Hard to believe,

December 17, 2019

but I am actually enjoying a Poinsettia moment. Really. Like Truman Capote in Jay Presson Allen’s Tru, I too felt that “Poinsettias are the Bob Goulet of Botany”. Decades of over-saturation in the seasonal marketplace have rendered this bright red holiday staple cliche’, cheesy and hopelessly out of date. It was spotting this new variety, Envy, with it’s bright chartreuse coloring that made me stop and rethink it’s potential. While I generally indulge in white Tulips, Amaryllis and Helebore from the Winter Solstice through till Christmas and the New Year, I couldn’t help but think how well this fresh new addition would play with the others, both in the pot and as a cut specimen.

 

Photos: gp with the exception of the Amaryllis photo via https://www.shopterrain.com/categories/blooming-gifts and the last photo via: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/poinsettias-rethinking-traditional-christmas-flower/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like blue,

December 11, 2019

then 2020 is going to be your year. The Pantone Color Institute has announced that 19-4052, Classic Blue, is their choice for Color of the Year for 2020. The good news is that it might see greater acceptance than past selections of the last several years…Living Coral, Ultra Violet, Greenery and ( who could forget this flop? ) Marsala. The bad news? Unless a blue is the darkest navy, l’m generally not a fan.

Image: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2020

 

 

 

Making the Cut

December 6, 2019

Keep them hidden in your desk drawer and you’ll never be cut short again. These 10″ black Kevlar shears will have you cutting through everything from tape, gift wrap, card stock or fabric with ease. Made of Xylan coated hot forged carbon steel, a little gentle care after each use will have you at the ready no matter what your cutting needs are. I see some gift wrapping in your future, it might be a good time to pick up a pair for yourself and maybe another as a thoughtful gift.

photos: https://www.bestmadeco.com/products/ten-inch-kevlar-shears

 

Still Gorgeous at Seventy

December 2, 2019

An Icon of modern Danish design, the Chieftain Chair is celebrating it’s seventieth birthday and looking as good as ever. Originally designed by Finn Juhl in 1949 the Chieftain chair was reissued in 2002 and produced as originally specified in walnut and leather. Now, a Chieftain Sofa and Footstool are also available as well as an optional oak frame. Could be a good use of that Christmas bonus, right?

 

Photos: https://finnjuhl.com/collection/chieftain-chair

 

 

 

Not only today,

November 28, 2019

but every day. In all things, give thanks.*

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

* Thessalonians 5:18

photo:gp

Tie One On

November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving dinner.The recipes, the lists, the shopping. You’ve got everything covered but you. Enter Fog Linen’s Garcon Apron in black or natural Lithuanian linen…protecting you from prep to presentation to clean- up in simplequietmodern style. On your mark, get set…

 

photos: https://needsupply.com/linen-garcon-apron/1025980.html?lang=en_US

Who’s Ready For Pie?

November 20, 2019

From the simplequietmodern archives, two recipes that’ll finish off your Thanksgiving feast beautifully. First, Brown Sugar Hubbard Squash Pie where the roasting of the squash brings a depth of flavor you just can’t get from canned pumpkin. Then a twist on another Thanksgiving favorite with Sour Cream Apple Pie. Better make them both…you know everyone’s going to want pie.

The recipes and previous posts can be found here:

https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Hubbard+Squash+pie

https://simplequietmodern.com/2013/09/27/you-like-pie/

photos: gp