Monthly Archives: November 2012

Glimpses of the kitchen

My kitchen is practically done, so I’ll be ready for the big reveal soon. For now, here is a preview.

The blackboard with lyrics from this classic french song: Boris Vian- La complainte du progrès

The cookbook and spice shelf. If ever you stumble upon a book from the Grain de Sel collection, edited by Raphaele Vidaling, grab it! Here are a few of the good titles available: How to forget your ex with the stab of a fork, Fairytale food, Try this and marry me! or Young globetrotting Swedish female seeks guinea pigs.

Yes, I know, half my books are upside down. Not sure why but I kind of like it this way.

The Vargas girl poster. Alberto Vargas is one of the most famous pin-up artists of all time. I’ve always loved the pin-up aesthetic and his work is especially classy and sensual.

The mason jar shelf. I dismantled an old bookcase and decided to reuse the shelves. I’ve always liked mason jars and the endless possibilities they offer in terms of decor and practical storage so I searched the Internet in order to find an idea for a project that would use both my old shelves and some jars. This awesome tutorial is what inspired me.

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to put on the middle shelf but I know that I want to break the pattern so I’ll probably put hanging planters or something like that.

Washi tape on the cabinet door handles. I had never heard of washi tape before I bought it and used it to cover my boring old cabinet doorknobs. I just randomly stumbled upon this pretty, colorful japanese tape at the craft store, thinking it would be very versatile in covering dull surfaces. Apparently it’s really trendy in the craft world right now.

I’m using it as a temporary solution for the knobs, but it’s doing a pretty good job so far even though the edges can be a bit sharp. I used three layers of the magical product that is Mod Podge to make the tape stay in place.

What’s cooking? Grilled Eggplant and Brussel sprouts. I spend part of every Tuesday cooking for the week to come. I work 40 hours starting Wednesday and finishing Saturday, so after 11.5 hour shifts, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking.

‘What about your boyfriend?’ You ask…

Well, let’s just say that cooking is my part of the deal and he does lots of other stuff around the house.

This week I made: Chicken broth (which I will use to make shrimp soup with vermicelli), Carrot soup, Beef steak marinated in a Hoisin/tamari/garlic/ginger sauce, Duck confit (store bought!) and the eggplant. Sounds pretty good huh? 🙂 If you’d like some recipes please let me know, I’d be glad to share!

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Pictures of water

Over the years, water has been a very inspiring subject in photography for me. Here is a selection of pictures from my collection:

These first two were taken on a short trip to Boston in 2010. It was in August and we did had done a lot of walking so when the rain forced us to stay in for one afternoon, we took it as a chance to chill out at our hotel. As my boyfriend sat in bed, napping, I took my camera out in order to capture the city’s peaceful beauty as seen through our room’s window.

The next few are details of fountains, taken during trips to Europe. The first two are from the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. The second pair were taken in Paris.

Bodies of water. This reflection of lights in the water was taken at Boston Wharf. The following picture was captured in Venice.

Water and nature. After a short bout of rain, my Breton friend Sarah and I went for a walk in her grandmother’s garden. All the flowers and plants were covered in lovely, delicate drops of water.

This last one is more abstract.  It was taken at the Venice Art Biennale in 2007.

Zen bedroom

As mentioned in the previous post, we’ve hired a painter to redo a few of our rooms.

Here is what the bedroom used to look like:

Here is what it now looks like:

As you can see, I kept the white and green color scheme, but decided to ad some dark brown wood to make the contrasts in color more striking.

I love how nice, breathy and zen it is. Having to move most of the stuff out of the room made me realize that I prefer a bedroom that is less crowded, more zen. I ended up reorganizing our clothes and random objects so I could move out the big white shelf that was on the left side of the bed, blocking easy access to it. I also removed some of the boxes that were on the top shelves.

Much better 🙂

Songs for energy and inspiration

In the last week, my house has been a bit of a mess (is that ever not the case?). We hired a painter to repaint our walls. After living here for more than one year, we’ve finally made the change from dull and dingy blanc cassé to bright, pure white.

No use in doing it ourselves, we didn’t have the time and patience. Since my boyfriend runs a painting business, what better reason to get one of his employees to do it?

Yes, the mural is still there.

Instead of decorating, I’ve been doing a bunch of other stuff, like finally getting some new music on my IPOD. I thought I’d share a few favorite songs I have right now. As I’ve already illustrated in these articles, I have quite an eclectic taste in music. I’ll specify genres and similar artists before each video so you know if it will suit your own likes.

Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling- Beautiful folk style duet

Tame Impala- This particular song sounds very much like the Beatles circa Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band

1995- French rap group, covering a song by american rapper Craig Mack

Late of the pier a british dance-punk band. This music video is pretty darn cool.

Santigold- fans of M.I.A. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will enjoy.

Paran maum- This cover of a classic japanese power punk song was recorded for a movie called Linda Linda Linda (2005)

Azealia Banks- An infectious old school electro beat and crude rhymes that would almost other dirty mouthes like Lil Kim blush. Not for the faint of ears!

Yasuha Kominami- Reminds me a bit of japanese Paramore.