Better like this…or

April 17, 2014

better like this? They’re everywhere… used pallets by the untold number. And, we’ve seen every conceivable re-use…from the expected platform bed ( yawn ) to elevated or vertical gardens (zzzzzzzzzzzzzz). Disassemble, kiln dry and turn the design of Studio Mama over to skilled cabinet makers and the lowly shipping pallet takes on a new level of simplequietmodern sophistication. The “Waste Not Want Not” conference table by Studio Mama. Brilliant.

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pallet photo via http://irvinewoodrecovery.com/services/pallet-services/pallet-disposal-cincinnati/

Waste Not Want Not Conference table photo via http://www.studiomama.com/waste-not-want-not

 

The idea of blueberry pancakes always sounded good but seemed to lack a little something once I took a dive in. I finally figured out that it wasn’t the individual elements, it was the way they went together that mucked things up. So, to simplify, I start with an Austrian Pancake.  While that’s  baking there is just enough time to reduce some pure maple syrup by about a third…to thicken it and intensify the flavor. Off  heat  the fresh berries are gently added to the syrup…warming them and taking the raw edge off without actually cooking them. Then plating. Who knew that a little deconstruction would lead to this… simplequietmodern pancake perfection.

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Just in time…

April 10, 2014

to celebrate. As I was trying to make up my mind on the glaze for my order of a modern cup from Heath, they introduce their new seasonal collection. What perfect timing for not one, but two…in a larger capacity…12 ounces…and the perfect finish…Basalt. The tall modern cup. One for my coffee and the other for a handful of white hyacinths. And, as long as this Spring here has taken a decidedly black and white turn…and I have some simplequietmodern basics covered…some tacky birthday cupcakes with a little neon frosting couldn’t hurt.

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tall modern cup photo via http://www.heathceramics.com/catalog/product/view/id/1656/s/tall-modern-cup-pair-basalt/category/3/

 

 

Heads it’s black…

April 6, 2014

tails it’s white. You might have to flip a coin to make this decision. After fifty plus years as an icon of modern interior furnishings, the Saarinen table is now available for outdoor use. As the white top/white base configuration of the  1957 original has been my all time favorite, I can’t see changing things up now…or can I ?

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photos via http://hivemodern.com/pages/product7267/eero-saarinen-outdoor-dining-table-knoll

 

Finally.

April 3, 2014

And not  minute too soon. The emergence of the first blooms of the season. Witch Hazel…with it’s blossoms like little confetti ribbons unfurled to greet us. Thank you. It was worth the wait.

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No Witch Hazel sightings? Then maybe a trip out for an armload of Forsythia, French Pussywillow, Bear Grass and Tulips will hold ya.

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Black Fences

March 31, 2014

If  “good fences make good neighbors” * what would Robert Frost have written about black fences?  Chic neighbors? There is no denying the sophisticated good looks of these black fences or how they elevate the green elements around them to a new level entirely. Picture them running down a property with their long horzontal lines… can you see the forced perspective? Even the simple picket has more appeal when given a modern facelift of a beefier profile and black finish. With an injection of a little drama like this you might even be able to skip using color at all in your garden this year. Just a thought.

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photos via http://www.gardenista.com/posts/trend-alert-black-fences

* “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

 

Smells Like Fun

March 28, 2014

Commodity Goods… they got it right. From their refreshing collection of fragrances for men and women they offer the perfect sampling options at the best possible price. What a great way to try a little Whiskey or Cloth ( or any of the twenty offerings ) without the lengthy commitment. I worked my way through their men’s “fitting kit” and ended up where I started…with Moss, my simplequietmodern favorite. Cane and Book came in close seconds, but it was the unique freshness of Moss that had me hooked… like the first warm, clear spring day with  moss greening in the yard and the last of the ice melting away. I’m waiting for that day to appear. Until it does?  I’ll be happy with a  spritz of this.

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Moss bottle photo via: https://www.commoditygoods.com/

 

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