Doesn’t it always come?

February 26, 2014

Spring…yes, it does eventually get here. Patience is key as Spring is officially still weeks away. This experimental watercolor by Lourdes Sanchez reminds me how faint washes of color appear through the wet melting gray that was winter. A peak of blue through the heavy skies…the pinking of buds awakening in a monotonous landscape…the slow greening of moss with the help of a little sun.

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photo via: http://buysomedamnart.tumblr.com/post/68986769276/sparse-experimental-watercolors-by-lourdes

or see more of her work here:http://www.lulisanchez.com/home

 

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Like a shot in the arm.

February 22, 2014

It’s still winter but you’ve had your fill of your  repertoire of comforting pasta dishes, soups and stews. The warming spices of Indian cuisine might seem like just the ticket to shake things up but learning a new kitchen culture might be more than you want to take on. Time to put a simplequietmodern plan into action…make something from scratch and get a little help from a jar. While you are simmering a classic combination of peas, potatoes, cauliflower and onion in a jarred Masala sauce you have time to whip a batch of complimentary Coriander Cilantro Flatbreads from scratch. Add add a handful of cashews and raisins to the vegetables and a side of Raita  and some Basmati rice and you have got a perfect meatless meal in less than 45 mins. This should hold your interest till Spring.

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The flatbread recipe can be found here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ground-coriander-and-cilantro-flatbreads-242112

A single sheet…

February 19, 2014

a single fold. There is no need to repeat how much I love plywood. That said, when a single sheet is manipulated with a single fold …well, I’d rather let the art speak for itself.

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Folded Plywood 9, Folded Plywood 6, Folded Plywood 10  Artist: Harry Roseman

All photos via Mr. Roseman’s site: http://faculty2.vassar.edu/haroseman/?p=10268

Indulge Me

February 16, 2014

I might just have a touch of  “cabin fever”. Indulge me this little bit of a simplequietmodern escape. On the grounds of Phillip Johnson’s Beck House in Dallas is this modernist pool house designed by architect Sven Fruit. I can’t think of anything better to meditate on than an afternoon by that pool… warm dappled sun, gentle breeze and a giant Mojito within arms reach. 

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photos via http://blog.thedpages.com/flash-back-flash-forward-philip-johnson-1906-2005

Instead of seeing red,

February 9, 2014

I’m starting to see what appears to be a bit of blue peeking out of a darkly clouded sky. Yet more snow again this morning  has me focusing on simplequietmodern white inspiration that will take my mind off of the weather for now. And, that little hint of blue, aqua really, might just have me considering a new addition to my completely neutral surroundings. Maybe it’ll help you too.

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This large modern cup in matte aqua glaze from Heath with keep both hands warm as you’re sipping any hot beverage from a simple dark roast to a hot buttered rum. http://www.heathceramics.com/catalog/product/view/id/1005/s/large-modern-cup-5/category/3/#p147

Charles Pollock’s CP1 Lounge Chair marks his first new design release in the U.S. in nearly 50 years. Available in tufted leather or felt on a frame of stainless steel the CP1 captures all of the sex appeal of a classic Jaguar convertible. http://hivemodern.com/pages/product6560/bernhardt-design-charles-pollock-cp1-lounge-chair

If you feel like slowing down a bit, Heath’s vintage modern teapot design of the 1940’s will have you brewing a stylish cup of tea anytime. http://www.heathceramics.com/catalog/product/view/id/969/s/large-teapot/category/3/#p147

Until we’re ready for a shift to Daylight Savings Time there will be plenty of gray days ahead. Arne Jacobsen’s AJ table , wall and floor lamps have been directing light exactly where  we’ve needed it since their release in 1957. http://hivemodern.com/pages/product2055/louis-poulsen-arne-jacobsen-table-lamp

Almost as snowy and sparkly as the view outside, this super chunky “Pixie Dust” by Knit Collage Yarns will knit up fast on some giant needles. Maybe a modern textured lap blanket in this wool and mohair blend will keep you cozy till Spring. http://knitcollage.com/collections/yarn/products/pixie-dust#6

A quick tour of the yard with your pruners could provide a branch or two of flowering Quince to force in this bulb vase from Heath. That’ll do nicely until the tulips are up and ready to cut and bring in. http://www.heathceramics.com/catalog/product/view/id/975/s/bulb-vase-8/category/40/#p147

all photos via the privided links

Valentine’s Day befores…

February 5, 2014

and afters. Instead of dinner why not keep it to a satisfying starter, a complementary salad and of course, dessert. This “before and after” menu will cover all of your bases providing savory, sweet, salty, spicy, warm, cool, crunchy and smooth with a minimum of effort. Begin with a nice Brut Rose…then Maple Sriracha Bacon wrapped shrimp… a salad of frisee, toasted walnuts, blue cheese and pomegranate lightly dressed with a maple vinaigrette and finish up with a decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake for two. The first two are near no-brainers and while you are at Whole Foods picking up the wine, bacon, shrimp and salad ingredients, make a stop at their bakery for the cake…layers of dark chocolate cake and chocolate mousse covered in ganache. That was simple enough wasn’t it?

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The appetizer recipe can be found here:http://www.inspiredtaste.net/15948/spicy-maple-bacon-wrapped-shrimp-recipe/  and my Maple Vinaigrette here:https://simplequietmodern.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/i-dont-love-brunch/

Either Way

February 2, 2014

It doesn’t matter to me if the groundhog sees his shadow this morning or not. Either way I have my sights locked on March 15th as the beginning of my Spring garden clean-up. Until then I’ll be happy making sure my tools are in good order and that any new projects, additions and subtractions are being studied and fine tuned. Six weeks are plenty of time to pull a plan together…maybe  add a few surprises as well. I have just the spot for this heated concrete bench should Spring and Summer prove to be unseasonably chilly.

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All photos via: http://www.galanterandjones.com/