcome to The Coffee Table interview series! Have a seat, grab a drink, and meet Los Angeles based musician & lifestyle/wedding photographer:

Marissa Maharaj

Currently Brewing

 I’m currently working on a second album and I’m really excited for the challenge and growth that round two will bring! Last year I released my first EP, Letters, which was something I’d been working on for a while and finally worked up the courage to orchestrate. I had the privilege of teaming up with a few companies like ModCloth and Element, who used some of my songs for their videos and promos; I was blown away by the kind support of the incredible artist community in Seattle (where I was living at the time).

Favorite Drink

I’m all about the brewed coffee. Having lived in Seattle for over four years, you’d think I’d be a bit picky about my coffee, but given a blind taste test I’d probably choose diner coffee every time. No cream, no sugar, just give me a jug and I’ll be on my way.

It’s the Little Things

  • Snail mail. Which I never get, except from Bank of America, and those guys hardly ever write in cursive.
  • Taco Trucks. You can find them everywhere in LA. They’re pretty much like Santa on wheels, if Santa hung out in the Vons parking lot after 9pm and mastered the art of the perfect mulita.
  • When I do laundry and all my clothes don’t come out pink. (Happens more than I care to say.)

My Coffee Table

Succulents. We love succulents in this house! This does not mean that we can keep them alive. Do not be mislead.

Coffee Table

Magazines. My roomie Emma works with Kinfolk on occasion, and I love pouring over the pages as soon as we get a new issue.

Instax & Old Photos. Some instax from my trip to Paris this summer and old photos I found at the Long Beach Flea Market.

The table: My roommate Emma and I were out brunching when we ran into Casa Victoria, a tiny little furniture shop where we found the leather couch of our dreams. The owner, Robert, graciously offered to move it to our apartment, and when he arrived he had a coffee table for us as well! (He probably did some guess work and figured we were newbies who still ate on the floor.) We didn’t end up buying an actual dining table for another few months, so that coffee table hosted meals, office work, and actually one smallish dinner party. Needless to say, we wrote Casa Victoria a sizeable review on Yelp.

Words of Wisdom

My mother has more wisdom than anyone I’ve ever met- everything she
says could go on a tea bag. One of my favorites (besides “it can be fixed with a snack”) is:

two hours at a time

I can get overwhelmed in the midst of running my photography business, traveling, freelancing, and dreaming up new projects, and my mothers wise words always come back to me: “Two hours at a time- take life two hours at a time. Don’t focus on what you have to do this year, this week, or even for the rest of the day-just focus on the next two hours”. I don’t know if that would fit on a tea bag, but someone should certainly try.

Follow Marissa, visit her blog, like her page

Thanks for joining us!

(posted with love by Kathryn)

My Top 5: Erin Haslag of WELL in L.A.

(originally posted on Yello)