Your drink that is…. Food and Wine put together a list of twelve great non-alcoholic cocktail recipes. The Tuscan Fresco looks great for a lazy Sunday morning.
Epicurious.com put together a list of 16 breakfast recipes that are sure to inspire plans for a lovely Sunday brunch meal today.
It’s that time of year again for the annual Dwell Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While we love everything about the Dwell show, the tours the Dwell team put together are a favorite of ours. Tickets are limited so get yours early.
Valspar paint developed a mini film about colorblind people seeing colors for the first time. This short video does such a great job showing what it like to be colorblind. Color is such a big part of what we do everyday. We especially loved it when the father saw his child’s artwork.
If you have been wondering if you have some levels of colorblindness there is a simple test. It is a simple slideshow named for the doctor who developed it Dr. Ishihara.
Austin City Unlimited
We had a great time on a recent visit to Austin, Texas; so when we found this travel guide by Anthony Bourdain we had to share. It includes some of our favorites and some new ones we can’t wait to try when we Your return like the El Taco Rico truck and Tamale house.
Model Products For Your Remodel
If you are getting ready to begin a remodel you might want to check out Architectural Digest's list the best new innovated products.
Pretty Woman ~ 25 Years Later
If you’re a fan of this romantic comedy from the 80’s you’re going to enjoy this guide put together by the Los Angeles edition of Curbed. Every major film location has been mapped on the guide including the party at Edwards house.
Throw Back Humor
While in Austin for South by South West, Jimmy Kimmel and Matthew McConaughey made a few commercials for a local video rental company (remember VHS tapes). The results were very funny.
Town and Country magazine gathered together spring cocktail recipes from some spring cocktail recipes from some of the great bars around the USA. Who knew there was a bar called the “Hello Betty Fish House” in Oceanside?
Picnic In Paris
Heading to Europe this summer? Ina Garten shared her perfect picnic tips for Paris (or actually any European city). It starts with a quick trip to the local market. We would most likely add a little wine to menu. If shopping for your own picnic is not your style check out Paris Picnic for a custom picnic delivered right to you in the park.
A Tisket A Tasket
We found the perfect bicycle basket. If you love to ride your bicycle to the local farmers market this basket might be the perfect addition to your bike. Dry Goods NYC sells it on line.
Shop Like A Local
Travel and Leisure has started to put together guides to help you shop like a local when you travel. Here is a link to the New York guide.
Waves Of Ice
Nantucket surf and lifestyle photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured some spectacular photographs of the surf during this years record setting winter storms in New England.
Cooking Up Some Inspiration
Architectural Digest has put together a diverse slideshow of kitchen remodels. There are some city chic designs and some country classics. There is even a modern mountain retreat. Great kitchen design inspiration!
Art On Line
Cathi discovered this creative community filled with diverse artists. Red Bubble is a fun place to shop for unique art, pops of colors, etc.
Small But Mighty
We loved this small (320 square foot) bungalow in Venice Beach featured on domino.com this week. The design incorporates great space saving ideas and charming elements. One of our favorites is the patio.
How fun to see that Tommy Lasorda is still going strong. Check out t the video he posted this week.
Beyond Green Beer
The New York Observer curated a list of classy cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day. The Leprechaun Crush sounds yummy.
Easy & Delicious
Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food shared a super easy Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. With this year’s holiday being on a workday you might want to try the Slow Cooker Recipe.
Just Like In Ireland
There is nothing like a fresh loaf of Irish Soda bread with that wonderful Irish butter. If Saint Patrick’s day has you longing for a great Irish Soda Bread a great place to pick up a loaf is The Wilde Thistle in Los Angeles.
Since 1939 Tom Bergins has been sharing Irish hospitality to Los Angelinos’. We won’t say how long ago the Slattery Shamrock was added to the ceiling but if you visit Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax see if you can find it. Here is a bit more on the on the history of Tom Bergins.
Green Design (color that is)
Green is one of the best colors for bedrooms, because it has elements of both warm and cool. For St. Pat’s we thought we would share a guest room featured in Coastal Living this week.
For The Love Of Design
We love smart and clever design and think we found a cool one. Check out this Kickstarter for a new kind of post-it notes. As designers that constantly have to leave specific notes for contractors, etc. this product could be perfect.
We loved this heartwarming video of Robert Downey Jr. surprising a child with his own Iron Man prosthetic for his arm.
Even if you are not a tennis fan we think this video will make you laugh. Check out this kid that got a point off Federer.
Sisters, Sisters, There Were Never…..
How cute are these Sheepdog Sisters? They clearly seem to love posing together and for that matter just being together.
Spring Up Your Cocktail
Spring forward with this infused vodka drink from Epicuriou.com. It includes some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice which we love.
Best In Show 2015
Bon Appétit’s shared 10 recipes from their new 10 recipes from their new cookbook ‘Best Recipes 2015’ cookbook.
The Los Angeles edition of Eater.com shared an interesting list of the 25 hottest restaurants in LA. We love that the list includes a map.
If you have wanted to learn a bit about meditating this might just be the perfect opportunity. Oprah has joined with the Chopra center for meditation and they are offering another free 21 day online mediation program.
What A View
We loved this post by Design Milk about an NYC apartment with views to die for. All the views are amazing but the shower really caught our eye (and I am sure will catch a lot of the neighbors eyes as well).
What Kind Of Texter Are You?
A Cup Of Jo shared this post about various texting styles. Do you know which type of texter you are?
What would the world be like if everyone was “brave” like Saturday Night Live skit?
A Little East Hampton Love
We thought this was a cute share about East Hampton from Coastal Living online. It makes us want to plan a long weekend.
Frequent readers of our musings know how much we appreciate great designers and artisans. This swirl faucet designed by art student Simin Qiu is another wonderful example of creativity and vision.
I’ll Give You Something To Cry About
Bon Appétit put together this fun (maybe not fun to them) challenge where famous chefs had to see how many onions they could cut in 15 seconds. Here is Mario Batali's try.
Italian artist Peter Demetz has designed some amazing life like sculptures made out of wood. Note: The website is in Italian.
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.
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