Reading & Listening, Lately

I've come across some wonderful words in the past week or two, in the form of books, articles, and podcasts. Some are older, some fresh... in case you find yourself longing for something inspiring and/or thought provoking, a short list below:

Creative Confidence

The Alchemist (a modern classic that lives up to its reputation)


The Philosopher Chef

On the Importance of Dealing with Ambiguity

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

...followed by Why L.L. Bean's Boots Keep Selling Out

Maker Quarterly Issue 07 / Character - (a beautifully printed free publication)

Nick Onken's talk with Emily Fletcher on The Power of Vedic Meditation

A conversation with Grace Bonney & Julia Turshen

An interview with Maria Popova - Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital World




Barcelona was our second stop in Spain. The wide streets and towering trees were reminiscent of Paris, and the culture was incredibly vibrant. We spent time in the Mercado de la Boquería, which of course I could not get enough of. Such a feast for the senses. I don't have many photos of the El Born neighborhood, which was probably my favorite spot. A bit like the Soho of Barcelona, there were tons of little alleyways filled with shops carrying all sorts of goods... many of the makers and artisans working right on site. I'd love to spend more time in El Born the next time. Until then...

If you plan to visit, a few spots worth checking out:

Brunch & Cake | Fantastic spot for breakfast, very welcoming staff. Worth the short wait. Snag an outside table at the window if you can. | 19, Carrer Enric Granados, 19

Ocaña | (first photo above) Beautiful spot for coffee or a drink, with an interesting scene on the plaza. | Plaça Reial, 13-15

Vaso de Oro | We received this recommendation from a few different sources. a must, with a small group. Long and narrow space filled with only locals and lots of beer. | Calle de Balboa, 6

La Guingueta | Beach bar in La Barceloneta, perfect for people watching! | Carrer del Comerç, 24

Boca Chica / Boca Grande | Highly recommend this spot. A must for cocktails (upstairs at Boca Chica) - the best Gin & Tonic. Dinner in the restaurant is also delicious. Incredible design throughout. We were not able to check out The Apartment upstairs, but do, if you can! | Passatge de la Concepció, 12

El Chiringuito Las Sardinitas | Open air, paella by the beach. | Av. de Litoral, 36

Monvinic Wine Bar | Beautiful place for a glass of wine and/or dinner. A bit rainy when we were there, but the terrace behind the bar may be the best spot. | Carrer de la Diputació, 249




I am so behind in cataloging my travels, but here we are. About a month ago, we visited Spain. We started our trip in Sevilla, which is a small old city, oozing with charm. We had the most fun wandering the streets, peeking into private courtyards, stopping for cervezas and tapas. The weather was unseasonably cool while we were there, which was a pleasant surprise, as steamy temperatures are typical for the summer months. The locals know how to party: late dinners (one restaurant had to unlock the door for our 9:45p reservation!), flamenco dancing, and all-night partying are the norm. We now understand why the siesta is such an integral part of the culture-- a tradition I could quickly get on board with!


I worked with interior designer Nadia Haddad to shoot a recent project of hers, a beautiful residence in South Minneapolis. Nadia has such a talent for shaping space, and a unique global aesthetic. Definitely browse through her portfolio when you have a chance-- a feast for the eyes!

Styling by Hilary Kerhajetz, Anna Lundberg, Matt Stenerson

hackwith design house for wilson & willy's


Over the past several months, I have been working with Wilson & Willy's, a general store focused on thoughtfully made products for men, women, and the home. The webshop launched before the holidays, and the brick and mortar location will be opening in Minneapolis next week. Wilson & Willy's believes in the makers. Everything in the shop is made in the USA, and a great deal of it is made right here in Minnesota. 

It has been a true pleasure to spend time in the local studios of these makers, documenting their processes. I am consistently inspired by their creative wisdom, their slow intention, their quiet humility. 

Lisa Hackwith has an art background, and taught herself to sew after graduating. She designs and constructs the clothing, along with her small team, in her Minneapolis studio. They aim for quality, for timelessness, for creating the pieces that will be the highlight of your closet. All of the items for Wilson & Willy's are made from selvage material from Faribault Woolen Mill, resulting in a collection of pieces crafted locally, from beginning to end.

I look forward to sharing more of my work with Wilson & Willy's, and with these makers. There is so much good.

siri knutson design studio

i had the pleasure of working with siri knutson to update her porfolio. in addition to creating gold leaf art and having a beautiful space of her own, siri works as an interior designer, specializing in both commercial and residential spaces. she is a proponent of using pieces that clients already own, arranging them in a way that is both beautiful and functional. she pairs existing items with found objects, new pieces, and natural elements to create layered environments with personality. as you can tell from the shots above, the spaces that result are inviting and full of character, finding moments of beauty in the imperfect... just the way a lived-in space should be.



an overload of photos from our visit to the most beautiful ojai. in mid-april, the warm sun and fat blooms and groves upon groves of citrus were just plain therapeutic. i MAY have been the one smushing my nose into every flower and sneaking into orange groves. (the things a minnesota winter will do to a person).

our days were pure bliss, rarely leaving the premises of ojai valley inn. patio breakfasts and books by the pool and pressed juices and the most wonderful pedicure ever. we did manage to make it into town to enjoy lunch at the tiny hip vegan with the most delicious whole foods you can imagine, popped into this outdoor bookstore (so fun!) and my favorite shop summer camp. we shared pizza and bottles of wine under the string lights on the patio of papa lennon's, and of course i couldn't pass up the roadside citrus stands.

ojai, we'll be back.

Featured on Design*Sponge: A Minneapolis Home


I am honored to have a Sneak Peek featured on Design*Sponge--  Rita of The American Edit has become a fast friend here in Minneapolis. She and her husband are currently living in a house that belongs to friends of theirs who moved overseas for a few years. It turned out to be the best of both worlds for everyone-- their friends get to fulfill a dream of living abroad, and Rita and Matt have the opportunity to live in a beautiful home and neighborhood while Rita gets TAE off the ground. 

Needless to say, their home is stunning. Light and bright with a focus on clean lines and American-made products-- and a touch of bold wallpaper to boot. What's not to love?

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Rita and Shannon on this shoot. I owe endless thanks to both of them for making this possible. See the full post on D*S here.