Crushing On: Frances Palmer Pottery

picks from frances palmer pottery

Hello, my name is Victoria, and I think I have an obsession with beautiful pottery. Confession time: sometimes when I’m looking at interiors or browsing furniture online or even daydreaming about a future house we’d decorate, I think about furnishings in terms of “Would these items look good with all pottery I want to collect, on display?” Joe has only seen a small manifestation of this problem with the, ahem, somewhat sizeable antique/vintage tea cup and saucer collection I’ve amassed, and I think he has recently gotten a better idea of my “condition” based on how I won’t shut up about large serving platters I’ve spotted when we’re out and about…

I haven’t told him about my latest obsession though: I got an email from the home store Terrain the other day, and a few featured pieces of pottery at the top of the newsletter caught my eye. They were from Connecticut-based potter Frances Palmer, and were completely up my alley: simple, creamy whites, with lots of organic textures; a perfect blend of traditional and modern. Curious, I typed ‘Frances Palmer’ into Google to discover more… And I’ve totally been living under a rock, because Frances is a celebrated potter who has had a plethora of press in the design world over the last decade. Nevertheless, I was so happy to discover her for myself! Her works — all individually crafted — are absolutely stunning. These are true pieces of art you invest in and then treasure for a lifetime (and pass on to the next generation in your family!). Wishing I had seen this vase or this platter when I was crafting my Christmas wishlist…

If you love ceramics and pottery, be sure to check out Frances’ collection (warning: it may induce some serious pottery lust). You can also follow her on Instagram here, for regular doses of beautiful pieces mixed with gorgeous florals — a sure daily pick-me-up. A few of her pieces are also available via collaboration with Terrain, and at a small number of independent retailers.

So now you know about my obsession. Send help (wait, actually, don’t).


PS – Some quick blog administrative notes, mostly to keep me accountable! Next week I’m hoping to share my December playlist, just in time for any holiday travel you might have on your calendar. I’ll also try to put together some good reading via a Week/End post, so if/when you want to escape the family for some downtime, you’ll have some articles to read. :) Following that, I’ve been working on FINALLY putting together the results from the couples finance survey (sorry for the delay, friends), and I’m planning on publishing it before the end of the year — so stay tuned! If you’re traveling this weekend in advance of the holiday, safe journeys and enjoy!


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Phoebe Narrow Beaded Vase   ·   Small Oval Platter Flowers A   ·   Paper Bag Vase B   ·   No. Two Picasso Vase   ·   Beaded Pedestal Vase Ruffle in Pewter   ·   Oxide Vase Trees   ·   Hand Pitchers   ·   Vase with Neck Beads and Ruffle

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Touring the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

And a walk down memory lane...

bon appetit test kitchen - photo by danlly domingo, architectural digest jan 2015

bon appetit test kitchen - photo by danlly domingo, architectural digest

bon appetit test kitchen, from architectural digest (photo by danlly domingo)

Many folks don’t know this unless you’ve read my blog for a very long time, but it actually started out as a food blog. After I graduated from college, I went to culinary school; following that, for a short time I worked as a freelance food writer, which is also around the time I started blogging. When I was freelancing, I worked in the San Francisco Chronicle‘s test kitchen, writing and testing recipes, styling shoots, and working in the wine cellar. It was a fun, interesting time in my life that sometimes feels like a million years ago! But those experiences in my early 20s were really formative, and oddly enough, sent me down the path that led me to where I am now, working as a web designer (it’s funny how life works out).

Anyway, this less a post about my wild career history, and more about test kitchens. I always considered the Chronicle test kitchen to be pretty decent — multiple stoves and refrigerators, more cookware and styling pieces than you would ever know what to do with, and of course, a professional studio for taking all those pictures. Earlier this year though, when I got a glimpse of the new Bon Appétit test kitchen in the One World Trade Center offices in Architectural Digest, my 23-year old self was immediately jealous. Have you seen this place? Well, technically most of the magazine’s test work is done in a much larger, still beautiful, industrial kitchen, of which there is a fantastic tour here. But there is also a separate private kitchen, used for events and probably photoshoots, that’s absolutely stunning. Both kitchens are high up in the building, meaning the natural light that floods in through the windows is insane — and if you’ve ever taken a photo, like, ever, you know that natural light is a very good thing.

I love how modern and clean they went with the private kitchen. Simple but impactful touches like the waterfall counters on both the bar and island make the space feel special and luxe, and the grid tiling on the backsplash lends a clean, modern feel. Meanwhile, while classic elements like hex floor tiles and wood paneling bring on the organic elegance. It’s neither too masculine or too feminine, and again — that light! Oh to be able to work in such a space all day! Even though it is in a corporate setting, it’s the kind of kitchen that could inspire any homeowner, don’t you think? What’s your favorite feature in the space?

If you’re interested in seeing more photos of the private kitchen space, check out Architectural Digest‘s tour here; you can also read more about the test kitchen and what it’s like to work in one over at The New York Times. It’s interesting to contrast how the BA test kitchen works versus a local newspaper’s…instead of having someone order products for us from FreshDirect, we used to go to Whole Foods nearly daily, and lug all the bags back on foot. Pre-Uber days for sure!


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Images: Danlly Domingo for Architectural Digest

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Apartment Update: Our New Dining Chairs!

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mix and match dining chairs from serena and lily

Fun decor updates to share you with you today — our dining room has finally come together! We received our new custom chairs from Serena & Lily about a week ago, and have been busy breaking them in by eating at the table nearly every single day. It’s such a small thing, to be able to pull up to a table and eat a meal in your home, but boy have we realized how much we missed it. The chairs were the last piece we needed before really being able to enjoy this space, and we’re so happy with what we picked.

Remember how earlier in the summer, Joe and I had been debating between two chairs, the Grace and the Josephine (he liked the former, I liked the latter)? Well, Kathryn from Serena & Lily convinced us to mix them, with the Graces at the heads of the table and the Josephines in between. It ended up working so well, because not only did we each get a piece we liked, but we love the way the fully upholstered Grace bookends our dining table. It’s a great blend of feeling traditional, but still casual and modern. Because while the shape of the chairs — especially Grace — is more formal, mixing and matching feels like it brings it all down a notch, so it feels like an “everyday” space!

Now, on to a few unexpected details I really love about these pieces: Read the full post +

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