Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ginger Anyhow: Text Messages

Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! always finds things I like. Love her. Her latest find that has me swooning is Ginger Anyhow's embroidered text messages. I don't know why, but I find these works heart-breaking in a wonderful way. The idea of her painstakingly embroidering these words that someone wrote her late at night, probably not even thinking--the delicate stiched sans serif font and envelope icon. I just love it.

Cute Target Wallpaper!

Cuteness! I was researching wallpaper for an assignment and came across this ADORABLE Birdcage - White/ Black/ Chartruese wallpaper on Target.com. I'd never want to do a whole room with this, but maybe a small space, like a powder room or an entryway. I love that little birdy!

Note: Target's typo not mine. What can you do?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Compost Bucket

So, I saved all my vegetable scraps last week and brought them to the compost collection in Fort Greene Park on Saturday. It was super-easy to make the switch to separating out the compost, and I am amazed by how small my garbage was last week as a result of saving the scaps for compost--there's almost nothing left! Now all I need is a proper compost bin. (Right now I am freezing the scraps in tupperware containers.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Pedant in the Kitchen

I read Julian Barnes's The Pedant in the Kitchen yesterday (it was pretty short at 136 small pages), and it was a fun read. The book is a collection of pieces he wrote for The Guardian about his culinary adventures as a home cook. The reason it is so funny is that everything he says is true. For example, he opens one essay with this question and answer:
How many cookbooks do you have?
(a) Not enough
(b) Just the right number
(c) Too many?
If you answered (b) you are disqualified for lying or compacency or not being interested in food or (scariest of all) having worked out everything perfectly. You score points for (a) and also for (c), but to score maximum points you need to have answered (a) and (c) in equal measure . (a) because there is alwasy something new to be learned, someone coming along to make it all clearer, eeasier, more foolproof, more authentic; (c) because of the regular mistakes made when applying (a).
(For the record, my mother actually has too many cookbooks, it is possible.) Many other passages had me laughing in self-recognition. This one is definitely worth a read for anyone who really likes to cook.

Ed Note: Sorry, Mom! Mom wrote to say she actually doesn't have enough cookbooks. As she points out, "Most of the time I may seem to have too many, but there are times when not enough (for example, if I want to cook bison, squirrel or bear or host a thai or japanese food gala)." Fair enough.

More Art Hung

I realized I never posted a photo of the other side of the living area. Here it is! I mounted the Ikea picture ledges above the couch to house various smaller pieces of art. What do you think?

Monday, April 27, 2009

eBay Dilemma

Okay, readers I have an eBay dilemma, and I need your advice. I bought a bottle of my discontinued Cucumber Baie perfume on eBay for $50, which seemed like a pretty good deal to me, especially since I have been devastated since Fresh discontinued the scent. You can imagine how excited I was when the box arrived today--a whole new bottle! However, my first spritz of the scent revealed that it's not really my scent. I suspect it's a mix of the Cucumber Baie and something else (it smells a lot like the real thing), or perhaps the Cucumber Baie cut with rubbing alcohol? I have no idea. All I know is I have a few precious drops left in my original bottle (at right above) and this new bottle just isn't the same perfume.

What is the best way to approach the seller about this? I would like a refund, as I feel that I was misled, whether intentionally or not. What do you suggest?

Dreaming of Country Houses

Every few months I get ideas about buying a country house. I'll spend a few days trolling the internet for cheap properties upstate that I could fix up and rent out as a vacation rental. (You have no idea how much time I have spent with a mortgage calculator.) This cute, cute house has been on the market since at least November when I first spied it. Makes your heart-pitter patter doesn't it?

Ceiling Fan Refreshed

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. I spray painted my ceiling fan blades white this weekend and it's like I have a whole new fixture. (They were an awful faux maple before.) It's one of those quick fixes that makes you think, "Why didn't I do this before?"

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yum: Cauliflower Flatbread

Last night I cooked dinner for a bunch of girlfriends. All the recipes I tried were a success, but Mark Bittman's Curried Cauliflower Flatbread from this week's Dining section of The New York Times was the star of the meal. It was easy to make, delicious and satisfying. Plus the ingredients cost next to nothing. I'm definitely going to play with the recipe, as per his suggestion here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekend Inspiration: 4 Great Projects

Bedside tables made over as a console from Sunset.com.

Another project from the same article on Sunset.com: Pillows made from used/vintage clothing.

String lights made from cardboard egg cartons from Apartment Therapy Los Angeles.

Candle holders made from cement and soda bottles via Room Service (wish I spoke whatever Scandinavian language in which this is written).

Weekend Shopping: Dossier and Partners & Spade

If I make it into the city this weekend (which admittedly is unlikely), I will definitely make a detour to Great Jones Street to check out Partners & Spade. Read all about this new store/gallery from Kate and Andy Spade on Remodelista.

If I make it out of my apartment (highly likely), then I'll pay a visit to Dossier, a new store just around the corner, which was featured in last Sunday's Style section of The New York Times.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Puppy Love

I spent last weekend hanging out upstate with a pair of dachshunds. My heart was breaking with puppy love. This little guy laid in my lap the whole drive home. I've wanted a dog for years and always knew I would have one eventually. Now that I work from home, it seems I finally have a lifestyle that is suitable for puppy-rearing. I know that a dog would be a huge responsibility, but I also know how much happiness and love a dog brings into your life. What do you think, should I get a puppy?

Sophie Cuvelier: Fabulous Garlands

Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! had a post last week about artist Sophie Cuvelier's Fabulous Garlands. I've got back to look at the photos of Sophies work several times since then--it just makes me happy. I love, love, love this work. It's joyful, simple--and something I want to make myself.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Urban Composting

Yesterday's edition of Brooklyn Based was all about urban composting. While there's no way I am ever going to host a colony of worms to compost in my kitchen, this did give me a little nudge to start separating out my compostable scraps for the compost collection at Fort Greene Park. I go to the park every Saturday to buy my milk, yogurt, fruits and vegetables anyway, it wouldn't be that hard for me to start bringing along a container of vegetable scraps.

Also, if you live in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Based is a great newsletter--it's frequently one of the most interesting things in my morning emails. I'd definitely recommend subscribing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jealous of Homework

I've talked some talk over recent years of starting a business just Homework, which is featured on today's Daily Candy New York. Homework is a company that offers decorating and staging services for regular people. I wasn't super-impressed by Homework's site, but I will say that I was green with envy at the founder for getting it together to start her own business.

Hey stranger!

Hi there! Sorry I have been somewhat absent. A new flood of work has me a little busier than usual. I’m going to queue up a few posts this morning while I have an hour or so to myself. In the meantime, here are some Little House-related things I did this week or so:
  • Sold a bunch of stuff on Craigslist. What did we all do before Craigslist? It’s so amazing that people come and pay money for the stuff you don’t want anymore.
  • Went to the first weekend of the Brooklyn Flea back in Fort Greene and paid a little too much for a strange basket shaped like a bird, but didn’t really mind.
  • Went upstate and longed for a country house of my own—and a canoe.
  • Hung out with two dachshunds and longed for a pup of my own.
  • Discovered Pandora Radio and fell head over heels in love.
  • Re-arranged all my bedroom furniture—twice. Ultimately decided everything was in the right place in the original arrangement and moved it back. However, I have temporarily moved the filing cabinet out of the room and am debating whether I could get by with two pretty file boxes instead.
PS - This is my 400th post to this blog!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Domino Subrscription Note

I just received a notice from Condé Nast about my Domino subscription. I have been a subscriber since issue 1 and I was curious what Condé would offer me as a replacement. Many suspected that Condé would send all the Domino subscribers Architectural Digest. (A theory which was supported by the fact that dominomag.com now redirects to the AD site.) However, I thought Lucky was a more likely guess, since Domino had originally been conceived as a home version of the shopping mag. So, I was surprised when I received a note informing me that I would get Glamour instead. Glamour? Hunh. According to the mailing, "Like Domino, it's geared toward smart, style-savvy women like you, with inspiration and tips on fashion, hair & beauty, health & diet, and sex &relationships." Riiiighhhht, sounds just like Domino. It also indicates I won't receive Glamour until August 2009. What's with that? Has anyone else received notice about their Domino subscription?

Sewing Green - Log Draft Stopper!

What a sweet idea: A log-shaped draft-stopper! I LOVE this! I spotted the above image on Decor8, but it's originally from Sewing Green, a forthcoming book from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Sunday

My sister and I spent a lovely Easter Sunday in New Jersey with friends. On our way to the brunch, we stopped into a bakery to buy a treat for our hosts. When we saw this crazy pink bunny cake we both erupted into a fit of giggles. We laughed so hard I could barely manage to ask the woman behind the counter how much it cost. After a moment of deliberation, we decided that we really had to buy the silly cake for our friends.

Being a couple with a great sense of humor, they both laughed at the site of the rabbit cake. The husband immediately one upped our silliness with blueberry "droppings" behind the bunny's tail. All laughter aside, our hostess is a regular Martha Stewart, who turned out a beautiful brunch, complete with homemade blueberry muffins and piles of spring flowers. What a perfect Sunday!


Naughty bunny!

A collection of Easter sweets: M&Ms, chocolate egg cake, homemade blueberry muffines and a famous daffodil cake from Buffalo, NY.

The apartment was filled with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, which made everything feel like spring.

Girl Crush: Alyssa Monks

Last week I went to see Alyssa Monks's show at DFN Gallery. I had the pleasure to interview her afterwards for Flavorwire.com. Read the interview right here. I cannot tell you how much I admire Alyssa's paintings and the thought process that goes into her work--she's my personal painter hero. It also made me wish I still painted. Anyone got a bright idea for where a girl could take a cheap painitng class to get back in the habit?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Atypyk's Cute Products!

I meant to post this ages ago when a friend pointed them out to me, but somehow it slipped my mind. I love both of these items from Atypyk: Salad Wrenches and Scissor Paper Knife. Both manage to be playful and funny while still being elegant objects. Bravo to Atypyk for making products that manage to balance between the two!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Mismatched Chairs

Remodelista ran a post about matching chairs in different colors. I really liked the image above from Dwell. This would be a great way to customize a set of inexpensive unfinished wood chairs. I think it could be especially neat to do all different shades of one color from light to dark.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Dry Cleaning Disaster = DIY Project?

It's hard to see in these photos, but the dry cleaner near my apartment ruined a favorite jacket. Somehow they managed to bleach a portion of this jacket (and yet, they didn't manage to get out any of the spots). Rage at the dry cleaner aside, I was thinking it might be an opportunity for a DIY project.

Can you see how it's bleached? It's both on the lapel and the front of the jacket (and the back of the lapel).

A while back I saw this amazing homemade version of a jacket from J. Crew. I'm thinking maybe I could transform my own jacket with a bunch of fabric flowers. Here's the description of how the copycat jacket was made. What do you think? Worth a try?

Annie, We Love You

So, I recently mentioned the architecture firm Noroof Architects in a post. In the NYT article about Noroof there was a mention of a woman who had curated an architecture exhibit in Brooklyn; I wrote the name "Annie Coggan" down to look up later. I little digging revealed that Annie Coggan is an architect who decamped to Starkville, Mississippi and opened a cafe. Two posts on Bloesem (here and here) about Annie's work made me fall in love. So, I've been reading her blog, Chairs and Buildings and admiring her work. How amazing are these chairs?!? I am so glad I thought to make a note of her name from that piece.

MollaSpace's Queue Stick Lighter

It's been quite some time since I carried a lighter, but if I still did, I'd want it to be one of these mod Queue 2-tone Stick Lighters from MollaSpace. At $21 they seem pretty fairly priced (they are refillable). One of these and a candle would actually make a really nice gift. I also like it that the one on the far left in the image above is sort of colored like a tube of Great Lash mascara.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Clustered Art Re-Arranged

I asked for your feed back on my photo arrangement yesterday. My old roommate Liz, being Liz

Art School: Tablecloth Art

I always love new ideas for affordable wall art, so I was thrilled when I came across this easy idea on Better Homes & Gardens' Do It Yourself website. A vintage table cloth makes a great piece of art when hung on the wall--I especially like it shown above a bed as it is above.

Image from of Better Homes & Gardens

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Clustered Art

I finally got around to hanging some of my art yesterday. After consulting with my little sister, I decided to hang all these pieces in a cluster above the dining table. I have had all of my art on photo ledges for years and years, so this is a real change for me. Not sure how I feel about it yet. I thought I had hung everything a little too high, but then when T. and I were eating dinner last night it seemed like they were at a good height to accommodate someone sitting at the table. What do you think? Does this arrangement work? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Vinyl Wall Clocks


For a recent magazine project, I turned all manner of vintage items into wall clocks with kits from Klockit.com. When I came across these clocks made from old records by The Grateful Thread, I was jealous of their idea. They've obviously made a custom minute hand to make the clock look like a record player, but you could easily make your own vinyl wall clock with regular hands.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Ray Komai Side Chair

There's another thing I saw at the Brooklyn Museum that I loved: Ray Komai's plywood side chair. Here's the information about the chair from the museum's site:
Ray Komai's molded plywood chair was manufactured in Brooklyn in 1949, using the latest American technology. Although European designers such as Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto designed plywood furniture in the 1930s, it was the Americans Charles and Ray Eames, in the years immediately after World War II, who realized the full potential of this material and bent one sheet of plywood in several directions. Komai's chair adds a sophisticated anthropomorphic twist. If you look closely, the chair's design suggests a human face.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Terra Cotta Balls?

I paid a visit to SpaceCraft in Williamsburg (more about that later), and out in their back yard they have a little patch of ground that is covered in tiny terra cotta balls. The owners said the balls were there when they got the space and that they weren't sure what they were meant to be used for. Anyone know what these might be? If they are cheap, they could be a neat alternative to gravel in a patio area.

DIY Lamp

Recently, I was thinking about things out of which to make hanging lamps. With lighting on the brain, I was tickled when I spotted this table lamp at Chez Lola on Myrtle Avenue. It's construction from a pie tin, a cheese grater and a colander. Pretty clever, eh?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Note to Self: Fall Wardrobe

Katie Hatch, former fashion editor at Blueprint, has a new line of clothing called Harvey Faircloth coming out in the fall. I want to dress in her clothes all the time. I'm also making a mental note that red tights and red lipstick would make all my boring black dresses into something fresh and fun this fall. Love this line! Also, I kinda want bangs like this model has--aren't they cute?

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