Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink makes these composite portraits of kitchens; the voyeur in me can’t get enough. The more you look, the more you see. My favorite is the third image down, where the oven is packed full of dirty dishes. The Slate article quotes Wolterink “I can’t cook, for example,” Wolterink said. “And I’m not really into kitchens. I’m interested in the way we live, our daily environment, what surrounds us, the everyday stuff we normally don’t see or pay attention to.” Click over to Slate to see more and larger images.
New York Magazine this week is full of eye candy rooms and designer interviews galore — I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. One article in particular, The Ruttenbergs’ Exquisite Rabbit Holes, was packed with side by side examples of a mother/daughter’s design aesthetics. The highlight of the article for me was Janet Ruttenberg’s kitchen, above, designed by Richard Rosen. The custom shades were made from a photograph of a painting — so unexpected and would make night time in the kitchen so peaceful. The contrast between the still lives and the industrial sink/refrigerators is also spectacular.
english artist beth derbyshire, known for her ambitious large scale installations, has conceived the ‘rootless forest‘. the monolithic artwork
is a mobile, floating landscape – a bonafide mini forest made of real trees, planted in a barge that travels at walking pace along the
british birmingham and black country canals.
A cheeky, cozy red fox. Photograph by Victor Liu >> Smithsonian Magazine Photo of the Day.
I’m slowly going through my google reader “starred” posts; I’ve made the switch to Feedly although I don’t check it that often. Truthfully, I use Blogtrottr to have my favorite blogs delivered right to my inbox. In any case, expect some more Daily Doses of Green around these parts. This one, found via Aesthetic Outburst, seems like a perfect spot to spend the summer. I’m particularly drawn to the moss roof, and the porch that runs the length of the (tiny) house. PS: for my fellow book-a-holics, the shelves inside. PPS: I’ve been doing mini book reviews on instagram. Come over and see.
Photographed by Lincoln Barbour and featured in Martha Stewart Living.
While I love our new apartment, the major downside is that it doesn’t get any direct sunlight. None. Next apartment is definitely going to have a chair in a sunny spot, like the photo above. Mole Architects via DTI.
The Nova Wright family has been hard at work this past few weeks. We’ve been doing a Whole 30 nutritional reset; no refined carbs, no dairy, no sugar, no legumes, no soy (and no wine) for 30 days. Yep, you read that right. No pizza, no half and half in my coffee, no ice cream, no lentils, no gruner veltliner for a month. But lots of grass fed protein and lots and lots of vegetables.
I promise to do a more detailed post when we get to the end of our 30 days, including how we did it and why we felt the need to (we’re at day 15 right now). I will say that so far it has been nothing short of transformational and a wake up call to the semi-mindless way we’d been eating and approaching food. The first week was hard, I won’t downplay that, but, we are both looking and feeling better than we have in a decade. I am bounding out of bed in the morning and have the mental clarity of Erin Brockovich, Tim is sleeping better and rocking his CrossFit routines. There is a new spring in our step! Alex is not doing the Whole30, but he is eating dinner with us so its more like a modified approach for him (little rascal still gets his string cheese).
The Whole30 is pretty cooking-intensive, so eating out is a wonderful treat, and isn’t as hard as you might think. Our favorites have been Hu Kitchen, Souen and Bareburger. Souen is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The black cod is buttery, simple, really as close to perfect as can be expected on planet earth (a pair with garlic veggies and avocado salad). Anyway, the point of this post is that I went to Souen with my sister on Sunday and noticed that they have a lovely vining plant. It reminded me of the vining plant in the kitchen of a house we stayed in last fall in Vermont (below). I’d love to live in an apartment long enough to have a plant take flight like this. In any case, more information on vining house plants here (including what kind of plants to buy).
The wonderful folks at Etsy’s blog asked me to do some Art Scouting and I got lost with my head in the clouds. See lots more lovely cloud studies, photography and paintings. Thanks Alison and Stephanie!
Seeing yellow bentwood everywhere.
First image: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture via Desire to Inspire. Second Image: Madison Ave Crate and Barrel
I got such a nice response to the line of letter press posters that I’m going to do a second run of the red FOOD = LOVE poster (after a few pleading emails). I’m doing this one as a pre-order. You can buy them here. Thanks as always for your support of my creative projects! I appreciate it more than I can put in words.
I stubmbled upon Garage Gallery, a LA based gallery that started out in an actual garage. It’s now online so all of us can enjoy the fresh eye of proprietor Ali Grossman. The photograph above, by Flora Hanitijo, particularly caught my eye. I’d love this in a bedroom or living room. So serene and abstract. $575 for a 20 x 24 print.
I also like this print, by emma lawrenson ($150).
A little slice of modernist heaven by architects Desai/Chia.
I’ve been hearing the siren song of wallpaper recently; these two images of bathrooms with wallpaper got me thinking about putting up some wallpaper in our rental bathroom, which is need of some love. This first image comes from Luke Edward Hall’s home (he works for UK brand Toast, among other endeavors). The paper is made by Trustworth Studios (so many delicate intricate papers!). I found both via Julie’s Pinterest, which is a very happening place.
Then, I came across this image from Steven Sclaroff on Desire to Inspire. I love the lily pad paper — still looking for a source (I’d probably only have the gonads for a single wall of this print!). Have you ever wallpapered a small room? Big prints or small prints? One wall or all?
We’re on the cusp of spring here in NYC. I feel things speeding up, leafing out, getting ready to burst. And if that weren’t enough, today I’m going to my accountant to do my taxes, a sure sign of spring! Shelving is on my mind these days; we need shelves in the living room for all the books and in the kitchen, too. Via The Kitchn and Desire to inspire.