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a dream come true . . .

As the season changes from summer to fall, I’m excited to announce my own transition into something new. It’s been a longtime coming and I knew in my heart that one day I would finally break into the interior design world. Today, I’m excited to announce that I’ll begin working as a Marketing/Design Assistant for Kendall Wilkinson Design!! I’m overjoyed with excitement – it’s the direction I’ve been wanting to take my career in for a long time. With the help of my design mentor – who is like my fairy godfather – we made it happen. I will forever be grateful to him for the lessons he has taught me, and I look forward to the new lessons he will teach me throughout my career. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to pay it forward to someone else.

While this is an exciting time, I’m sad to say goodbye to the team I have worked with for the past three and a half years. I’ve been given some amazing opportunities at Real Girls Network and it will always have a special place in my heart. The relationships I’ve developed, the lessons I have learned, and the projects I have worked on all exceeded my expectations more than I could have ever imagined when I started at RGN right out of college. It was an honor to work with everyone there, along with the new Meredith Corporation team that we joined a year ago.

Cheers to taking a leap and jumping into new endeavors! It’s not every day that you get to follow your dreams. It’s going to be quite a ride my dears (and don’t worry, the blog isn’t going anywhere)!

xx, Caitlin

Photo: In Fiore

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in the kitchen with the butcher and the baker + giveaway

When a nose to tail butcher meets a crafter who loves to bake, their kitchen always smells divine. Material Lust was lucky enough to get invited to dinner made by The Butcher and The Baker. On the menu, pork butt braised in milk with sour cream corn bread.

An artist and butcher, Jake Levin got his training a year ago at Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston, NY while balancing an MFA at Bard. Butchering quickly became an art form on its own.
Jake knew he didn’t like working in the ‘art world’ and wanted to work with food – “I wanted to do something that helped change the way people ate and farmed. I like having a job where I use my hands. And I love meat. I was first exposed to the idea by Tom Mylan of Williamsburg’s – The Meat Hook, who told me about Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston. I like the physicality of it, and the versatility of it. I also love helping people learn about sustainable meat, and also to give them access to it, which helps support small farmers.”

Pork Butt Braised in Milk
  • 2-3 lbs boneless pork with cross-hatched skin
  • 1 quart of milk (non-homogenized or raw if you can get it)
  • 5 whole peppercorns
  • 5 juniper berries
  • bay-leaves
  • grated nutmeg (optional)
Place a heavy dutch oven (either cast iron or enamel) on a burner with high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. When the butter stops foaming put in the pork, skin side down, browning it on all sides, a few minutes per side. When the pork is browned pour in two cups of milk. If you want you can also throw in a few bay-leaves, five whole peppercorns, five juniper berries and some grated nutmeg. Bring the milk to a simmer, then turn the heat all the way down and cover with the lid slightly ajar. Check the pork every now and then, turning it onto each side occasionally. After about an hour or so the milk should be curdled and turned into a nutty brown sauce. At this point add another cup of milk, bring to a simmer again then turn the heat to low and cover completely. Let it cook for another two hours, checking it occasionally, adding milk if all of the liquid is gone, and turning the butt. When the pork is tender and falling apart, take it out and put it in a baking dish or an all-metal pan and put it under the broiler, skin side up. Cook until the skin is crisped golden brown. Meanwhile, bring the sauce to a boil adding a few tablespoons of water. Serve the pork covered in the sauce.

As for the Baker, Silka Glanzman was the girl who made all the birthday cakes – “I always enjoy baking more when I know there will be company. It’s just escalated from there. Baking is really meditative for me and I love the science. Whatever you put in the oven comes out completely different. There’s a lot of suspense, which I love, but of course also gives me anxiety. My favorite thing to bake is an apple pie with a lattice crust. Classic and beautiful.”

Smitten Kitchen’s Sour Cream Corn Bread
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried aleppo flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Generously butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or coat it with a nonstick spray.

Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, aleppo and salt together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, buttermilk and olive oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones, mixing until just barely combined. Spread the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 22 to 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

For even more mouthwatering recipes from their Kitchen, head over to The Butcher and The Baker.

Now for a little giveaway – get a piece of Headwest Design, perfect for any Butcher or Baker on their next trip to the green market.

Sacramento Street and Material Lust are giving away a tote set made from vintage linens with two small drawn string bags by Headwest Design. To enter:

– Tell us what farmers market vegetable or fruit you love picking up for Sunday night dinners.

– Follow
@MaterialLust on twitter or facebook

– Follow @headwestdesign on twitter

Also be sure to check out their adorable Etsy shop. Giveaway ends on September 30th. Good luck everyone!

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gramercy park: at home with headwest design

Many long to have a key to the private historic Gramercy Park in New York City, but for the crafting couple, Silka Glanzman and Jake Levin of Headwest Design, it’s their front yard. Exclusively for Sacramento Street, Material Lust steps inside one of the original townhouses that line the park built in the 1850’s.

The sensitivity of the interiors, dressed against the original architecture of their home is reflective of the “romanticism exploration” of Headwest Design, rooted by functionality, material and reflection on the place. The interior layers of old and new are peeled back to give a collected sense of home.

Your relationship to the park is felt as soon as you enter into the living room, greeted by french doors that fill the room with natural light, as the park peaks through the window panes. Draped with pale green pleated sheers, the doors make the perfect entrance to the terrace that overlooks the park.

Your relationship to the park is felt as soon as you enter into the living room, greeted by french doors that fill the room with natural light, as the park peaks through the window panes. Draped with pale green pleated sheers, the doors make the perfect entrance to the terrace that overlooks the park.

Inside, centered on the terrace doors, the fourteen foot baroque mirror accentuates the drama of the tall ceilings. Against the mirror is a long farm house dining table, surrounded by mis-matched chairs and an apothecary found on a thrifting trip near Wellsville, NY, which is perfect for staging collected glasses, spices and liquor.

A wall of bookshelves flank either side of the fireplace, stacked full of art, design and cook books. Her favorite book on the shelf is a first edition of the book The Measure of a Man, by Henry Dryfuss from 1960. Jake’s favorite is a copy of Wendel Barry’s book of poetry, Leavings. On top of the bookshelves are vintage radiator grates, one of their first purchases in Hammondsport, NY where Silka spent her summers as a kid.

Their bedroom is small, but cozy. The wallpaper, one of the first things Silka decorated the apartment with, is reflective of the original charm of the building through its saturated color and pattern. The white painted wood bed is dressed with a hand embroidered throw from a recent trip to Mexico. Art from their respective families decorates their bedroom walls, including a painting by Jake’s Father above the bedside table and a vegetable painting by Silka’s Grandmother on top of a vintage pale blue dresser.
The overwhelming sense of home ends with what is cooking in the kitchen. The brick wall peels back the original plaster work above and is covered with pots, pans, shaped baking pans and vintage rolling pins for creating the perfect meal.

Come back tomorrow to cook with The Butcher and The Baker at home in their Kitchen and a fabulous giveaway!

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You’re Invited! Come Join Us Thursday

Chloe Rose is tucked away in the middle of booming Union Street, and let me tell you, once you discover it you will want to make it a weekly ritual to go see the latest inventory. When I first walked in it I didn’t know where to start – from the fabulous(and affordable) cloths, to the jewelry that had my heart pounding, to the table of scarves and denim . . . I was in heaven. Not to mention that the owner, Marissa, is so sweet and adorable. I just want to pop into the store to chat with her. She is so darling and down to earth. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I’m obsessed with her wallpaper and “For Like Ever” poster in the dressing room.

This Thursday Erin from Apartment 34 and I will be helping kick-off her one-year anniversary party – we’ll be styling guests, drinking champagne, offering a raffle and providing stellar gift bags. Of course it wouldn’t be a party without a photo booth! I hope all of you stop by to say hello and mix and mingle with other bloggers and guests. It’s going to be one heck of a party.

Check out Apartment 34 tomorrow for a little teaser on what we may (or may not!) be wearing!Hope to see you all Thursday!

Photo by Caitlin Flemming

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a brand new week . . .

Happy Monday! I am back from a wonderfully relaxing trip to Palm Springs – it was hot, hot, hot. It was exactly the kind of weekend I needed about 2 months ago. On Friday we explored Palm Springs – did a little shopping, checked out the Ace, and then headed back to our house to cook a delicious meal. The rest of the weekend we stayed at the house for pool time. It was divine!

Here are a few of my favorites from this week . . . my caramel Clare Vivier clutch that I’ve been carrying around all week, a new lip gloss color by Estee Lauder (I love the bright pink), a photo strip from the Ace hotel with Eric, branches from Birch and my signed copy of HUE by Kelly Wearstler. I also went to the Viceroy, Wearstler did a phenomenal job designing it and it is even more gorgeous in person than the pictures I’ve seen! From the architecture, to the furniture, to the paint colors – I was in awe. And last, but not least, my new iPhone – the Apple store in Palm Springs was so incredibly kind to replace it for me. I’ve never had such amazing customer service. I should say that not having a phone for two days was interesting and I realized how much I rely on it. It’s kind of like my third arm and I need to remember to step away and enjoy life without technology.

Hope all of you have a lovely week ahead. Summer has finally arrived in San Francisco, so I’ll be frolicking around the city in sundresses.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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