Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Liberty of London for Target

It's Spring! (well, it has been since the weekend, but I've been busy)... Nonetheless, it's time to switch out the sweaters for something more slinky! I treat my home like an extension of my own body, so I'm going to bring some spring to each room. The easiest "must-have" item to brighten a room is fresh flowers. In San Diego alone, there are tons of weekend Farmer' s Market spots that you can get great bundles at for pretty cheap. Some favorite locations are:
* Hillcrest
Little Italy
La Mesa
City Heights

Check out their websites for all the info...
Also, this week my friend Marie gushed to me about the new collection at Target by Liberty of London. Since we share the same taste (in basically everything!) I had to check it out. Unfortunately, it looks like most everything is sold out already. But I'm loving how 60's summer the whole collection feels, in everything from chairs to sundresses to pillows. I don't normally go for patterns this loud, but I have always loved this random color combination of magenta's with eggplant, or deep reds paired with pinks, like in this pillow.
On a celery green couch, these would really pop! Once again, too bad they're sold out... maybe Target will re-stock soon! The only thing that's missing from this 3-tier tray are raspberry tarts...
And you know how I feel about containers....

See More! Images from Target.com & Liberty's official website

Friday, March 12, 2010

Re-designing the CUBE

Today the sun came out enough for me to want an iced coffee as opposed to my regular americano... got me thinking that I may need to start considering summer clothes, UGH! The upside, homemade cures for the heat, like these fun ice cubes

Just thinly slice a lemon (or orange), add to a cupcake tin filled with enough water to make them float, then freeze. Or...

... re-design the standard ice cube tray by adding those last bits of mint or berries to each cube. Also a great way to prolong the life of fresh fruits, and zest up some spring drinks like lemonade, pellegrino, or mamosa's!

Thanks, Martha!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Richard Sweeney

Cardboard Chair

Love this guy's work... more info: http://www.richardsweeney.co.uk/

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dirt! the movie

I Spent last Wednesday night someplace old, yet new to me... the San Diego Central Library on E street downtown. What a treat to find a free documentary on Dirt, of all things... First of all, this place is a historical gem. I am definitely coming back with my camera, and will post more photos then. But check out this image from it's opening in 1954
Inside, I felt like I had stepped into a scene from The Royal Tennebaums. At a quick glance, lots of neat original mid century features... a speckled sea foam green staircase, revolving door phone booth, tones of tomato red, caramel and rose... some of my favorite color combinations. Anyhow, this documentary ruled; in a terrifying, motivating way. Since then, I can't stop thinking about how little I see "healthy" dirt, and how I really need to get my feet back into it more often. Besides the recent rain, I am way more aware of how under-nourished our desert soil really is, and yearn to live in an overgrown, lush nest somewhere up North. Till then, I can at least pretend I do!

Watch this clip then enjoy some green things inspired by the documentary:
These adorable jars are from Burgon & Ball's online garden shop, and makes me wish my basil plant had made it through this winterHowever, their blog Grow with Us is full of great gardening tips for people who can do more than keep succulents alive!

Check out this crafty little terrarium

I love packaging that lasts beyond the life of the food... in this case these tin tea containers make for great windowsill pots for easy urban gardening

Dirt is probably the most undervalued element of this earth, and essentially being the skin of this planet, we need to take better care of it. Deforestation, wars over fertile land, and hundreds of suicides by farmers who can't afford common pesticides, all can be avoided by making small changes in your everyday way of living. Here are some related links worth looking into:

* San Diego Roots

* Sustainable places to eat in San Diego

* TreePeople

* Dirt: the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan

Now, do your homework!