Thursday, December 30, 2010

Monet's Home at Giverny

One place I would love to visit is Claude Monet's estate in Givery, France.
Looking through friends photos and travel websites, the property looks like my
vision of heaven–delightful interiors and amazing horticulture.

Can you imagine living in a home with a garden that 
sits so perfectly in balance, being disheveled and 
beautifully manicured all at once?

Monet's Blue Sitting Room

Monet's Studio/Workshop

kitchen photo Ariane Cauderlier

Blue Tiled Walls to accent the yellow dining room
Yellow Dining Room
all photos by Ariane Cauderlier for

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tina Tarnoff's Paper Cuts

Kudos to Katie Amour for her recent post on
Tina Tarnoff's beautiful paper cut illustrations.

I am quite a fan of this house print! It reminds me
of the giant home in Meet Me in St. Louis!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

history lessons

While at home in Michigan my dad and I sat
down and went through slides taken during
his family's trip to Yellowstone National Park in 1965.

I am grateful for these slides.
Objects can speak so much about the past.. what my grandmother wore to a National Park.
She was not the hiking boot type of lady. (far left)

or that fashion was surprisingly not too far off from today's.

Kodak Ektachrome film, turned red

Sunday, December 19, 2010

US Botanic Gardens

Christmas at any public educational institution seems
to be a behind the scenes crazy ordeal.
Going to the USBG this past weekend reminded me
of the many hours it takes to put on an exhibit like they did.

It was beautiful

Built entirely with natural materials, models of DC buildings were
perfectly settled into plant displays.

above is the conservatory and gardens

The Washington Monument

The Capitol Building

little apartments circled the Gardens' massive Christmas tree

There was a separate room for their train display

also made entirely with natural materials
(and a few lights here and there)


and tiny dioramas

historical wonders

and then there were these little beauties!
They are very similar to Flora Grubbs pieces that I posted
about over a week ago, except these guys have terrestrial plants inside
and the globe acts more like a true terrarium. I have to wonder how long
the plants inside actually last...worth trying!

more ornament terrariums

and then of course there were the plants,


my beloved, Tilandsia

and hibiscus

and wispy ferns.

and then there is this stuff..the dreaded to work with,
yet highly beautiful when-the-moment-is-right, Coleus.

but, alas,

some days I wish I could live in a greenhouse

so much sun and humid air

Oh, how I love thee, USBG.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas is All Around

out and about:
the National Christmas Tree

beautiful owl ornament from the
National Museum of History, bird tree.

2010 Capitol Lawn tree: Wyoming theme

and at home..

..the tree is up and decorated,

the candy canes are flowing,

the first batch of peppermint bark has been made and consumed,

and holiday flannel is ready for snuggling.

I will be home in a week! More later!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Slows, Detroit, Michigan

I think I found my new food obsession: slow-cooked barbecue.
Now maybe found isn't the best word, after all I am a girl who was raised on slow-cooked brisket, beer-can chicken, smoked turkeys at Thanksgiving, and the phrase "Weber is best." But how about "found this gem," or "found-out" that I do in fact LOVE pulled pork fat when cooked perfectly. So yes, found is the right word. The re-igniter of flames, Slows BarBQ, is another find worthy of deep and sincere praise. Slows is situated in downtown Detroit, near the old, abandoned Michigan Central Station, and cooks up some of the best barbecue I have ever had.

it's all in the details: beautiful leather door pull

When Slows opened its doors in 2005,
owners Phillip and Ron Cooley, Mike Metevia, and Brian Perrone decided
they would go as green as possible. Most of the wood, including
this door, is reclaimed from the original structure.

The most creamy and complex mac n' cheese

True Comfort

mashed sweet potatoes, mac n' cheese, and coleslaw

meat candy

pulled pork that tasted like heaven

Three meat platter—pulled pork, brisket, and chicken

with a side of black eyed peas

The meat is cooked without sauce

and served as is.

For those who need a little more flavor, Slows has a

large assortment of sauces, ranging from honey to killer spice.

to learn more, visit:

Slows is located at:

2138 Michigan Avenue

Detroit, MI