Thursday, January 31, 2008

Douglas Wilson


I found this artist via decor8's write up on the online gallery, Keep Calm. So when I investigated this great site I came across the piece above. I quickly swiped it up for a special Valentine's day gift. How sweet will this be in my house? I love that song and truly all you really need in life is love. The rest is just bullshit and whatever.



The piece is done by the artist Douglas Wilson. Check out his site here. I love the big type face and how you began to deconstruct the language and saying when it's printed so boldly and graphically. Each print is hand letterpressed by the artist. A few of my other favorites below. You can purchase all of these prints exclusively on keep-calm.com.



Ethnic Chic at Pottery Barn


Ikat pillow covers, sale $14.99, potterybarn.com.


The whole ethnic trend has oozed its way into the mass market. You'll be seeing more and more inspired ikat and block prints on the market this Spring. Here are a few I pulled from the big brand, Pottery Barn. The prices are really reasonable and the pieces mix well with any decor. I love the lumbar pillow cover above which is on sale for $14.99. How could you go wrong? See more picks below.

Framed Block Prints, $79/set of five, potterybarn.com.


Indigo Pillow Covers, $25-$39, potterybarn.com.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Al di Là

Whole charcoal-grilled young organic chicken served with fennel salad and mashed potatoes.

I meet up with friends for dinner on Tuesday night in Park Slope. We checked out Al di Là a northern Italian restaurant which my friend described as,"slightly over-hyped and crowded" but still a favorite of hers nonetheless. The restaurant doesn't take reservations so be prepared to wait. I visited on a Monday night and the wait was not terrible. We headed around the corner to their wine bar and enjoyed a glass of red and olives while we waited.



After a glass, the table was ready and the three of us headed upstairs to a cozy restaurant with exposed brick, decorative tiled floors, a large Venetian glass chandelier, and my favorite black candy-cane style bentwood chairs. The atmosphere was intimate with a neighborhood feel.



We checked out the menu that included a large section of appetizers emphasisizing shellfish, homemade pasta dishes, and hearty entrees like charcoal-chicken and hanger steak. I've read of lot of raves for the steak. I'm not a steak kinda girl and wasn't feeling adventurous that night.




I went for the blood orange salad to start and then the "casunziei" ravioli stuffed with a blend of roasted beets and ricotta, then coated with melted butter and poppy seeds and felt like I totally scored. The roasted beets were delightful and were not masked with any heavy ingredients. The dish felt pure, light, and simple. The poppy seeds were interesting. I was a little perplexed by them and was in fear of an 80's Spa Dish, but was pleasantly surprised that the texture was a welcomed addition.



Check out this video I found of owner Anna Klinger talking a little bit about the origins of her food and how she likes that the restaurant has a neighborhood feel.





Al di Là


248 Fifth Avenue (Carroll Street)


Park Slope, Brooklyn


(718) 783-4565

aldilatrattoria.com

Martha Stewart's Perfect Love Sweets


Packaging Valentine Day cookies, marthstewart.com




The love is heating up over at marthastewart.com with a collection of sweet treats for Valentine's day. I know it's a little early. But for those for you who would like to mail out a box of cookies or treats to a sweetie faraway you may want to start your search for the perfect recipe now.



Valentine Cookies, marthastewart.com.



Pink Meringue Drops, marthastewart.com.

Frohawk Two Feathers: New Show!



I got a nice e-mail from Heather at Taylor De Cordoba gallery in L.A. announcing Frohawk Two Feather's new show opening this Saturday, February 2. Heather gave me a sneak peek of some of the pieces. So great, love!



"Two Feathers continues to demonstrate his skills as a master storyteller with a modern take on the age-old themes of colonialism, imperialism and conquest. In these large-scale paintings and intimate works on paper, he creates a wartime narrative starring an imagined cast of characters."



Show Details:

Frohawk Two Feathers: In The Court Of The Crimson King

February 2 – March 8, 2008. Opening Reception: Sat, February 2, 6-9pm



Taylor De Cordoba

2660 S La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

(310) 559-9156



Stray Dog Designs


I was flipping through old House & Garden's when I found this website, straydogdesigns.com. Check out their accessories, mirrors, and lighting for pieces that are infused with natural elements as well as humor. Designed by owners Bill and Jane using recycled materials (click on link for more info). The pieces reflect the personality and charm of the couple's travels through Mexico. My picks above and below.



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Black Furniture


Lately, I've been really into black. Totally opposite color of what I would normally choose. I guess it's because I have been looking a lot at bedroom furniture. I am leaning towards black case goods because my other bright colors in the room would pop. I love that black feels inherently old and earthy. I think it will be the perfect mix with my modern bright paintings and textiles. When I tried to explain the look to my boyfriend I showed him the above image from Domino. The shot is from Johnson Hartig of Libertine entryway (Sept. 2007). Get the idea? OK now let's get shopping.



Celerie Kemble, Serpentine Chest, Black Lacquer Finish, laneventure.com.



Napoleon Sideboard, $1,995, jaysonhomegarden.


Marrakesh Bed, Maduro, mitchellgold.com.


Black Bowfront Dresser, $1,399, wisteria.com.


Bedside Table, $650, redegg.com.


Bentwood chair, Candy-Cane style, $99, kpeterson.com.


Martha Stewart, Kark Slat-back bench, www3.marthastewart.com.


Black Octagonal Tole Tray with mirror, $795, cbellfurnishings.com.

Heath Ceramics New Website


I found this post via lena corwin's blog. Check out Heath Ceramics newly expanded website with tons of new visuals. Design*Sponge did a tour of Heath Ceramic's factory store out in Sausalito, CA. Check out Heath Ceramics new site here. Get a looky at my favorites below.



Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hannah Clark


Prong Ring, $940, thisisauto.com.


I have been thinking about Hannah Clark's, Prong Ring, for a couple days. Maybe it's an engagement ring possibility? I have been moving away from the multiple colored stones and toward a single stone in an amazing color. Hannah does do custom work so maybe this is an option? I have to go to store and check out some more. But first, let's take a peek at some of her other stunning pieces. I am drawn to the delicate organic shapes that feel a bit Victorian. Some of Hannah's pieces are available at thisisauto.com or view Hannah's own site here.



Ouroborus, $500, thisisauto.com.



Silver rose bud, $160, thisisauto.com.



Custom, hannah-clark.com.


Custom, hannah-clark.com.

Custom, hannah-clark.com.



Meat Without Feet Truck


I saw this truck when I was walking to my new Condé Nast gig at 4 times square. I tried to get a shot but I didn't get my camera out of my bag fast enough. Turns out another Condé Naster saw the same truck. The truck must make deliveries somewhere in the neighborhood. Megan works at epicurious.com check out her post contemplating why people don't eat more fish, here. How funny is this truck?

Juno Movie & Soundtrack


I had to share my new favorite movie. If you haven't seen Juno, go! If you haven't bought the soundtrack, buy it! I really fell for this movie. It made me want to fall in love all over again and have babies. My favorite line in the movie is when her dad says, "Find a person that loves you for exactly who you are."



Anyway...check out the trailer above. Check out Ellen and Michael singing, "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches. This movie is full of one liners that you'll be using at parties for months.

Parents:

Dad "Did you see that coming"?

Step-Mom "I was hoping she was expelled or into hard drugs".

Dad "Or DWI..anything but this."


Green Roof Art Building



This building is amazing. I found this amazing building via my favorite green blog, inhabit.com. I remember first learning about green roofs back in my House & Garden days. They are so freakin amazing. I would love to have a garden on my roof. "Honey it's your turn to mow the lawn!" Check out inhabitat's post with more info and pics here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Things I Love-01.25.08


Hannah Clark, Prong Ring, $940, thisisauto.com.


I got an amazing response from last week's post about the "Things I love", so I decided to make it a weekly ritual. Check out what I tagged, ripped out, and feel head over heals for this week. Some of these products may appear in larger posts or trend reports. But for now this will just be a place for me to flesh out my ideas. Enjoy!



Tracy Reese, Topkapi Caftan, $285, anthropologie.com.


Tracy Helgeson, Single Yellow Tree, $1,500, carriehaddadgallery.com.


Custom Silhouettes, cutarts.com.



Snow & Graham, Cupcake Card, $3.50, luxepaperie.com.

Paul Smith blanket, sale $112, thisisauto.com.


Fornasetti Theme & Variations Drinking Glasses, $305, barneys.com.


Jessica Houston, Message From the Jackal, Sold, for similiar works carriehaddadgallery.com.


Gray Wool Designer Pillow with
Applique Knot Motif, $95 (left), Modernist Zig Zag Pillow, $95, ounodesign.com.



 

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