January 24, 2014
As many of you know I am the self professed King of Beige. I am always comfortable with warm neutrals, morning, noon and night; Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall; living room, family room, bedroom, hall. Greys and taupes are gaining momentum and popularity but I am still drawn to beige first. When I think of deviating I’m motivated to go light. Lightening my “go to” colors in lieu of embracing the cooler neutral palette feels fresher and less trendy frankly. Don’t get me wrong, I love designing with the greys they just aren’t for me, not completely anyway. Look at how well grey plays with cream on the sofa above, now that I like. The light color adds life to the grey… I might be on to something.
Here is a small collection of greys and taupes mixed with white. I will admit to liking the combination. I’d also like to mention that gold frames, brass fixtures and other dashes of warmth would really go a long way to add a counter point to all of these rooms, as the first picture shows. LESON: Go grey, but add creams or whites and warm up your metals. Now go paint something grey.
January 23, 2014
HERMITS: My new favorite cookie… soon to be yours. I might reduce the clove if you’re using freshly ground and I upped the recipe from 20 to 22 minutes in the oven to 22 to 24 because mine were a tad underdone at 21 minutes, so stick to the 22 to 24 minute suggestion. This is the perfect winter cookie.
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup loosely packed light-brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
- 3/4 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Note: you won’t need the oven for 45 minutes – this step can happen after your dough goes into the fridge. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl once. Add molasses; beat until combined, and scrape down sides of bowl. Add the flour mixture and raisins; beat on low until dough just comes together, about 1 minute. Cover with plastic wrap; place in refrigerator to chill 30 minutes.
Remove dough from refrigerator, and turn out onto a clean work surface. Divide into 2 equal pieces, and shape each piece into a 12-inch log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on prepared baking sheet, at least 3 inches apart.
Place in oven, and bake until logs are golden but still very soft to the touch, 22 to 24 minutes. The logs will flatten out and lengthen as they bake and get slightly puffy in the center. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice logs into 1-inch-wide bars. Hermit bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
January 22, 2014
There are things about living in New England that I like and there are things I dislike, there are also things I love… a Snow Day is one thing I truly LOVE when it comes to living Back East. It’s a sick day without being sick, it’s an extra day off when your out of vacation time (or saving it up for that warm weather vacation to Tulum like me) and it’s a free pass to blog, bake cookies, cuddle with your fur-babies and stay in your jammies all day!
Whats on my agenda? Shoveling is already done, so i looks like I’ll be Facebooking, Instagraming, Blogging and making cookies all day. Diet be damned, I want Hermits! Fingers crossed I have all the ingredients. Stay Warm fellow East Coasters!! the rest of you… send some warm weather our way if you have any to spare.
Parting glance: here is the view up and down my street. Plows have been through, and frankly I’ve seen much more snow but I’ll take the day off gladly and appreciate the found time to catch up on things that somehow slip through the cracks and bake a little (and maybe some laundry too).
Happy Snow Day!
January 21, 2014
Newest addiction: Hot water with Meyer lemon and local honey. Best consumed in your jammies, cozy in front of the fire, catching up on my blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Caution! do not attempt without your readers – I prefer Eyebobs. They are relatively cheap, they have a style for every face, a color for every complexion, religion or persuasion. Once your settled in enjoy the best prices on the internet on Ebay, usually… unless you – like I – covet the book Four Years in Paradise. It’s giraffe cover is coveted by designers and other visually driven folks, but it’s selling for 250.00 or more. Anything nautical, LV luggage and a few other fetishes later I decide to indulge what may become my mid life crisis manifested: the Volkswagon Truck, volia!
The perfect “weekend car” right? BTW, “weekend car” is code for Provincetown car. I could shlep plants, dogs, firewood and bikes in a cool truck like this and look oh so cool doing it. Bikes! oh yeah… I could really use a cool new bike. I’d like a white one please with leather grips and a basket, or maybe a black one? I love the idea of a pretty bike. It’s like having a nice car. These bikes didn’t come from Ebay, but they are pretty.
I’ve been on line for several minutes, I way beyond Ebay now. I’m looking at real-estate in Provincetown. The thought of a summer house, ah… I love the daydream of furnishing a tiny house I call my own. Maybe it will look like this…
I love the Japanese-Modern vibe When you design homes for a living and you have hoarder like tendencies, this simple aesthetic (drink all you longtime readers) would be hard to manage. I’m more of the everything white but layer it up kind of guy. But the chair is pretty.
Slowly getting tired, the heat of the fire is making me sleepy, and this lemon-honey potion is a far cry from my evening coffee that is probably the root of my late night Pinterest affliction. as I nod off and think about taking the dogs out one last time I’m wondering what my look should be for work tomorrow. Maybe roughed up jeans with a chambray shirt and a blue blazer. A nice pair of shoes can save even a borderline sloppy look. I’ll do lace up cap toe brown shoes. perfect. now I can sleep.
January 17, 2014
December 5, 2013
Winter isn’t quite here but it’s snowing on WordPress so I thought I’d pass this along. Art, in a fleeting medium, winters paint… SNOW, a gift from nature. Enjoy!
Working up to 9 hours a day, each snow quilt is the size of three soccer fields! How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck redesigns the patterns as new snow falls. Sometimes he is unable to finish a piece due to overnight accumulations.
December 2, 2013
I love this table I saw on dornob.com so much I had to re-blog it here. needless to say want one!! Wonder if they would make me a sofa table version? enjoy the post…
Take a straight rectangular tabletop, add a touch of star-inspired chaos, and voila: a modular flexible-legged table design. ReflexDeco drilled some holes straight, others at angles, which is the one truly problematic piece of this idea, as the elements become less interchangeable as a result. A more-rigorous revised version requiring only four or so legs might make this a bit more practical.
“We let the stars determine the table’s design by randomly taking a section from the sky. Each hole represents a star in that section. You decide where your legs should be placed. You can either be conservative and choose four legs placed at each corner, or you can create a cluster … “
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