Out & About

Napa Valley Showhouse

by Anh-Minh on October 17, 2014

jrachman_napashowhouse1Not that any of us probably need another reason to visit the Napa Valley—the dining scene alone makes it a great destination!—but now through November 16, there’s this: Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase at Caldwell Vineyard.

One of my favorite local designers, Jonathan Rachman, is participating in the event. (The space was photographed by regular Anthology contributor Thayer Allyson Gowdy.) “I am an old-school and romantic person, so as soon as I entered the cheesebarn’s breakfast room and explored the bathroom, the entire mood of the rustic space inspired my soul,” he says, adding that the “intention was to preserve the most nostalgic and rustic elements of the barn, while keeping it current.”

If you’re going to be in the Napa area in the coming weeks, don’t miss this great opportunity to see some incredible rooms in a stunning setting.

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{ All photos by  Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase }


Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }



Some of you may already be aware of this—before Anthology became a thing, the magazine’s creative director, Meg Mateo Ilasco, launched the “Inc.” creative business series with Chronicle Books. The latest book is coming out in just a couple of weeks (August 12 to be exact): Art Inc., written by one of my favorite local artists, Lisa Congdon, and edited by Meg. For anyone who has ever had an interest in a career as an artist, it’s a must-read.

To celebrate the book’s release, Lisa and Meg are doing something rather brilliant: On Tuesday, August 12, from 5-6 p.m. (PT), they’re teaming up with Creative Live for a live online book release event. So what does that mean? Meg and Lisa will be sitting down to discuss Lisa’s own path to becoming a professional fine artist and illustrator. There will be a live online broadcast, and anyone can participate. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can actually be a member of the studio audience!

Here’s how you can be a part of the event:

  • RSVP to WATCH ONLINE: To get online access to the event—it’s free—RSVP here.
  • SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE LIVE AUDIENCE: If you are in the Bay Area and would like to attend, sign up here. Tickets are free, and there are 50 seats available. After the broadcast, Lisa will be signing copies of Art Inc. from 6-7 p.m. (You’ll be able to purchase a copy at the event if you don’t already have one.)


P.S. If you’re a fan of Lisa’s as well, I hope you caught her house tour  in Issue No. 14/Winter 2014! We also posted some outtakes earlier this year.

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Oh, if only Boston wasn’t so far from California! When we heard about Patch NYC‘s new show with artist Elizabeth Grubaugh, we immediately wanted to hop on a plane and check it out. “When Don and I were thinking of an art show to kick off the spring season we knew a lot of color would be ideal after such a long, lingering winter. So we immediately thought of Elizabeth’s work,” says John Ross, the proprietor of the shop (along with Don Carney). “She manages to create palettes that are dense with color but never overwhelming to the eye—and that’s not easy. For this show, we asked Elizabeth to focus on her botanical imagery because we like how she takes plant forms and makes them almost abstract through her line work.”

Don and John even developed a collection of jewelry that’s inspired by Elizabeth’s creations. And thankfully for those of us who live thousands of miles from Patch NYC, they’re offering her beautiful giclee prints, decoupaged glass paperweights, and one-of-a-kind silk-screened pillows on their website. Of course, if you’re in the Boston area, you should definitely stop by to view them in person—along with all of the other great wares that Don and John stock in their South End store.

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{ All images courtesy of Patch NYC }


A couple of weeks ago, we Instagrammed some photos taken during the San Francisco Decorator Showcase press preview. (Are you following us on Instagram?) If you’re local or planning to be in the Bay Area this month, you can now visit the show house yourself; it’s open through Memorial Day. The images here represent just a handful of our favorite rooms in the 1907 Presidio Heights mansion, which was revamped by more than two dozen artists and designers. The kids’ quarter shown above is the work of Regan Baker; while the wallpaper is stunning, there are so many other special details, too.

The Showcase residence totals nearly 9,000 square feet and is situated on a lot that’s about one-third of an acre—meaning there’s plenty of décor inspiration to be culled from its indoor and outdoor spaces. (Bonus: The annual event is a fundraiser for University High School’s financial aid program.)

The family room (and adjacent kitchen) was designed by Steven Miller. All of the furniture came from his gallery and shop, THE NWBLK. And be forewarned: After browsing the goods available through THE NWBLK, you may want to buy pretty much everything. (And can we take a moment to consider that view? That’s what an $18 million-view looks like!)

Working with the existing floors and built-in ceiling, Geoffrey De Sousa managed to infuse his impeccable sense of style into the home’s library. All of those old books were painting the same creamy white hue to create a harmonious backdrop to the beautiful furnishings and objects that the designer chose.

We never wanted a potting shed until we came across the one devised by Randy McDannell. The “shed” is actually a two-room space with direct access to the garden; the other room includes work surfaces, and is where the tools and potting accoutrements are kept.

SagreraBrazil was charged with making over the dining room, which is lined in a gorgeous hand-painted Chinoiserie wallcovering that was installed several decades ago. The design duo managed to complement existing elements in the space, yet still infuse a fresh and modern sensibility.

And we just thought this fancy cat photograph by Todd Hido was too fun not to post. It was part of Jaimie Belew‘s master bathroom scheme.