Tuesday, April 26, 2011

texas dance hall renovation

this minimalist house owned by barbara hill in marfa, texas was featured on the nate berkus show yesterday. she used all natural materials including steel, wood, plaster, and cement and no paint. you should check out the before pictures here. she did an amazing transformation and saw incredible potential in ruins.

recent reading material

1. elle decor magazine. may 2011 issue.
2. national geographic magazine. may 2011 issue.
3. design within reach catalog. the language of nordic design.
4. gwyneth paltrow's new cookbook. my father's daughter: delicious easy recipes celebrating family & togetherness.
5. making the modern garden by christopher bradley-hole.
6. yankee magazine. may/june 2011 issue. 
7. martha stewart living. may 2011 issue.
8. inside out magazine. (australian magazine found at barnes and noble). january-february 2011 issue.

family easter pics





this weekend was all about healing. we spent time with family and tried not to look to the past, but enjoyed the present. we headed up to boston on saturday and the easter bunny came  to my brother's house. egg hunt at arnold arboretum. 70 and sunny. josh showed the girls how to roll down the hill. briana decorated their place with pretty tulips, daffodils, and easter lillies. sprimp cocktail, cheese souffles, honey baked ham with mustard sauce, spinach pies, potato salad with fresh dill, spinach and pea salad, coconut cake, apple crisp, and lemon bars. rory loves bunnies and karoline got caught hoarding all the chocolate in the corner of the hallway. hope you all had a special easter weekend with the ones you love!

Friday, April 15, 2011

spring ikea inspiration

 green. uplifting. newness. fresh. alive. rebirth. there's all sorts of possibilities in spring. hope you guys have a fabulous weekend filled with your favorite things!

all images from livet hemma for ikea.

a healthy spring slaw recipe

i already talked about this salad here, but wanted to mention it again because i think it's the perfect salad for springtime . this lemony cabbage-avocado slaw recipe is from whole foods. it's healthy, colorful and i think it would be a great accompaniment to a fish or chicken meal. here's the recipe (i used all the ingredients except the hemp seeds because i couldn't find them in my grocery store, but i'm sure you could use sunflower seeds as a substitute):

Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw

Serves 6

Creamy avocado and bright lemon make great partners in this colorful salad.


6 cups finely shredded purple and green cabbage
1 small red, orange or yellow pepper, chopped
1 ripe avocado, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
3 tablespoons cilantro leaves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl, until avocado is creamy throughout.

image and recipe from whole foods


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

local events

if you live in the newport, rhode island area have you signed up for the casey farm easter egg hunt, yet? it takes place on saturday, april 23rd at 10:30 am. i have never been, but i have heard great things about it. they use fresh eggs from casey's farm and the kids can visit the chickens, chicks and piglets. the picture above is from this historic farm in saunderstown, rhode island that stretches over 300 acres  from the narragansett bay to the pettaquamscutt river. i'm so excited to go! get your tickets here.

also, the jane pickens theater in newport, rhode island is hosting a royal wedding breakfast and screening on the big movie screen in HD on friday, april 29th at 5 am. do you remember where you were when princess diana and prince charles got married? i do! kate and william's wedding seems likes it going to be one of those memorable events  that would be fun to commemorate with a gathering of friends and family. it would mean a really early morning, but with croissants, smoked salmon, and wedding cake i am game. it's my party is doing the wedding cake and "wedding dress" cookies (she's the fabulous baker that did cupcakes for karoline + rory's 2nd birthday party)

photo from historic new england website

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

kontor kontur

check out these rad graphic pieces of art by kontor kontur. things organized by color makes me happy.

photos by nora bencivenni for kontor kontur
via design mom via seesaw.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

danish painter bjørn agertved's cabin

spotted this rustic coastal cabin of danish painter bjørn agertved on nordic design that was featured in femina magazine. i would be able to fully relax and unwind in a vacation house like that. don't you think? the wood floors, beautiful paintings, antlers, vintage map, soft animal skins, and charming rustic landscape is one that allows for rejuvenation of one's soul.

source: femina magazine via nordic design.