Monthly Archives: April 2010

Portal & Focus

These awesome prints are actually by the designer I work with at Alice. He’s fabulous at transforming my sad-looking wireframes into works of marketing genius, but he also creates real works of art. He’s been recognized in a variety of areas, most recently with several collaborations with Urban Outfitters and Society 6.

Check out Jerod’s portfolio on Cargo and Behance.

An Apartment with Provenance

These are photos from a Cobble Hill apartment in Brooklyn, home to the architects/designers behind Workstead. All of the pieces are meaningful in some way to the couple, have a rich history and a story to tell. The boyfriend had this lovely quote in the article:

“When I bring something home that’s new, or if I’m not sure where it came from, I find it loud, distracting,” Mr. Highsmith said.

via Seesaw via New York Times.

Places on Earth

I love maps. I mean, I really, really loooove maps. Which is strange, because I don’t have a good sense of geography. But maybe if I hung this up in my place, that would improve. You can also mark all the places you’ve been. The print comes with 202 pins to chart your path. 200 of the pins are black, one of them is red and one of them is blue. Red is for headquarters, blue is for next target.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

$180 at You and Me, The Royal We.

Button-Down Wednesday

Okay, really, it could be button-down any day. But I agree with the writers over at ShopBop, that this is a great casual Spring look. Here’s what she writes:

In the summer, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent on a sunny coffee shop patio with a cup and a book. An oversized chambray button-down thrown on over a print skirt is just the kind of effortless style this laid-back activity deserves.

I, of course, would wear this to work, but hey, that’s what happens at Midwest start-ups.

$156, Dallin Chase Birsch Shirt.

Marimekko Prints

Large prints seem to be a big trend for Spring. I’m especially loving the yellow and pink dress with those shoes! Ah, it’s always the shoes.

by Marimekko via Fly.

Landscape Serene

What can I say? I’m a sucker for monochromatic landscapes.

by Misha De Ridder via BOOOOOOOM!

Just strange enough…

Great furniture pieces from Studio Ziben in Berlin. I love that the weirdness in each of these pieces isn’t overwhelming, but adds a beautifully fun character to the modern designs and classic lines. Much of the time, designers who try to pull off this kind of work go over the top and you wouldn’t actually want to live with the pieces. But these, can’t you you just imagine looking over each day at your cabinet and giving a little smile?

PS – The first piece is called, “Monkey.”

via decor 8.

My Bubble World

“A year from now, I could go away, and people might say, ‘Gosh, what ever happened to that girl who never wore pants?’ But how wonderfully memorable 30 years from now, when they say, ‘Do you remember Gaga and her bubbles?’ Because, for a minute, everybody in that room will forget every sad, painful thing in their lives, and they’ll just live in my bubble world.”

– Lady Gaga in New York Magazine (via Nisha Chittal)

Rock, Paper, Mineral

I’m kind of liking these rock mineral paintings by Carly Waito. Remember when you used to collect these from the rock shop?


This, I want this to be my style

Sans cigarette and tattoo, of course.

by The Satorialist.

Baked Kale Chips

I’ve been eating a lot of potato chips lately, and while carrots are a good replacement for the crunch, I still want something salty! When I saw this recipe, I was anxious to try it even though I don’t think I’ve ever had kale before (maybe just in soup).

I was skeptical until it started smelling really good halfway through the baking time… then when they were finished, I popped one in my mouth, and delicious! You don’t need too much salt or oil to make it yummy.

Baked Kale Chips
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

1 bunch (about 6 ounces) kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with a small amount of olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with a little salt. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Place baking sheet on a rack to cool. Best when eaten warm.

The feeling of the Midwest

These photos from Peter Baker are from Michigan, but they could easily be in Wisconsin or Illinois too, don’t you think? They remind me a lot of walking around campus housing or driving just past the city.

So glad Winter is ending…