Category: food/interior design

I’m loving this wall bracket/shelf combination from IKEA. I currently have seven of these shelves in my bedroom. I even use one of them as a desk! They’re quite sturdy and the black/brown color is gorgeous.

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I’ve always been fascinated with how people make the most out of small living spaces. Probably because I’ve always lived in relatively small spaces myself. I live in a house now and I’m not even sure of the square footage – I guess it’s enough. Still, I find myself intrigued by small space design.

I recently purchased and read, Living Large in Small Spaces. I read it while I was home from work during the Mid-Atlantic region’s recent Snowpocalypse 2010. What I like the most about this book are the images – very colorful. Most of the people profiled in the book were interior designers or architects or had friends who were, so they had knowledge of spatial relativity in design and access to resources that the average joe or jane may find more difficult to obtain. That withstanding, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to look at pretty pictures of interior spaces ranging from 100 to 1000 square feet.

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I’m loving the latest issue of ELLE Decor! I bought it just because of the cover photo and the photos and articles inside turned out to be pleasantly fabulous. Check it out!

In this Issue:

Things Thelma Golden Can’t Live Without

Design Tips for Small Spaces

Luxe Accessories for the Home

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room2Everybody’s favorite “a little bit of everything” store – Target – is having a Home Design Event. What a great name! This “event” means that for a limited time (I’m not sure of how long) selected home furnishings and accents are 30% off.  The sale is on items in-store and online so if you can’t get to a Target, you can still take advantage of the deal. Check it out!

rkorbanpicI have a thing about bookshelves!  They are one of my favorite pieces of furniture and I don’t think you can ever have too many.  Yet, despite my personal taste, I am always inspired by a beautiful presentation. 

The February 2009 issue of domino showcased the studio apartment of designer, Ryan Korban, and I just adore how these stacks of  books are used to display objects as well as to serve as art on their own.  Actually, I did something similar to this when I didn’t have any bookshelves.  This display goes to show you that it can look beautiful when done intentionally, not just because you lack shelving units.

domino redux


Recently I received the latest issue of one of my favorite magazines, domino.  As usual, it is chock full of fabulous full-color photos and inspiring ideas for making changes to your environ.  I became a domino subscriber years ago.  I read one issue and I was hooked.  They had me at “hello.”  In true packrat fashion, I still have all of my issues of domino and I intend to keep them. 

domino has such a fresh, unstuffy approach to design – they make it fun!  domino is not afraid of color and new ideas. It goes beyond the typical “inside the celebrity home” fluff  and delves into art and inspiration.  It also provides the reader with timely tips, truly doable room makeover ideas, and affordable suggestions.  domino magazine is not JUST about paint and furniture. It’s about ideas and inspiration.  It’s everything that I love about interior design…and more!

From the February 2009 issue: Tiny Kitchen Dinner Party Tips

Just because your kitchen is the size of a closet doesn’t mean you can’t have friends over for supper. New York City chef Colombe Jacobsen lays out her ingenious strategy for whipping up an impressive feast in a small space.

    1. Serve a one-dish meal. “Soup, salad, entree and dessert? Not easy in this kitchen!” Jacobsen laughs, so she opts for an effortless but elegant singel course.
    2. Choose a no-prep side. Her main course is a meal in itself, but if Jacobsen wants to up the ante, she goes with an add-on like fresh greens (usually spinach or watercress). She submerges them in a bowl of cold water, drains and then tosses them in a pot on the stove for a few minutes until wilted. “When the water’s almost gone, it’s done,” she says. She then adds toasted sesame oil, sea salt and sesame seeds for flavor.
    3. Go for easy-to-eat sweets. Finger foods make for an addictive dessert—and don’t require plates or forks.
    4. Make something a day before. To free up counter room on the day of the party, complete at least one dish ahead of time—Jacobsen suggests dessert. She likes coconut macaroons because they can be baked up to three days in advance.
    5. Stagger your day-of duties. Jacobsen divides her prep into chunks (“I don’t have room to fix everything all at once”). Before she leaves for work, she readies her ingredients, then stashes them in the fridge. Two hours before guests arrive, she sets the table, assembles the main elements, puts them aside and cleans up the kitchen. “Then I pour everyone a drink, put the fish in the oven and toss the greens on the stove. Fifteen minutes later, we can eat.”
    6. Pick simple drinks. Jacobsen sticks to ready-to-pour drinks inspired by her menu’s theme. “I love a fancy cocktail,” she says, “but my rule is, the less bother, the better.”
    7. Minimize utensils. A single knife and fork per guest make cleanup without a dishwasher faster.
    8. Make your furniture multitask. A stool serves as an extra counter; later, it becomes bonus seating.
    9. Be creative about storage. No linen closet? No problem. When you’re not using your dinner-party table clothes, Jacobsen suggests tacking them on the walls as decoration.
    10. Be even more creative about storage. Use every inch of space. With magnetic canisters, Jacobsen turned one side of her fridge into a clever ad hoc spice rack.

Happy Entertaining!

fwpicbapicLately I’ve become interested in cooking.  Well, not so much cooking, as food magazines.  I think they’re wonderful! Fabulous full-color pictures and recipes for everything from the simple to the sublime. What more could you ask for?

My favorites are Food and Wine and Bon Appetit. Both magazines showcase food at it’s finest, yet are enjoyable and easy to read. While my palate will probably never be evolved enough for me to ever be a judge on Iron Chef America, I do plan to broaden my horizons this year by trying new things.  My new magazine subscriptions are just the first step in my culinary evolution.  First read, then do.  Then eat!

dominoDomino: The Book of Decorating: A room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, and Dara Caponigro

I am an avid fan of Domino magazine, so I had to get this book as soon as it was released. Thankfully, it was worth the money. The book is simple, but it has fabulous color photos and great suggestions that anyone can incorporate to enhance their environment. I definitely recommend this book.