Ooh, my favorite!

Objets d’art
August 22, 2012, 11:12 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

I’ve happily and somehow reluctantly realized that my design aesthetic has taken quite a turn over the past year and I find my eye wandering to objets d’art that are well, just that…art-y and price-y. Definitely more in the sophisticated realm, and a little less in the sweet where I’m more accustomed to dwelling, I’ve got to figure out a way to integrate pieces like this AND also somehow manage to get my guys mid-century modern bits in at some point. I actually feel kinda funny about these pieces because aside from the lamp-ness of the lamp they really are just ornamental and even the definition of an objet d’art has me grimacing:

A work of art with some artistic merit. An artwork exhibited for the purposes of decoration or the reflection of social status.

Eeew! That’s certainly not the idea I want to incorporate but I can’t help it, I can’t explain it, I adore this piece from Dwell Studio. The marble base with the brass tubes is like an everlasting blossom, so with that logic it’s an investment right?

And then there’s this unbelievably gorgeous lamp from Shades of Light that is functional but then oh-so-much-more with the decadent rose quartz body. (The only thing that’s got to go is the cheesy finial.) If there was ever a lamp that was me I suppose this would be it.

On a string
August 21, 2012, 11:27 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Entertaining

I’m sure at some point you’ve seen a strand of tassels from Confetti System ($130), either online or hanging at a home, wedding, restaurant, and/or party near you. Elegant and fun tassels for any occasion, or no occasion at all. I’ve secretly fantasized about hanging a string or three in my dressing room. What can I say? I have a thing for parties and poms.

In case the Confetti System strand isn’t quite in your budget there is an Etsy shop that creates a very similar system for about $30, though they’re about half the size of the ones from Confetti System.

August 20, 2012, 11:22 am
Filed under: Personal

I had a long weekend at the restaurant but I often think of this awesome quote from Conan O’Brien and it helps. After all, he got screwed not so long ago and managed to wrangle plenty of amazingness. While thoughts of karma aren’t always enough to ease me through terrible situations with people of unmentionable names, I like this and I think I believe it.

[Print available here.]

These are a few…
August 17, 2012, 10:39 am
Filed under: Entertaining, Personal

My guy’s birthday was on Tuesday so I had a lot of fun planning a relaxing day and quiet dinner at home. The big surprise was a trip to New Mexico in the fall, so of course I had to theme it out with a gourmet taco night at home. We had so much fun, and since the weather has been really hot (by our standards) we enjoyed laying low and staying cool with ice cream sandwiches and iced tea.

Hope you’re staying cool wherever you are. Kiss!

Birthday supplies. (Sombreros not pictured.) I’ve always liked decorating for lazy at home birthdays. When I was a kid my brother and I would decorate the bathroom knowing that mom would be up early to get ready for work. Seriously. It was great!

With more poms, of course.

And lots of goodies. Homemade escabeche is so easy! Equal parts vinegar to water, small spoon of honey, sliced onion, jalapeno, carrots. Bring to a boil. Set aside to cool.

Le Moulin de Roc Hotel
August 16, 2012, 11:57 am
Filed under: Travel

A mill in the French countryside. I want to be here. Right now.

Le Moulin de Roc Hotel 


Joyeux anniversaire, Julia
August 15, 2012, 11:44 am
Filed under: Food, Videos

[ A tribute from Twin Cities Public Television for her 100th birthday today.]

Karaköy Rooms
August 14, 2012, 9:55 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Seattle, Travel


Karaköy Rooms

Again, here I go yearning from the depths of my soul for history and charm. On a short walk last week we must have counted at least a handful of beautiful 100-year-old Victorian homes with Proposed Land Use signs planning to demolish the home and replace it with a series of townhomes; like build ’em fast and cheap and shove as many onto one lot as we can kind of townhomes. For me it’s heart-breaking. Seattle is changing and its new identity seems to lack character and soul. I heard someone refer to Capitol Hill as a Monopoly board the other day and really I think that says it all.

In order to combat the edges of depression that follow from overexposure to those dismal land use proposals, I find myself escaping online where I can find soul-stirring treasures like this: the Karaköy Rooms, overlooking the Bosphorous in Istanbul, Turkey. Are you seeing this?! The architectural details, the herringbone wood floors, the exposed copper pipes! And, oh my god, the mosaic tiling in the bathroom is unbelievable. It’s all the result of a renovation to a building over 100 years old.

Hmm, what a concept, a renovation.

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