Monday, June 30, 2008

rebeca raney art.



We will be collaborating with Raquel's sister Rebeca for our 2009 letterpress calendar. You can see some of her work here. Her personal site is a work in progress.

wooooo magazine.



Good design in the form of a cheap little paper back. Borderline vulgar humor. wooooo

not an error.



These sites play tricks on the mind. Expect hidden treasures once you begin your exploration. 2x4 & Maison Martin Margiela.

wall-e.



Wall-e was adorable and funny. If you go see it, make sure to stay through the closing credits for a lovely art history lesson.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Modern Warmth in the Mountains

I am not a huge fan of modern architecture but living in a mountain town that prefers overbuilt log homes to sophisticated style it was refreshing to see that a local architecture firm (Gilday Architects formerly Tobler Dunker Architects) was able to combine western sensibility, warmth and modern style to create this beautiful private residence (and thankfully without lodge pole pine):

I love the combination of glass and stone-it really grounds the house while also allowing bright open spaces. The landscaping perfectly mirrors the balance of this concept.

I love the white marble and the inviting fireplace.
Talk about a kitchen made for entertaining (3 ovens!). Again, I love the use of white marble especially against the stainless steel appliances.

Friday, June 27, 2008

materials have hidden messages.



I saw this incredibly beautiful table lamp on Bloesem (by Ilse Crawford from Studioilse for Wastberg in Sweden)

Pillow Power

I have to say one of my all time favorite accessories is the throw pillow! I just moved in to a new rental that has boldly painted living room walls--a rusty orange. This is not a bad color choice if you have a neutral colored sofa but no, mine happens to be red! At first I thought slipcovers would be the best solution but these throw pillows from Pottery Barn made what I thought would be a sea of overwhelming color into it the perfectly tied together living space:



Some other pillows that recently captured my fancy are these very fun and flirty pillows from Square Feathers. They have pillows that are perfect for a beach house or penthouse!
Jolie Collection "Lime"

Spring Collection "Fuchsia"
Glam Collection "Chic" Pillow

Lastly, I just saw pillows from Judy Ross featured in the July/August Elle Decor and went to her website and found these pillows that I think are absolutely stunning.

Her upholstered furniture is also worth checking out!

spicy.



Smart Spice provides single use servings (four to a box): a perfect solution for those of us who don't cook every meal & don't want stale spices sitting in our cabinet. Available Fall 2008. (via coolhunting)

salmonberries


Yesterday Christi and Adelaide and I went salmonberry picking. Having a kid is awesome for berry picking, because you always have plenty of buckets lying around! Salmonberries can be quite tart but they're refreshing and incredibly high in vitamin C and antioxidants. And they are everywhere here on this mountain!

We went for almost three hours and Addie slept most of the time. Julia lent me their Tough Traveler hiking backpack and it's awesome, I think I want to get one for us to use all of the time. Adelaide seems to like being up in it up at everyone's face level, so it's so nice to be able to get some sort of exercise again. Lately Addie won't really sit in the stroller anymore, and she toddles around at about .05 km/h, so I've noticed that I am getting thicker!!!


We haven't officially decided what to do with the salmonberries yet - we want to make perhaps a jam or chutney with them, or maybe even candies! We are just looking for a good recipe still. So we will go picking a few more times and freeze them and to get a good stash before preserving them. If they last that long!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

potato have toes.





Interested in some Evah Fan cutesies?

national forest.












National Forest, a full-service agency located in Glendale, CA has formed relationships with several perfect clients. Do take a peak at there site and be prepared for some serious inspiration.

le corbusier.





A spectacular visual biography of the life and work of Le Corbusier (1887–1965), one of Modernism's most influential architects, urban planners, and theorists. Published by Phaidon.

breakfast, evening

It is 2:47 am and once again I find myself awake. I despise these nights when I awaken from nowhere with a start, heart racing, head full of ideas, and then cannot seem to fall back to sleep again. So I'm sitting here in the silent darkness and I thought that I'd post some photographs from our days.


Every morning Adelaide and I share a simple meal together. Here is our breakfast from this morning... marmalade on toast, sliced fuji apple, and gouda cheese. I always quickly cut our cheese with a japanese cherry blossom cutter which I picked up a little set of at Daiso a while back. With this it is so quick to slice up some cheese, fruit, or vegetables for Adelaide, and it helps her to eat more. And they also make our meals a little bit nicer, too.


And, an evening in the grass. I love visiting this spot by our house at dusk when the north shore mountains are turning pink by the ending day. The grass here is so very long and green and cool, and Adelaide loves bounding around in it. It reaches far above her head!

The other day when we were here at this spot, a big beautiful barred owl was sitting only a few meters away just peering down at us. Amazing! And then later on we saw her sitting again just outside our living room window. So beautiful. I couldn't help but feel like she was bringing us some sort of good luck. Or maybe she was just thinking that our poor kitties looked kind of tasty - they all ran in real quick!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

with daddy


I met Charles and we became fast friends. I remember thinking to myself "I want to hang out with him more". I had no idea that years later here we'd be... together a little family.

One evening after we had officially been a couple a few weeks or so, we were having dinner and he said to me that if I ever got pregnant, then we were going to have a baby, together. I remember being a little taken aback at this as I had never had a boyfriend who talked like that before. All my previous boyfriends would take off running at the mere mention of ever having children. It was really sweet to finally hear that someone saw that with me.

Several years passed and whenever we passed a little family on the street we'd both be like "oh! I want a baby!" I had always loosely thought that I would want to be a mom someday, but when it came down to it I wasn't sure. I thought a good year about it, back and fourth, back and fourth. I couldn't decide for sure if that was what I truly wanted.

And then a tragedy occurred to a beautiful friend a half a world away... my most favourite girlfriend lost her little newborn baby. And I woke up one morning and knew completely that I wanted to take that chance. And If i was ever so lucky to be blessed with a child it was never something to be taken forgranted - for it is the most special thing that could ever happen. And I knew then that I did want to be a mama one day.

We tried once. Once! and I knew. and I was absolutely terrified. Scared shitless. I was so incredibly, terribly sick for month after month after month. It was horrible. And then, 56 hours of hard back labour. I was at home but finally I chose to go to the hospital. Our baby wasn't getting enough oxygen, our baby's heartbeat kept faltering. When they finally told me that they had to cut her out of me I just sobbed.

Oh, but that feels like forever ago now. And oh my, was it all ever worth it. But the point of this post is not about these things. But what I meant to say is how very pleased I am by the type of father my Charlie has become. There are many of the sweet types of things in this world, but to me one of them has got to be witnessing a man who truly loves his child and takes pride in being a great father. I am fortunate enough in this life of mine to have learned from past mistakes and am now with a man who is great to me and even greater to our little daughter.

Neither of us have ever been too interested in marriage in the big wedding sense. I've never been one of those girls who wanted a wedding - Actually I couldn't think of anything more embarrassing! I guess it's just not my thing. So we never have. I'm not sure if we ever will - its just not important to us.

But we are together, the three of us, our little family. And oh, our love together: It is Grand!

Monday, June 23, 2008

hypercolor babies.




Newborns and infants spend almost all their time in the arms of their loving parents. The Daddy & Baby clothing set generates thermochromic patterns when body heat is applied.

Designer Mi-Jeong Baek
via Yanko Design

vote for saturdays short.



Please vote to see The Soldier's Wife broadcast on PBS's Reel 13 Shorts. Celina and JB are an adorable NY couple and long time family friends. We would love to see them succeed.

ikat + shark.



Still enjoying the exotic ikat patterns. Dior glasses by John Galliano. Our own tropical shark attack / pirate booty pattern coming soon.

splash & dash.



Perfect bikinis do exist. Favorites from left to right. Alexander Wang, Araks, & Madras by A.P.C.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

university day

Lately Addie and I have been going down to the university to explore. She wanders as she wishes and I follow along obediently... and this is what we did again today.

A university campus is a great place for a little kid to explore. There are always many things happening - dancers practicing their routines, musicians playing and composing, and today, some scientists constructing some huge type of sphere. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies, sculptures and artworks, fields and gardens and groves and fish-filled ponds to explore. Adelaide is in heaven when we're here!

I am certain, however, that we often take students by surprise - I guess it doesn't occur to the average university student that there are hundreds of little children that live on their campus, too. Often we get odd looks which at first used to make me feel awkward, but now amuse me. Adelaide doesn't seem to mind at all.

My little amazing girl - she's growing up so quickly right in front of me. Every day there is a slight shift forward for her. Last week sometime (I missed exactly when) she suddenly sprouted these long legs and she's been using them to run like wild, frontwards and backwards. She spins over and over in circles, one way, and then back around the other way. She dances for no one in particular, simply for the joy of being. I never grow tired of watching her in awe, for it still hasn't really hit me that this beautiful child is mine.


And she rarely, if ever, will hold my hand anymore. This makes my heart hurt a little, so today when she grabbed my hand (for what seems like no reason in particular) I quickly, awkwardly, snapped a photo, to try to capture this moment for myself forever. I am so glad that I caught it.

After running around the campus I love to take her to our Indian Restaurant for a buffet lunch. We've been taking Adelaide here since she was a little baby, and it's her favourite place to eat. Every day is something new, but today we feasted on fish curry, chana masala, matar vindaloo, tandoori chicken, and fresh naan. I mix a little bit of curry in rice for Adelaide, with a bit of chicken and chickpeas and she is one happy girl!


And after many hours away Addie and I head back home, tired out, and covered in chalk. Together we will have a bubble bath and a nap. We arrived to find our kitty Jack waiting for us on our front stoop - which (can you even tell?) absolutely thrilled Adelaide. You can kind of see Jack's cheek poking out beside Addie's artwork on the chalkboard posts. She adores her furry brothers!


I've been feeling happy again, and we've been having really great days. The kind that make me wish that I could bottle them up and keep them forever.

Friday, June 20, 2008

catherine holm.



I love catherineholm kitchenware - and was excited to find one of her bowls at an antique store last month. The other day I found this flickr group dedicated to photos of her pots & pans & bowls that people collect. Now my collection of 1 is lookin' a little sad compared to the variety that's out there.

(photo from here)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

jen gotch.



Lovely inspiration board (and photostrips) on photographer Jen Gotch's site.

tulips.



This year has been the 50th anniversary for the Saarinen Tulip collection. I saw these photos (from the Knoll archives) on Apartment Therapy and especially loved these two: an ad from the 1950's for the Tulip chair, and Eero Saarinen's patent drawing.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

collaborations


Tonight, Adelaide and I made muffins.

For a long while now I've been waiting and waiting for my daughter Adelaide to be big enough to make with me. I've been collecting up bins and jars of craft supplies - scraps of fabric, papers, ribbon and string. I'm saving up a big jar of laundry lint to use as stuffing for animals and other stuffed things we will make someday. (is this gross or what? I can't decide as it feels like it should be. laundry lint. well, at least I know it's clean!)


Last week Adelaide started to make chalk drawings around the neighbourhood with me and this makes me very happy. Previously, she would just eat the chalk but now shes happy to carry several pieces along with her and every so often she stoops down and makes marks!


Addie's marks look kind of like underwater reeds or twigs so I like to collaborate with her. I will add fish to swim in her reeds, or flowers or leaves to her twigs. She seems to like collaborating with me. Here we are drawing an underwater scene this weekend beside our neighbour Susanna's patio. Susanna is lovely and seems A-OK with the public art projects happening just outside her door. She even took this picture and sent it to us. Thanks Susanna!


Recently I've also realised that Addie really likes "helping" me cook and bake. At 16 months she's still pretty little to really help that much, but I put her up in her little high chair and let her assist me. Tonight we made berry muffins and she loved it! I tell her what I am doing and let her watch me mix together all the ingredients and let her mix and pour a little bit, too. I let her lick the spoon and she was very good at snatching blueberries out of the batter, too. She was pretty proud of our accomplishment!


Here is our recipe for mixed berry muffins. I've been making these muffins for about 15 years now. It's a simple but good recipe, somewhat like berry cupcakes really. The tart berries go nicely with the slightly sweet muffin and they are a nice substitute to cake or when you want a dessert that isn't overwhelmingly sweet. I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible which makes them a little bit nicer, too. 


Fresh Berry Muffins

ingredients:

2 cups flour

2.5 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup soft butter (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup milk (room temperature)

2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries - (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries)


directions:

- preheat oven to 375. f.

- beat butter until fluffy

- add sugar, mix well.

- stir in eggs and vanilla

- in another bowl, mix the dry ingredients

- add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, then stir in half of the milk

- stir in remainder of the dry ingredients and then the rest of the milk.

- plop a heaping spoonful of the batter into each of 12 paper-lined muffin tins.

- place berries all over each spoonful of batter, and then add one more heaping spoonful of batter on top. Then place berries all over the very top. (this stops the berries from staining the batter all purple which happens when you stir the berries into all of the batter in one go)

- bake at 375. f. for 30 minutes. Ease open the oven slowly when done, so that the cool air doesn't sink the muffins

- allow to cool slightly, but these muffins are best when warm. and don't forget to lick the spoon!