Paint it pink, but make it like the sky!
Remember when I painted a wall in Madeline’s room Pink Sky from Clare Paint? She just moved to Brooklyn and right away I knew that one wall in her living room needed to be Pink Sky. It took her a few weeks to see my vision and get used to the idea that it’s fine to paint a wall in your new apartment without asking the Super. But guess what…we painted it yesterday and she loves it. Clare Paint makes it so easy. No paint smell and it covered in one coat! Read more about Clare Paint in this post.
Aiden Paez – Through Aiden’s Eyes
Aiden Paez – I discovered this young, self-taught artist through his mom, Karen on Instagram. I love her serene images of life in California. Her color palette is a soothing blend of muted earthy tones. Her Instagram handle is @milkandhoneylife which seems just right. Her son Aiden is 13 and paints the most beautiful landscapes and still lifes. I love how she encourages his gift. If you look at Karen’s feed you will see the images that inspired some of his works. I re-posted one of her images and a friend that follows me on Instagram was also moved by his work and purchased one of his paintings. I only knew this by scrolling my feed and coming across one of Sarina’s posts and instantly recognized the painting. Sarina has a beautiful cutting garden and made a small arrangement to complement her painting called “calm” – I love the connections that Instagram and social media in general provide. I would have never known about Karen or had the opportunity to collect a piece of art from her son. Aiden’s Instagram is handled by his mom who will lovingly help you select a painting. Each exchange with Karen made me even happier to be receiving one. The painting that I chose turned out to be a painting of a shop interior in Venice, California- Rudy Jude
Outdoor Portable Movie Projector
We live in the cutest neighborhood on a peninsula of land along the Long Island Sound. Most of the homes were built around the 1920s. The community has several organized gatherings all summer long and a few weeks ago it was an outdoor movie night. All that was needed was a screen made from a sheet and a mini projector. Neighbors brought their beach chairs and blankets and enjoyed watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” under the stars with their neighbors.
My friend Sheri Silver makes the prettiest car diffusers and key fobs. Right from the start, I said her design of the car diffusers/key fobs looked like something you would find in the design shop HAY in Copenhagen. They have a Scandinavian look that I love! Sheri is a food photographer with a background in architecture and landscape design so her aesthetic is well-trained. She uses three wool balls that act as a diffuser in your car or if you choose the key fob, for your bag. They come in their own bag with a dropper bottle that you can refill with your favorite essential oil or blend. You simply put it on the vent in your car, add a few drops of essential oil and the vent does all the work. It’s very subtle and obviously better for you than those toxic air freshener trees. And the look…they are so beautiful! For a limited time, Sheri will even send you a sample of your choice of essential oil in your dropper bottle to get you started right away diffusing in the car! Choose from Concrete Jungle, The Rockaways, Greenpoint, and Manhattanhenge.
Wild Mushroom Crostini
When I first started blogging, before Instagram was even a thing, I met Janet of Gardner’s Cottage. Janet is vegan and made this wild mushroom crostini that I have been making a version of ever since. It has been a while since I last made it…you know how that happens and it was my husband that reminded me of this simple, rustic crostini that is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner on the porch!Print
Wild Mushroom Crostini
This recipe is from my dear friend Janet of Gardener’s Cottage.
- 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 12 ounces assorted wild mushrooms, sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
- rustic wheat bread
- 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- Saute butter or olive oil, mushrooms, and fresh thyme until cooked.
- Place sliced rustic wheat bread in the broiler until lightly golden brown.
- Brush with mayonnaise.
- Top each slice with a handful of arugula and then with the mushrooms.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette and drizzle over the mushrooms.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Make sure to check out the finds of Cindy Hattersley and Mary Ann Pickett this week!