29 November 2013

Thankful, Grateful, Soulful

First my friends, my apologies for the posting lag. I really enjoy blogging, I'm humbled you stop by to read my posts and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Things have been a little crazy around here to say the least (who isn't right?), but I'm going to get back to regular posting as of now, because I've got lots of good stuff to share.

I can't believe the end of November is already upon us. As you might know, autumn is my favorite season and Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. As with most autumns, my hectic work schedule keeps me busy from sunrise until sundown and beyond, with almost no time to enjoy the spectacular sunsets the fall sky produces, slip in an extra Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and create homemade dinners. So when Thanksgiving rolls around, everything stops and I become the Top Chef of my kitchen. Oh yeah! But unfortunately, this year I was blessed with a big fat cold; fever, sore throat, congestion. I loathe being sick, so it was a double whammy that it happened during the Thanksgiving holiday. However, all was not lost, my incredible better half wanted me to just rest and not worry, so he immediately ordered a Thanksgiving-to-go meal from a local restaurant. And I have to say, it was pretty darn good for a take away meal. We had all the fixings, creamy sundried tomato soup, free range turkey breast, bistro-style gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans with herbed piccata and warm apple cranberry compote with spiced walnuts. And we (he rather, who's no cook) managed to make a pumpkin pie. It filled our bellies and gave us the traditional comfort we expect on Thanksgiving even though we live on the opposite coast as our family. And we didn't have to clean! So although my sickness consumed my head, my heart and soul was content and happy.

It is a great reminder how much food really is the soul of who we are, no matter where we reside in world and who's cooking, be it at a house or restaurant. It brings us together on a regular basis, holidays or not. There is nothing more satisfying then a great meal with great friends and family, nothing makes for a more perfect time. Which is why I'm going to take a cue from Sunday Suppers and Kinfolk in the upcoming year. It's time to start slowing down a little bit, gathering together and enjoying what the table does for us. For it not only satisfies our appetite, it nourishes our soul.

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart."  – Cesar Chavez

Images: Sunday Suppers and Kinfolk

21 November 2013

Wall Envy

What better wall art then a brick facade with old typography poking through. And in a cool office with concrete floors and wood beamed ceilings no less! I'm green with envy. Believe it or not, I found this image perusing WordPress themes on ThemeForest today. Crazy right?

Image: ThemeForest 

17 November 2013

A New Elevated Park for London

With resemblance to New York's High Line elevated park, Heatherwick Studio just unveiled plans for a new greenery covered pedestrian bridge to be built across the River Thames in London. It will be the first crossing built on the Thames since Foster and Partners' Millennium Bridge opened in 2000 and will connect Convent Garden and the South Bank. Looking lusciously green, the span will showcase various types of indigenous trees, wild flowers and grass and encourage people to stroll or sit on benches next to the path and enjoy a break from the frantic pace of the city. Considering it may be the slowest way to cross the river, you might have to bring a boxed lunch, but it may also be the most relaxing. Which is a good thing, finding quiet places in a big city isn't easy! The project could be completed as soon as 2016.

Images: Inhabitat

13 November 2013

One Big Picnic

I just love when artists create major oversized items, it messes with your senses and throws your scale and proportion all out of whack. Like this gigantic picnic table by French artist Benedetto Bufalino. See more of this interestingly oversized picnic table project over at DesignBoom.

More Making Coming Soon - Trouvé Magazine

As you know, I'm obsessed with anything handmade, the maker culture as I like to call it. And now, coming next month is Trouvé magazine, a brand new magazine celebrating the makers, creators and dreamers among us. I can't wait to see what and who they have in store for us. If you're as curious as me, get on the list here.

Photo: Trouvé magazine

06 November 2013

Beautiful Branding for Bama

This branding from Oslo-based Mission Design for Bama Storkjøkken is utterly gorgeous. As the largest provider of fruits and vegetables to Norway, Mission was invited to help raise awareness of Bama Storkjøkken's commitment to providing the best produce and to inspire cooks about the wealth of opportunity that fruit and vegetables offer. The design focuses soley on the variety, shape and color of raw ingredients through beautiful photography and minimal typography atop the perfect white space. Read more on the branding process over at Mission Design here.

Photos: Mission Design

Cruising in Style

Had I thought about it at the time, I probably would have nixed the beach cruiser purchase in lieu of a scooter, probably a classic Vespa. Not only are they more fun, but I would definitely take it out more and for longer stretches. A beach cruiser is just fine if you live in the Great Plains, but I obviously don't since I end up walking the bike up pretty much every slight incline that greets me. Sure, it's great exercise, but I don't have endless time on my hands either. It just so happens Vespa has a new model out, the Vespa 946, named after 1946, the year the Italian company was founded and made their very first scooter. It still has all the glorious style, smooth curves and iconic design we've come to love about the Vespa, right down to the stitching on the leather handle grips to the final polish. But with this model, every premium component is assembled by hand. You can't help to be mesmerized by its beauty... or it's price. At $9,946 bucks, it's time to pump up the tires on my cruiser again! 

Photos: Design Milk

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