Archive for December, 2011

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Glass House

Dec
726 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Architecture, Travel

We all know I could make some reference to people hurling rock-like objects, but let’s just focus on this beautiful house in Paris, shall we?

The “House of Glass” or “La Maison de Verre”. Photo: Francois Halard

This article from the New York Times lays out the story better than I can. There is also a great article in the September/October 2011 issue of Australian magazine Inside Out.

Also, the man that owns the house bought one of the three Maisons Tropicale and then donated it. I can’t find a picture that confirms which one he bought, but they all look something like this:

Found at Mondo Blogo. Original source unknown.

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Eichler Homes

Dec

Add this to the list of reasons to move to California: Eichler homes. Joseph Eichler was a real estate developer who built modern, affordable homes in sub-divisions in northern and southern California from 1950 to his death in 1974. In addition to placing a value on the aesthetics of a reasonably priced home, Mr. Eichler did not discriminate and would sell his homes to anyone (which was not standard practice at the time). Mr. Eichler hired respected architects to develop the plans, which can explain why these homes have aged so well.

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Winter Wonderland: Molbak’s

Dec

In the Seattle area, we get a lot of rain. You probably knew that already, it’s a big part of the city’s reputation. Enter Molbak’s Garden & Home, a nursery that features a gigantic greenhouse that allows shoppers to browse the plant selection protected from the elements. They put out a beautiful Christmas display every year, so when my friends and I were looking for a place to meet for a coffee date, my friend Kari suggested Molbak’s to help us get into a Christmas mood.

The highlight of their Christmas display is the living poinsettia tree, but just walking around the place will give you some Christmas decorating inspiration. Those of you in the Seattle area should check out Molbak’s the next time you want to get out of the house but stay out of the rain. They also have a little cafe and coffee stand, which makes it a great place for hanging out with friends.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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My Glowing, Floating Christmas Tree

Dec
633 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Christmas, Crafts, Home Decor

This year, we went for something completely different for our Christmas tree- something that isn’t very traditional, but puts off the warm glow that I love the most about Christmas trees.

This is an original idea that came to me in a flash after seeing a photo of a large and beautiful chandelier hung close to the ground. I bought a bunch of paper lanterns (about $68) and three short strings of white lights with white wire (about $10). I explained my original idea to Brian, which was to pile all of the lanterns on top of each other from the bottom up, but he suggested we hang it all from the ceiling. I loved that idea even more!

Putting the whole thing together was pretty simple:

We originally planned on using fishing line to connect all of the lanterns, but those sure can get tangled up with each other (and the lights) rather quickly! We used the fishing line just to suspend the top lantern, and the rest of the lanterns are just connected with paper clips! That made putting it together go pretty fast, with the benefit of all of the lanterns having equal spacing. The cord for the lights go down to the floor, so I need to wrap some more presents to cover that up.

I can see this being used in the entry of a bigger home at the holidays, or even in a store-window display (maybe a visual merchandising career is in my future?).

I really had a lot of fun putting this together, a huge part of which was just going through the creative process. I think I’m not the only one that gets so caught up in the daily stuff that I forget how wonderful it feels to be creative and make something with my hands.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Christmas Eve Dinner

Dec
646 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food

We’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner again this year for Brian’s family, so I’ve been researching different menu ideas.

A formal Christmas Eve menu from Martha Stewart. I’d need to do a regular roast and change the dessert a little to make it gluten-free.

Bon Appetit‘s menu looks good but a bit intense (it comes with a game plan!). Southern Living‘s Casual Christmas Eve dinner is the frontrunner currently because shredded pork is easy to do in my Crock Pot.

The menu from Eating Well is healthy, which would decrease the possibility of feeling sluggish Christmas morning. Lucinda Scala’s meal is Italian-inspired and looks interesting.

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New Food Obsession: Macarons

Dec
1,348 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food

Photos: (clockwise) Daniella Zitella on Bobbette and Belle, Lee Bird Photography on Amy Atlas, Chocolate and GingerNot So Humble Pie

Last week I learned some potentially life-changing news: macarons are naturally gluten free! As someone with a gluten sensitivity, I get even more excited over naturally gluten free foods than specially made gluten free foods because it means I can just chow down with everyone else (this is also why I love In-N-Out burgers, it isn’t a big thing to get my burger without the bun). I joked that I would name my forthcoming muffin top after the friend who told me I can eat macarons, but there aren’t too many bakeries that carry this little cookie, so my waistline may be safe for a while.

For those of you with gluten issues, please note that macarons could be made on equipment shared with wheat and gluten, and everyone’s bodies reacts differently. I tend to be okay with food shared on equipment, but everyone is different!

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Warm and Cozy Bags

Dec
793 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion, Travel

A few blanket-inspired bags to keep all your things warm while you travel this winter.

Pendleton Portland/ Madewell/ LL Bean Signature/ Novica

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06

Hold My Calls

Dec
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Home Decor

I may have to disappear into this for a while.

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05

Solid As A Rock

Dec
1,779 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion

I’m totally digging these Agate and Geode necklaces:

Get it- digging? A little geology humor for your Monday.

1. Urban Outfitters 2. Fancy 3. RawEarth Studio 4. Nina Nguyen

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Winterized the Door

Dec
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Crafts, Home Decor

The holiday West Elm catalog features the work of Dana Tanamachi, who I blogged about last January here. Page six in the catalog motivated me to decorate the front door for December:

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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