Friday, September 30, 2011

Large Photo Booth Prints

I keep thinking about this wall of enlarged photo booth prints. I do love photo grouping/gallery walls that extend diagonally up a stair case wall, but they can often seem busy and messy if not done right. I love the idea of these huge vertical pictures on what would otherwise be a huge, overwhelming wall. It's from the movie The Joneses (you noticed David Duchovny, right?), which I must have missed because it's already out and I never even heard of it. Did you see it?


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tiny House Movement

Are you guys watching Design Star? It's down to the final two designers. I'm rooting for Karl ... what about you? Their latest design challenge, space planning and decorating tiny houses (you can see the episode here ), made me so excited! I've been thinking about small spaces lately and they really, really, really excite me. It's the minimalist in me. I love my small apartment and wouldn't mind staying there forever mostly because it's easy to clean and maintain, and it forces me to find a space for everything. To see people taking small living spaces to the extreme fascinates me and I love to see how other people make use of their small spaces. Recently I went to a boat show (is that what it was called?) where people were showing off their old, wooden boats. Some people live in them! I could not stop asking them questions about life in a cramped cabin space. They loved it. Hey, whatever floats your boat. (Sorry.) Then, my sister told me about the Tiny House Blog. Of course there is a blog of tiny houses! Sometimes, the human race pleases me. Here are a few...

What about you? Could you live in a tiny house?


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Industrial Kid Stuff

I'm pretty sure there is not anything I don't love about industrial design. (Are there enough double negatives in that sentence for you?) Well, thanks to Restoration Hardware, we have it for kids! Woohoo!

Are those vintage boxing gloves? Also, the striped baskets! Please. These shelves are just perfect for a little dude's room.

I'm getting giddy just thinking of kids hanging out at these old fashioned chairs and tables.

This is a locker style dresser. Um, hello wagon wheel lamp.

The Baby & Child Restoration Hardware line has oh-so-much more than this! In just about every style, too. Check it out!


Friday, September 2, 2011

S'mores in a Pan

Dare I say it is the end of summer? Too bad it just got started here in Seattle. Ah, well, we enjoyed every single minute of it while it lasted. And here, for your end of summer pleasure, is my favorite recipe of the season. I'm making it one last time tomorrow for one last summer beach party. Do go forth and make and enjoy!

S'mores in a Pan
{Recipe from here}

8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
6 cups mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag), divide into 5 cups and 1 cup
6 single serving Hershey chocolate bars (aka, NOT king size, just regular size)
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place chocolate bars in freezer and chill well. Once the bars are very chilled mash them with a rolling pin (or coffee mug or whatever) and then unwrap them. Place broken candy bars back in freezer. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Melt five cups of marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally. Once the marshmallows have melted remove pot from stove. Add in cereal and mix well. Add in your remaining 1 cup of marshmallows and chocolate bar pieces. Smash mixture into buttered baking pan, and place pan in the refrigerator. Cool and serve.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Variation on Apple + Pear

When I saw the cover of this month's Martha Stewart Living magazine, I knew what I needed to do.

You see, when I made this green canvas with the grey apple on it awhile back, I knew it was not exactly what I wanted. Also, it was too small a print for the wall it was on. So, enter the pear. And my variation on the apple and pear pair from the magazine cover.

I switched the apple colors to pink, since the pink stem was what I liked best from the original apple. Then I chose a 20x30 canvas, painted it with Krylon spray paint in the color Blue Ocean Breeze and added a yellow pear.

I love the combination of colors. They are unexpected, playful and fun.

My apple is so much happier with a pear for a friend.

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