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News: AMM x The Sleep Shirt

9.18.2018



For the past many months I've been working on a secret project and I'm pleased, excited, thrilled to share it with you today! In partnership with The Sleep Shirt we have created a limited edition capsule collection for Fall! The collection includes a variety of their best styles from a short sleeved/pant set, full length sleeping gown and even a sleeveless nightie. We wanted to make a full spectrum of styles available with this for however you prefer to sleep or lounge. The fabrics we selected also offer a wide range of options to choose from a very sumptuous Cashmarello, a fine cotton twill to a smoky linen blend all keeping in soft neutral hues for a timeless look!







In case you aren't familiar, here is a bit of better introduction for The Sleep Shirt which is a small, female run company based in Vancouver, BC, CANADA. The Sleep Shirt's sleepwear is made in small batches in a factory whose employees are all paid above minimum wage. They also have very strict quality control with construction designed to last for many years, even more so if you follow the care instructions. (I have seen this to be true first hand!) Also, all of the fabrics used in the making of their sleepwear soften with time and wear, some of the materials actually need to be broken in before the reach their full potential for softness.






About three years ago I did some styling for The Sleep Shirt, if you've been following the blog that long you may remember it. Since then I have worn several of these shirts myself and can personally attest to their wearability and quality but also their luxurious feel. Incredibly, after three years of wear they still show no signs of breaking down!










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3 Benefits of Laminate Flooring

9.11.2018





When it comes to wood or tiled flooring, it can be hard to make a decision. Once you have eliminated hundreds of options to decide on the look you want, you may find yourself struggling to find the budget for your dream flooring. This is where laminate flooring may help. In comparison to solid wood or tile, there are many more benefits to laminate. Here we discuss the top 3 benefits that may persuade you that laminate can also be a great option as well.


Use In Wet Environments

Compared to tiles, laminate can dramatically reduce slip risk and create a much warmer feeling to a bathroom. Alternatively, wood flooring is known for its inability to withstand temperature fluctuations, humidity, and moisture, unlike some water-resistant laminates. Laminate creates the wood look without being affected by such conditions, and although vinyl can be an alternative, it can be more difficult to install, more expensive and not great for the environment. Laminate is bathroom friendly due to its HDF construction, underpinned by a watertight moisture barrier and topped by a wear layer for a protection.

Predictability

You know what you are getting with laminate, with no unexpected surprises from variation between trees, and no anomalous grain or knots that would come with real wood. In terms of tiles, stone can produce natural variations too, and you don’t always receive what you expected when ordering. Although an imitation, laminate is highly realistic looking too – many people struggle to spot the difference between the two. You can also be very specific with laminate, choosing much more accurately from shade, species, and finish to create the look you want most.

Warmth and Cushioning

In comparison to wood and tiles, laminate flooring can ensure you get a softer and warmer feel underfoot. This will help throughout the winter, for those who walk barefoot, and for children and pets who are much more sensitive to harder flooring.

Overall, there are several great benefits to selecting laminate, and should be an option considered when renovating or building a home. Comment down below with your own experiences using laminate flooring.



*image from Vincent Van Duysen's residence in Antwerp



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Make This Warm Huckleberry Galette

8.27.2018



Where we live it is Huckleberry season, which means these sweet little berries are now available at Albertson's on Broadway, who I have been working with on several tasty projects this summer. Huckleberries look quite similar to blueberries but their taste is more intense with more juice which makes these intensely delicious once baked as the juices release and mix with he sugar/flour mixture to make a syrup.
This is another simple and quick recipe that appears and tastes more labor intensive than it actually is! Check out the recipe below.





Ingredients:

pie crust (make your own or purchase one ready-made)
fresh Huckleberries, about 5 oz
3 fresh figs
2 tlb flour
2 tlb light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar or honey for garnish




Directions:

Roll out your pie dough into a circle, approx 12" wide. Rinse your Huckleberries and figs and drain. Mix your sugar, flour and spices together and gently toss your fresh berries in them. Now fill the center of your crust with the dusted berries and then top with quartered figs and lemon zest, being careful to leave about 1 1/2" of dough to folding over the edges. Pleat your edges as you fold them up, brush edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 350ºF/176 C for 40 minutes. Once galette is removed a cooled slightly you can drizzle it with a bit of honey. Serve with fresh vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cheese!






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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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New Out of Sweden, Meet Aska

8.21.2018




Aska is a new Swedish design studio founded by the couple Carolina Krupinska and Linus Kjellqvist. Carolina who was originally a graphic designer, and Linus Kjellqvist who worked as a digital manager, began with a curiosity in the industrial materials that are not often seen in private homes these days and how they could turn that into something sensual and soft.

The result is these beautiful shelves that gives the impression of being very lightweight and can be hung both horizontally and vertically.


Later on this fall they will be releasing hangers and will be attending Formex’s Design Talent section in Stockholm, Sweden, after being selected to participate with their new series of shelves.

Photos by Ulrika Nihlén.







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News From Menu



Beautiful new imagery and products from one of my favorite Danish brands, Menu.














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A Quick Salsa Verde Recipe Using Local Hatch Chiles

8.15.2018



Earlier this week I was invited to visit the New Albertson's again to check out their Hatch Chile special, which I was glad to do because I love chiles! In the spring I planted some peppers and they are just now producing fruit which I can't wait to use in more salsa soon.
Right now at the Albertson's on Broadway however they are celebrating these amazing peppers and roasting them right on the spot. In honor of this I wanted to make a simple salsa verde to share with you that can be added to not only tacos but also over eggs, potatoes or used to garnish roasted chicken with.

Ingredients:

roasted Hatch Chiles (Albertson's has both medium and hot varieties to choose from)
tomatillos
garlic
cilantro
lime wedges
jalapeno
red onion
salt

Directions:

Begin by blistering the tomatillos on a grill pan along with garlic. Blend all ingredients together, I used approximately 8 tomatillos with 3 cloves of garlic, a thick slice of diced red onion, a handful of fresh cilantro, the juice of two limes, one large jalapeño and sea salt to taste. Total cook and prep time is approximately 30 minutes. Use immediately or let cool and store it overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors infuse!








This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.


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A Wide Open Kitchen in Pistachio Green

8.13.2018



In collaboration with Swedish fashion label Stylein, Nordiska Kök has created this open plan kitchen for the fashion label's founder. Using the quintessential Scandinavian clean lines the space is composed in light ash, milestone countertops, pale green, and minimalist shapes.

"The Nordic minimalism, the clean lines and soft colors are the core of everything we do here at Stylein. Our collections should live for a long time, be timeless and leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources, values I also share with Nordiska Kök."
-Elin Alemdar, founder of Stylein

See some of the other fantastic kitchens from Nordiska Kök featured in previous stories here!









Styling: Alexandra Ogonowski
Photos: Osman Tahir
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A New Book, Share

7.25.2018




A new book of photography had been released by Frama as part of a collaborative effort with The New Heroes & Pioneers. The book is called Share and features 50 pieces of artwork that explore design, projects and the work of Frama.
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5 Tips for Moving in 30 days

7.23.2018

*This post was created in collaboration with Travelers Insurance, all words are mine.




It's been a while since I have moved from one house to another, at least more than 2 or 3 years now. While it has been a couple of years, I don't have much trouble remembering the stress of making sure all our possessions were transported safely, that the wooden furniture didn't get scuffed or that our dishes and glasses arrived intact. I also remember trying to pack all of our non-essential things while also keeping out a few items that we still needed (toothbrushes, shampoo or a change of clothes, etc.).
With children, I also needed to keep track of where all their things were as well as my own, because inevitably someone would ask for a certain toy or favorite blanket, and I didn't want to be rummaging through box after box to find them. Once all of our things were relocated, we were then left with the task of unloading then sorting our belongings into a new space, a space that wasn't quite as well suited to the items we had collected as the space before. One part of moving that I did like, however, is the chance to get rid of extra items that were weighing us down.
Packing your belongings provides a great opportunity to edit and purge those things that we truly didn't need or use!

Break up the tasks you have to complete over the next 30 days, and get a little bit done at a time, which is much less overwhelming than trying to quickly throw your entire home's contents into boxes just days before you have to be out.
One way to make this easier is to use this incredibly helpful moving-calendar resource from Travelers Insurance that will guide you through prioritizing, paring down and ticking off some of the most important steps, one day at a time. In addition to the tips from Travelers Insurance, I'm sharing 5 quick tips to help ease the stress of moving and make the process as smooth as possible.

STORAGE
If you're really strapped for time, consider renting a storage unit temporarily. Begin by filling it up with your less used items to get them out of your current place immediately. Also, if you're showing your home (prior to sale), then storage is also a great way to declutter and make the house look organized and appealing to potential buyers.

ONE ROOM
Packing up one room at a time is an efficient way of keeping your items where you can remember them. Likely, you've chosen to have certain items in each room, so it only makes sense to box up that entire room together. Of course, once you are settled in your new home, you may find they are better suited in other parts of the house, but don't try to divide items up beforehand.

MOVERS
One way to keep the stress of moving to a minimum is to hire a moving company. Many will even pack your items for you, but if you want to be prepared and save time, reserve this service for the larger items like furniture. Also, it's better not to do any packing on moving day. Do your best to get that all day in the days leading up to it. For smaller items, package these yourself; that way, you can ensure everything is organized and protected the way you want.

DONATE
Moving is the best time to get rid of those items you or your family doesn't need any more because you have to take literally everything you own out of the house. As you're packing, keep a few labeled boxes to the side that will be for donation. Schedule a pickup or drop them off yourself. You won't have as much to take with you to your new place and what you are taking will be those items you need and want the most.

LABEL
Most people remember to label their boxes, but you can take it one step further and jot a quick list or description down on the side of the box, either with marker or on a large blank sticker. Don't waste time listing everything; rather, pick your top 4-5 most important items in each box and include those. With all the chaos of moving, it's so easy to misplace or forget where an item was packed up and a more detailed label can save time and frustration later on.
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A New Local Store Opens Today!

7.21.2018



Last night I was invited to a pre-opening party for a brand new market opening in Boise, Albterson's on Broadway. It's Grand Opening is today but we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the new facility.
The event we attended offered a full view of the store which was pristinely stocked with most amazing foods! They offered samples in almost every department which included ramen, sushi, bulgogi and other unique burgers, pizzas, cheeses, cured meats, gelato, pastries, toasted handmade marshmallows, wine and beer!




The store is massive and the vast variety of food is astonishing, every area has many many different versions of any one type of food. I skimmed over the fresh produce and there were unique lettuces that I had never seen before, just one example of the wide range of products they carry.

In addition there was a loft with a full bar and seating with an outdoor balcony. There were more alcohol sampling here as well as grilled meats to try.





Also, their floral section is incredible. Again, the variety of fresh plants and exotic stems just floored me. I let with a wishlist of flowers I will have to go back for next week! They also offer delivery and different floral services.




If you're in the area make sure to stop and see it for yourself, and be prepared to spend a chunk of time there taking in the full selection.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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