Off Shoots

{Off Shoots} Lisa Congdon

by Anh-Minh on March 13, 2014

Long before I ever met her, I was a fan of Lisa Congdon’s. Waaay back in 2007, when she had an art opening at Rare Device—which, at the time, was still located in Brooklyn—I bought two pieces. And I still have both of them, prominently displayed in my home office.

Now that I’ve gotten to know Lisa, my admiration extends beyond her work as an artist. So I was honored that she opened up her home to us for Issue No. 14/Winter 2014. She shares the Oakland residence with her wife, Clay Walsh, as well as several pets (including Wilfredo, shown above with Lisa). I hope you enjoy these outtakes from our photo shoot with them.

Lisa and Clay have been renting the house for just over a year. Since they couldn’t change the kitchen’s black, red, and white palette, they decided to embrace it—outfitting it with a white Odyssey table from CB2 and black Salt chairs from DWR.

Lisa, who’s in charge of the home’s décor, carried the color scheme into the art she selected for the breakfast nook. “[This] kitchen corner is one of my favorite places in the house,” says Clay.

A typical scene in the couple’s dining room: Clay reading cookbooks (it’s one of her hobbies) and Lisa sketching (she does it to relax). “Special-occasion meals,” as Clay puts it, are also enjoyed here.

The dining room has a mid-century modern/Scandinavian/Japanese vibe, right down to Lisa’s collection of vintage enamelware and the framed prints on the wall.

To read more about Lisa and Clay, as well as see additional images of their home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 14—it’s still available through most of our stockists.

{ Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine }


{Off Shoots} Bright Spot

by Anh-Minh on February 13, 2014

Anthology Sjoujke's Kid's Bedroom

Winter is often associated with gloominess and gray days. So in the Winter 2014 issue of Anthology (No. 14), Meg and I knew we wanted to inject some vibrancy into the pages of the magazine. The Netherlands home of Sjoukje van Laer-Verkoulen and Gijs Verkoulen allowed us to do just that.

We love the couple’s liberal use of colorful accents—from the patterned wallpapers throughout the residence to the decorative accents and furnishings. Check out the story in Issue No. 14, “Bright Spot,” to get the full impact of their bold interior (like the red, pink, black, and white kitchen!).

Anthology Sjoukje Kid's Bedroom Decor

Anthology Sjoukje Framed Wall

Anthology Sjoukje Baby Room

P.S. If you’re looking to purchase a copy of Issue No. 14, most of our stockists now have it available in their stores and/or online.

{ Photographs by Henny van Belkom }

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When writer Deb Ryan and photographer Athena Plichta sent us a pitch about Monterey Bay Sea Salt, we immediately knew we wanted to publish the story. The seaside imagery alone had us hooked! Luckily, MBSS was a great fit for the food-themed issue that we had in the works (that would be our currrent release, Issue No. 11). The business is a labor of love for owners Jessica Baer and Joy Colangelo, who both have day jobs in the health care industry.

The salt production takes place in and around Joy’s historical 1908 home, which is located just two blocks from the ocean.

It all starts with the pair kayaking in the Pacific Ocean. They fill their gallon jugs with sea water, and then place the water in trays in a greenhouse.

Once the water evaporates—voilà!—what remains are salt crystals.

You can order MBSS online through Serendipity Farms. The unrefined salt is ideal for cooking, baking, seasoning and even as a bath salt. (I’m eager to try out the MBSS that’s infused with kelp!)

{ Photos by Athena Plichta }


{ Marion and Rose’s Workshop }

In Issue No. 11, one of my favorite features is Kate Pruitt’s write-up on Oakland. The city holds a special place in my heart: I lived there about a decade ago, in the Rockridge neighborhood, and have such great memories of that time.

While some of my old haunts are still around, a ridiculous number of cool shops and restaurants have opened in Oakland since I called it home. After reading Kate’s article, I am super excited about spending more time in the East Bay city, checking out the places she recommends. (I recently had the pleasure of dining at Duende and it exceeded my expectations. Everything I tried was delicious!)

{ CommonWealth Cafe & Public House }

{ Duende }

{ Homeroom }

{ Subrosa Coffee }

Psst … We’re hoping to share more of Kate’s Oakland picks soon! Because there were so many spots we just couldn’t include in the print magazine. If you have any Oakland favorites, let us know. (Next on my list of eateries to try is FuseBox.)

{ Images by Jen Siska }


{Off Shoots} Patty Isen

by Anh-Minh on March 7, 2013

Patty Isen Outtakes When Patty Isen’s Philadelphia home first made it on our radar, it was described to us as: “Stunning. Just stunning.” I asked for further details, and was told that I just needed to see pictures—but that we wouldn’t be disappointed. Sure enough, as soon as we saw the scouting shots, we knew we had to feature Patty’s home in Issue No. 10. While the house itself is beautiful, I am completely in awe of all of the objects that Patty and her husband, Robert, have filled the home with—from gorgeous accessories and furniture from Anthropologie (where Patty is the director of special projects) to heirloom artwork and travel keepsakes from far-flung destinations.

I’m sure Meg had a difficult time narrowing down which images (all taken by Thayer Allyson Gowdy) to publish. Here are just some of the outtakes that we didn’t have room to include in the print magazine!

Patty Isen Outtakes

Patty Isen Outtakes

Patty Isen Outtakes

Patty Isen Outtakes

{Photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

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