Sunday, April 24, 2011

things i love: Easter eggs

Dyed Hard-Boiled Eggs

add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar to warm water and 
5-10 drops of food coloring 
Add eggs

after removing the eggs, let them dry. For richer colors 
dunk several times.

 to add dots and stripes, I used gel food coloring and let it sit for awhile

 the finished product

Cadbury minis are my favorite
(if only they sold them all year round)

 Williams-Sonoma has the best Easter decor. My amazing mother
sent these vintage nesting eggs in my Easter basket.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stock Your Bookshelves- Penguin Classics

Coralie Bickford-Smith has been designing the covers for these clothbound classics for a short while now
Some cultural necessities are losing their tactile nature. Bookshelves in the home are no longer full of books and bookstores are going out of business left and right. Kindles and Nooks are streamlined and tech-lovely, but nothing can replace the tactile quality of flipping through a beautifully bound hardcover book. Feeling the weight of a 2 pound book in your hand and the satisfaction of closing it shut when you have finished the last page is irreplaceable. Penguin is fighting back on the electronic reader revolution with beautifully designed covers on classics such as Cranford, Great Expectations, and Alice in Wonderland (designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith). Newer classics, such as Murder in the Kitchen and A Middle Eastern Feast are just as delightful.  These gorgeous covers would make any design enthusiast drool. Keep up the fight for this true tactile necessity and enjoy years and years of happy bookshelves and amazing reads.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Leanne Shapton: flower series

I am perfectly in love with Leanne Shapton's Flower Series. Her perfect use of color, and gestural brush work is stunning. Leanne has quite the impressive resume, including Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, a book that reminds us that the things we collect tell a lot about us. Shapton is also the art director of the New York Times Op-Ed page. Her work can be viewed here:

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oh, Audrey...

Could she have been any more chic? If only I could pull off bangs like that...