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Apothecary Inspiration for the Weekend

10.12.2018



Wish my weekend was about to be this beautiful and relaxing but it won't be as I will be working, attending recitals and prepping for my trip to Italy soon! For now I can dream of it being as spa-life as this scene from Frama's apothecary collection.
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Breathing Easier at Home

10.02.2018



For all the functions of home, at the very least it should be a place of refuge, a place we go to escape the stresses from the day. After a busy day of work, commuting or whatever other activities keep you away, walking into your home should be like taking a breath of fresh air! Actually it should be literally this:, your home should be your sanctuary, free of pollutants and a place you go to escape.

My oldest son is very sensitive to allergens, so much so that many times a fit of sneezing leads to bloody noses at all hours of the day and nighttime. Since he was an infant I’ve looked for ways to make the air he breathes at home and in his room cleaner and easier to ingest. With two children I want the same for my daughter as well but with four people living in the house as well as a cat who likes to explore the outdoors, we each bring in a variety of different potential allergens into the house without knowing it.

This is why having an air purifier is so important to me personally, but it’s arguably also an essential for any home.




I have partnered with Molekule to test out their air purifier at home - high quality, beautifully designed, portable and minimal structure that is equally effective as it is attractive.
Using Photo Electrochemical Oxidation, Molekule works at a molecular level to eliminate pollution indoors. In addition, Molekule was designed to be energy efficient and easily controlled from the app so even though it is easy to transport from room to room, you don’t have to follow it around in order to control the settings.

After using the purifier for a little while now we’ve all noticed how quiet it is, blending into the background of our home in seamless and unobtrusive way.




The family, and more specifically my son, has noticed how much more comfortable he is able to be at home, breathing cleaner air. He hasn’t been sneezing nearly as much, which means (yay!) fewer bloody noses! It is so exciting as a parent to know you can ease a discomfort for your child like this.


*This post was sponsored by Molekule, all words and photos are by me.
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Inspired by Bestå

10.01.2018




One of IKEA's standard and most adaptable storage units is Bestå but it's still surprising to see it being used here looking so chic and stylish!





Photo via Livet Hemma.
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Aesop's New Oil Burner is a Functional Thing of Beauty For Your Home

9.25.2018



Designed by Studio Henry Wilson for Australian brand Aesop, this oil burner is over 2 pounds of solid brass. The elegant and minimal shape is right in step with the brand's aesthetic and has rendered a burner that will gracefully patina with time and use.
I may have posted my September wishlist only yesterday but this is definitely a new addition to those objects I'd love add to my home!
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September's Wishlist

9.24.2018



It's been a little while since I last gathered a wishlist so here are a few of the things I've been eyeing lately.

Nude Superfine black socks / Lillian Tørlen Mould II vase / Nikari room divider / Ferm Living Arch candle holder / Togo sofa / Alina Vergnano Traces linocut / Lato side table from &Tradition
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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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