Improvised Life If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Summer Fun: Fireflies, Mind Control w Pink, WabiSabi Tabloid Fix + Beachy Gif Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:49:38 +0000

(Video link here.) Since we’re heading out on retreat, rest, and NOT posting for a while, we thought we’d leave you with a bit of summer fun (in addition to our vast wonderland of 3100 articles). To start, a snippet from Firefly Time-Lapse: one minute of the wondrous natural world.

Onto Marella Consolini’s find the very day we published Pink Inspiration, Erotic and Otherwise: (more…)

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The New Luxury (Who Ever Guessed It Would Come to This?) Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:55:15 +0000

Offline IS the new luxury for sure and we need some of it. We’re going to take some for our annual two-week vacance: a one-week retreat AWAY from everything, and one -week of catching up with all the projects and people that get pushed aside by….LIFE and our commitment to Improvised Life.

In the meantime, we invite you to wander through our 3100+ articles, and see where, one-thing-leading-to-another, they take you…


…sign after the great Hedviggen tumblr

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Plum and Cherry Tart with Thyme + other fast tart improvs Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:58:19 +0000

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman, who LOVES to improvise radically on my recipes, recently posted her iteration of my Improvisational Fresh Fruit Tart Formula on Instagram. She made the sensational-looking  Plum Cherry Tart with Thyme, above, with plums and cherries that were languishing in the fridge, and half whole wheat flour in the crust because she didn’t have enough all-purpose. She added some thyme leaves, which give red fruits a “wilder” flavor. She said the tart was a huge HIT at her dinner party.

Made with lush summer fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and berries, freeform fruit tarts are the perfect summer dessert (though you can make it all year round). Here’s the simple formula:

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Laura Handler’s Checkered Duct Tape AC Surround Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:00:14 +0000

Laura Handler

Designer Laura Handler, whose chic Montana cabin and cool teeny ‘everything’ vial we’ve featured, sent us images her latest brilliance. The Harlem building in which she recently renovated her apartment is having the bricks repointed, which is seriously messy work. To keep dust OUT, Laura first made a barrier of blue painter’s tape around her (very cool) Quirky air conditioner Wrote Laura: (more…)

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F*ck That: A Guided Meditation (Curiously Works!) Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:17:45 +0000

(Video link here.) Resistent to meditation? Jason Headley helps you let go of the realities of the world and relax with F*ck That: A Guided Meditation, a radical new reality-embraced, LOL-based technique…


via Laughing Squid

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Rubber Stamp Brilliance: Yoko Ono’s Peace Map Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:41:02 +0000 A photo posted by Yoko Ono (@yokoonoofficial) on May 13, 2014 at 1:33pm PDT

Yes. We try.”

Wonderful words. Part of Ono’s Peace Maps, in which you

Stamping PEACE all over town would make lovely graffiti.


via Yoko Ono’s Instagram; peace stamp image via Mikihiko Hori’s Flickr

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Inspiration: Le Corbusier’s Envisions a Paris Rooftop Garden Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:52:46 +0000


In the 1920’s, Le Corbusier designed Carlos de Beistegui’s apartment in Paris. The rooftop garden, with a very grand rococo fireplace one would usually find indoors, turns the usual outdoor space on its head.

Here, he elaborates on it, with a mirror, candlesticks and an ornate sideboard, on grass. (more…)

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Instant Gratitude Shift via a Powerful Data-Driven Song Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:43:34 +0000

(Video link here.) We are haunted by Brian Foo’s strange data-driven song and animated video. It was made by assigning sounds to the movement of refugees fleeing their homelands around the world, from 1975 to 2012, and then animating their paths of flight. Writes Foo:

As the song progresses, more instruments are added and the notes become longer and lower-pitched, which represent increased migration between more countries across longer distances… (more…)

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Easy-Peasy Flower Arrangement: Bowl of Floating Blossoms Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:00:11 +0000

Maria Robledo

A reminder we found on Maria Robledo’s instagram: for a fab flower arrangement just float little blossoms (you can pick a few your garden or in the park) in a shallow bowl of water.

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Optical Illusion Bay Window and Other Window/Mirror Tricks Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:00:53 +0000

Granit Chartered Architects

Having created the illusion of an expansive corner window using smoke-and-mirrors in our Harlem space (below), we LOVE seeing other riffs on the theme of optical illusion windows. Granit Chartered Architects devised a brilliant faux bay window (more…)

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Toolkit: Questions to Ask Before Giving Up Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:46:28 +0000

We were stunned by Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up, published on Eponis last March. The sixteen questions are SPOT ON for the drawing awareness to the kinds of everyday log-jams we all get into. It is an instant, brilliant perspective-shifter that makes us wonder “Who is this wise woman?” (who filed the post under “reminders to myself”, “because obvious stuff is not always obvious”, “self-care”, “remember this”…

AWESOME! (more…)

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The Pleasures of Making + Receiving Handmade Letters Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:26:59 +0000

Mira Keras

Every time I receive a hand-written letter in the mail, I feel like I am about to open a very special gift. Given their rarity, hand-written letters ARE a gift. Created by the writer, uniqueness is built-in, as is this message: I was fully present when I made this for you, and took the time to do it because I care about you. A handwritten-note’s effect is usually WAY more than the effort it took to make it, both personally and professionally. (more…)

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Music for Starting or Refreshing Your Day:Tears of Unicorn Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:26:38 +0000

(Video link here.) Experimental vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita‘s Tears of Unicorn seems like perfect music for starting the morning, or refreshing the day. Somehow watching him play in that big loft makes us feel like he is playing for US. Fujita’s process is compelling: (more…)

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Skillet-Blistered Peas and Grilled Fava Beans (NO Shelling!) Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:21:21 +0000

Christopher Hirscheimer

Although we had a lovely time shelling and eating fresh peas recently, we know that some people just don’t have the time or wherewithall to shell. So we offer up two great strategies from Improvised Life’s Archives (they both make great hors d’ouevres): (more…)

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