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Current Obsessions: Clean Sweep

April 13, 2024

After this week’s Deep Clean issue (see: a streamlined guest house in Denmark, the ideal laundry bag, and should you make the move to cold-water washing?), we’re ready to open the windows and let spring in. Ahead, a French cookbook launch in NYC, a sculptor’s home, and how to think about starting a potted garden…

photograph by david mitchell, courtesy of also office, from bed stuy beauty: an 17
Above: Photograph by David Mitchell, courtesy of Also Office, from Bed-Stuy Beauty: An 1880s Townhouse ‘Unraveling Into the Present Moment’.
  • A favorite tip from this week’s Required Reading: A Year Full of Pots by Sarah Raven: When planting a potted garden, “think about the colors as the Bride, Bridesmaid and Gatechrasher. The Bride is the center of attention, the one that gets all the focus. The Bridesmaid plays a supporting role in the pot, as one would play in real life—same color as the bride but not as showy. Finally the Gatecrasher adds a bit of drama with contrast.” More tips here.
  • Coming up on April 23, the spring collab we can get behind: cookbook author Rebekah Peppler launches her new book, Le Sud, at King in NYC with a Provençal lunch. Reservation required; info here. (And stay tuned for our upcoming feature with Rebekah.)
  • Introducing the Erica Tanov Design Studio and Showroom, now open in an 1878 Italianate Victorian building in Berkeley. To make an appointment, head here.
  • “The beguilingly talented interior designer Michaela Scherrer calls her atelier mi546,” reports Margot, “and she and some fellow creatives are hosting a series of workshops at her HQ in Pasadena next weekend, April 20 and 21, including hour-long Armenian needlepoint classes.” More info on their IG; register on the website.
  • Going on this weekend: the annual Sharktooth studio sale.
  • Margot has her eye on The Freaky Raku, made outside Venice, Italy.
  • Julie is hoping to make a trip to the home and gardens of the sculptor Henry Moore, now open to the public in Hertfordshire (and spotted via the Financial Times).
  • To tulip or not to tulip? That is the question.
  • And check back tomorrow for Quick Takes: A doyenne of color shares paint colors and podcast reccs on Remodelista, and on Gardenista, a workwear designer shares a surprising tool she always carries and the best public garden to visit. (It’s April, and Quick Takes is now reserved for paid subscribers. To read along, please consider signing up.)
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