Last month, we spent ten days in Thailand. Our first stop was Bangkok, which is a crowded, fast paced, polluted(!) city. We stayed at the Hansar Hotel, which proved to be a beautiful, peaceful respite within the urban landscape. We would explore early in the day, using primarily the Skytrain and River Taxi to get around. We love utilizing public transportation while traveling... it is usually easily navigable once you get the hang of it, and gives you a much better sense of life as a local. We visited temples, ate street food, and quickly became addicted to mango sticky rice. We would spend the hottest part of the day by the hotel's 8th floor pool, which felt like a secret oasis amongst the bustle of the city. It was nice to just be still for a little while and take it all in. Travel can be a whirlwind if you let it. Rooftop bars were the place to be at night... killer views, a cool breeze, and strong drinks.




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


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.

A few hours in Santa Barbara

We spent some time in California a couple of weeks ago, visiting with Matt's brother and his wife, and our new nephew(!) who live in Ojai. On Easter Sunday, we drove up to Santa Barbara for a few hours. It was sunshiney and breezy and cool, and the salty air never smelled so good. There is something special about that place, and it earned a place on our "to return" list when we will make time to get to know it better. In the meantime, just a few snaps to hold onto.

minnesota makers 05 | siri knutson


over the winter, i had the true pleasure of visiting the home studio of siri knutson, a talented local artist and designer. i first encountered siri's art at the foundry, a favorite little shop of mine in minneapolis.  her abstract pieces made of faux gold leaf quickly caught my eye, and i was thrilled when she agreed to be a part of my minnesota makers series.  she has made a studio space in her home, which is minimalistic and bright, and filled with simple, personal elements. although it appears as though each piece in her space was chosen with intention, the collection comes together with seemingly no effort at all. she keeps an inspiration wall that brims with old photographs and postcards, and her own artwork from various points in her past. 

siri also works as an interior designer, and i couldn't help but take a few photos of her home while i was there. her bright, authentic spirit manages to shine through in every corner. (it's amazing how that happens, isn't it?) in this time of pinterest, social media, and general overstimulation, i felt so refreshed after talking with siri and spending time in her space. she has created a home that is a natural respite, and perhaps most importantly, has stayed true to herself while doing so.

you can see more of siri's work on her website. 

flower stills


i am always aiming to improve my technique when it comes to styling... it does not come as naturally for me as i'd like to admit. back in december, i picked up some blooms at a local florist and spent some time styling and shooting on black. i love the way the tones are muted, and the images have a serene, but moody, feel to them.