day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill


day 206 – four decorative pillows

The secret garden, sunroom-cozy atmosphere I’ve built for myself in the Bouligny neighborhood of New Orleans relies heavily on the use of a multitude of brightly colored, mismatched pillows scattered over comfy nooks and crannies inside the historic corners of my home.

My favorite, of course, is the tapir-shaped pillow, which is child-like in its whimsy but punchy with its bold hues.

day 204 – four mid-century colored bowls

Color plays a big part in the lives of those living in New Orleans: we’re a vibrant, bold hued brand of folk. These vintage, crayon-colored, mid-century bowls I picked up in an antique shop in the neighboring hamlet of Covington. The shop owner guessed they were used at one point as candy dishes, but in their new life pull double duty as knick-knack collectors and make-shift stained glass windows as they sit perched to catch the morning sun.

day 201 – four bottles of louisiana hot sauce

Nothing quite combines the beauty and the beast of New Orleans culinary culture quite like its signature condiment: hot sauce. There are an abundance of localized manufacturers of this fiery liquid throughout the state, with some of the best churning it out in the heart of Cajun Country just a few miles out of the Orleans Parish limits.

Each hot sauce comes with it own distinct claim to fame (i.e., “Hotter than the Louisiana Sun!” “Spicy Overload!”) and heat-invoking visual artwork on the bottle: from bulls to babes and beyond.

Taking sugar and spice to the ultimate extreme, many long-time residents claim that hot sauce and powdered sugar is a taste sensation on top of fried calamari not to be missed. You know what? They’re right.

day 200 – four fireplace plants

Living in a lovely little seafoam green Victorian cottage in New Orleans means that every ounce of my day is infused with a distinctive blend of old world charm and fresh, progressive inspiration. My Four for the Day collection this week will reflect how the small touches that blend the gritty and the beautiful are some of the most awe-inspiring imaginable.

I thought I would deviate a bit from the norm (but will return!) by shooting four of the diverse plants (among several) that make up the  “fireplace garden” in my living room. Adding greenery and warmth to a non-working exposed brick fireplace is the notion: a way to add a bit of lightness without the help of gas logs. A Lavender bush, Bromeliad and two Cacti make eclectic, yet comfortable, bedfellows.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like?
My current space has taken on a “sunroom” vibe throughout: including a fantastic “fireplace garden” inside of my (non-working) vintage fireplace.

Where do you normally get your things?
New Orleans has such a wealth of fantastic estate sales, local and vintage shops around town there’s no lack of place to find lovely items. Also, I always look for items when I’m traveling around to various countries, cities and even nearby small towns: the most stunning items can be found where you least expect them.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?

While the decision is tough, two of my most prized possessions are vintage (circa 1920) wingback chairs with peacocks embroidered on them. They are a perfect combination of chic and charming.