It’s On

November 27, 2016

The holiday season is officially on. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday help with a kick-start once Thanksgiving has passed but there is a solid month of gifting, decorating and entertaining ahead. If you’ve picked up a cold along the way like I have you might just want to stay in, lay back, gather up some inspiration and make a few lists to put into play in a few days. I’m taking the easy way out today and rifling through the simplequietmodern archives. Easy enough.

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As always I like to keep things pared down and neutral, like the common area of this home by Belgian architect Nicholas Shuybroek. Light a fire and you’re ready to get started. And, why not start at the front door. This heavy dried vine coil is perfect.

Top photo via http://www.ns-architects.com/works/architecture/46/   Heavy twisted vine wreath photo from: http://www.shopterrain.com/holiday-wreaths/dried-vine-coil

 

 

We gather together…

November 24, 2016

to ask the Lord’s blessing. Thanksgiving. The one day we gather our family and friends in groups large or small, enjoy what everyone has brought to the table, give thanks and enjoy the view.

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photos via http://www.remodelista.com/posts/into-the-wild-part-ii-a-canadian-thanksgiving/

 

You Get What You Need

November 20, 2016

It’s true. And, friends have a way of knowing what it is and exactly when it’s needed. Take this gift parcel that arrived the other day… Buffalo Trace Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, Agnostura Bitters, sugar cubes, Luxardo Italian Maraschino Cherries, a big juicy orange and a recipe from a favorite bartender for a simplequietmodern Old Fashioned. Just what I needed at just the right time as a gentle Fall has decided to take it’s seasonal turn, home and work projects ramp up and Thanksgiving in just a few days. There is magic in perfect timing.

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In The Dark

November 13, 2016

Evening darkness comes so quickly after “falling back” with Daylight Savings Time. Now is a good time to search out some additional light source so you don’t find yourself shuffling off to bed shortly after walking in at the end of a long day. This mid-century pin-up light, with it’s articulated arm and adjustable shade, might be just right if you can find one. Designed in 1960 by Dutch designer JJM Hoogervorst, the Paperclip Wall Lamp is the perfect solution to shedding some necessary task light on a project or washing your room with a warm glow. Finding one would be nice…a pair even better. It’s going to be dark for a while so you better start looking.

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http://massmoderndesign.com/gallery-detail/anvia-paperclip-lamp-jjm-hoogervorst-1960

 

One thing is certain,

November 8, 2016

at least half of us will be disappointed tomorrow morning. Yet, we still have to get up…go to work…and get along. Might be a good day to quietly reflect or display some random act of kindness. If the good starts at the bottom, maybe it’ll work it’s way up to the top.

It’s almost over. Vote.