Shifting Focus

February 2, 2022

From biting bitter cold to major snowstorms, we are sure to be glad that January is behind us. Now’s a good time to shift our focus to other beautiful forms of Winter White that aren’t as challenging. From a simple vase of forced spring branches to dreaming about a a coveted new addition to your home, a little distraction isn’t out of order as we try to keep warm until the thaw.

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For me, a fresh dump of snow is pretty for about 10 minutes. That’s it.

A bunch of white fringed tulips generally take the edge off all of that cold white stuff.

Planning ahead certainly guarantees some additional garden interest. This Blonde Ambition grass is certainly holding it’s own.

What do you mean you haven’t potted up that Amaryllis you received as a Christmas Gift? Get on it.

I know. Put it on your want list now. One large Saarinen dining table…six Saarinen Executive Chairs. You can’t go wrong with white on white, tone on tone. Photo: Knoll

Check that pantry and you might find the few ingredients needed to whip up a batch of this no-churn Bourbon Ice Cream.

Poke around the yard (or neighborhood)with a pair of pruners in your pocket. You could come home with a few flowering branches to force into bloom.

Too afraid to add that dining table to your want list?  How ’bout a more do-able side table? photo: Knoll

I can never have enough white tulips to pull me through Winter. This white Parrot variety is a particular favorite.

If you’re going to be stuck inside bingeing movies, how great would it be to do it stretched out on this classic Florence Knoll sofa dressed in creamy upholstery?

Shoveling is horrible. Period. But, a hot soak or scrub down afterword with some Birch scented bath salts? Lovely.

Winter White Cashmere. Now, that’ll keep you cozy till spring.   Photo: Naadam

 

 

Takin’ a minute…

January 13, 2022

on this cold, gray day to do a bit of daydreaming and sort through some inspiration for upcoming projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage midcentury Italian fixture by Stilnovo   photo via Plastolux

Modern landscaping   photo via: Remash Tumblr 

Vintage modern Paul McCobb Planners group desk  photo via Plastolux

Simple concrete courtyard   photo: Remash Tumblr

Public art installation at the London Fruit and Wool Exchange   photo via Plastolux

Vladimir Kagan Korduda Sofa   photo via Plastolux

A gorgeous heart oak cube…perfect.   photo via Plastolux

Vintage 60’s Platner Lounge Chair reimagined in Zebra.    Photo via Plastolux

Minimalist Palm Springs residence by the Kaplan Group   photo via Plastolux

 

 

 

 

They say…

November 8, 2021

that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.* The second best time is today. So that’s exactly what’s happening here, to fill in some of the gaps left by last Summer’s surprise twister. A couple of Eastern White Pine will do nicely…fast growing and fragrant with the added bonus of lovely cones and pine straw. And, to whoever occupies this property in the years to come? You’re welcome.

*Chinese proverb

photos: gp

And, just like that…

October 4, 2021

it’s feeling like Fall. Bright foliage changes to lift our mood set against unpredictable gray skies. Lot’s of inspiration to be had around every corner as we prepare again to move indoors.  I recently wove a box of manzanita wood into this sizable assembly that would be as striking in the garden as over this vintage Florence Knoll credenza from 1948. Or, it could be used in place of a large painting or photograph, hung on a wall covered in Grasscloth for additional drama and texture. I’m loving it so much I may just need to spend  some time gathering branching for another.

 

morentz_galleryFlorence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, walnut, seagrass, cane, steel and leather, United States, 1948.

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from the top: first 2 photos: gp,  Credenza photo: via https://plastolux.tumblr.com/  Grasscloth photo: https://www.yorkwallcoverings.com/collections/grasscloth-wallpaper/products/ywd-b65-multi-grass-wallpape

 

 

 

 

Take a deep breath,

September 13, 2021

pull the trigger and make a statement. If we love a black fence, what’s not to love about a black house? Complete the study with some egg rock, a simple mass planting and boom! You’re done. Large or small, city residence or an upstate cottage, it’s a simplequietmodern  look that’s hard to beat.

 

 

 

 

 

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My candidate for new paint. Nearly there now in it’s current coat of deep charcoal. Hopefully this Fall.  photo: gp

Behr SC-102 Slate photo: Behr.com

Black…the perfect backdrop for mass plantings of a perennial grass like the Blue Gamma ” Blonde Ambition” Photo: High Country Gardens

Or, Blue Dune Grass Photo:gp

No other foundation plantings needed…just a deep border of egg rock. photo:gp

Now that that’s done, have a seat, kick back and relax. Loll Designs reissue of the classic Westport Adirondack chair. Photo: Loll designs

 

 

Get the Grill On

September 6, 2021

While I’ve never warmed up to the idea of grilled Romaine, I have on occasion enjoyed the severely grilled hot dog. When I saw this “Big Little Recipe” from Food 52 I started rethinking things. Grilled Romaine with Hot Dog Crispies and Pickle Mustard Vinaigrette seemed to tick all the right boxes; simple, short list of ingredients, easily adjusted for one or two to a larger group. And, what better time to take this for a test run than Labor Day. The grill is already going, right?

Photo:  https://food52.com/recipes/83773-grilled-romaine-hot-dog-crispies-pickle-mustard-vinaigrette

Ok, this “Cremator” from Rutt’s Hutt in Clifton, NJ  might need to be on my bucket list. I’m thinking it may have been the inspiration for the salad’s hot dog ” crispies”.photo: Barstool Sports

Variations on a Theme

August 30, 2021

I’ve always loved the Harry Bertoia Wire Side Chair with the full upholstered cover. While the wire grid frame has interest, the full cover reduces the seat and back to pure sculpture. The 1952 original is always handsome in the appropriate Knoll textiles, but recent additions showcase this chair’s iconic form differently. A full leather cover is tightly applied over a molded shell seat for added lux and the molded seat and back of fiber reinforced nylon is available unadorned, for ease of maintenance indoors or out, in a selection of colors. Mix and match the leather, upholstery or nylon top with black, white or chrome base to your taste….the possibilities are endless. And, if the variety wasn’t enough, the Knoll Annual Sale starts tomorrow. Perfect timing if you’re still working from home and your space needs a little lift, or you’re anticipating a few guests for the holidays and a stack of additional seats could come in stylishly handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A counter stool is now available as well which looks particularly swanky in Diva, colorway: Coal.

 

https://www.knoll.com/shop/classics/harry-bertoia-collection

photos: knoll

 

I’m Back

August 27, 2021

Clearly, the last year and a half have been challenging for all of us. Tech issues being the last to be tackled has left me and simplequietmodern basically MIA. But, now we’re back. And, glad to be back to be sure. Before we attempt to catch up, I think a random selection of images from past posts will remind us of where we’ve been and help me focus more clearly on where we’ll go from here. Thank you for checking in and thanks in advance for your patience should we encounter a hiccup or two as we come back up to speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s hard to believe but Baby Hambone Jaxon is celebrating his ninth birthday. Even with Covid you know there will be treats.

If you’re still working from home you might want to consider some appropriate task lighting. This Muuto Tip lamp through Knoll could fit the bill. Photo:Knoll

And no… I still have not narrowed down the candidates for the reupholstering of this vintage Saarinen Executive Lounge chair.

You don’t think you need it until you do. The Landscaper’s Hori Hori  Photo: Terrain

My first generation Herman Miller Aeron chair is in need of a tune up. Easier said than done. Photo: Herman Miller

I had the opportunity to install this Billow wallcovering from Knoll on a residential project. Yes, slowly some beautiful things were getting done. Photo: Knoll

Just as the pandemic hit I had treated myself to a pair of Vivobarefoot Gobi II Desert Boots. What can I say? I love a desert boot. Two thumbs up.  Photo: Vivobarefoot

My favorite design inspiration…vintage Florence Knoll  Photo: Knoll

Still looking great even after a twister last summer tore the yard up good. This climbing hydrangea hides a cluster of electrical meters while the tall clipped yew hedge does the same for the furnace and A/C.

Simple summer pleasures. What’s better in August than local Midwest Glads…especially in white.

Before Cauliflower Pizza Crust…this Southern Chow Chow. The perfect blend of pickled cauliflower, onions and yellow peppers brightened with Turmeric.

As the shadows grow longer a simple linen covered daybed could be just the spot to kick back and take a nap.  Photo: Remodelista

Cordyline Red Star… Again, the seasonal selection to fill my modern low bowl planters after my search for Artichokes turned up zip.

Yes you can! Make yourself some homemade vanilla ice cream. Just a few ingredients and no ice cream maker needed.

Unless noted, all photos by GP

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One tool…

May 29, 2020

for many tasks. I’m wondering how I did without one of these until now. Or, maybe I’m just tired of McGuyvering my way through the garden and decided I needed something new. From cutting through roots, digging up weeds or dividing mature plants, there isn’t a task that this Landscapers Hori Hori won’t be able to simplify.  A cross between a knife, a trowel and a saw this indispensable tool is constructed of heat treated alloy steel for lightness, strength and durability… right here in the USA.  With the entire Summer ahead of us it might just be a good idea to embrace it fully equipped. 

 

 

photo: https://www.shopterrain.com/products/landscapers-hori-hori?via=Z2lkOi8vdXJibi9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNDkzQkQ1Mjg

 

Is it me or is everyone having a difficult time keeping track of what month it is…what day it is? It seems like during the entirety of this Corona lock down the weather has kept us thinking it’s more like Fall than Spring and the sun has taken a back seat to the gray and rainy skies. A little inspiration seems to be in order to get us through the next few weeks to be sure. While the upcoming holiday weekend and unofficial start of Summer will be different than we know it, a little inspiration may ease the discomfort of continued shelter in place and social distancing orders. The simplest of things can bring new joy and freshness to a stale situation or outlook so look around with new eyes and see what happens. I’ve selected a few items from the simplequietmodern archives that might help get you started.

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Sheltering in place might have you contemplating a second place to get away to once we’re able to move around freely. And, while working from home may become the new normal for some, a simplequietmodern cabin with WIFI may be a neccesity.  Photo: Leonardo Finotti via Remash Tumblr

 

A comfortable place to kick back, either tucked away in the yard or on the front porch for those all important breaks between Zoom meetings. This reissue of the originalWestport Adirondack Chair design comes to mind immediately. Photo:Loll Designs

 

A simple spring dinner of steamed artichokes takes advantage of the season and satisfies while keeping time in the kitchen to a minimum. Photo: gp

 

If you need something to keep your hands busy and out of that bag of chips, this Elementary Wrap by Purl Soho is it. A modern hand-knit using their Linen Quill yarn results in a lovely seasonal project that will take care of that spring chill or tick off a special gift completed for the upcoming holidays.  photo: gp  https://simplequietmodern.com/2018/05/02/elementary/

 

The garden centers are open again. A quick stroll through might just tempt you to make a modification to your present landscaping. This Sunjoy Gold Pillar Barberry will add a little brightness even on those days the sun stays hidden. photo: gp

 

Why wait for the September running of the Kentucky Derby? This perfectly modern julep works for me any day . http://gardenandgun.com/media/mint-julep photo: gp  

 

Cabin Fever? Get out of the house and take a look at your place from a new perspective. Take a few phone pics from different approaches and try to view things as your neighbors or passersby do. You might be surprised to find that things are looking pretty good.  photo: gp

 

Who doesn’t like ice cream? My recipe for Pistachio Semifreddo will have you amazed that yes, you made it yourself.  photo: gp https://simplequietmodern.com/2015/05/24/whip-it-fold-it-freeze-it/

 

River rocks…or landscapers egg rock… can add that little touch of zen when used used in the landscape. As long as you’re home you might as well start another project to keep you outside. photo: gp

 

Not all potato salads are created equal. While I can often get a craving for potato salad like Mom made, I most often opt for this salad from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food…Potatoes Vinaigrette. Photo: gp   https://simplequietmodern.com/2014/05/04/a-simple-lighter-spin/

 

Memorial Day weekend is when those pots get planted. But, with what? I’m not into annuals…too bright. And last year’s planting of lily grass and Blonde Ambition Blue Grama grass while beautiful, did not winter over as I had expected. Now, I guess it’s back to my original choice…Blue Dune Grass. Fast grower, simple modern statement and, the deer won’t eat them. Check, check and check.  photo: gp