Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CAFFEINE!!!

I'm sure you've heard of the amazing illustrator/designer Chris Piascik, and if you haven't, make sure to check out his site for loads of wonderful typography and daily drawings. This one hits particularly close to home for me today (ok, almost every day).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Michael Sowa

Every since I saw Amelie (one of my very favorite movies), I've been in love with Michael Sowa's weird and enchanting paintings — we have prints of the dog and goose in our bedroom, just like Amelie.


I love his use of pigs, bears and — my fave — flying penguins.



Friday, February 18, 2011

Wedding Decor

When Danni from the wonderful blog Oh, Hello Friend purchased this letterpress number 2 back in August, I had no idea it would be used for such a spectacularly beautiful wedding...


She posted the photographs on her blog today, and I love all the vintage touches — especially the idea of having a picnic lunch for guest (packed in these great baskets).


I'm so glad a shop item got to 'witness' such a gorgeous and special day — looks like it was in wonderful company.

Lucy Schwartz

I rarely post videos/songs because I rarely watch them on other people's blogs, but as I said yesterday, I'm hopelessly obsessed with the show Parenthood and Lucy Schwartz wrote the amazing theme song.



Upon further investigation, it turns out that she's written some other awesome songs too, all of which are available on iTunes. If you need me, I'll be listening to Winter in June on repeat until I hate it...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Marry me, Lauren Graham

It's no secret that I love me some Gilmore Girls. And by love, I mean I've seen every episode more times than I can possibly, accurately count or hope to remember. I adore everything about my Girls, but first and foremost is Lorelai Gilmore (aka Lauren Graham outside of the Stars-Hollow universe).


While I'll probably never tire of my beloved show, I recently started watching Parenthood (starring the always-lovely LG) and from the very first episode I knew it would quickly evolve into a Gilmore-level obsession, and evolve it did.


I love everything about Parenthood, from the cast to the sets to the humor and heartbreak — Mae Whitman is especially delightful as LG's sarcastic, eye-rolling teen (Rory who?!).

(Isn't Mae a total babe in this photo?)


So, I'm not really sure what I'm trying to say except that do yourself a favor and Netflix the first season of Parenthood. You might want to keep 13+ hours free though, because once you start, you're probably not going to be able to stop...

Monday, February 14, 2011

The IMPOSSIBLE cake.

Happy Valentine's day, Internet frandz! Since my man teaches tonight, we decided to celebrate our love a day early, and in as delicious a way as possible.

So, I set my expectations much higher than humanly necessary and embarked on a full-day baking and cooking marathon, resulting in some very delicious beouf bourguignon (one of the only recipes I've attempted since receiving Mastering the Art of French Cooking two years ago — the other being French onion soup), and one very delicious, albeit maddening, cake.


Amongst other milestones, I finally consummated (umm) my (also two-year) relationship with my Le Creuset and used it to cook the beouf. I'm not sure why I waited so long to actually cook something in it, but nothing before had felt fancy (or French?) enough to be worthy of the hallowed cookware.


The cake I attempted is this masterpiece, which due to my lack of cake-making skills, or exhaustion — or both — didn't turn out quit as perfectly as I had anticipated. Although, lucky for me it photographed a lot better than it looked in real life (my man jokingly exclaimed, "I love kidneys!" during the big reveal).


Anyway, I'm now quite confident that I could recreate the cake perfectly on a redo, which may never happen because aside from being time consuming and expensive (five cakes, people), I forgot the minor detail that I don't particularly like cake, or at least not enough to eat five of them.

Friday, February 11, 2011

James Gulliver Hancock



























The work of James Gulliver Hancock is just SO GOOD. He won my heart with his 'All the Buildings in New York' project, but I found out today that all of his work is equally as delightful.


Where can I get one of these amazing keys, James?!?

Red Heart Photography




Kinda dying a little over these GORGEOUS photos of this GORGEOUS wedding, by Red Heart Photography. I mean, her veil, those mustard dresses, that carnival sign.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cape Cod Room

In my previous post, I mentioned a print that I had purchased and how it's headed straight for the walls of my "Cape Cod Room" — I assure you that as cheesy as a 'theme' room may sound, it's actually rapidly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.


I adore everything about Cape Cod — the national seashore; the weathered, gray cedar-shingled houses; anchors; whales; the unreal hydrangeas in Provincetown; the architecture; the lighthouses; even the seafood (while I'm trying to transition from having nightmares about eating fish to timid-taster of certain foods, I love the idea and the look of it all).

So, when we redid our spare bedroom recently, I decided to make it an homage-of-sorts to my favorite bicep-shaped peninsula to east.


I painted the walls a sea-worn gray-blue color called Woodlawn Silver Brook by Valspar, and hung postcards, photographs and travel mementos from clothespins and picture-wire above the bed.


Whales, whales and more whales; once a major industry on the Cape, now I can't get enough of them for the walls, shelves and nightstand.

I intend to frame this delightful towel from Enormous Champion, and I also have their letterpressed notecard set, which I adore.


We received a beautiful antique secretary from my man's mom, and I filled it with our collection of old books and some shop items — a few vintage tin globes, more whales, a red lantern and cabin tea tin.


I don't really know how this cat-goyle fits the 'theme' but, I mean, it had to go somewhere because it's a CAT GARGOYLE.


Did I tell you I love whales? It's -8 degrees in Ohio right now, and all I can do to keep sane is dream of being back amongst these amazing hydrangeas from Provincetown.


I immediately fell in love with this lamp shade and grommeted curtains from Target. In the perfect Mozart, I mean Cape Cod, gray and waves — do you see em!?


This bed spread was also an instant (Target) purchase.

Cape Cod to me is layers — sky, ocean, sand, shingles, grasses, dunes, picket fence — and I thought this quilted set reflected that perfectly.

So, needless to say, I'm already planning a trip for this summer — specifically to Nantucket, where I've never been. IS IT SUMMER YET?