This is my inspirational photo for the day because I’ve been doing quite a lot of cooking lately, thanks to Rachel Ray and my cute little apron. I purchased one of her latest cookbooks and started whipping up all of these fancy dishes in ’30 minutes or less’, my husband has been loving it. So much so, that he said this weekend he wants to fast, drink green tea, and relax his body from all the food I’ve been pumping into him. I guess he’s right, we have been eating like we’re about to hibernate or something. Must put down fork. Engage treadmill. I am excited that I’m cooking again though, albeit a little too much lately. I was missing days there for awhile, baking a quick flat bread pizza or throwing together a moztom sandwich on french baguette or a simple avocado salad with lemon and capers. Coming from a family where cooking is a 3 hour process, with everyone engaged, chopping, slicing, boiling, yelling across the room for this and that spice, playing very loud music… you’d think I would have grown into this major cooking diva. Nope. I’m not. That’s why I need Rachel Ray to coach me with her 30 minute meals. It’s too easy to press “start” and make 30 second meals instead, ala lean cuisine. Then again, perhaps the lean cuisine is the direction I need to be taking after all these homemade casseroles, greek food, and thai dishes I’ve been making…
(photo from lotta jansdotter – isn’t it so natural and pretty?)
I just spoke with my contact over at the Daily Candy and she told me all about their new book, Daily Candy A to Z: An Insider’s Guide to the Sweet Life, hitting book sellers nationwide on April 11th! She told me that they’ll also be exclusively offered at Anthropologie stores, exclusive as in the only retail clothing/accessories store that will carry the book. Of course, I’m very excited because I’ve been a mega Daily Candy fan for a few years now and find their emails informative and just laugh out loud funny. You can find everything featured, from the hottest new designers to sample sales and the next best place to grab a yummy bite with your pals. I also love when they feature articles on hot new design stores. Those are my favorites, of course, right?
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To preorder their upcoming book for only $18.36, Daily Candy A to Z: An Insider’s Guide to the Sweet Life, click here. It releases 4.11.06
BTW – It won’t include a ‘best of’ list from articles they’ve featured in the past, but it will include lots of yummy insights on everything from throwing a cocktail party to shopping tips.
Now *that* is the candy you’ll want to share! Tell all your friends!
(all photos above from daily candy)
I only recently discovered Viva Terra, a lush online store that takes great pleasure in supporting our amazing planet by offering ego-friendly designs for modern living. You can’t help but want to support them, given their amazing dedication to the health of our planet, which is pretty admirable since we all know that you often make less money by doing the right thing. I was thinking of what to say about them, but when I read their “About” page I thought that there was no need to, they do a beautiful job summarizing their mission and dedication to natural living. See for yourself:
“Our name VivaTerra or living earth is inspired by our dedication to living in harmony with nature – for a healthier life now and for future generations. All of our products reflect a commitment to:
ECOLOGY AND ELEGANCE: The finest goods that uniquely fuse exceptional quality and design with eco sensitivities. ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE SOURCES: The purest ingredients and sustainable resources possible – selected to be the best available. EARTH AND PEOPLE FRIENDLY: Partners and suppliers who share our values and work to make a positive difference in the world. HANDCRAFTED BY ARTISANS: Distinctive goods of uncommon value, handcrafted by passionate designers and artisans. CELEBRATE LIFE: Celebrate life and human spirit by honoring traditions from cultures around the world.”
So, without further ado, I introduce some very fresh, very lovely finds from Viva Terra that you’re sure to take much pleasure in.
P.S. When your credit card statement arrives next month with Viva Terra written all over it, tell your sig other it was for a good cause.
beautiful combination of wood and leather. I try not to feature jewelry and handbags, but you know, they are decorative home elements. How often do you intentionally rest your necklace on your dresser because it just looks so beautiful there? Or a handbag? I know I display my collection of handbags here and there; hanging on chairs or resting on a table if they’re decorative…Okay justified! ::smile::
vintage fabric hobo bag $129 + clutch $85
an instant “where did you get that?” item.
reclaimed antique beam side tables from Vermont artisans.
I absolutely *love* these.
plantation-grown teak meets contemporary stainless steel.
made by the hands of Portuguese ceramicist Martim Santa Rita – he only makes 2 eggs per day!
organically grown cotton is spun and woven into 250 thread-count sateen bedding.
Also, not to miss the vermont branch hooks, the tin barn stars (I have a large one in rust), kiri wood magazine rack, barn silk pillow cover, and the aviary porcelin birds and bowls (bowls shown in top photo.)
Budget tip: clearance sale items here.
(above quote and photos from viva terra)
I’m a bit tied up right now…but, I’ll be posting some fresh finds this afternoon! Until then, you can get your design fix by browsing some of the fun new links, just added last night! (see right column).
For decor8 newbies, please refer to the archives in the left column, that should keep you busy for awhile until I’m back with fresh finds this afternoon. See you in a few hours!