Reason to Celebrate

May 3, 2019

It’s May. And if that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, this first weekend brings us both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Like we needed an excuse for a delightful Bourbon cocktail or quick plate of Mexican. So, what’ll it be? Maybe both.

Top to bottom:

A Derby Classic, the Mint Julep. http://gardenandgun.com/media/mint-julep

Brown Butter Bourbon Blondies  https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/05/01/brown-butter-bourbon-blondies/

Take your pick for lunch on a Sunday… Chilaquiles or Lentil Tacos. No bad choices here. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Chilaquiles https://simplequietmodern.com/2017/05/02/lentil-tacos/

photos: gp

 

Advertisements

Movin’ on Out

April 29, 2019

Nothing says Spring and Summer like moving yourself outdoors. From starting your day with a deep cleansing breath of fresh air and your morning cup to lingering over dinner and drinks at the end of the day, you’ll need a place to sit. Enter Blu Dot’s minimalist Skiff Collection…lounge and dining seating, tables and benches of powder coated aluminum with Batyline Textile mesh in Carbon or white.

 

Photos: https://www.bludot.com/skiff-collection.html

 

and, the unexpected early release of Heath Ceramics Summer Seasonal Collection. In Spring greens ranging from bright speckled Canary to glossy vibrant emerald, you’ll be sure to find just the right piece to jump-start the season. I’m always partial to the trio of bud vases and the tall modern cup, but the Coupe Serving Platter, Dessert and Vegetable Bowls and Plaza Tray Set in this collection  look like they’re ready to step into service now, serving up the best offerings of Spring and Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos via Heath. https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/summer-seasonal

 

 

Out Like a Lamb

March 14, 2019

Well, we’ll see. While we’re experiencing record low temperatures for March its the perfect time to start the segue to Spring with a simplequietmodern project like the Elementary Wrap from Purl Soho, knit up in their Linen Quill…a transitional combination of wool, alpaca and linen. Get it on the sticks now and you’ll be ready to wrap yourself up just in time for that first Spring outing.

Shown in Kettle Black, Linen Quill is available in 30 additional colors. And, the pattern is free…https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2018/05/02/elementary-wrap-in-linen-quill/

 

 

Photos: gp

Give a bunch or two…

March 10, 2019

keep a bunch or two. Nothing sparks up a gray, blustery March day like a fistful of sunshine. So, as we wait for Springs arrival, brighten someone’s day, as well as your own, with a bunch or two of natures perfect yellow…Daffodils. Available everywhere for a couple of bucks a bunch, you can’t go wrong.

And, nothing holds two bunches as perfectly as this Tall Modern Cup from Heath Ceramics.The current glazes available can be seen here: https://www.heathceramics.com/products/tall-modern-cup-in-turmeric

photos: gp

Better Than Takeout

March 6, 2019

Nothing hits the spot on a cold Winter day better than a hot bowl of soup. And, if you can whip up a steaming bowl of comfort in a just a few minutes with only 5 pantry ingredients….well, I’m on it. I’ve had a craving lately for Egg Drop Soup. So, when l ran across this simple recipe on Food52 I knew I had to give it a try. Add an egg roll and you’ve got lunch or a light supper.

Recipe for Yih-Jen Ku’s grandma’s recipe can be found here: https://food52.com/blog/23758-easy-egg-drop-soup-recipe-10-minutes-best-winter-soup

photo: gp

Cleared For Take-Off

February 22, 2019

Picture it…1966…the height of the glamorous age of jet travel. Arriving and departing through the Jetson-esque TWA terminal designed by Eero Saarinen. It was the modern future. And, it was stunning. Now all of that MidCentury style has been recaptured in the new TWA Hotel in New York. The original iconic terminal structure is the centerpiece piece of a complex that includes not only the new hotel towers, but a fitness center, meeting spaces, a restaurant and a vintage 1956 Lockheed Constellation put into new service as a cocktail lounge. The guest rooms have been fitted with Knoll Classic furnishings including Saarinen designed pieces like the classic Womb Chair for relaxing  and his Executive chair at the desk. Set to open its doors in May, room reservations are being taken now, online. Wow.

Photos: https://www.twahotel.com/