I love Minted…Christmas cards, announcements and art! Remember when I included this piece on my collage wall? Minted generously allowed me to choose art to fill the wall in our powder room. It’s tiny and all black (including the ceiling) so we needed something to pop on those dark walls.
Once I decided on approximate sizes, I chose the largest piece first. I made templates of each piece and taped them to the wall to make sure I chose the right sizes. The larger of the three (bottom) is called Look DOWN by Gail Schechter. Coincidentally while searching all of the Minted Art Prints I found a companion piece from the same artist called Looking UP. Lighting has always been important to me and the top small piece evokes the feeling of warm lighting on a summer night along the coast. And that’s exactly what the artist describes about this photo called Twinkling Light. Minted has several framing options, but since these were going on a black wall, I went with White Premium Wood Frame for all three.
So now the part about the Giveway….Minted is giving one reader $250 to use for anything at Minted.com. To enter visit Minted right here and then come back and leave a comment. Winner will be announced Monday, July 6th! Good luck!
When my daughter said she wanted to see the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, I said “heck yes!” She has Fridays off from her internship in NYC so every Friday we plan a field trip so to speak. This Friday was Queens. Turns out we’ve spent very little time in the borough of Queens. Sure we spend lots of time at JFK and LaGuardia airports, but even baseball….we’re Yankees fans. So you won’t find us at CitiField. Yesterday we spent the afternoon museum hopping all in about a three mile radius.
The first museum was the Museum of the Moving Image for the Mad Men exhibit. It was a hot day so we started with a sparkling water in the cafe.
Don’t let this image fool you. There were plenty of people in the museum, but at this moment we had the cafe all to ourselves. All white with a view of the minimalist garden.
Can’t you just smell the stale smoke while viewing this image?! Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit is open through September 6, 2015.
Next, we went to MoMa PS1. We are regular visitors at MoMA in Manhattan, but we had never been to MoMA PS1 that occupies the space of a 100-year old Romanesque Revival school building. The building was still very much like a school with all the school lighting, doors and windows that seemed to be original to the building. Again…no museum tour is complete without a stop at the cafe where Madeline posed as if she were a school girl during morning attendance.
Our last museum of the day was The Noguchi Museum. I have been wanting to visit this museum for years. My familiarity with the artist was through his design of the popular Noguchi Table produced by Herman Miller. I am so intrigued by the artist and his painstaking methods of working on pieces of granite to create these large sculptures. The building itself is incredible. Indoor/outdoor space with atrium like gardens and white painted brick walls and salvaged wood floors throughout the galleries. Walls of windows creating gorgeous light flooding through the space. The garden was closed for restoration, but don’t miss the Socrates Sculpture Park just a few blocks away like we did!
always rarely open to modeling.
But we did manage to find a great spot for lunch at Gastroteca and an adorable shop called Lockwood on the way back to the car. We had a great afternoon. All in we spent about 6 hours and 2 of those were driving. So three museums, a little lunch, a tiny bit of shopping and six hours with Madeline….I’d say that’s a perfect day. Well to me anyway!
Remember when I said Buvette was my favorite restaurant? Well it is still is my favorite, but so is Via Carota just a block away on the opposite side of Grove Street. Seriously, if we lived in the West Village, I would spend my morning at Buvette and have lunch or dinner at Via Carota. You feel like you are in Italy at Via Carota. My favorite dish is the Wild Boar Ragu. We’ve tried several items on the menu and always order at least one daily special. Everything has been simply amazing. Next, we must to try the couples other restaurant, I Sodi on Christopher Street. Our experiences at both Buvette and Via Carota have been all about the food and then not at all. The food, yes….amazing. The Castelvetrano olives are delicious. I don’t even like olives and now I can’t stop thinking about them. There are so many small, but wonderful details. From the moment you walk in you feel truly cared for. The service is impeccable. The warmth of the space is comforting in the same way that a bowl of warm pasta or a piece of bread drizzled with olive oil warms your soul. Exposed brick walls, original or reclaimed wood floors, chairs from either a school or a church that holds the menus in the back of the chair and silver trays to serve pretty drinks from the bar. A long communal table that on the day we went held a giant bowl of beans and later replaced with candles in vintage china saucers ready for the dinner crowd.
Above photo by Kelsey Borovinsky.
I do love a restaurant that still gives out boxes of matches. The little cards arrive with your bill and I’ll keep them as a memento.
Somehow May Day seemed to sneak up this year. I’m blaming it on the cold Spring we are having. Peonies in our garden are no where near blooming, but eventually…and until they do I’ll buy them at the grocery store. Last year I made these to celebrate May Day. Have a beautiful weekend! xo annie
New York City based Compass, a real estate platform helps people find not just their home, but the neighborhood that best fits their personality and needs. It inspired me to share our house story! Every purchase or rental agreement involves a story of how that house or apartment came to be your home. Our latest home purchase was a little bit of knowing what we wanted and a little bit leap of faith. I didn’t actually see our house until a year after we purchased it. We were relocating back to Connecticut from Southern California and the logistics of seeing the house just didn’t align….and I really wanted this house. It was in the neighborhood we wanted, walking distance to town, enough bedrooms and baths and it had a front porch. We have lived in several houses. Fifteen. Some for years and others for just a matter of months while we renovated another or during a long distance move. But in every house we have made sure that the entryway is welcoming.
I use Edison style bulbs for a nice warm glow in the lanterns and write different messages on the glass door with a water-based Sharpie paint pen. Your entryway is the first impression that people have when visiting. I hope mine says, come on in…..the door is always open!
Decorating for any holiday or season starts with the front porch. In the summer we plant ferns and by Labor Day, it’s mums getting ready for Halloween. While it’s still warm enough to plant, but the mums have seen better days, I look for something evergreen to put in the planters that will get us to Spring. This year Spring has come so late that we skipped planting tulips and pansies and went straight to ferns. Spring is still slow in getting here, but I’m ready for “porch season!”
For the first two weeks of April I could not decide what color best represents the month of April. A lot of that probably comes from the fact that Spring came rather slowly to Connecticut this year. Then this week everywhere you looked Forsythia and daffodils bloomed all over town. The grass has greened up and the yellow just bursts against the bright new spring grass. So this month is yellow and maybe spring green too! What colors are popping up where you are?
Daffodils in bloom on a foggy morning at Irwin Park in New Canaan, CT. Coffee at La Picarda near Siena, Italy. A 1968 Checker Cab spotted on Amsterdam Avenue in Morningside Heights.
When my daughter is home from school one of the things we love to do is go out for coffee. Not just any coffee shop will do, we make a day of it. We make plans, we map out two or three places we want to try in the city and off we go. It’s a great time to catch up and check out some fun new places. But sometimes.…we don’t have the whole day to drink coffee. I know…shocking, right? That’s when we discovered Lorca right near us in the heart of downtown Stamford, Connecticut.
Lorca is owned by Leyla Dam who describes herself as an architect with a love of food and coffee. She grew up in Spain drinking Cortados and eating churros. In 2010 she traveled to Sevilla to learn the art of making churros and returned to Connecticut to learn the craft of coffee. Lorca opened in the winter of 2012.
One of our favorite items on the menu is the Alfajores cookie. A rich butter cookie with dulce de leche, coconut and powdered sugar. Leyla said her mom made them for their opening and they soon became a Lorca favorite. I like to order them by the dozen for dinner parties at home. They are so good, you may want to get two dozen!
Lorca is located at 125 Bedford Street in downtown Stamford, Connecticut.
Last year I made Easter cards using seed packets from Terrain. I did something similar this year because on a recent trip to Terrain on the first day of Spring….a day that it was snowing, I just could not resist the beautiful Atomic Red Carrot seed packets from Baker Creek. I bought the packets not really knowing how I would use them, but knew it had to a be at least slightly different than last year. Once I got home I looked to see what I might already have on hand. I had bright orange envelopes so all I needed was the card. I purchased tall cards #10 at Paper Source in slate and used a uni-ball Signo pen to “doodle” a little Easter greeting. My inspiration for the drawings came from Creativebug and Lisa Congdon.
According to the Greeting Card Association, the average price of a greeting card is between $2 and $4. Personally, I think that’s on the low side. Still, even with a pack of seeds, each card is less than $4. I love sending and receiving cards. I look forward to a mail day that includes a handwritten addressed envelope with a beautiful card. My friend Nancy sends the most creative cards for every holiday. In addition to being visually beautiful, they are also clever with a play on words or something fun. What about you? Do you send greeting cards via snail mail?
My darling sister sent me a box of Arizona Sunshine! Well, actually a box of citrus, which….basically is the same thing. Just slicing open an orange or grapefruit makes the entire kitchen smell fresh and citrus-ey. So what to do with all this citrus? I made panna cotta. What I love about panna cotta is that it’s delicious, easy and the best part, a make ahead dessert.
Citrus Panna Cotta
1/4 cup juice (lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange)
1 1/2 tsp grated citrus zest
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
Combine 1/4 cup fresh squeezed juice, the grated zest in a small sauce pan and sprinkle the teaspoon of unflavored gelatin and let stand for 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the heavy cream to the mixture with the gelatin and heat until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat.
Add the mascarpone cheese and the sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment and blend until smooth. Slowly add the remaining cup of heavy cream and mix together. Stop when it starts to get volume and add the gelatin mixture to the cream mixture and whisk together until combined. Divide into 8 ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When you are ready to serve, dip each ramekin into a bowl of hot water and run a knife around the edge to loosen. Invert onto a small plate and top with fresh fruit or with just a little grated citrus zest.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit on Epicurious. The recipe from Bon Appétit did not use an electric mixer, but I was unable to incorporate the mascarpone and sugar without one. Perhaps if it is brought to room temperature, you could just use a whisk.
If you want to add fruit as in the Bon Appétit recipe just stir 2 tablespoons of juice, a little sugar and a tablespoon of butter in a skillet until sugar dissolves. Off the heat fold in the berries and add to your panna cotta with a little fresh zest.