holiday candle - i fit a candle into the bottom of an old fishbowl then filled the sides with pine clippings. it’s looks pretty chic and once the candle heats up a whole corner of the loft smells like pine.
snowflakes - alexey kljatov
home scents - it’s nice to walk into a house and get hit with a comforting aroma. an easy way to do this is slowly simmer a variety of on hand ingredients over low heat in a dutch oven or cast iron pan. i used some older apples i had, pine clippings from my small tree, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and large pinches of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. my studio smelled wonderful, like thanksgiving and christmas had a baby, but i feel like this would be simple to switch up for any season.
topography of tears [microscopic tears of reunion/grief] - rose-lynn fisher
st. helena - i had been up to st. helena a few times before and a handful of times in the past year helping my mom fix up her new vacation home. this last trip up was to share it with the rest of my family for thanksgiving. i feel like now i’ve finally got a good enough grasp of the area to be able to make a guide of some of my favorite discoveries here.
-gillwoods cafe - this is the kind of diner i always wanted in my hometown. if you can stand to wait go for breakfast, but if you’re late, no worries, it’s served all day. omelettes, eggs benedict, oatmeal, biscuits, you name it, it’s here, and it’s homey.
-cook - this place is packed most nights with good reason, the food is amazing! it’s usually easy enough to grab a couple seats at the bar tho. you can’t go wrong with one of their house-made pastas. that and one of their cocktails and you’re set.
-french blue - this place is adorable and delicious. they’re only open wed-sun, so keep that in mind. this place is made for a good date night or a long lunch. i would try to sit out on the patio, by the fireplace.
-brix - a bit south of town, go for lunch on a clear day and ask to sit outside. you’re essentially sitting in the middle of a pastoral garden in the basin of the napa valley. stunningly beautiful, and it doesn’t hurt that the food is awesome too.
-grgich hills estate - this is my favorite winery and it’s also only a bit south of town. for people who’ve seen bottle shock, the head wine maker at chateau montelena during those famous french tastings was this guy, miljenko ‘mike’ grgich. grgich celebrated his 90th birthday this past year and his namesake winery remains run by him, his daughter and his nephew. they are firm believers in biodynamics and other sustainable wine making practices, the vibe is completely unpretentious, and the wine is so fucking good. every… single… drop… if you’re still thirsty ask if you can try grgich’s special wines which he produces back in his home country of croatia.
-art, antiques and salvage - this store is run by father and son, tom and quinn scheibal, who are both artists. one side is devoted to quinn’s vivid, colorful, seemingly latin-influenced art and the other shows off tom’s moodier, darker, landscape-based art. in the center they sell a collection of antiques mainly found through older families in the area and local estate sales. my mom and i heard about this store through our adorable neighbor. we went looking for furniture, but ended up finding a painting for her home there instead.
-m showroom - this store is insane! they have hilariously limited hours, but they sell the some of the most well-curated, beautifully designed home goods i’ve ever seen. a neon light in the shape of a noose, old mugshots of david bowie and jimi hendrix printed on pillows, wooden fit models, bombastically large chandeliers. i can’t afford anything, but i want it all.
-napa valley olive oil company - this store is my favorite! we sometimes come here only to taste test stuff. homemade olive oils, vinegars, sauces, spreads, salts and teas. the butternut squash pasta sauce i used for this dish is from here. the organic lavender buds i’ve used in this scrub and this dessert are also. i want to take the whole store home with me every-time i visit.
-napa valley bath company - this is the olive oil company’s new sister store which sells homemade, natural bath products many using 100% napa valley lavender, others using blood oranges and rose geraniums. i have their lavender body lotion. on my next visit i’m hoping to pick up their ‘hoof’ cream.