West Elm has this neat thing going on this coming weekend on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in lots of their stores nationwide. It’s an event called Get Creative With Color and their stores will have local tastemakers giving instruction on something really fun and practical that you can do in your own home. For instance, you can go to the Edina, Minnesota West Elm located at 3879 Gallagher Drive and see my friend and decor8 assistant, Jessica Senti, who has been my right hand girl supporting me and my business for the past several months, teach you how to get creative in your home with washi tape from 10-11am. To reserve a free seat in her workshop, you have to RSVP here.
I hope that you will join Jessy if you live near Edina and let me know how it goes – I bet you guys will have a great time! And if you live no where near Edina, call your local West Elm and see if they have any Get Creative classes on July 20th locally – have fun!
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Hello everyone, it’s Jewels here with another episode of Food in Motion! I am one half of Liz & Jewels and every month Liz and I show you a little video here on decor8 of a recipe we like. Summer has finally arrived in New York City and that has had a serious influence on my cooking. I like fresh and healthy things even more when it is hot out. For example, I eat a lot of watermelon and other juicy fruits. But you can’t really eat fruit for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. At some point you need some savory in there! A few days ago I had an iced gazpacho soup at a small restaurant on the Upper West Side and really liked it. It was the perfect savory dish for this hot and humid NYC weather. As I was devouring it, I was wondering how it was made and if I could just simply add watermelon to it. So I came up with this recipe for watermelon gazpacho – although the word recipe is probably an exaggeration.
You can basically use any colorful vegetable that you like. And since it is supposed to be eaten cold, it is such a refreshing summer dish! I just love the combination of sweet, spicy and juicy! The recipe is so forgiving that it is not necessary to use exact amounts of everything, but here is what I used and what ended up tasting DELICIOUS! Watch how I make it below and turn up the sound, I love this song…
Music: “Marinette” by TakeBerlin
1 large piece of watermelon (about a fifth of an entire watermelon)
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 piece of cucumber (about a third of an entire cucumber)
1 red onion
the juice of one lemon
1 handful of cilantro
salt and pepper
crumbled feta cheese for garnish
You chop some of every vegetable into tiny cubes for garnish. The rest you can just chop coarsely to fit a food processor. Put the tiny pieces to the side for later. In the food processor mix everything together until well blended. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper until you feel like it has that perfect refreshing taste. Pour everything into bowls or glasses, garnish with the little cubes, add feta cheese and cilantro and you are done! It is such a quick recipe, it doesn’t require any cooking and it tastes so good…
(video/photography: Liz & Jewels)
Hello friends! I hope that you are doing good this week! I was thinking lately about how much we all love a good DIY project so why not round up some of my favorite here once a month that I find elsewhere online. Here are my 10 favorite DIY projects of the moment for July. To find complete how-to instructions and more photos for that project, click on the link below each photo. And you have a great DIY project from your blog that you made yourself, please share the link in the comments section below so that I can check it out and maybe feature it in the future.
1. DIY striped rug pillows from Martha Stewart – great look for summer and this is such an easy project, too!
2. How to paint a concrete floor from Vintage Revivals. This is helpful – especially since so many people have concreate lurking below shag carpets and never really thought about the affordable options – like simply painting the concrete and adding throw rugs for warmth in the winter.
3. DIY painted paper flowers for a handmade flower tree from Oh Happy Day. Really sweet idea.
4. Make your own paper lanterns from AO at Home. These are cute for a summer party on the patio.
5. Modernize your china with neon spray paint (or any color that strikes your fancy!) from Shop Sweet Things. I’ve had this on my Pinterest board forever but never tried it though I went out and bought the spray paint and everything last year when I first saw it! ha ha!
6. DIY nail and wall art - spell your favorite words from Jen Loves Kev. This has been around for awhile but still a favorite.
7. How to make a giant confetti wall by Beco Orpin (taken from her book). This would be great for a party! You could also try it with different patterns or even wallpaper or leather pieces (silvered leather would be pretty).
8. DIY clay feathers from 100 Layer Cake. You can hang these in front of your window or tie them to napkins on the dinner table.
Would you try any of these at home? Which ones? I’d like to try the painted flowers – those look so pretty!
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I was so pleasantly surprised by this unique little sea-weathered bungalow in Venice, CA that ran today on the FvonF site belonging to Diana García and Greg Rogove. You simply must click here to see the full story, but here is tiny sneak peek below. I’m always struck by how some homes, being absolutely opposite of my personal style, still attract me so much and make me feel unbelievably cozy and at home. Do you find this occasionally too? I’m guessing specific things speak to me that are very much a part of my signature style – white walls, glass, lots of light and items collected from travels.
Greg is a musician and Diana is a both a film-maker and artist and it shows in how they live – surrounded by so many creative objects that speak to their love of story telling. I especially thought Greg’s background was so fascinating… He grew up in Amish Country in Pennsylvania, then went to India during his final year in high school, then he returned to the states, “I went back to the States for college and then to New York City. I started touring and was traveling a lot. Cuba, China, Mexico. Making a home wherever I was became second nature. But then after all that I fell in love with Los Angeles. I fell in love because of Venice. Because of Diana.” How sweet. But it gets better. When Diana first met Greg she says, “When I first saw him I knew he was my husband.” Aw, I melt. You can feel their love in their home, which I think is really what I love most about this space.
And seriously, how cute is her outfit and haircut? So cute.
PSST: If you live in southern California, look out for their new restaurant on Abbot Kinney that will be called, “Another Kind of Sunshine”.
(Photography: Ana Hop for FvonF)