garden : palette


This weekend I spent some wonderful time gardening in my front yard.  I filled the bed underneath the kitchen window with all kinds of plants and a wisteria vine that came from my parent’s Victorian farmhouse.  I wanted the flowers to be in the same palette as the lovely purple wisteria, so I chose several lavender bushes, but also accented them with pops of yellow and white.




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I can’t wait until they are mature and fill the bed with their foliage and flowers!

xo, R.


party : art of fancy

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a collaborative salon between The Makeshift Society, Skill Exchange, and The Bold Italic on tips & tricks for entertaining! After checking out The Bold Italic’s sweet space (complete with a typewriter installation), I added myself to the skill wall.

The skill wall was where you posted skills you can share with others (event styling!) & skills you want to learn (Photoshop!).

The night was full of cocktails, creatives, the creme brulee cart, and 6 demos:

I was super-happy to meet SFGirlByBay among so many other talented, beautiful people!

Thanks for a great night, San Francisco!

xo, S.

eat & drink : baked apples

Baked apples rule.


They are so easy to make and AB-SO-LUTELY delicious! Here is a step-by-step from me to you, so that you can make them and see for yourselves why I’m a believer.

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step one : Preheat your oven.



step two : Choose your apple.

I prefer honeycrisp for all my apple-cooking needs, but there are so many delicious choices out there from Braeburn to Gala to good ol’ fashioned Granny-Smith.


step three : Prep the apples.

Use an apple corer to remove the core from the center of the apple (or just use a paring knife if, like me, you don’t own one). Use a peeler to go just around the middle portion of the apple (this prevents the apples from splitting while baking).


step four : Fill your apples with yummy goodness.

Place your apples in an ungreased baking dish. To fill your apples, you can use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar (depending on your sweet tooth) per apple + 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mix it in a small bowl and then fill each apple with that ratio. Top each apple with 1 tablespoon of butter and fill the baking dish with 1/4″ of water.


step five : Baking time!

Bake your apples in your preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. You’ll know they are done when they are tender when pierced with a fork. They will also look something like this . .


Serve á la mode & enjoy!

xo, R.

things we love : rex ray


One of my favorite artists is Rex Ray, from San Francisco.  His prints are scattered throughout my house and I just love the designs and colours he uses.  Our place is full of cool, pale-coloured walls and we love to decorate with fun, bright accents like these.  Here are some photographs from our living room which has pale-lavender colored walls, dark furniture and a grey tweed couch.

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The portrait was done by another artist – my fabulous sister, Elizabeth Zanzinger.

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You can even buy Rex Ray postcards from Chronicle in San Francisco – Love these!

Aren’t those colours great?

xo, R.

make : fabric flowers

Our friend, Nikki is getting married really soon! She wanted some help making these adorable fabric flowers, so House of Colour rolled up our sleeves to pitch in.

We used fabric squares, patterned paper (for the leaves), wire, floral tape, and pinking shears to create the white flower arrangement for the sweetheart table.

We also made orange and pink arrangements for the tables – what a lovely & cost-effective way to brighten up a wedding!

xo, S.

things we love : aprons, aprons, aprons!


One of my favorite parts about cooking is getting to wear cute aprons!  (They also come in handy since I am known to be a little messy in the kitchen, but refuse to take off my fancy pants!)

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My collection started when I was 17 and I have gotten one every year since!  I have a small rack on the wall in my kitchen where they hang and I enjoy picking one out depending on my mood.  Some were gifts and some I purchased, but I love each one.  And of course, it’s always fun to feel like a fifties housewife!

xo, R.

eat & drink : easy summer salsa


We have an Anaheim chili plant that is happily producing in our backyard and I’ve been meaning to find a yummy recipe that incorporates them.  My friend suggested that I make a salsa and told me what her mom typically includes in hers.

Disclosure : This is dangerously yummy!

4 anaheim chili peppers and 2 yellow chili peppers, roasted and semi-blackened in the broiler or on the stovetop (I did mine in the broiler . . I first de-seeded them and cut them into smaller pieces to broil, then diced them afterwards)

1/4 cup sweet onion, diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

salt & pepper, to taste

1/2 small can of tomato sauce

All you need to enjoy this salsa is a bag of chips and a friend! Enjoy!

xo, R.