It’s not often that you get to spend the day with your favorite movie star or author, but when it comes to hanging out with our favorite handbag designer, we lucked out. Clare Vivier is the mastermind behind her eponymous line of clutches, messenger bags and totes – think simple, classic shapes in perfect colors, prints and monograms. CV bags are favorites among fashionable ladies and street-style stars all over the country, and to carry one around is the mark of someone who has a true appreciation for beautiful things that transcend hype and seasonal trends.

Clare’s approach to cooking and entertaining is much like her approach to design: easy, crowd-pleasing recipes that take inspiration from here and there. Maybe it’s a passed-down recipe for ratatouille or vinaigrette, or perhaps it’s some granola and almond milk. For parties, it’s all about fresh, unfussy food that looks beautiful on her outdoor table (set with Heath linens and dishes – plus fresh fruit and dahlias, no less!). Any way you slice it, Clare’s kitchen is as warm and wonderful as she is – and as inspiring and lovely as her must-have fall clutches and duffels!

What’s a typical daily diet for you: “Yesterday I had oatmeal with yogurt for breakfast. Almonds and maybe just a couple corn chips for a snack. Kale salad, green bean salad and chicken from Forage for lunch. Cheese and a sliced apple when I get home from work for a snack. And for dinner a beef stew my husband made.”

Entertaining go-to: “Salads, grilled vegetables, a grilled meat, and a plentiful cheese/charcuterie plate.”

Dinner on a busy night: “Salad with my husband’s mother’s vinaigrette and a grilled meat.”

Quick breakfast: “Grape Nuts or granola in yogurt.”

Usual workout: “I work out in the park 3 times a week with a trainer. Then I take hikes in Griffith or Elysian parks on the other days.”

Necessary indulgence: “Red wine or chips and salsa.”

Favorite recipe: “My mother-in-law’s ratatouille.”

Favorite cookbook: “Magazines. Right now it’s Bon Appetit under Adam Rapoport.”

Kitchen gadget: “Citrus juicer.”

Pantry essential: “Salt.”

Ingredient that makes everything taste better: “SALT!”

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  1. Love this! I find her style, her kitchen, and the whole presentation very inspiring.

    Sara | 10.16.2012 | Reply
    • We agree, Sarah! So inspiring…makes us want to do a kitchen makeover!

      The Chalkboard | 10.16.2012 | Reply
    • I saw your magnetic wall and your chrbalokad wall. I was wondering if it would be posssible to combine the two into one. To take the magnetic paint first and apply that as a base coat of paint and then to go over that with the chrbalokad paint to give you a magnetic chrbalokad wall. I understand that I may need to do multiple coats for coverage. Has anyone tried this or am I the first to think of this?[] Reply:February 16th, 2012 at 8:29 amI know other people have asked that question, but am not sure if anyone has tried it.[]

      Daniel | 12.14.2012 | Reply

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