The great outdoors

Inspiration for outdoor spaces.

Sasa Antic

Take a look at the beautiful home of the Swedish interior stylist.

Breakfast

Healthy treats the kids will eat.

Hello Yellow!

A bright cheerful color that can liven up any space.

It's Copper!

Just...Wow

Back to School!!



I know I've been missing in action, I've gone back to school!!! Well, not exactly, but I am taking some online summer courses through Make it in Design! A great site for getting help in the world of surface pattern design. I've decided to go HARD and take all three tracks(beginner, intermediate, advanced) cuz you know, I'm an overachiever. So far it's been a great experience, finding time to actually work and creating under the pressure of a deadline. Plus, I've gotten the opportunity to join a facebook group with a bunch of like-minded folks and it's been a pleasure to see all of the great work and also exchange ideas and get feedback. Below I've posted some of my submissions and also ideas that have sprouted up as well. Enjoy and please feel free to comment!

 A few iterations of my work for the Beginner track. The one on the bottom is what I submitted



 Intermediate track work. The lower design is what was submitted along with the mockup of the bathing suit.


Advanced track submissions. I ran out of time but I think I'll continue to work on it a bit more anyway.

So far, this has been a wonderful experience. MIID also offers more extensive courses and you can add your profile and portfolio to their directory. Take a look here. All in all, it's been a slow burn with this passion of mine, but hopefully it will all pay off one day. I don't expect to be rich, but some licensing and a few extra bucks in my pocket would be nice.

Also, here is a link to see the wonderful works that have been submitted:
http://makeitindesign.com/summer-school/

I Want an Eichler

While Hubby dominated the TV with all things World Cup this weekend, I spent my time imagining myself in an Eichler home. Joseph Eichler was a developer whose company built a number of communities in California in the late 50's, early 60's. Now, these homes are GORGEOUS! Planned and thought out and built in the exact kind of way that I'd like to live. The homes typically featured post and beam construction with glass walls. Open floor plans with A-frame roofs and one of my favorite features, an interior atrium or gallery which "brings the outside in". Here are a few restored Eichlers (as they are called) to drool over. By the way, they actually sell floor plans starting at $4500.

Via Pinterest

Via EichlerSoCal





Via Orange Review

Via wsj.com
Via LA Times
Via LA Times

Via LA Times
Via Apartment Therapy

Via Apartment Therapy


Universal Bike: One Bike Fits All



Nicolas Matheus

Photographer Nicolas Matheus is amazing! He does a fabulous job of mixing colors, textures, architecture and landscapes to produce breathtaking images. Plus he uses the geometry of the spaces really well . I won't provide too much comentary, his work speaks for itself.



Take a look at more of his work on his website

Clean House

It's fall here in Argentina and we are about to enter the dry season. Also, where we live, they burn the sugar cane fields to prepare for the new crop. Needless to say, this creates a smoke filled environment with a lot of dust. I think there is more dust here anyway for some reason. I remember when we lived in Brooklyn, I'd use the swiffer a few times a week and have someone clean about twice a month. It's a totally different story here. Most of the floors are tile, so I have to sweep at least once a day, sometimes more to keep up with all the dust and dirt.

Now that I'm primarily a stay-at-home mom, I've had a bit of time on my hands (when the kids are napping of course) to explore different options to make cleaning easy, less expensive etc...I definitely need help, but on the days that I don't, I want a quick and easy regimen. I've been exploring some environmentally friendly, have what I have on hand cleaners and odor removers.

Hotandhealthymom

Air and Fabric Refreshers


I love the smell of incense, so I always burn some during the day. Nag Champa is my favorite. I also love Febreze, unfortunately, I haven't found it here. Recently I stumbled upon a recipe to make your own. You can find it here. Basically, it's a mixture of fabric softener, baking soda and water. Seriously, if you have baking soda, vinegar and rubbing alcohol in your pantry, you might as well be McGyver.

The other issue we have is that I think a mouse had died in our wall...eeeeeek!!! The smell drives me nuts. I've found all of these natural remedies which will help mask the smell until the lil thing dies completely. These things you probably already have in your home will help absorb the odor and combat the smell. Vinegar: place cups of it near the offending odor and the vinegar will neutralize it. The same thing goes for boiling a pot of water with sliced lemons in it. Also, place bricks of charcoal around the house and where the odor is strongest to help absorb the odor. The kind you use for a barbecue will do. And of course, incense, to put you in a zen mood and absorb the odor until the little sucker has fully decomposed.

WikiHow

General Cleaner

Vinegar is perfect for cleaning every day surfaces, unfortunately, the smell isn't so appealing. Make your own citrus cleaner with vinegar and citrus peels of your choice (Orange, lemon, gratefruit). Take a look here for the instructions. If you don't mind the smell, just use 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water.

Glass Cleaner

For sparkling windows, just add 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap and 2 cups water. This also works great on mirrors and any shiny surfaces.

Wood Cleaner/Polish

Our poor dining table has taken a beating, cup rings and it's just lost the luster and beautiful tone it used to have. Mostly because I just hadn't had time to do anything about it and I couldn't find Murphy's Oil Soap. So I found a recipe to make my own here. Just mix 2 cups olive oil with a cup of lemon juice (I also added a bit of vinegar). I applied with a cloth, let it sit for a bit and then worked it in a little more, enough so that my hands weren't oily to the touch. I also used this on my chairs and any wicker/rattan furniture we had. It really brought everything back to life. I even used it for all of my decorative wood bowls and objects.

Please feel free to share if you have some DIY cleaners.

Happy Cleaning!

3 Fab Online Mags

I love a good decor mag. I miss the days of going to the newstand and picking up a healthy stack of all my favorites; Domino, Met Home, Living Etc, Elle Decor etc... There isn't anything like flipping through your favorite magazine with a cup of tea, snuggled on the sofa or while sunbathing at the beach. And while digital media is missing that tactile element, these online mags come pretty close to filling in. Now...in no particular order, take a look!

Adore

www.adoremagazine.com

This Austrailian mag has bright vibrant visuals. You can find everything from decor, food and travel. This is definitely a must see for me each month.

 Rue

ruemag.com 

 I absolutely love the styling in this magazine. Beautiful images and lots of useful information. You can find information on where to shop and where to travel. They have a little bit of everything from decor to fashion and accessories. 

Lonny

www.lonny.com

Definitely a favorite among the bunch, Lonny continues to innovate with the navigation of its site and magazine. Another powerhouse when it comes to visuals, I almost don't miss actual print mags.

I hope to introduce a few more in the future, but these by far, are the ones that I read the most. Who am I kidding, I don't read, I just look at the pretty pictures.

Lentil stew


It's fall here in Argentina and although it doesn't get NY cold, it still gets pretty chilly. The weather definitely has me craving comfort food. A bowl of mac & cheese, tomato soup with grilled cheese...anything that warms up my belly. 

This lentil stew is perfect. I adapted the recipe from EatLiveRun slightly. I also cook it on the stove top and not a crock pot.What I love about this recipe is that it's filling and has lots of veggies. The garam masala gives it a nice kick. Serve over white or brown rice and have some crispy bread with it if you like.

Ingredients

1 tbsp oil (olive or canola)
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup scallion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 butternut squash (cut in half and roast for approximately 45 minutes drizzled with olive oil, garlic and a sprinkle of garam masala)
1 can diced or peeled tomatoes
1 can(drained) or 1 cup(cooked) red lentils
1 can(drained) chickpeas
1 quart vegetable broth
Sea salt(to taste)
Fresh cilantro for serving

Directions
  • Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrot. Saute for about six minutes. 
  • Add the minced garlic and scallion. Saute for a few more seconds and then add the garam masala, stirring well to coat.
  • Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, red lentils, vegetable broth to the pot. 
  • Add the butternut squash, peeled and cubed.
  • Bring to a boil…then simmer for about an hour and a half to two hours.The longer it cooks, the thicker it will get. Season with sea salt to taste.
Serve over rice with minced cilantro on top. It lasts in the fridge for about 5 days and freezes well. Feel free to modify the recipe to your liking. Season to taste with more or less garam masala and sea salt.

Let me know how yours comes out!

Until next time, 

Tchau, Tchau!










Color Me Clementine

Color Me Clementine

In honor of #OITNB I've put together a collection of all things orange. This has always been one of my favorite colors. It goes with just about anything. Either saturating your walls or just adding a few accents, it can really liven up a space. Take a look at a bit of inspiration.


Via Apartment Therapy
Love the combination of natural elements and dark accents here. The modern leather sofa, woven basket and metal accents create a textural experience that is both visual and tactile.

Sorrento House-Robert Mills Architects
This space feels lovely. Clean lines but yet relaxed, the orange accents really give this room personality. The stark, modern artwork is softened by the rumpled sofa which creates a relaxed atmosphere.

Via Event Trender
As you can see, I have a bit of a thing for tangerine and charcoal. Such a stark contrast between the two. It makes for a stunning combination.
Via Sproost

Orange is also the perfect color for children's rooms. A vibrant unisex color that can grow with your child. Pair it with blue, as shown, or green, or pink, or yellow......

Via JPM Design
If you really want drama, pair it with black.

Via digsdigs
And there we have it. 

Until next time,

Tchau tchau!

Have a Seat

I've been trying to tune out NY Design week as much as I can (makes me homesick), but I still see great things on my Facebook newsfeed. I've been distracting myself looking at beautiful, practical things. This week I'm focusing on chairs. Chairs that I can read in, chairs that I can cuddle a Toddler in and chairs that just look pretty. Here's my roundup of what has caught my eye lately and what is on my to buy list.

The Slow Chair by Vitra. This chair is beautiful! It's ergonomic design makes it super comfortable and the lines are just sexy! It's also available with an ottoman.

The Acapulco Chair by acapulcochairs.com. These retro chairs, designed in the 1950's will stand the test of time. Perfect for outdoor living. They also have a rocker and a mini version.


The Contour Rocking Chair and Ottoman by Vladmir Kagan. What a classic beautiful piece of craftsmanship! His pieces have a decidedly Art Nouveau feel to me.


And the Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner. A mid-century modern beauty. I've always wanted one. Hopefully one day soon! It's also available as a rocker. Really, I'll take anything by Hans Wegner.



What are some of your favorite chairs? Let me know in the comments

Until next time,

Tchau, tchau!!

My Style

I'd like to think that I'm pretty fashion forward. When I feel like it. When I'm not covered in leftover food and other unmentionable things the kids get on me. I think I've always had my own style. I follow trends just a lil bit, but over the years I've finally figured out what works best for my body. I've always been a big big fan of pattern, especially African wax prints and Indian prints as well. Not only do I think these types of prints work great for apparel, but home goods as well. Below I'd like to introduce, showcase, show off these wonderful companies that I have found over the years.

Martine's Dream

I have had the honor of purchasing some of these pieces at the Brooklyn Flea when we still lived in NYC. Debbie is such a beautiful, kind soul. Plus her clothes are absolutely divine!! The pieces are just so versatile and work on almost anyone. I need a massive shipment sent to me in Argentina ASAP! Luckily for all of you New Yorkers, she opened her brick and mortar shop on April 1st. I am sooooo jealous!! Please take a look at her website and facebook page.


My Asho Market

This UK based clothing company has a beautiful offering of clothing options as well as different fabrics to choose from. I absolutely LOVE the textiles used for their products. So bright and vibrant. Plus, they offer international shipping! Take a look at their website.


Yevu

Yevu is a clothing line made ethically in Ghana, based in Australia. The West African wax prints are sourced there. They have apparel for both men and women and the prints are fantastic! Still fairly young, they launched their first collection in October 2013. And YES, they also ship internationally!


Enjoy!

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