My mom took these pictures of the dinner party Buck hosted for her visit to Berlin last month. He is in grad school in Frankfurt but lives most of the time in Berlin while running a company based in New York. Brother Buck is so cosmopolitan.
How darling is the presentation? If you don’t have platters just lay some parchment on the table and go to town.
A spartan student budget doesn’t mean you can’t entertain with style. A cluster of votive candles in a white dish is always elegant.
Most of you have heard me brag about the creativity of my brothers. Wyatt’s incredible metal work at Wyatt Studio and Buck of the famed Deck Towel, the original linen beach towel. I have one more talented brother to introduce, Bob Ellison. Wood is his medium and he sculpts decorative bowls and planters, builds wood panels and frames and makes table tops and benches from reclaimed wood.
Drew received this hand carved bowl for a Christmas gift and I was delighted to find this plant box under the tree with my name on it. So impressed by our gifts we set up a family workshop between Christmas brunch and Hanukkah dinner to launch Bob’s career. Mom styled the shots, Buck photographed the pieces and Drew built Bob a website.
Now you can follow his career over at BobEllisonWoodwork.com. If you live in the Bay Area and are looking for custom wood or metal pieces for your home or garden then contact Bob or Wyatt. They also collaborate, like on this blond walnut table top and metal base they made for my mom.
This turkey sandwich is a staple in the Ellison family when entertaining a crowd. All my brothers and I could whip this up by the time we were 9 years old. No pool party, impromptu family lunch or trip across the lake in Tahoe was complete with out this sandwich in tow. With 4 kids and our many friends and family always around we usually made 3 of these at a time.
Vintage Bread Board from NapaStyle
My brother Buck wrote up the recipe below for our cousin who fell in love with this on her last trip to Marin.
Turkey Baguette Sandwich
Fresh French Baguette- not sourdough, don’t try to cut corners here, not that spongy American crap
Tomato- thinly sliced
Avocado- thinly sliced
Mayo- Best Foods/Hellman’s or bust
Red Onions- thinly sliced and very sparsely distributed
Turkey- oven roasted or Boars Head cracked pepper
Pepper jack cheese
Pepperoncinis- roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the baguette horizontally into two long pieces. Slather one side of the bread with mayo and the other with Dijon. Top with meats, cheese and vegetables and salt and pepper to taste. Place the top on the heaping sandwich and slice into 2 inch portions, cutting on the diagonal to make it pretty. Serve immediately.
Sarah’s savvy sister Julie pointed out we never share any pictures of our “homes” with y’all. While we don’t fancy ourselves interior designers we both LOVE pouring over shelter magazines, dreaming about paint colors and make our living spaces look nice with what we have on hand. Here are a few angles from my living room in Silverlake, CA.
Almost all of my furniture is inherited from family and friends. The sofas are hand-me-downs from college pals covered with white denim slip covers from Ikea (the slipcovers don’t fit perfect but they only cost $11!) The cow hide and the leather ottoman we use a coffee table belonged to my mom. She bought me those black side tables for my first apartment 10 years ago.
Those chrome lamps are from Target MANY years ago but I updated them with new Target grasscloth lamp shades recently. The art on the walls is by Drew, my Dad and my brother Buck. My brother Bobby made the 2 redwood frames. The family art wall is one of my favorite parts of the room.
This leather chair is one of two in the set that have been in my family for at least 40 years. They were my Grandparent’s, then in my parent’s condo when I was a baby and somehow I have been lucky enough to inherit them (for the time being.) On the book shelf is a collection of cookbooks and coffee table books as well as 3 different editions of Trivial Pursuit for easy access when friends come over! The collection of cream candles in many sizes are from Ikea and Pottery Barn. The wedding picture was a gift from our talented friends, Stacey and Aaron White.
What family furniture do you treasure?
Happy Weekend Friends!
This hot weather has had us dreaming about lounging on toasty sand beaches or sipping iced tea poolside. Even a grassy picnic would satsify those first cravings of summer.
Deck Towle- Norbert
Deck Towel by Buck Ellison just released a new fabulous color named Norbert. Vibrant red with crisp white stripes.
Boudewijn still has my heart…
So hard to choose. Snap them up before they run out of your favorite.