Ruff Ruff

January 30, 2012

Roughly, that translates to ” Gimme a cookie!”   How can I resist spoiling this guy?

I’ve worked up this simple recipe for Buddy Biscuits that he ( and all of his canine cousins and friends) absolutely L O V E S!!!   Give ’em a try, couldn’t be easier and your house will smell sooooooo good everyone will think you’re holding out on some artisan loaves.

Rock that roving

January 29, 2012

In no time you can have a stunning  result from a tangled mess of Paton’s Wool Roving  and some  DPN’s.  A little adjustment here and there to the WEE PODS pattern you’ll find on Ravely.com… the addition of some smooth river pebbles…and a quiet Sunday will result in this beautiful sculptural grouping of stacked stones. I had never felted a project before this..simple, simple, simple…and the result, quite modern.  What a quiet and creative way to spend a cold January day.

Did you go with the color matched stone or the kraft paper bag for your wall color?  In this interior the stone was the way to go, a  perfect compliment to the plywood floors and existing linen textiles on the upholstery.  The addition of ANY color  for accessories or flowers will work here when desired…white, however, continues to keep it simple, quiet and modern.

Better late than later.

January 20, 2012

California Dreamin, continued.  OK, I finally got some time to cast this on and see where it takes me. It’s going quickly, even with a yarn change at every row. Already 10 % in…unbelieveable.

I can’t hold out…

January 16, 2012

any longer. I was gifted this holiday with a HUGE basket of homemade preserves, salsas and sauces, each one looking like a jewel as the sun shot through each jar.  These are not your grandma’s canned goods…no way. Modern combinations like Blueberry Lime Jam, Raspberry Mango  Jam …and my personal favorite…Ginger Pear Marmalade, will have you running for a spoon.

With goat cheese on an artisan bread, spread over pancakes or eaten directly from the jar…all are winners. I’m a lucky lucky boy. Thanks L.

 The recipes were extracted from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving…it can’t get more simple and classic than that.

Here’s the answer…

January 16, 2012

to my most asked question. “What color should I use to paint my______room?”. Well,  my go to inspiration that works every time…for any room…in any style…in any part of the country… is a simple kraft paper bag. That’s it. Simple. Have it color matched at your favorite paint supplier in your choice of finish and it will transform your space magically. I know it will work for you and I haven’t even seen your space…this solution is THAT good. Deep enough to be dramatic yet not so deep as to be viewed as ” too dark”, and the perfect neutral to compliment ANY color on the color wheel. Any.

Looking for a neutral that might be more modern? Pick up a stone, drop it in that bag and take that to the paint store for a color match. Bingo! Another successful choice.

Add a great textured linen (see the neutral thing happening here?) like Calvin Fabrics ECO Linen #8384 and you my friend are on your way.

Seasonal Affective Disorder?

January 14, 2012

Not a chance. Nothing will take you through the gray winter months like a trip to Fiji!  No time?  No money?  Here’s a simple solution that will radiate like the sun until the first blooms of spring peak up though the snow.    Orchids.    Available everywhere, cost effective and a snap to maintain. Nothing so simple, fresh and elegant could strike such a modern note in any interior… this “Los Robles” variety of Oncidium is a great example with it’s bright warm color. Drop it in a simple container and ride out the rest of January and February with ease.