4.15.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: BRUSSELS SPROUT DATE SALAD


You ready to impress people? Just casually mention that you whipped up a brussels sprout date salad last night. Yeah I bet they are sort of impressed now. And then tell them that you made your own salad dressing. Now they are completely blown away. You are welcome. All jokes aside this salad is pretty darn wonderful. A great combination of salty and sweet.

Assemble ingredients for salad: ~2 1/2 cups of shredded brussels sprouts (buy pre-shredded at TJs to save yourself the chopping), 5-8 dates (depending on how sweet you want it to be), 1/2 cup parmesan flakes.


Chop the dates into narrow slices and dump the parmesan into the brussels sprouts.

To make the dressing (based on this recipe) mix the following ingredients together: 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, pinch of sea salt,  1 tsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp of dijon mustard. Massage into brussels sprouts.

Oooh dijon goodness.

Personally, I like to wait an hour or so to let the dressing break down the brussels sprouts a little but you can eat right away if you'd like.

 The perfect bite. Mmmmm.


4.14.2014

DREAM SHOP: JONATHAN ADLER


If you could go into any store and only decorate your apartment from there (regardless of budget), which one would it be? For me it's Jonathan Adler. I love everything in the store from the bright pillows to the gold and lucite furniture and the cheeky ceramics. I have a dream list of key pieces that I seem to keep adding to :-) That lovely Bargello pillow has been on my list for some time now. It is the perfect pop to my otherwise neutral bed. The malachite frame and coasters that just came out are so fabulous too!

The best part is that today they are offering 20% off on some of the items below if you enter FABFINISH at checkout. That means that adorable ice-cream vase is just a little closer to being mine.


4.11.2014

NEW DISCOVERY: CATHERINE ELLEN


Today we are talking about these beautiful candles from Catherine Ellen.  They are perfect for an early evening cocktail and cheese party with your gals. You know the ones where you swear that you are going out after, but end up drinking too much at home, and just decide to stay in and talk all night? Yeah those nights. I love that the candles are different heights and are in various vintage-inspired glasses. They are also unscented soy wax so they burn cleanly.

I paired them with beautiful ballet pink roses that opened up perfectly, a little cheese plate and some strawberry smash cocktails (recipe is at the end of the post). In small apartments it can be difficult to find the space to host people so I just converted my dresser into a buffet by adding a fabric runner and a few accessories from around the apartment. Then guests can pick up a cocktail and bite when they arrive and settle in for a long night of laughing and catching up. Who's coming over?







Here's how you whip up a little refreshing spring-ey cocktail:

This post was developed in partnership with Catherine Ellen and candles were gifted. The photography, styling and opinions are all my own.



4.10.2014

CITRUS SPRING


There are so many reasons to be excited about spring. I like to pair springy citrus colors with modern metallic and neutrals so they really pop. I would love to have anything thing here...



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4.08.2014

FLEA MARKET HUNTING: APRIL


I love flea markets, they are the best place to find pieces that give personality to your space. While I wish that I could buy everything at the market for some mythical house somewhere, I have to just look for now. I wanted to share a few of my discoveries with you from this past weekend in case you were wondering what treasures are at the flea market .

I just loved how colorful these pins were, especially displayed against the equally as colorful background. It would be fun to collect a few of these and display them like this.


I know globes are trendy decorative objects right now but I couldn't resist taking a picture of this precious stone inlayed treasure. It combines two of my favorite things: stones and maps. Didn't take a look at the price but I bet it costs a pretty penny.


I love rocks and I love jewelry (and cupcakes but that is another story). So these gems (literally) that were only $5 were a "duh, you have to buy that" Put it on a long chain. Done.


I obviously loved these agate slices too. Usually these run for $14+ as a coaster. These slices were a little bigger than a coaster but I could see them making a great paperweight or a base for a pillar candle.


These are from the same shop as the above things. It was a big-ol-bucket of printing blocks soaked in ink. It would be great to find a way to frame or mount these and install them as a piece of wall art.


So Im not sure if these really qualify as "antiques" but they are fabulous minimalist tables with live edges. If I was handier I would just whip a few of these up but alas, Im not. These would look great if you were trying to achieve a gender-neutral look.


Ah if only I had the space this gem would have been mine. Its gold. Its huge. It only cost $125. Sold. I really wish I could have taken this home. It would look great in a slightly larger space than my studio. ;-)


Some of you may think this chair is slightly creepy but just think of it like leather. I love it because of its shape. It looks like it belongs in some huge NYC loft.


Its a little hard to see these cute pillows but they are repurposed Indian sari fabric. The contrast between the neon and the neutral really makes them pop. Im also always a sucker for a good indigo piece.


Mmmm…lemonade break.


I was a sailing instructor growing up so cannot resist a little nautical touch. I especially love those life preservers at $35 a pop, they provide a big impact for a minimal price. The aged glass buoys are also really pretty, just look how the sun shines through them.


 In scents Im like an old grandma, its lavender and rose for me. These beautiful sachets that were cross-stitched really tempted me. They are made from vintage french fabric. But at $16 they were a little pricey for me.


Lunch break at Chairman Bao for some delicious pork buns. Got to have a little sustenance.


Here are the treasures that I got.

1. My lovely crystal necklace (added the chain) $5
2. Elizabeth II tea cup with mint saucer - no idea what to do with this but it was just so darn beautiful ($8)
3. Camera - just a little non-working camera I picked up for a design client of mine who is a photographer ($10)
4. House jar - I mean how cute is this? I couldn't resist. ($10)


All photos my own taken with an iPhone.

4.07.2014

TAKE A TRIP TO ACAPULCO


When I first spotted this weird chair  at CB2 I was skeptical. It honestly looks like the most uncomfortable chair invented. But then I sat in it…and I can't describe how it works but I just melted and struggled to get back up. After looking into it, this chair grew in popularity in the 50s-60s when Acapulco became a go-to destination for the likes of Liz Taylor and Elvis. The design is based on Mayan weaving techniques combined with modern strong and durable vinyl.

The first one from CB2 is high up on my wish list because of its affordability and color combo. Although that brass and black one is really killing it.

Next time you are around a CB2, I highly recommend giving it a whirl.



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4.03.2014

SPRING BUCKET LIST


Its only been 3 days since I have officially started my unemployment but I've been making the most out of it by staying busy and focused. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of things I want to do while I have a more flexible schedule. I'm excited about the combination that I have put together below because it combines all of my favorite things: adventuring, eating, DIY-ing and relaxing. Do you have a list of things to explore in your city?

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