Pasta Rules For 2015
Let The Light Shine
The talented designers at Goodwin & Goodwin in London have designed some fun; quirky and unique light box and cinema signs. What a fun addition to your décor!
Food At The Abbey
Any watcher of Downton Abbey will have noticed the amount of scenes with food in them. It seems the family is always being served a breakfast, dinner or tea. We enjoyed this NY Times article that profiled the Downton Abbey food stylist.
Speaking Of The New York Times
Did you know that the New York Times has free accounts that allow you to save articles, receive newsletters, summaries on the days headlines, opinions and more.
May We All Be This Great At 91
How Do You Say That?
Do you ever wonder what the correct pronunciation of certain brand names? If you answered yes, check out this video from Business Insider on how to pronounce brands such as Hermes.
Geriatric Uptown Funk
We came across this version of this version of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s song Uptown Funk called Old Town Funk. It made us laugh.
Looking for a few cocktails designed especially for this years’ Oscar nominees you will might find this compilation from Cook In Dine Out on line helpful.
Epicurious put together a list of fancied up popcorn recipes. Any of these would be a fun addition to your Oscar party this year.
And The Chef Is…..
The Oscars will be streaming all the backstage fun this year on their facebook page.
A great way to catch up quickly on 2015’s nominated movies is to check out the official Oscar website. On the nomination pages On the nomination pages they have trailers for the movies and other helpful information.
Simply Said Yum
Food52.com put together recipes that can help you recreate the Governor’s Ball menu for your Oscar party. We love the margarita pizza, tuna tartare, lobster roll, grilled cheese, ok let’s face it they all look wonderful.
If your Oscar party includes a contest for predicting the most winners we thing the official Oscar ballot is the best. It is also offered in a printable version.
Many of this year’s films were either filmed in beautiful locations. Here are 8 trips inspired by movies such as Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman.
Cocktails To Brighten Your Winter
While California is having a heat wave our friends back east and waist deep in snow and more is on the way. We thought these cocktails from Bon Appetit could help brighten the days ahead.
Handwritten Sweet Love Notes
Decorating Small In A Big Way
This Coastal Living beach cottage interior design project caught our eye. We loved how they maximized their space, used colors and neutrals to create an open uncluttered look with pops of color to add interest.
Old School Road Tripping
Don’t get us wrong we are big fans of our navigation systems, but sometimes don’t you just love to look at a real map? This blog about a Napa road trip made us want to get out a map.
Let Light Shine
Who does not love inventive design? Check out this "skylight" developed by CoeLux in Italy. This light actually can fool the eye into thinking a light is a skylight. While still a bit pricey for those that need sunshine it could be worth it.
Functional Modern Art
Many of our recent designs have included deep sofas. While comfortable and stylish the depth of furniture makes reaching for a drink on the coffee table a challenge. This table from the from the gift shop at MoMa is a great solution in a modern loft.
Ellen Our Funny Valentine
Ellen’s team collecting some unintentionally funny Valentine's written by children
Love This Dog
FOR THE LOVE OF……….
Ina’s Romantic Cocktail
The Barefoot Contessa shared her favorite recipe for a romantic Cosmopolitan cocktail.
A Well Planned Romantic Menu
Epicurious.com shared a wonderful collection of romantic menu plans for Valentine’s Day. There are menus from Chef’s like Curtis Stone as well as menus based on classic romantic menus.
Spending a bit of time in Italy or in any Little Italy for that matter and you can’t help but be captivated watching Italians talk with their hands. Which is why this video of a little talking to her Grandma made us smile.
This romantic story is about a man who could not get to his wife’s memorial bench due to a large snowfall until 2 great guys came along. It is as much about the kindness of strangers as it is enduring love.
Easy Flower Designs
We are always impressed with great flower arrangements and love learning simple and easy tips to make our own. Architectural Digest, in a recent blog shared tips on flower arranging.
We love the Real Estate team at LA Lofts Realty and we love their online magazine DTLA Life. The February issue was just released which we wrote a design article for about the LA Athletic Club.
Wine Country Food
A Great Nights’ Sleep
For those of us trying to get a better nights sleep you might these 10 tips very helpful.
A Beautiful Valentines Party
A few lovely party décor ideas Domain Home online.
And The Grammy Goes To…
Radio.com worked with bartender Francesca day to design special cocktails for each
of the 2015 5 Record of the Year nominees.
Sweets For Your Sweet
Game Day Good Eats
Who says everything you eat during tomorrow’s big game has to be unhealthy? Women's Health magazine put together some slim down snacks that are still full of flavor.
It’s Only Rock & Roll But….
Remote Control Solutions
Does your room design require you to locate your cable box behind a closed cabinet, door or even around the corner? If you answered yes you might be interested in Logitech's new smart control thanks to RF technology.
Philly Brotherly Love In Pizza Slices
We can’t get enough of stories like this. A young Pizza entrepreneur set up a program where customers can buy a slice of pizza for a person in need for $1.00. Way to go Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philly! If you hear of a place in Southern California that does this please let us know we would love to support them.
Magic Duvet Way
Uncorked Long Weekend
Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncorked event in May is one of the largest food and wine events in the USA bringing in top chefs from around the world. Tickets are on sale now.
Butt I Want To Say Hi
Goats greet each other with by head-butting. This cute video is of a baby goat desperately wanting to say hi to a new friend the only way she knows how with a head-butt.
Teaching The Value Of Fun
Most of you might have seen a clip of this on your local news or Ellen, but if you have not watch the watched the full video of a teacher and ALL of his students dancing to Uptown Funk it is worth a watch.
Cheers For Super Bowl Beers
Super Bowl means beer and Epicurious.com has us covered with this list of top beers for super bowl. They also included some great food pairings to go with them.
Super Bowl Party Planning….
Farm Fresh Now
A friend recently shared this recipe with us. The photo looked divine, and the title, Creamy Garlic Pasta, sealed the deal: We had to try it. Happy to say it did not disappoint. It was wonderful paired with grilled shrimp and a chardonnay from Cake Bread.
Film maker, photographer, etc. Vincent LaForet shared his recent photos above New York City at night.
Actress Mindy Kaling from The Office and The Mindy Project recently shared her secrets to happiness with Good Housekeeping magazine. Her thoughts on living well are spot on. Simple things can make a world of difference.
Organized And Beautiful
Police Officer Shaking It Off
At 25 million views it seems everyone has seen this video of a Dover Delaware deputy lip-syncing to Taylor Swifts “Shake It Off”. On the chance you have not seen this hilarious video yet we wanted to share.
The YouTube Channel The Kloons has a series they did called Sisters Episodes. They tape recorded their Mom and her sister, and then acted it out what they said. The lip-syncing had us laughing out loud.
The Guardian’s lifestyle section publishes a monthly cocktail calendar. Typically the calendar includes fun and unique cocktails, but often they will add in a few classics or classics with a twist. This January's was no exception.
A Little Wine With Your Cold??
It seems the flu is everywhere this winter, which means it must be chicken soup season. We thought it was genius of Food and Wine to put together a wine pairings for different types of chicken soup.
We are big fans of “most” any roasted vegetable (Cathi is not a beet fan). Winter vegetables are perfect for roasting. Here are some fun roasted veggie recipes from Bon Appétit.
Barefoot Book Blog
Take an Ina Garten recommendation; add an Los Angeles connection and our interest is peaked. Check out her latest blog about a cookbook Huckleberry by the owners of famed Santa Monica bakery by the same name.
Gunning For Style
Tim Gunn that is! Recently on Marlo Thomas’ Monday AOL broadcast Tim Gunn share his 7 fashion must haves. The little black dress we all know about, but we forget about things like a classic trench coat. A useful refresher especially if you are trying to pack light for a vacation.
Measure Twice Cut Once
Dering Hall asked a few designers to share their tips about kitchen cabinets and storage. All are good, but we especially liked the tips that highlighted the need for deeper cabinets, using different furniture to make a custom island and thinking about how a paint color can appear throughout the changes in light throughout the day.
A great thing about Uber is that you can read reviews of the drivers, we laughed when we saw this site where Uber drivers review passengers.
Sometimes A Tweet Is Not So Sweet
Adorable puppy tries to antagonize a large Doberman pincher.
Beer Beer Everywhere
Ooey Gooey Yumm
Bon Appétit put together a list of 25 hot sandwiches to keep you warm during these dark days of winter.
We Never Stop Growing
Why mark up a wall to have a family growth chart or feel forced to have a pastel or frog covered growth chart when you could have a charming and vintage inspired growth chart you would be proud to put in any room of your house?
Conde Nast Traveler put together a list of the five things all travelers should do in January. For the planner in all of us this list gets the year started right.
Custom Made Connections
A wonderful benefit of the Design Industry is all the great artisans we meet and work with. Custommade.com is a brilliant new website that connects talented craftsman with specific projects. You can also buy furniture, etc. directly on site.
The Jetson’s Had It Right
CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world. PC Magazine put together a list of the top items demonstrated for the home at this years CES.
Bone Chilling Fun
With most of the country freezing it seemed like the perfect time to share this funny video of people getting hit with snowballs in slow motion.
To Start Or End The Day
We enjoy a great healthy juice drink. There is a local spot in DTLA where we pick up delicious and healthy juices of all kinds, but if we can’t grab them here are some recipes from Mind and body that we enjoy.
Winter brings with it a plethora of vegetables. There is the yummy spaghetti squash, a wide variety of mushrooms and many more. A favorite thing to do in the winter is make soup. Check out this list of soups from Food Network. They are as easy to make, as they are healthy.
New Year, New Outlook
We are not big fans of the New Years resolutions, however we are always believers in trying to eat a bit healthier. The proof is out there that inflammation is never good. Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory food pyramid is a good reminder of how and what to eat.
First Things First
Did you get a new iPhone 6 for the holidays? If yes, be sure to review this post first to ensure you set it up right.
Best Apps of 2014
A Place For Everything
If organizing is on your list for 2015, here are a few tips from Domino.com you might find useful.
A Bridge To Somewhere
Auld Lang Syne
Reuters has a great slideshow on New Years celebrations from around the world. It might make you want to add “More Travel” to the list for 2015.
Punch Up Your Party
Southern Living curated this list of party punches. There is a festive punch for all tastes and non-alcoholic choices as well.
Easy Apps (the kind you eat)
Domaine.com shared a few yummy and easy to make appetizers for your holiday parties. We are especially excited to try the caramelized onion and goat cheese tart.
Beauty and Salad
Looking for a perfect salad to balance a rich holiday meal? Give this winter pear salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette salad a try.
Bon Appétit’s great guide to preparing and serving the Feast of the SEVEN fishes, a Christmas Eve classic.
Made Us Ahhhhhh
A very creative guy put together this touching gift for his lady. Such a sweet idea!!
Young Yet Perfect UPS
As we are all appreciating the Fed Ex and UPS delivery crews more than ever, we loved this video of a little guy getting his shot at being a UPS driver.
The National Geographic The National Geographic annual photo contest is sometimes inspiring, often beautiful and always interesting.
Mesmerizing Split Second
While we are talking about photos check out this list of 48 mesmerizing photos curated by Business Insider on line.
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