Entries Tagged as 'Living'

Buzz Kaffebar + Copenhagen

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Madeline and I are in Copenhagen for a few days and of course there will be lot of coffee drinking.  Everywhere we walk we find the coolest places that have perfected the Hygge thing.  I mean this place had candles lit in the morning.

Buzz Kaffebar + Copenhagen

We set out this morning to Sankt Peders Bageri for one of their famous cinnamon buns, but they were closed.  Luckily we found Buzz Kaffebar a few doors down.  We had bread with jam and nutella and coffee which was delicious.   The atmosphere was light and cozy at the same time.  Pillows and faux sheepskins on benches, great lighting, well tended plants and votive candles everywhere.

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Make Easy Weeknight Soup

Monday, March 6, 2017

Easy Weeknight Soup is our answer to dinner in 5 minutes on a busy night. I love to cook on the weekends when we have a little extra time and then savor the benefit of a delicious bowl of soup after a long day. And no cooking involved other than re-heating. We sometimes serve with a little crusty fresh bread or on those nights when we don’t have fresh bread, I’ll take a few slices from the freezer and put them on the panini press for a couple of minutes. A little fresh grated Parmesan cheese and basil makes it seem like you’re not even eating leftovers.

Easy Weeknight Soup

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DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

Friday, February 17, 2017

We have had our chalkboard wall since we’ve owned this house.  I’ve loved the idea even before having one.  However, over the last few years I’ve sort of tired of the whole chalkboard thing.  That was until I saw Amanda’s on Perfectly Imperfect Living.  I had seen the checkerboard calendar idea on Martha Stewart for an office, but I never really thought about making our current wall into a checkerboard chalk wall.

A few Saturdays ago I mentioned it to Brent without much reaction.  Then a few hours later over lunch I showed him Amanda’s.  Well, that was it.  We went to our local paint store and chose four shades of Benjamin Moore black and gray from the paint chips.  You can actually make any color you want in chalkboard paint now, but you probably already knew that!  Of course I stuck with shades of gray and black because basically our entire house is black and white.

DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

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Dreaming + Summer Vacation

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dreaming + Summer vacation–It’s mid February and that means one thing—It’s time to start thinking about summer travel.  It might be that’s it’s cold and dreary, but about this time of year I can’t help but thinking about a big family vacation.  Our kids are seniors– 17 and 22 so for the last several years I keep thinking this is the last one.  And if this is the last big one, it has to be great.  It’s never gonna be the last family vacation.  I’ve been told that if we keep paying, they’ll keep coming along.  Sometimes we have so much fun that we keep going back to the same place.

Tuscany, Italy

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Friday Link Love + Painted Stone Fireplace

My most popular post on this blog and on my Pinterest has to do with painting our stone fireplace.  I have loved getting all your emails and photos of your stone fireplaces.  And know that any advice given is with a lot of consideration.   Painting brick or stone is fairly permanent and of course I don’t want to steer any one in the wrong direction.  I have seen some pretty terrible before photos and and have loved seeing your photos after you tackled the project.  Keep them coming—one day I would love to share everyone’s before and after fireplaces.  Send me your photos and permission if you want to share!  See our before at the bottom of this post.  (it’s from the real estate brochure).

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Friday Link Love starts with hot tea

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Link Love starts with a new tea kettle.  An electric one which is a first for us.  Years ago my friend Gemma from the UK was surprised that I still made tea from a kettle on the stove.  Well we’ve now updated to this really cool SMEG tea kettle and I have no idea what took us so long!

Friday Link Love Starts with hot tea + SMEG

 

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7 mirrors to mix up your style

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I love to mix styles in home design.  Modern with traditional, bohemian with modern and a little modern with cottage.  Mixing styles gives it a more layered and collected feel.  I never want my home to look like a catalog, but I also don’t want it to look like a flea market.  One way to add in a different style is with a mirror.

We have a traditional style home built in 1900.  I can’t go completely modern, but we have a pair of Knoll Barcelona chairs that we need to work around.  We added the Lanai mirror from Serena & Lily.  It softens the look and stark lines of the black Barcelona chairs while adding almost a Bohemian feel to it.  The pillows I chose for this area are also from Serena & Lily and have that same Boho look without going over board.

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DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Here is a simple project for diy Valentine art using lucite frames. I love these Lucite frames from Crate & Barrel.  For the large piece I cut the watercolor paper to the right size (6 x 8) and then painted stripes.  I usually paint and then cut the paper, but I wanted it to look like it was for this specific piece.  For the small frame, I used a heart punch and cut out hearts creating tiny abstract hearts as you move around the paper.  I’ve saved “love notes” from my kids over the years.  These of course were from when they were tiny—and they make me so happy.  So why not preserve them and frame them?  Together they create a little Valentine art.

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7 ingredient healthy cookies

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7 ingredient healthy cookies

When Madeline was home over the holidays she was baking and cooking up a storm–and using things I typically don’t have on hand.  Nothing fancy, but not stuff I generally use–almond butter was one of those items.  I’m always reading labels and trying to use less processed foods.  So when we first started using Almond butter we bought it.  It’s expensive and processed, so I thought, why not make it?  Have you tried making it? It’s super easy, but takes a lot of waiting time.  I looked at quite a few recipes and then decided to trust this recipe from  The Pioneer Woman.   She soaks hers overnight and then gives them a quick rinse.  She then instructs you to bake them overnight at a really low temperature.  Once you have your dried out almonds, you’re all set to make almond butter.  Everyone says you don’t have to use a food processor–yes, you do.  I’ve never had a blender that could do this job.  When you first pulse the almonds, it will give you a fright, it’s so loud!   It takes several minutes and a few times scraping down the sides with a spatula, but then it starts to come together and before you know it, you have a ball of almond butter.  See below.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I grew up where every holiday meant a Hallmark greeting card.  There is nothing wrong with a store bought card, but why not make them?  This year I saw that Dunkin Donuts has new premium teas and one called Hibiscus Kiss.   I purchased a box and then got out my watercolor paints.

DIY Valentine Cards + Dunkin Donuts Premium Teas

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Using inexpensive watercolors and watercolor paper, I quickly painted messy stripes in shades of pink on both sides of the paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Once the paper was dry I went back and in some blank spaces added the Happy Valentine’s Day message.  I used this pen in a very narrow tip kind of like I did here.

DIY Valentines's Day Cards

I use a fiskar’s paper cutter to trim the card and a heart punch to make watercolor hearts.  Each one is unique.  You can move the heart punch around the paper to create your little abstract painted heart.

DIY Valentine's Day Cards

Put a packet of Dunkin Donuts Hibiscus Kiss Tea, a watercolor note and some hearts in an envelope and send to your Valentine.  I used envelopes that I already had and so each “card” was less than a dollar.  Way less than a store bought card and you really put your heart into making them!  Add an address label from tinyprints and a love stamp and pop them in the mail.

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