Don’t Forget

May 8, 2022

Call your Mother. Happy Mother’s Day.

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Ready to be put into use immediately is the Summer Seasonal Collection from Heath Ceramics. With Easter right around the corner it seems like a natural to get your order in now. This collection is available now but is sure to sell out quickly. I’m thinking the yellow pieces might be a great way to brighten the days while we’re waiting for Summer to finally arrive.

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A bit of forced rye grass with the addition of a cracked eggshell whispers Easter.

The Classic Heath Modern Cup in Sunflower

A bunch of pink hyacinths would feel right at home in that tall modern cup. And who wouldn’t love to receive the both as a gift?

Sunnyside Tea Towels will make cleaning up after Easter brunch a pleasure.

What’s Easter without the classic yellow Peep?

The Sunflower glaze on the classic Heath Budvase.

All Roads Grid napkins in Fuschia are part of the Heath Summer Seasonal Collection. These will surely get a workout from Easter through Labor Day.

Pink and Yellow. Something tells me with the way the last two years have been it’s a combination we might just be needing right about now.

Heath Plaza Dessert bowls and Sunnyside Napkins, also part of the Summer Seasonal Collection.

A big vase of forced Forsythia brings springtime right in to the table. It’s hard to beat.

All Heath Summer Seasonal photos by Heath Ceramics.

All other photos: gp

 

 

 

 

If it’s March,

February 28, 2022

then it’s time for Daffodils. There is no better way to pull us through to Spring than with a bunch or two of the most perfect yellow ever. Their familiar cheerful faces and gentle fragrance just can’t help to lift us up, especially now. Rising prices, foreign invasions, the continuing pandemic and the near end of a brutal Winter have us in need of a little something something. A bunch or two of daffodils are just the ticket even if the price is double what is was last year. While you’re at it, it would be a lovely gesture to pick up a few extra bunches and pass the sunshine around. The rewards are sure to come back to you ten fold. If you’d like to use the Daffodil as inspiration, you might try a few from the selections below from the simplequietmodern archives.

 

Bunches of cut Daffs. If it’s March that means that January and February are in the rear view mirror.

 

This particular Knoll pattern features three colors familiar to March… the yellow, gray and white.

 

Even lunch and dinner can feature a little sunshine. This pickled blend of cauliflower, onions and yellow bell peppers will certainly liven things up with very little effort.

 

Maybe a permanent swath of yellow twig dogwood to enjoy from every window, especially when rising from a blanket of snow.

 

Bright second fiddle, a bunch or two of forced Forsythia branches, sourced locally, online or free from a neighbors yard.

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Bright ceramic field tile will have you waking up to sunshine every day, no matter what.

 

daffodil photo: gp

 

 

American Modern,

February 16, 2022

now in black and white. Russel Wright’s American Modern dinnerware, a midcentury modern classic, is now available in matte black and matte white. The American Modern line has been gracing America’s homes since its introduction in 1939, in all of the mixed colors we’ve come to recognize and love. Everyone had their favorite in the offerings of coral, brown, gray, blue and chartreuse. But, somehow this re-issue of selected pieces in black and white brings to each a new level of sophistication. The 3 piece dining sets,  assorted serving bowls, plates and platters are now available to mix and match with your vintage pieces or use on their own. I’m thinking all black…or, all white. Time for a coin toss.

photos: Food52.com

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

 

 

Brrrrr, It’s Cold

January 23, 2022

Shoveling’s done, dinner’s in the oven, fire’s going and you’re about to get your binge on. All that’s missing is a quick comforting snack on this bitter cold Sunday afternoon. Me, I’m thinking about making two. Not only because they compliment each other perfectly, but because I had all of the items on hand and I couldn’t decide between them …Blistered Shishito Peppers and Pizza Fritte.

 

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Heat up a couple glugs of oil in your favorite cast iron skillet until shimmering and toss in your Shishito peppers. Fair warning, they will sputter and pop. A quick turn and blister the other side, drain on a paper towel and hit with a sprinkle of coarse salt. Then while the pan is still hot add more oil to about 1/2″.  Tear off nice size pieces from a ball of pre-made pizza dough, pull and flatten slightly and fry in hot oil. Turn when the bottoms are golden and fry on the reverse side. Drain, sprinkle with coarse salt and serve with a drizzle of hot honey.

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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

 

 

 

 

New Year,

January 9, 2022

new outlook. It’s always great to start the New Year armed with what you need to tackle whatever comes your way. A new yearly calendar ( yes, old school ) a handful of new Uniballs and black Sharpies and a crisp blank journal is where I always start. That’s pretty much all you need to do a quick jot of your goals, plans, and inspiration, contained for easy reference. That covered, maybe hone and old skill or develop a new one to help you work your way through the day smarter, not harder. And, if you’re still working from home, maybe treat yourself a little and up the business casual with some cashmere…a classic crew neck sweater for the waist up...cashmere sweatpants from the waist down. 2022, we’re ready for ya.

 

 

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photos 1 & 3: gp

Happy Anniversary to…

January 6, 2022

simplequietmodern. Yep, ten years down and ready to dig into number eleven. As always, you know what I say about any celebration…there’s gotta be cake. To be sure, there will be cake at some point, but for now I’m thinking a glass of something festive to toast and a box of sparklers will have to do the trick in these uncertain times. It’s not a time to be gathering and I’m not about to polish off a cake by myself. For now I might just dream about cakes from the last decade that are contenders.

 

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After the bubbly, from the top:

What’s more festive and modern than a naked confetti cake?  Photo: Bon Appetit

Maybe something simple. It doesn’t get any simpler that chocolate cake with with white frosting.

Mocha Layer Cake with Sour Cream Ganache?  I feel a nap coming on. photo: the Hungry Mouse

I’ve been looking for an excuse to make this cake for years. Cake and meringue baked together and stacked with whipped cream. And, did I mention it has walnuts in it? Maybe this year.

Or perhaps this showstopper created by my friend, architect Kirsten Johnstone. Yes, please. photo: Kirsten Johnstone

Photos: gp unless noted.

 

Clearly,

December 29, 2021

with all that’s going on in the world….yes, more bad news. We have apparently run out of colors! Imagine that. Which brings me to Very Peri, Pantone’s pick for color of the year 2022. Very Peri, a color that the Pantone Color Institute created specifically for this annual honor. Didn’t we already have a Periwinkle? I thought we did. And, if memory serves, it was a distinctive member of the Crayola collection for decades. Will we be seeing this ” new ” shade everywhere next year? Who knows. My guess is that it will follow in the footsteps of Pantone’s flop of 2015…Marsala. Remember that dud?

 

If you’d like to learn more about Very Peri, read the words of Leatrice Eiseman, extolling the qualities of this new hue. Fair warning…it’s a snooze fest.  https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2022

Very Peri photo: Pantone.com

Crayola Periwinkle photo: ColumbiaCoatings.com

If you’d like to revisit Marsala…https://simplequietmodern.com/2014/12/18/marsala-a-swing-and-a-miss/