Jim Franco
Janel Laban
Aug 17, 2010

Jim Franco, the wonderful photographer who worked with us on our Big Book of Small Cool Spaces and the Inside Man project, shared his summer style with us:

Sun or Shade?: Sun. Don't New Yorkers get enough shade as it is? You won't catch me baking at the beach, however. Just love the long days and seeing sunlight bleach our gray city.

The Color of Summer 2010: Indigo blue and faded turquoise. A more subdued version of the blue you see in the tourist brochures for Greece. I recently bought a cotton scarf at ABC Carpet and Home (in the back of the store, first floor) that really looks like ocean water at different depths. It is a summer scarf that I wear while shooting in the sun to keep my neck from turning redneck.

All Time Favorite Vacation:

Hawaii. Sounds cliche to choose such a touristic destination but the state really offers so much. I love the fact that you can be driving down a highway and have a Home Depot on one side of the road and look across and see the crazy blue pacific ocean pounding against black coral rocks on the other side of the road.

The polynesian and asian cultures take the edge off the typical american resort spirit and I find myself immediately in a more calm mood.

I love Oahu (not often the first pick for tourists). Great restaurant choices and tons of hotels to choose for your stay. From the crazy refined Haleulani popular among the well-heeled Japanese to the Aqua Hotel group which has a boutique-ish flavor but easy on the wallet.

I guess I feel at home in Waikiki because it is a city.
Seems like the business offices empty their workers out into Ala Moana Park. As the sun sets you pass volley ball teams wacking the ball, joggers galore, 2% body-fat cyclists circling the park and swimmers doing laps in a protected cove that must be 1/2 mile long.

When I leave Hawaii and get back to NYC I dream of ending my work day with a daily swim in the warm ocean.


Most Refreshing Summer Drink:

I know I am behind the curve on this but I am loving rose wine. A friend who knows her wine asked me the other day why I was drinking "pink water" and I just raised my glass to her and took another sip.

Wolffer Estates from out on Long Island make a nice rose table wine. And yes. It is pink and cute.

Rose Wine on the Kitchn

Planted In The Garden This Year:

I am watching my organic basil grow right now. Purple and green and spicy and aromatic. My garden is made up entirely of a clay pot on my sunny window sill and so far the seedlings have yet to yield a bounty but I expect to be making some delicious pasta with basil and tomatoes before the summer ends.

10 Ways to Use Pesto on the Kitchn

Essential Summer Song for Party Playlist:

Sunshower by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band is pure summer. The lyrics are sweet and simple and the music feels well, showery.

Best Book in Beachbag:

A Season of Bounty. The writer Bernd Heinrich is one of my favorite non-fiction authors. He writes about the natural sciences and has a way of explaining the rhythms and processes of nature in a straightforward and compelling way.

Just finished also Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan by the late 19th century writer Lafcadio Hearn. His perception of the Japanese culture and Japanese mythology is incredibly insightful. His description of a summer time visit to the small island of Kaka Ura is so dreamy and sweet and melancholy that it haunts.

Thanks, Jim!

To celebrate the start of Summer, Apartment Therapy has asked some of the most stylish people we know to answer a few survey questions on how they enjoy the season.
More to come throughout June, July and August!
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