Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Cool! Memorial Day Weekend Links

REALLY cool... How to create a (Napoleon Dynamite) wall mural for 20 bucks. Link

REALLY, REALLY cool... How to infuse a watermelon with lime flavored vodka! Link

Literally cool... 20% off coupon for Cold Stone Creamery. Good until June 30. Link

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cool Finds at Anthropologie

Anthropologie is basically known for their amazing collection of clothing. But of course, all I care about is their home items. I spotted these lovely ikat bowls on this beautiful table setting done by Manvi at Mochatini.

Had to have them. So I went on the Anthropologie website, and spotted these amazing flame leaf bowls that I had to have even more. They're not even my style, but something about them was so compelling. Ugh, I need to keep my money in pocket, but I found myself in my car on the way the Anthropologie, without hesitation.

Once I got there, I saw that they had many cool home products. Here are a few I was able to capture.

Knobs (cabinet, door, other):

This is the bowl I bought! Lovely!

This bowl is reason I even discovered the flame leaf bowl. For shame!

Candle holder:



I'm noticing that I am particularly drawn to blue these days...

Fulvio Bonavia

Check out these amazing photos by Fulvio Bonavia. His use of food and flowers to create masterpieces out of ideas from everyday fashion items is beyond inventive. Take a look.

Scent of Flower

To see more of his work, go to

Brussels in Bloom: Annual Carpet of Flowers

Photo Credit: Bliss

Cool Finds, Apple Edition

Pine skin for your Mac. It's made out of 100% pine wood. Cool. You can find it at KARVT for 35$. They also have other woods, designs, and colors. Skins for iPads are also available.

iPhone Soap at Two Eggplants, $9.99. Available in various scents including Nutella, Rice Krispy, 7-up, and Strawberries & Champagne.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Blues

It's raining and it's Monday. 'Nuff said...

Photo credit: Home&Garden

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Drive safe, be safe, and enjoy!!!

Photo Credit: Midlife Slices

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Monday Blues

It's Monday, and I just want to stay in bed with my head buried among the pillows- preferably these pillows...

Photo Credit: Elle Decor November 2009

The Art of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables can create such a beautiful display. The myriad of colors, the vibrancy or those colors, and the beauty of their shape just simply make food look good. That's why garnish is so popular. Now that the warm weather is here, try making colorful veggie and fruit salads or vibrant beverages- I bet you'll enjoy your food so much more.

1 & 4. Deb McClean; 2.; 3. My own pic; 5. Grilled Vegetables.

Tao Summer Sangria

I've created a masterpiece! I'm calling it Tao Summer Sangria (Tao = The Art Of :D). Anything with cilantro reminds me of summer.

Here is a rough recipe for:

Tao Summer Sangria

1 bottle of Chardonnay (I used 3 buck Chuck (Charles Shaw wines from Trader Joes, $3) because there is no point in spending a lot of money on a wine that your are going to completely alter)
1 cup of St. Germaine elderflower liqueur (amount depends on desired sweetness)
1 large handful of cilantro
1 large handful of mint
6-8 large basil leaves
1/2 cucumber

*Combine all the vegetable and herb ingredients in a pitcher.
*Pour in wine followed by the St. Germaine.
*Chill for several hours.
*Strain and pour into wine glass and garnish with mint.


The Kyocera adjustable slicer is such a great kitchen tool. It works like a mandolin and sliced my cucumbers perfectly.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Buddha Obsession

I LOVE Buddha as a decor element. I have one in almost every room in my house. They make a room so peaceful. The Buddha is a very popular item used in interior design. The seem to set the mood for the entire room.

Photo Credit: 1. Studio decal Buddha at; 2. Caryn Grossman via Mocca & Me; 3.; 4. Source unknown; 5. Elle Decor March 09; 6. West Chin via Desire to Inspire; 7.; 8. Burham Designs in Lonny Mag via Mochatini.

Black Out

I've previously written on the Art of Black, and have mentioned that it is my favorite color. It is a great anchor, and can bring drama and aristocracy to a room. Even in small amounts, black makes such a bold statement. I love how black is used subtly as a trim in some of the pictures below. It doesn't take much. Black makes these rooms look so sophisticated.

{Click on any pic to enlarge}

Photo Credit: 1. Roman & Williams via 211- Elizabeth and Wendy Goodman of NY Mag via Remodelista; 2. Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper; 3. Mochatini via Lonny Magazine (Burham Designs); 4. Elle Decor Mag; 5. Elle Decor Mag, September 09; 6. Desire to Inspire; 7. Oh Joy; 8. Achados de Decoracao; 9. Roman & Williams via 211- Elizabeth and Wendy Goodman of NY Mag via Remodelista.