Thursday, August 28, 2014

Retro Redesign - Inner Mission Reading Nook

Oh man, this feature has been sitting my draft folder forever! The inspiration house has long been sold (for an outrageous price no doubt), despite it being nothing to write home about from the curb.  Luckily for it, the insides have good bones and I think the bay window nook is something special!

I have been focusing these imaginative redesigns on larger rooms, but decided to go for a smaller nook this time.  Here in the city, space is at a premium, so you really have to squeeze out the livability factor of every square inch!

Look at the cute moldings! I would want a place to read in the afternoon sun, and let's face it, since a lot of my decorating at home involves ensuring Oliver has a plenty of kitty nap time space, I think it could be a kitty friendly space too

Here's my summer-licious inspiration, complete with the on trend botanical pillows. If I had just published this almost a year ago, I could have taken credit for starting the trend. Alas, I'm bandwagoning, though I think this pairing with other prints is a stand out.

window seat

And here are the pieces I think would recreate a similar look:

Clockwise from Top L:
Macy's - Liora Manne Area Rug
Home Depot - Nearly Natural Pink Geranium
Wayfair - Oriental Elephant Stool
Outdoor Rugs Only - Mystic Leaf Pillow
Online Fabric Store - Premium Black Polka Dot Fabric
Fabric dot com - Premier Prints Twill Suzani Corn Yellow

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finds - Ink Blue

I tore the page featuring the settee below right out of the West Elm catalog. This inky blue is so rich in person and I loved the geometric styling in the catalog. In fact, I loved it so much, I built an outfit around this blue for my weekend getaway to Napa.  Cheers and TGIF!

Clockwise from Top L:
Swell Forever - The June Forever Blanket
BKrafty Designs - Frozen Glitter Ikat Canvas
Lime Green Modern - Gold Hoops
Sur La Table - Marble Rolling Pin
West Elm - Ainslie Sofa in Ink Blue Performance Velvet

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Too Much of a Good Thing

It really starts to make you feel like a bad pet parent when they love cat dope this much. 

Thanks to HomeGoods and the maker of this funky massager with built in catnip for several belly laughs worth of entertainment. After the catnip freshness wore off, Ollie hasn't touched it since.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ollie Improves His Vertical Leap

I was brushing my teeth and saw a flick of a tail in the mirror.  I did a full on, Tim Taylor "Ahooo" and turned around to find Oliver Twist perched on the top of our shower divider.  Since then, I've seen him make the vertical leap straight up from the tub.  Color me impressed.

BTW, I also love Buster Posey, the SF Giants and animal print pajama pants.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In My Apron This Week

Righto. Long blogging absence again, vague reasons given. Promises to be better.  Good.  That part's out of the way.

The kitchen has been calling with the sweet siren sounds of fresh CSA produce, gloomy SF summer days and hostessing fun. This past week I've drug out both the food processer and stand mixer - letting them see the light of day after giving them a thorough dusting off.  You know it's a sad day when you have to dust off your favorite baking equipment. But dust them off I did and my kitchen has been the better for it.

Here's a quick round-up of what's been going on since I've been back in my apron:

Skinny Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
via Ambitious Kitchen

Verdict - Whomp, whomp.  They still taste pretty healthy.

Oatmeal Decorating Cookies
by Haniela

Verdict - They cut out beautifully and stayed together perfectly during baking. However, I had in mind to use them in a deconstructed sundae version of an It's It and they just didn't pack the right punch. I might try some nutmeg next time. The idea is just so great - warm oatmeal cookie, coffee icecream and magic shell chocolate. My magic shell was old and hard and wouldn't even come out of the bottle. So it was a double failure dessert that at least the ice cream could redeem.

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever
by All Recipes
Juiciest Hamburgers Ever Recipe

Verdict - I subbed so many parts of this recipe, I don't know that you could actually say I used it. Besides it striking me as uber gross, I didn't have any evaporated milk on hand anyways. I used Dijon mustard instead of Worchester sauce and I eyeballed all the ingredients.  The key parts of the recipe to remember are using a binder (egg) and flavoring (garlic and onion).  I got some great compliments on them and loved the way my burger bar idea turned out. Grill up a bunch of  burgers and chicken then lay it all out buffet style with mushrooms, onions, jalapenos, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, ketchup, mayo, and ranch. Everybody gets a customized, gourmet burger!

What have you been cooking up?