Furniture and housewares window shopping

I am sucker for good furniture design. I also love checking out new and fabulous home accessories and flipping through home decoration magazines. To my family’s “dismay”, I am known to quite often move furniture and decor around our house, always trying to find that new, hopefully, better look.

I wanted to share with you some eye candy and maybe some inspirations from my recent swing through two of my favorite home stores: CB2 and BoConcept, here is Georgetown. BoConcept especially, is an amazing Danish (of course) furniture design company. As a proud owner of their Imola chair (no, not the leather one, mine is more humble grey fabric version I was lucky to get at a big discount), I can say it is as comfortable as it is beautiful looking.

And here is a beautiful view from the Key bridge, leaving Georgetown, for good night.

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Preserving kids’ art and more…

Our boys love to draw. I think they took after their awesome aunt. In our daily life this means tones of papers everywhere, surplus of mismatched color pencils and crayons, some drawings abandoned half done, others finished and amazing! The challenge was what to do with those master pieces and how to reduce all the clutter. Here are some ideas that worked for us. And some that others came up with.

  • Make little booklets

Sort the drawings, pick the ones you want to keep, write the name and age of the “artist” in a bottom corner. Take the stack to get color copies made and binded together in a little booklet. I also added the front cover page, with the “artist’s” photo and noted ages when the drawings were created. That way I could toss the originals and still keep the art. Boys love to flip through their booklets occasionally. I actually have another stack to go through and make another round of booklets.

 

Here is the pile waiting to be sorted out and made into new booklets:

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  • Frame and hang on the wall

Some ended up on the kid’s room walls as pretty art decoration.

  • Make virtual gallery

Speaking about that “awesome aunt”, here is what my sister does with all the great art she makes with her little daughter Mila.

If you have new ideas to share, please do.

Wonder

So as the writing on the wall, at the most popular exhibit in DC these days, @ the Renwick Gallery says, Wonder has been described in many ways. I think the best definition is “a naive emotion delaying us from reason, shock to the heart and a surprise of the soul”.  It could be that sensation when all we can say is “Wow”, when things happen or are depicted in such a way that we are at loss for words to describe it. The exhibit Wonder is a series of intallations done by nine artists using unexpected materials. Here are some snaps I took during our visit.

 

Furniture + Art collective

On a recent trip to Charlotte, NC, my interior designer sister-in-law introduced me to SLATE. A multi-merchant venue that resembles a semi-finished warehouse space divided into spaces/rooms, sells hand-picked and mostly mid-century modern furniture, art pieces, jewelry and home accessories.  Each merchant rents a “room” that is essentially a blanc canvas ready for the artist/designer to decorate. The rooms are mostly set up as trendy and cozy living rooms, with lots of home accessories such as pillows, lamps, vases and bowls – all for sale. Paintings and pictures are on the white-washed walls. The pieces are mostly unique, many discovered in yard sales, antique malls, refurbished or hand-made. I fell in love with both the concept as well as the pieces. Enjoy perusing the web site and looking at the pictures I took.

 

Breakfast smoothie

Excited about my first ever blog post…hope you guys like it, here we go…

So for those like me who like their breakfasts, but do not have much time in the morning, smoothies are great, easy and healthy option. There are so many recipes out there, so no shortage of ideas..Here is my version:

Ingredients:

1,5 cups of milk (or non dairy milk)
1 spoonful of favorite protein powder (I use plant protein powder, but any would do, or even oats)
2 tbs of raw seed mix (my mix is equal size of raw sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds I keep mixed together in a container)
1 tbs of chia, flax-seed (ground) or hemp seeds (I usually do one or two servings of these and rotate)
1/2 avocado, or banana
1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries or cherries are my faves)
2-3 dry dates (when using avocado, I use them to sweeten my smoothy; best if you soak them overnight so they blend well)

Preparation:

Blend all and enjoy!

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Overnight oats

So in addition to my breakfast smoothie, I have started to prepare overnight oats for breakfast. It is quick, easy and healthy. Basically, you prepare ingredients the evening before and put everything in the fridge overnight. In the morning, by adding some fruit and nuts, healthy breakfast is ready.  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dry oats
2 tbs seed mix (raw pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds)
1 tbs hemp or chia seeds
1 tbs flax seeds (ground)
1 cup milk (dairy free milk is what I use)
fresh fruit (bananas, berries, mango, apple) cut in slices or cubes
a handful of nuts (almonds, wholenuts, hazelnuts)
maple syrup or honey for drizzle (and to sweeten some more)

Preparation:
In the evening, put all the seeds and oats in a glass jar.

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