by the color gray. While I couldn’t be more pleased with our relative lack of snow, it would be nice to see some sun. Morning, noon and night have all been so gray…DARK gray…for what seems like the entire month. A little blast of natural vitamin D would be welcome. Until the skies clear it might be a good idea to fill some vases with daffodils or forced forsythia branches, tuck a bright paint chip among your currency for a little pop of bright as you go about your day or hunker down to an afternoon of binge-watching Versailles on Netflix and seeing what the Sun King is up to. I’m going for all three.

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image: gp

image: Pantone.com

image: Netflix

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In the blink of an eye,

January 26, 2017

five years has flown by. It’s hard for me to believe that simplequietmodern is celebrating another anniversary. As I look back I am always surprised that what interests me also interests you…and, keeps you coming back. The appeal of factory inspired windows and doors, black fences, the timeless work of Brancusi, simple landscape statements, and modern seating solutions topped the list. Thank you for regularly stopping by, for your comments, for your inspiration, your friendship.

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Oh, you knew there’d be cake didn’t you?  This simple chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream can be found here. Perfect for a celebration like this or any day when a little cake is necessary. http://www.marthastewart.com/254376/busy-day-chocolate-cake

Now on to year six.

 

 

 

 

A Little Magic

January 23, 2017

The simple twist of a basic knit stitch and your resulting textile looks decidedly woven. The magic that is this Plaited Throw by Purl Soho might be just what’s needed to tide you through the last weeks of Winter. The pattern and step by step instructions are free, so all you have to do is select your fiber and grab your sticks.

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Purl Soho’s Linen Quill in kettle Black…a fine wool, alpaca and Linen blend, would be my simplequietmodern choice.

all photos: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2017/01/13/plaited-throw/

 

 

Food Lab

January 19, 2017

I love my kitchen. Simple. No uppers, dark walnut drawers below, honed black granite surfaces, no visible pulls, hardware or appliances. Seen from near every room, I wanted it to look as little like a kitchen as possible while acting as a food lab for my everyday cooking or experiments into culinary waters untraveled.

If I was doing it again, on a scale large or small, I’d opt for a Vipp kitchen and save a few steps and some time. A beautifully designed kitchen island that can incorporate all of your needs in a single unit…sink, range, dishwasher, oven and plenty of drawer storage. Perfect.

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Photos: http://www.vipp.com/koekken/vipp-koekken/koncept/

Hopeful and Optimistic

January 8, 2017

While many are still whining about the election results, gnashing their teeth and hoping not to hear the Trump name mentioned ( yet bringing it up themselves at every opportunity), I’m feeling hopeful and optimistic. And, with that optimism comes a vision of moving forward. Some new treads will help in that regard…what better way to put your best foot forward. So, as we see America becoming “great again”, I’m making a list that I’ll put to good use once the prosperity returns to the rust belt.

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West Avenue George Boot and Adams Monk Strap Oxford from Alden

Original Achilles Low Sneaker in black from Common Projects

Madison Mariel’s Black Leather Weekend Bag

Walnut and horsehair shoe brush from Tangentgc

all photos via  http://needsupply.com/