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I’m back from a fun weekend down at Renegade LA, where percolating design made its southern California debut. It was a great opportunity to introduce my jewelry to a whole new market, meet new customers and see some of my favorites.

The show kicked off in sweltering heat on Saturday, with vendors and attendees alike sweating it out under the tents at Los Angeles Historic Park. Thankfully, we had Front Porch Pops and their deliciously refreshing popsicles to get us through the hottest part of the day. Their mojito pop was my favorite with the perfect balance of mint, lime juice, and just a splash of rum… yum! Luckily, things cooled off by late afternoon and the rest of the weekend was quite comfortable.

I had a great time hanging out with the talented designers around me. On my left was the cleverly creative Chelsea of Pink Tank, designer of cool stainless steel bookmarks. On my right was the lovely Erin of Appetite, whose screen printed bags I’ve been using for years to carry around my knitting projects. I also fell in love with Mabo‘s liberty print kids frocks and Made in Mayhem‘s fine leather goods. For those of you in San Francisco, you can see most of them at Renegade SF this coming weekend at Fort Mason.

As for me, I’m off to Germany to visit my in-laws for a few weeks. I’ll be doing a lot of designing and prototyping for fall and will have some new designs to debut at my next show, Urban Air Market, in Hayes Valley on Sunday, September 15. Until then, you can keep up with percolating design on InstagramBis später!

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We exercised our independence with an escape to the Pacific northwest last week for some long overdue R&R and to celebrate Peter’s birthday. He called it our “mini-vacation” because most of our trips tend to be overseas for three weeks at a time (European style). Regardless, it turned out to be the perfect itinerary to explore the area, which made it feel longer than it was. Isn’t that what we all want from a vacation?

Here are the highlights of our trip:

We spent one full day in Portland to start. We loved exploring Mississippi Ave, Alberta Street, and the Pearl District, where we escaped a sudden shower by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Craft, but lingered well after the rain subsided. We toured Mudshark Studios and picked up a couple of their ceramic growlers for our homebrew. Our favorite meals were the seafood dinner at Woodsman Tavern and Scandinavian brunch at broder, where we celebrated Peter’s birthday. The pastries at little t american baker were also outstanding, and so was the space.

From Portland we drove up to Anacortes and took the ferry over to the San Juan Islands for a three-day “glamping” trip. We stayed in the very stylish tent cabins at West Beach Resort on Orcas Island. We took in gorgeous sunsets while sitting in front of the bonfire roasting marshmallows. We had a blast digging for clams on the beach (a first for both of us) and kayaking the west coast of San Juan Island. We were bummed we didn’t see any orcas, but we did have a pretty spectacular view of the Canadian mountain range from the water. Our favorite discovery was Island Hoppin’ Brewery, the island’s first brewery, run by a friendly British expat and his crew.

Our last stop was Seattle, our first stop in which was the iconic Seattle Public Library. Peter had worked for the library’s architect, Rem Koolhaas, early in his career and spent well over an hour geeking out over the architectural details throughout the 11-story building. From there, we stumbled upon the Seattle Art Museum’s newest exhibit, Future Beauty, the first comprehensive showcase of leading avant-garde Japanese fashion designers from the last 30 years. It was one of the most impressive fashion exhibits I’ve seen. I hope it comes to San Francisco so I can see it again.

At dusk we headed over to the Chittenden Locks, which was interesting, but not nearly as much as watching the salmon make their way up the elaborate fish ladder across the way. Afterwards, we spent a fun evening cruising around Ballard and strolling through Fremont in the morning. Our last meal was a Korean brunch at Revel, which turned out to be the best meal of our entire trip. My “jook” with browned buttered shrimp and fish sauce was out of this world, as was Peter’s sausage quiche. It was the perfect ending to an awesome vacation. It made me want to do this trip all over again for my birthday… next month.

Urban Air Market 2.1 600pxIt’s hard to believe we’re halfway through June and summer is upon us already! I’m looking forward to taking a couple of roadtrips and escaping our harsh San Francisco summer for some warmer destinations in the upcoming months.

Here’s where you’ll find percolating design this summer…

This Thursday, we’ll be one of a dozen up and coming designers featured at the second annual SF Local Design Market, an exhibition/pop-up shop at Zinc Details. Zinc is one of my favorite stores in the city for home furnishings and I’m looking forward to meeting some very talented local designers at the event.

After that, we have a little vacation planned in the Northwest at the end of the month with stops in Portland, Seattle and the San Juan Islands. If anyone has recommendations for restaurants, shopping and must-see/dos, I’m all ears!

In July, we’ll be hitting the road again and heading down to sunny Southern California for a fun weekend at Renegade LA. I’m looking forward to introducing percolating design to a whole new market and getting to know some of their local talent.

Then it’s back to Urban Air Market – San Francisco’s most popular outdoor market – in beautiful Hayes Valley to wrap up in September.

Hope to see you this summer!

Last weekend we took a quick trip down to LA to attend the opening of the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA). It’s not every day that a new museum opens, and perhaps once in a lifetime that someone you know has opened it. This is only part of what was so special about ESMoA.

Our friends and longtime art collectors, Brian and Eva Sweeney, describe ESMoA as an art laboratory rather than a traditional museum. For starters, the art, which is from their private collection, is hung in unconventional ways. Many pieces are hung lower or placed on the floor to give the younger ones a better vantage point. There is also an onsite artist-in-residence program that will expose emerging artists from abroad to the the west coast art scene. They plan to have new “experiences”, or exhibits, every few months and will partner with local schools and colleges on programs as well.

Brian and Eva’s goal in opening ESMoA was to make art more accessible and to share their extensive collection with the public. For that reason, the museum is open to the public, free of charge, Friday through Sunday. It is the perfect little excursion if you’re in the area, or on your way to or from LAX.

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