Will you be having and Friday fun today?
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
P.S: This is a remote blog post coming to you from the beautiful Nevada desert with the most stunning sunrise I have ever seen in my life. Stay tuned for more.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Absolutely Beautiful Things is a collection of creative daily inspiration and highlights from her Brisbine, Australia shop Black & Spiro, which recently launched its website and online portfolio. Congratulations Anna on the very much well deserved success!
Some lovely inspiration from Black & Sprio's online portfolio:
Monday, August 17, 2009
I read Julie & Julie last summer and have been on pins and needles to see Meryl Streep play Julia Child. Remember my quest for a vintage copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Well, it's still ongoing, but I did get to see the movie last night. I know everyone else saw it last weekend and has already passed their 2 cents around the blogs, but I'm a busy girl and was a little behind. So, better late than never: I love, love, loved it!
There will probably be a run on copper pots all over the country this summer, because I know that's what I was thinking during the movie--how badly I wanted some beautiful copper pots to line along my kitchen wall. Which, consequently made me think of the other piece being passed around the blogs this week: That kitchen shot from the Badgley-Mischka kitchen featured in the latest Elle Decor. I know I say this on a bi-weekly basis, but this may be the kitchen of my dreams. A modern version of Julia's little french cuisine.
The other piece I loved from the movie was the Le Cruset Dutch Oven that Julie and Julia both used. About a year ago, after visiting my grandmother and spending a weekend cooking family reciepies, a box arrived at my door. I opened it to find my very own Le Cruset with a little note that read something akin to 'real cooks need real cookware'. And it's true, I do feel like a real cook when I use it. Maybe beef bourgogne will be next on the menu.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Did you know that August is the worst mosquito month for DC. I've been researching natural remedies. Marigolds are supposed to be a natural barrier. So, I'll be planting an entire field of marigolds in my back yard this weekend. Until then, you'll find me on the deck, cocktail in one hand, bug repellent in the other.
2 ounces Cachaca rum
2 teaspoons granulated sugar or simple syrup
1 lime, cut into quarters
1. Thoroughly muddle sugar and limes in a shaker.
2. Add rum and cracked ice.
3. Shake vigorously and pour contents of shaker, including ice, into glass.
4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Remember my tray from yesterday? Well, I had some people contact me asking about similar pieces. And I love it when things just fall in my lap with no effort because look what was in my One Kings Lane sale yesterday: Natural Curiosities prints!
Their description really sums it up best: The designers at Natural Curiosities gratify their whims by transforming gorgeous documents, like maps and insects and more, into art that's destined to be a natural wherever you hang it. Prepare to become obsessed.
Whose obsessed? Me. No reason to deny it.
Not familiar with One Kings Lane: They offer the best of the best brands at discounted prices. Their motto is that "living well should be an affordable reality." Agreed, so join here and tell them I sent you.
Once reserved for kids art projects and outdoor bistros, this makes brown kraft paper look positively rustic chic. I particularly love the place cards made by stamping the bottom of the wine glass and writing the person's name in it. Perfect for family style, or tapas food that people linger over while enjoying good conversation.
Heed this warning though: brown kraft paper and plastic tableware is in fact a kids party. Break out of the real deal (maybe even all that china you have collecting dust somewhere) or you lose the chic-factor.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So far I'm considering the project a success.
Oh, and about that tray. I saw it in the little shop and fell in love with it. Very Cabinet of Natural Curiosity to me. I also loved these two, available online called: Tropical Fish and Shells.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I couldn't take my eyes off of this coffee table-as-bench. I love the glossy white legs and the dark colored animal print. An ottoman as coffee table we've seen done often, but I love the idea of this leggy bench instead. A stack of books makes a place to perch your wine glass, and when you need the space, just swoop the books away and you have more seating.
The online shop opens this spring, I will definitely be back to check out the goods. I was able to snap one pic as I was walking out of the store of the owner doing a little product merchandising. That wallpaper, that door...I love it.
One beach weekend + a long walk on the boardwalk = two tired puppies on the way home.
Monday, August 10, 2009
They're still adding content to the galleries and I do wish there were a few more categores outside the basic rooms, but what's up there is good, so go take a look. My particular favorite this morning were the foyers. One of my favorite spaces in a house is right when you step inside the door. Half functional, half decorative, and a place where a little bit of drama is usually welcomed heartily.
Some pieces I'm contemplating for my own entryway:
This Malm table from Ikea is actually listed as a dressing table in the bedroom section. I stumbled across one in the 'As-Is' section on my last visit and loved the scale and heft of it for an entryway. It comes with one large drawer that pulls out that already contains a felt divider tray.
To which I would top off with these Montego Mirros from Ballard, and some kind of geometric-inspired lamp that I would probably spend hours scouring flea markets for, and then end up buying at Target (hey, it's the journey not the destination that counts, right).
A fun place to hang the things that get used everyday, dog leashes, market bags, these would also look stunning when empty. $20 for the pair at Urban Outfitters, who can go wrong!
West Elm calls these Braided Storage Planters. I call them a pretty place to stash the daily newpapers and shoes.
Fill it all in with my ever-growing To-Read pile of books, magazine and unsundry catalogs I pick up along the way and a smattering of trickents picked up from travel and there you go. Welcoming, functional, and not a fortune.
Friday, August 7, 2009
No elaborate plans, no planning at all really. My bag will contain just the bare essentials. Something to wear on the beach for the day, and something to wear to dinner at night. Nothing else required.
For daytime: Orange polka dot bikini and an oversized straw bag (needed for the massive Sept. fashion issues I'll be toting along)
For evening: Cotton/Silk blend draped dress to show off the beachy glow (my SPF-1000 doesn't really allow for a tan, so I refer to it as a glow), and a gold leaf necklace for a little bit of sparkle.
What kind of cocktails will we be drinking, you ask? Guavaberry-coldas will be the drink of choice this weekend. (Ok, so maybe there was a smidge of planning, but only where it counts!)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I love this tabletop for it's simple rustic feel and casual attention to detail. We all learned the 'proper' way to set a table as children, carefully folding the napkin and putting all the silverware in it'place. But I find that the easiest way to mix it up when setting the table is to literally, mix it up. Put the napkin under the salad plate, stack the forks up in the middle of the plate. The change in routine is what people will notice, even if it's just your partner or roommate on a random Wednesday evening.
A quick google search for some of the elements of this table turned up everyone's favorite wonderstore-Target.
Image found on Shelter