April 23, 2014

DISC Interiors

I've never really gotten into tumblr... it drives me a bit crazy because nothing is linked to its source. But there is one tumblr page I do follow, A NOTE ON DESIGN it's filled with gorgeous images that align with my design aesthetic. It's also the tumblr page for Krista Schrock who found DISC Interiors with David John Dick in 2011. Naturally, I admire their Interior Designs as much if not more than their tmblr page. Their modern designs are inspired by "natural materials, tonal color palettes, and the distinctive work of artisans and craftspeople with whom they work." Their homes are classic but modern, stylish, refined, and effortlessly comfortable.

Words Wednesday | VINCENT VAN GOGH

April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

"But now, says the Once-ler, 'Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. 
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr.Seuss

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Home Tour | My Dining Room and Kitchen

The next space on my Home Tour is the Dining Room and Kitchen. I hesitated to post this because I really want to get a piece of artwork to hang behind the dining table first, but my place is still a bit of a work in process and it's just not a priority for my time or budget right now.

As you can see the Dining Room and Kitchen are tucked back beside the Living Room. Due to the configuration of the condominiums there is no natural daylight in the Kitchen, which is my biggest complaint about this space. I miss having a window over my kitchen sink... However, for a person living alone the kitchen is a great space. It's the perfect size to fit one to two people, I have plenty of counter space, one of the previous owners installed beautiful granite counter tops, and I'm in love with the deep stainless steel sink. I could live without the tin back splash but it's fun for now.

The decor is simple. There's a small bookcase between the Living Room and Dining Room that I use to store extra serving platters, bowls, etc. which don't fit in my kitchen cabinets. The dining table and chairs were gifted to me from my Dad when he moved in with my Stepmother, the tabletop is glass but I usually have a tablecloth over it. 

The kitchen decor, like the dining room, is minimal and utilitarian. The chalkboard was a DIY Project I did back when I first moved in. I took an old frame from HomeGoods and painted over the picture (I think it was of a flower) with Chalkboard Paint, simple as that. I love to cook so I like having the essentials (see my kitchen essentials here) out where I can see them. I used a wicker tray from HomeGoods to hold frequently used items like towels, pot holders, utensils, measuring cups, olive oil, salt + pepper, and a mortar and pestle. The rug is from West Elm, I don't think they carry this design in navy anymore but you can see a similar rug here.

Next up is My Bedroom and Bathroom!

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.} 

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