Small Victories Cookbook + Best of the Web

One of the greatest feelings in life is getting to celebrate the achievements of our loved ones. And today, I am thrilled to announce that my wife Julia’s new cookbook, Small Victories, is available for pre-order!

After a decade of co-authoring and recipe developing for some of the most successful and meaningful cookbooks on the market, Julia decided to write her very first solo cookbook. That book, Small Victories, is the sort of book you can only write once: a book that combines all 31 of her years of life experience and passion for cooking at home into one giant love letter to all that she believes in. Small Victories celebrates the way so many of us cook: one step (or “small victory”) at a time. Each recipe of her book (which contains over 100 recipes and hundreds more spin-offs) starts with a tip, trick or technique that you can use to create something delicious, and then offers how to alter or expand on that dish to make something new and different. There are recipes for everything from delicious chocolate cake with raspberry jam and morning muffins to Julia’s beloved Caesar dressing and a Korean clambake.

After our summer break and Labor Day, Julia will be here on DS sharing a week of healthy lunch ideas inspired by her cookbook, and we’ll be doing a very special giveaway you won’t want to miss. Until then, you can pre-order (and get a free tote bag, pictured below!) and check out Julia’s book right here –and say “hi” in person on her book tour in September! Until then, have a great weekend! xo, grace




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friday finds.

colorful marble / sfgirlbybay

this week i’ve gone a little mad for marble. but not just any old marble — these friday finds are all about colorful, kinda crazy, swirling pretty marble patterns that i see showing up all over the internet. from pretty paperweights to the insanely beautiful parquet wood floors designed by Copenhagen’s snedker studios — insanely creative, right? i’m just loving this lovely look. happy friday, one and all. i hope your weekend is full of unexpected beauty!

xo, victoria

  1. snedker studios’ amazing marbleized parquet wood floors are inspired by the refraction of light through a prism, a graduating colour scale from one colour to the next. so special!
  2. the marble prints from the designers at snedker studios’ are really unique, too.
  3. i think i need Studio Arhoj’s Pink Marble Prism Paperweight for my desk — from couverture and the garbstore.
  4. oh happy day!’s shop is chock full of marble party accessories like napkins, cups, plates balloons and even wrapping paper!
  5. this is such a clever Marble-Blocked Shelf from anthropologie.
  6. Rebecca Atwood’s new collection includes Marbled Stripe Pillows available at anthropologie.

marble artwork / sfgirlbybay

marble paperweight / sfgirlbybay

marble paper goods / sfgirlbybay

marble party decor / sfgirlbybay

marble shelf with colorful tea cups / sfgirlbybay

marble fabric on throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

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In the Kitchen With: Archana Pidathala’s Beet-Yogurt Relish

Beet-Yogurt Relish

Earlier this month I took a weeklong trip to London to visit a friend and to try out some of the new restaurants that are popping up like mushrooms around the city. One of my favorites from the trip, Gunpowder, specializes in Indian cuisine from all over the country, often based on family recipes. This dining experience inspired me to share an Indian recipe on the column from a beautiful Andhra (South Indian) cookbook I came across earlier this year called Five Morsels of Love by author Archana Pidathala. Archana self-published her gorgeous book based on her grandmother’s 42-year-old cookbook. Her recipe for beet-yogurt relish can be enjoyed as a standalone snack or served as a side dish as part of a larger meal. —Kristina

Why Archana loves this recipe:

This is one of my favorite recipes from Five Morsels of Love. It is simple, delicious, refreshing and so evocative of summer. Summer to me as a child was spending two entire months with my grandmother and eating all the delicious food she cooked for me. My grandmother’s refrigerator was always stocked with bowls and bowls of the creamiest homemade yogurt. For a quick snack any time of the day she added just-cooked beets to a large bowl of whisked yogurt and poured spices sautéed in oil over the beet-yogurt relish. This relish also made an appearance at the dinner table as a side-dish to a spicy biryani or a rice-based main meal. It is almost impossible not to like this relish with its beautiful color, subtle sweet and tart undertones, and the occasional chili hit.

Five Morsels of Love cover

Photography first image by Akshay Bharadwaj; remaining images by Chinmayie Bhat

Beets for Beet-Yogurt Relish

Beetroot Perugu Pachchaḍi
Beetroot-yogurt relish

Makes about 3 cups

I find the process of making this beetroot relish as therapeutic as mixing watercolors on a palette. As a child, whenever
ammama made this relish, I would watch fascinated as the beautiful color seeped out of the beets, turning the creamy white of the yogurt into a gorgeous shade of pink. The natural sweetness of the beetroot marries very well with the slight sourness of the yogurt, and is a pleasure to the palate as well as to the eye.


– 200g / 1 large beetroot, peeled and diced
– 500g / 2 cups thick, slightly sour yoghurt
– ½ teaspoon sugar
– salt to taste
– 1 green chili, finely chopped


– 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
– ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
– ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
– 4-5 fresh curry leaves
– 1-2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves


1. Cook the diced beetroot along with 180ml (¾ cup) water in a large pan for 10-15 minutes on medium heat, or until the beetroot cooks completely; drain. Alternatively, pressure-cook the diced beetroot to 4-5 whistles with 180ml (¾ cup) water. After the pressure settles, open the lid and drain the beetroot in a colander.

2. Whisk together the yogurt, sugar and salt in a bowl until smooth. Add the beetroot and green chili; mix well.

3. To make the tempering, heat the oil in a small, thick-bottomed pan over high heat until very hot. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add the cumin seeds and curry leaves. Fry for 20-30 seconds and pour the tempering over the relish. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve chilled.

Beet Yogurt Relish

About Archana

Archana Pidathala is the author of Five Morsels of Love, a cookbook based on her grandmother’s 1974 South Indian cookbook, Vanita Vanṭakālu. Archana quit her Product Management job in January 2015 (after spending over a decade in the high technology world) to dedicate all her time and energy to Five Morsels of Love. When she is not cooking, she is busy solving crossword puzzles, reading books on food history and planning her next travel adventure. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and almost five-year-old son. You can find Archana on Instagram here.

Archana Pidathala

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13 Spotted & Stylish Rooms

13 Spotted & Stylish Rooms

There is something so simple yet so striking about polka dots in interiors. Because most elements of a room are linear, adding round shapes and edges can break up the boxiness of walls, furniture, doorways, rugs, etc. Polka dots are a fun way to do exactly that on walls, textiles, accessories or even floors. Dots also allow for some scale-diversity in a space, and we’ve seen several unique ways to incorporate the polka dot pattern in Design*Sponge Sneak Peeks and posts over the years. Look through 13 of our favorite rooms that feature the polka dot in a cool, sophisticated way. –Lauren

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Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

In just a little over two weeks, the new decor8 book launches called Decorate For a Party published by Jacqui Small / Quarto and we’re so excited! To celebrate, we are giving away 5 copies of the new book to 5 lucky readers. I’m really psyched to present the official book trailer video below.

Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

To enter the contest: Watch the book trailer and leave a comment telling us about how you imagine the perfect party at home and let us know what you liked about the video too, it would be so nice to hear your response. Make sure you turn on the sound, the music is so beautiful!

As a bonus, you can also enter on our Facebook page or on my Instagram. See those posts there to learn how. You can enter up to three times (once on this blog, once on FB and once on IG).

Video Credits:
Videographer + Director: Koen Folkerts, Narratief // Creative Direction + Styling: Holly Becker // Location: Morten + Tinna Pedersen, Hannover, Germany
Models: Emma Pedersen, Nora Hartmann, Nanna Eriksen // Music: By Film Composer Steven Gutheinz – Isle (Licensed through Music Bed)

Contest closes on Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm European time.

Available for pre-order now! US: // Barnes & Noble // UK: // Germany:

*Open to readers anywhere in the world, English version only. Please do not leave your email, home address or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winners will be announced here on Saturday, September 3rd AND contacted by email once comments close. Good luck everyone!

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wear this there: gwen.

art deco decor at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybay
moody interiors make for moody outfit choices. good food makes for happy bellies. you get the point. gwen is the new sweetheart of hollywood where one can sip a cocktail among art deco surroundings — only without any of the snobbery. it’s a butcher shop after all. its ambiance can be attributed to oliver and evan haslegrave, an interior design duo from Brooklyn, and its fine meats to top chef master curtis stone. swivel into one of the chinchilla topped bar stools, coat tossed over bare shoulders, and await patiently, yet stylishly, your duck confit!

~ michaela d’Artois, vérité published.

the bar at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybaywear this there: gwen / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: modern citizen milla strapless dress; india love goa Vintage Embroidered & Tribal Coin Leather Clutch; zara lapel collar coat;nars velvet red lip pencil from nordstrom; janessa leone calla hat from prism; nastygal break the ice earcuff; and jojo khaki velvet perspex heel ankle boots from ego.

inspiring interiors at gwen / sfgirlbybayart deco lighting at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybaydrinks and decor details at gwen / sfgirlbybayart decor interior decor at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybay

• photography via the cool hunter and gwen on instagram.

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Book Tour: In the Company of Women Fall 2016!

BIG NEWS! Tickets and details for the fall book tour to celebrate our new book, In the Company of Women are LIVE!

Head over to (link in profile above) to check out all 12 dates and reserve your tickets now! Each ticket includes a copy of the book and our limited-edition illustrated tote bag, while supplies last. I’ll be sharing more about each city (and who will be on each panel!) after Labor Day, but if you want to grab a spot before then, you can get your tickets now* and secure a tote bag, too! See you in October! xo, grace

*LA and Seattle ticket details TK. But you can mark the dates in your calendar now to join us!

in the company of women

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