you are the river

    Whenever I am missing Los Angeles and need a hit of Silver Lake cool, I check out one of my favorite blogs, Faye McAuliffe's you are the river. This minimalist, beautiful site, filled with the things that inspire Faye, always inspires me. Faye has agreed to guest edit goop this week, giving us a peek at what she is currently into.


    Faye McAuliffe’s 5 things that inspire her:

    Barbara Hill Design

    Photo from

    "Somehow Barbara Hill manages to create gorgeous minimal spaces that are inviting and elegant rather than stark and cold. Her background as a gallerist is reflected in her designs by the way she uses furniture almost as sculpture, from the pieces she chooses to how they’re paired and placed. When designing either my own home or working on other projects I am definitely inspired by her work."

    Lindsey Adelman ‘Ceres’ Chandelier

    Photo credit: Joseph de Leo

    "I first fell in love with the whimsical lighting designed by Lindsey Adelman when her “You Make It” chandelier made the rounds on all the design blogs. I have plans to make one for myself someday but until that actually happens I am more than happy to drool over her latest ‘Ceres’ chandelier that was created as an installation for Art Basel and references a winter forest."

    Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EP

    "I have had this album on almost constant repeat since it came out back in August. Like Sufjan Stevens’ other albums it’s a mesh of electronic and orchestral that all seems to come together in the perfect unison that is All Delighted People. After a long day this record never fails to calm me down and put me back in a good mood."

    Seared Tuna Lettuce Cups from Seasons
    by Donna Hay

    Lettuce Cups with Tuna and Lime Mayonnaise

    "This recipe is quick, easy and most importantly delicious! I know it’s still winter in most of the US but it feels like summer here in California and this is the perfect meal to eat on a warm sunny day."

    Serves: 8

    • 3/4 cup asparagus, trimmed and blanched
    • 1 1/2 cups watercress sprigs
    • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves, trimmed into cups
    • 2 x 200g loin fillets sashimi-grade tuna, trimmed
    • Vegetable oil, for brushing
    • Cracked black pepper

    Lime Mayonnaise

    • 1/2 cup whole-egg mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind

    "To make the lime mayonnaise, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice and lime rind. Set aside. Finely slice the asparagus. Toss with the watercress and place in the lettuce cups. Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Slice each piece of tuna into 3, brush with oil and sprinkle with pepper. Sear the tuna for 10 – 20 seconds each side then slice into 24 slices, 5 mm thick. Divide the tuna slices among the lettuce cups and drizzle with the lime mayonnaise."

    Donna Hay’s new book, Fast, Fresh, Simple, is now available.

    Kelly McLane

    Credit: God Beams - 2006
    Oil and graphite on canvas over panel. 72 x 78 inches.

    "Kelly McLane is an inspiration to me as an artist in her uncanny ability to render miniature form with crazy detail. Her work appears light and airy but upon closer inspection is full of fanciful imagery with a definite dark side."

    Faye McAuliffe

    Faye McAuliffe writes the blog you are the river. She is an interior designer and lives in Silverlake, California.

    The goop collection