April 18, 2014

Friday Link Love

New Murals from Banksy, one of my favorite Street Artists, on The Design Ark.

Caroll Gardens Apartment Remix on Design*Sponge, love this Apartment!

New York Numbers by Nick Dilallo on The Jealous Curator. I just love this blog and these photos remind me of the Charleston Gates photos.

Svalbard Seed Vault  for when the Apocalypse hits, on Architizer.

When Architecture Meets Fashion amazing things happen on arch daily.

Paintings by Natasha Law (Jude Laws sister, no big deal) on The Jealous Curator. Did I mention I love this blog?

Have a Great Weekend!

April 17, 2014

In the Kitchen | Baked Honey Mustard Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

For dinner last night I made four new recipes all of which I found on Pinterest (of course) and let me tell you they were wonderful! I don't usually spend three hours in the kitchen making dinner, especially on weekdays, but I enjoy cooking and once in a while it's fun to go all out. On the menu was Baked Honey Mustard Chicken, Garlic Roasted Zucchini, Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan Gremolata, Garlic Parmesan Knots, and Chocolate Cake (from smitten kitchen's cookbook not Pinterest). I took pictures and everything turned out beautifully but for the sake of this quick post I'm going to direct you to the recipe links, their photos are better anyway.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken by GoodLife Eats

Garlic Roasted Zucchini by The Gingered Whisk

Garlic Parmesan Knots by Damn Delicious

For menu's like this, where everything is baked/roasted in the oven, timing is key. I made the Chocolate Cake first and while that was baking I did the prep work for dinner such as cleaning and chopping the vegetables, getting ingredients out of the pantry/fridge, and making sauces. After the Cake was done I started the Chicken while that was baking I boiled the Potatoes and seasoned the Zucchini. After the Chicken had baked for 20 min. I removed the foil and basted the chicken (like the recipe says) then put it back in the oven along with the Zucchini and Potatoes which were on one baking sheet together. Towards the end of the baking time I made the garlic knots and baked them in my toaster oven. Everything came out at the same time hot and ready to be eaten! 

Architecture for Humanity partners with WARBY PARKER

I remember hearing about a very interesting non-profit foundation called Architecture for Humanity when I was in architecture school at North Carolina State University. Architecture for Humanity is an organization that brings together professionals, and sometimes students, who are willing to volunteer time and effort to help others by bringing design, construction and development services to people who critically need their help but may not be able to afford it.

Their mission is to use thoughtful, inclusive design to create lasting change in communities by:
  • Alleviating poverty and providing access to water, sanitation, power and essential services.
  • Bringing safe shelter to communities prone to disaster and displaced populations.
  • Rebuilding community and creating neutral spaces for dialogue in post-conflict areas.
  • Mitigating the effects of rapid urbanization in unplanned settlements.
  • Reducing the footprint of the built environment and addressing climate change.

To help celebrate Architecture for Humanity's 15th anniversary Warby Parker, a brand I'm a huge fan of, has created two new frame shapes inspired by the architect's appreciation for durable construction and mixed materials. Premium Japanese titanium plus their signature acetate make for extra strong and extra polished frames. The best part, a portion of each purchase goes to Architecture for Humanity, and as always, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need! These frames are available in both Men and Women's sizes and I've been needing a new pair. Aslin in Oak Barrel are my favorite in the collection. Check them out!

In case you aren't familiar with Warby Parker they are a brand "founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point". In addition to well designed products they believe in eyewear with a purpose and partner with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses and Warby Parker believes that everyone has a right to see.

{To learn more about Architecture for Humanity's mission, current projects, and how you can get involved visit their website. Also, visit Warby Parker's website and check out their collaboration with Architecture for Humanity as well as their other eyeglasses and sunglasses.} 

April 16, 2014

Nate Berkus Interiors

The first time I remembering hearing about Nate Berkus was one day after school when I was watching Oprah with my Mom. Even as a kid Interior Design interested me. Case in point my favorite TV channels growing up were Disney Channel and HGTV. What I love most about Nate Berkus's interiors is the use of old and new pieces which make the place look sophisticated but allow them to feel lived in and comfortable. Here are some of my favorites, see more at Nate Berkus.

Words Wednesday | STEPHEN KING

April 15, 2014

My Kitchen Essentials

Some of my best memories of my childhood include my Mom making something delicious in the kitchen either for a holiday, party, or just for a family dinner. It was always important for our family to have dinner together. I learned a lot about my parents during those dinners and will always cherish that time spent with my family. My Mom was a great cook but for me it took a while to develop a passion for cooking, in college I never had the budget to make anything elaborate now that I'm a "young professional" I've been cooking a lot more.

For all of you who may just be starting to cook I've made made a list of what I consider My Kitchen Essentials. These are the tools I use most frequently in the Kitchen. There are many others I use but I think these basics can go a long way. If you have a tight budget IKEA is a great place for picking up these items. I used their RORT Fork and Spoon almost daily. If you have a healthier budget to spend on these items Bed Bath & Beyond or Williams-Sonoma are great options (especially Williams-Sonoma's Open Kitchen line).

Medium/Large Sauce Pan
Large Frying Pan
Large Pot
Mixing Bowl Set
Butcher Block Cutting Board
Measuring Cups (Dry & Liquid)
Measuring Spoons
Wooden Utensils
Vegetable Peeler
All-Purpose Knife

{source: stock images used for representation only}

**I somehow managed to forget Baking Sheets and Pyrex Pans... How silly of me! 
Both are very important for baking/roasting things in the oven.**

April 11, 2014

Four from this Week

I've dropped the ball a little this week... I haven't been posting quite as much and I meant to do a "Home Tour" post on either my Bedroom or Kitchen/Dining area but I did neither. Hopefully I'll have them BOTH posted next week to make up for it. In the mean time here are some snapshots from my week. 

1. The Dogwood tree by my patio and outside my bedroom window is in full bloom and looks absolutely gorgeous! 

2. To say I'm not a morning person is an understatement. My bed may look like just a jumble of sheets in this picture but it looked oh so comfy this morning it was difficult to not jump right back in (I took a picture instead).  

3. Cupcakes almost too pretty to eat from last weekend. White Midnight Magic was my favorite! 

4. My sweet boyfriend brought me these two red tulips from his yard when he came to visit me in Charlotte this week.

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