We're usually not crazy about cupcakes with colored frostings but find ourselves totally charmed by the succulent and cacti cupcakes Alana Jones-Mann created. She shows you how you can do it yourself in her great tutorial. We'd make 'em with homemade natural dyes.
We'd love to come upon a dirty pink building like this in our urban wanderings. It's Arquitectonica's Casa Los Andes, built in Lima, Peru in 1984... ...and dig its very odd, beautiful windows, fab-looking from the outside... [...]Read More 3.10.14 | 7:00pm
Our great lesson in renovating the Laboratory was how expensive minimalist design can be, and why. When you forego moldings around doors, you actually make for more work and expense, not less. Recently, we came across a stylish house that uses moldings freely while achieving a clean, modern aesthetic. Here's how.
Check out this hilarious tiny video of the great Julia Child showing how to edit video tape, a game spoof on her own inimitable French cooking show...which is worth watching on YouTube: fun and illuminating.
Our recent Fantasy Facelift post got quite a response, including a number of emails from readers. One very moving one came from our friend Ellen Silverman, who has been working on photography and video projects in Cuba. Here's what she wrote:
Angled headboards are much more comfortable than straight-up-and-down, right-angled headboards. Check out some examples of REALLY comfortable angles, bed frame possibilities AND a way to DIY an angled headboard yourself.
Black-and-white checkerboard floors are an enduring, curiously forthright flooring material that seems to work in just about any space, from modern to classic, from Josef Frank's Swedish modernist interior to Julian Schnabel's New York City home Palazzo Chupi.
Waiting is part of the many steps of creating: a non-action that can very important action. But that 'non-action' bit can be difficult to describe, since 'doing nothing' can be a time of fermentation and unexpected ideas. So we looked up WAIT. The definitions we found made a little poem:
The latest in neurocognitive research that finds MOVING YOUR BODY is a great productivity app, confirming what we've discovered ourselves as we sit for hours writing Improvised Life every day...
Of all the examples of stripping away the unnecessary, arm-knitting has to be among the coolest and most sensual. Needles gone, YOU become the tool for making.