What a grip!

January 22, 2014

And, it doesn’t look like Mother Nature will be loosening it up any time soon. With another week of temperatures well below the freezing mark, and wind chills in the single digits at best, it make you think twice about venturing out if you don’t absolutely have to. Just a glance outside can have you coming up with a dozen excuses to stay in, catch up on a few things and turn on the oven to help cozy things up. While it’s on you might try my simple adaptation of a Martha recipe for a Winter Salad;  Farro with Roasted Red Onion, Grapes and Arugula. Again, not a recipe as much as a guideline and in simplequietmodern fashion, just a few ingredients.

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interior photo via: http://www.youaretheriver.com/

Finally…summer

June 24, 2013

Well, sort of. Mother Nature has taken her good ‘ol time and still there has been no shortage of gray days, gray clouds and rain. What better way to counter all of that than with a healthy dose of orange…or, simply securing the perfect spot to sit it out until the current weather passes…which it will.orngHse25972365_000_a  http://www.shopterrain.com/colorful-utility/sun-garden-hose-orange/?upsell=1deck_Log-Cabin08http://www.youaretheriver.com/Flip_math-widequiltorangehttp://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/02/math-facts-quilt.htmlplank7_pfiefferhttp://pfeifferlab.com/#/plank/

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Top to bottom:

Dramm’s premium rubber hose is 50 feet of smile snaking through your garden.

A secluded roof deck with built-in seating sets you up in tree fort-like comfort.

Wrapping yourself up in this graphic summer quilt will ward off a chill until the bonfire is really roaring.

Relaxing with friends in the simplicity of Eric Pfeiffer’s modern spin on a classic Adirondack chair is sure to keep the conversation going.

Smythson’s orange leather-bound notebook is perfect for keeping track of this summers to-do lists and projects.

Pots of Epidendrums provide their own fireworks with firecracker-like bursts of hot color.

And, if you’re caught in a summer downpour you can keep yourself dry and happy with this oversized rain parka in orange cotton.