Today is photographer Maria Robledo’ s birthday. We have been secretly celebrating her birth all day, counting our blessings that we got to know her and enjoy all the beauty she finds and sends so generously our way, ...
It was a revelation when I tried making a homemade "Jell-O": it had a beautiful color, with a flavor that was intense, vivid and REAL. It was so simple to make I wondered why there was instant; it's little more than fruit juice jelled with unflavored gelatin, has very little sugar and no additives or colorings. I’ve found it has as much appeal to adults as to children; I serve it for dessert at dinner parties. Here's the basic formula and three favorite iterations.Read More 4.24.15 | 2:00am
For many years, we made a study of sanctuaries of various kinds — from the icon-rich imagery of a Franciscan Church to Buddhist monasteries. Ultimately we found that being in Nature was the best way to center ourselves, clear our head, connect with something bigger. But we had never experienced a chapel like ThornCrown, designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the deep Ozark woods…the unlikely brainchild of a retired, rarely-churchgoing alcoholic schoolteacher.
We're smitten with the vivid crimson aluminum triangles suspended in mid-air in the Issey Miyake store designed by Tokujin Yoshioka in Tokyo’s commercial Marunouchi district. WHAT IF we had a huge, light-weight, vividly-colored triangle to move around our space?
Waylon Lewis, founder of the mega-blog Elephant Journal is trying a new venture and ANOTHER big leap: his first book, which if it flies, will be the start of Elephant Books, an indie publishing house that could mean a sea-change in the publishing industry.
When friends renovated their NYC brownstone, they made wonderfully varied walls — high-gloss painted walls next to beautiful flat, chalky ones achieved by careful plastering — that made the rooms incredibly beautiful. I copied their high-gloss walls in my Harlem space, but wondered how I could achieve the chalky effect of plaster myself. The answer recently presented itself in a great DIY by Justine Hand for Remodelista.
When we stumbled on this powerful little haiku, we thought right away of Maria Robledo's wondrous flower assemblages...where we found another surprising haiku.
Years ago, I learned a savory uncooked Lemon and Oregano Jam from Mario Batali. Once I learned the basic formula, I found myself improvising on it endlessly,until I devised a sweet citrus jam the inspired many impromptu desserts including Lemon or Tangelo Parfaits that taste like a Creamsicle.
How often have you found yourself late for a birthday party and casting around for a way to wrap your gift? We find ourselves in that position so often, we've begun to keep a photo archive of hasty, curiously chic gift wrapping solutions, sometimes made with only a few elements, like the startlingly-sensual beauty from artist David Carrino, below…
We were surprised to learn to that some of the most popular books on Amazon these days are coloring books for adults, with titles like Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book and Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book . One bills itself as Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1) . All feature mandala-like patterns ...