Friday, August 30, 2013

FRIDAY'S DISH: "Dry" Potato Salad


I talk to my mom almost everyday and at some point during our conversations the talk swings right around to, what The other day while having our daily chat, I found out that I have one very unique thing in common with my late grandmother, Dorothy. I am a lover of what she called “dry” potato salad, just as she was. Unlike the creamy tangy kind I grew up eating, made with a little mustard and sweet pickle relish, the type of potato salad I like showcases the silky starchiness of the potato itself with just a few simple ingredients and very little mayonnaise.

I first tasted this particular version at a cute little Argentinian steakhouse not too far from my apartment here in Queens. When I have a craving for carbs and more specifically a hankering (yes, I said “hankering”) for potatoes, I look to this simple recipe to hit the spot.

What you need:
  • 4 medium Russet potatoes scrubbed
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • ¾ cup frozen peas & carrots
  • 1 cup of good quality mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

What to do:
Peel and dice the potatoes into about 1 inch pieces and cover them with cold water in a large saucepan. DO NOT SALT THE WATER! (Potatoes will become mealy and you don’t want that.) Bring the pot to a boil and then lower the heat  and simmer until tender, testing them with a knife. Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander and allow to cool.
In a large glass bowl combine the vegetables and the cooled potatoes with the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Never Enough Navy


When it comes to color, I love a little pop of brightness no matter what.  But there has always been something about navy blue.  Is it because I love a good pair of jeans?  Or that I love the way it looks with brass fixtures?  Maybe because I'm a Yankees fan? (though I'm actually not). Whatever the reason, I will never grow tired of classic navy.  And if something is my favorite, do I really need a reason?

The combo of mint and navy is even better with that knob! 
via Pinterest 

A great looking piece from Room & Board with indigo fabric + walnut legs.

I would love to see these with lacquered kitchen cabinets and brass hardware.
1930s pendant from Rejuvenation

I didn't act quick enough to design my bedroom around a pair of these...
Sadly, they're no longer available at CB2.
Today I ran out the door thinking I was too monochromatic, in my navy t-shirt & jeans. 
But one of these, with a white t-shirt instead? Next time. From Rag & Bone
 Any outfit, any day or night.  
Navy leather + brass from Coach 

The end. 


Have a great week ! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ARCHIVES: Gina Travels to Spain!

Today we're taking a look back at Gina's first guest blog post on her travels to Madrid. The rich colors of the city, the food and the markets seemed unbelievably awesome!

Take a tour of Madrid through these lovely photos. Enjoy!

Monday, August 26, 2013

INTERIORS: San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel

This is the lovely San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel designed by interior designer Annabell Kutucu. The bohemian inspired hotel located in Mykonos, Greece is all about ease and enjoyment. I can just feel myself relaxing just looking at the photos. Lovely!

Friday, August 23, 2013

#Pinterest Pics of the Week

I usually do a 'Pinterest Pic of the Day', but today I'll share my pics from this week.
There were so many good ones!

LOVE this dining room. Such a perfect example of country-modern. Don't you just 
want to have pancakes or homemade biscuits at this table?

Don't you wish all guys dressed like this?

I've been studying food photography lately and this image is so yummy to me. 
Love the warmth and rich colors.

Sometimes you just need a reminder.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sources: 1./2./3./4.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Third + Grace is an online vintage chair upholstery shop owned by the multi-talented Nicole Crowder. When Nicole isn't photographing for Apartment Therapy and Refinery29, she searches high and low for vintage furniture in need of love. She then gives her vintage finds new life with funky fabrics and bright colors. Her creations are truly one-of-a-kind gems. Look out for her first pillow collection this Fall.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Don't Underestimate the LACK !


You may see it as a sad, $8 stand-in for your dream side table, but this piece can be used over and over again. Have a look at the images, hacks, and my own use of the LACK. You might agree that this ubiquitous IKEA product deserves more credit than it gets; and should maybe even get a new name. Neutrals, faux-woods, as well as poppy new colors are available; there's no way you couldn't want one ... or two!

Look-for-Less Lacquer
The glossy colors available in the LACK side table are not to be missed.  
They jump up to $12.99 in this finish, but it's well worth the extra five bucks. 

A Multi-Purpose Kids' Table
A great kids' table for meals and art projects 
(I adore it, especially with those mini Berts I got a deal on, at One King's Lane).
It also works perfectly to lift the dollhouse off of the floor; a perfect height for a small child to play.

A Stacked LACK Hack
Such a good idea! Use two to create a totally new piece.  
This turns a typical LACK side table into a more useful bedside table,
due to it's new height and additional storage.  
A two-toned version would be great if the colors worked in the room. 

 O'verlays Super Chic Symmetry
Fool everyone when you add O'verlays, they won't ever believe it's a table from IKEA. 
It adds about $60 to the cost of one LACK (to create the one pictured above.)
Imagine this fretwork on one of those high-gloss teals?! Amazing. 

Check out even MORE great 'hacks' here!  The possibilities are endless.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FABULOUS FINDS: Navajo & Aztec Prints

Navajo & Aztec inspired prints were very trendy last Fall. From fashion to home decor, the geometric shapes and patterns were everywhere. I'm glad to see even more colors and variations this year. Check out a few of my current favorites below.

1. Ceramic Aztec Multi-Use Container $15.00 BROOKLYNREHAB 
2. HAVEN Open Toe Sandal $49.95 SOLESOCIETY
3. Cushion Cover $17.95 H&M
4. Bauhaus Stripe Duvet Cover $79.00-89.00 Urban Outfitters
5. Magical Thinking Diamond Medallion Rug $69.00 Urban Outfitters
6. Aztec Weave Switch Plate $6.95 PopGoesTheColor 

Monday, August 19, 2013

INTERIORS: A Brooklyn Brownstone

Happy Monday everyone. Cheers to a great week!!

Here's an interior I'm currently coveting.

via MilK

Friday, August 16, 2013

FRIDAY'S DISH: Your Secret’s Safe with Me


My mother, Edith Suttles is the most beautiful and generous woman I know. She is sweet in the way a Midwestern mom is known to be sweet and is a wonderful cook to boot. When I was young, my mom was always ready with a “dish-to-pass” should I have signed up at school to bring something in for a fundraiser or potluck. My mom is so good that I once put my name down on the French Club Christmas party signup sheet to bring in a Bûche de Noël, (which is a French Yule Log usually made by trained pastry chefs). My mom barely even flinched, though she probably wanted to wring my neck for not informing her until the night before I was supposed to bring it in. That thing was the hit of the party and even my French teacher was impressed…and she was actually FROM France!

Over the years my dear mother has developed quite a following for her many cakes. Folks are always asking her to bring in her “Sock-It-To-Me” cake and 7-UP® Pound Cake to church functions and she is happy to oblige. But while she is a giver by nature I know she was reluctant to give up the recipes themselves. She LOVES to “share” recipes that have been posted by others on Facebook but what she absolutely will NOT do is share her closely held secrets for making all of the wonderful baked goods that SHE is known for and that I have grown up eating. This includes the recipe for her delicious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.
But what’s a girl to do when she wants a taste of home and nostalgia and mom’s not around? Why I just whip up mom’s delicious Pineapple Upside-Down cake myself. I don’t know how I got it but I got it, and I do know that if I share it with you here my days on God’s green earth will be numbered for sure.
Trust me when I say that this cake is divine; super moist and sweet with a little tang from the caramelized pineapple rings. Maybe the secret is in the use of the black iron skillet? Uh oh, I may have said too much. I’d better stop now. What’s most important is that making this cake has given me a little taste of my Michigan home. I can share the pictures and I can share the love but I most certainly CANNOT share the recipe. Oh well, I guess that’s why they made Google, right?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

SHOP LOVE: Wind and Willow Home

This is long overdue. I met Araya, the lovely and talented owner of Wind and Willow Home, at the Alt NYC conference I attended this summer. I was blown away by her creations. Such beautiful hand crafted designs for the home, and even more goodies for bath & beauty, paper & prints and kids. Go here to check out the entire product line. I'm sure you'll love it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Choosing Decorative Hardware


Back in February, I saw a doorknob that changed my life. Ok, it didn’t really, but it did inspire me to write this, and to think more about historic decorative hardware. This one must have so many stories (and bacteria we don't want to know about), being that it's in the criminal court building in Manhattan. Ah, if this doorknob could talk...

Women’s bathroom, 100 Centre Street, New York City

I have heard, more than once, that old hardware is a huge pain to install in new doors. It makes sense, since some have many working parts. But don't worry, there's a multitude of beautiful reproductions available. Maybe you're renovating a craftsman style home, or you're the more modern-but-on-a-budget type - the right hardware is out there. There is even a non-profit dedicated and "devoted to the study and preservation of ornamental hardware", if you want to get really serious about doorknob styles. Check it out here. After perusing their website I realized: what I am posting below is just barely scratching the surface...  (enjoy it regardless!)  

Some of my favorites:

Inspired by 17th & 18th century France, several finishes available
Paris Passage Set

Classic Porcelain, great for any look
Rosettes are available in a variety of finishes

A Mid-Century Statement
Samba Exterior Door Set 

Beautifully done, in two finishes
 the Art Nouveau knob  

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