Angelika Taschen is an internationally known German publisher that has put out some amazing travel and design guides. I’ve become slightly obsessed with them all since picking up her Paris book for my sister for Christmas this year.
It’s important to note that when I say travel books, that these are not toss in your fanny pack little things. These are large, heavy, doping travel books full of amazing photography and insight into some of each city’s most chic places. Out of pure jealousy of what I bought my sister, I’ve just ordered Taschen’s New York book for myself.
It is by far my favorite city, and I’m pretty confident that this book will remind me why each time I open it.
And if that isn’t enough, check out her home tour and interview via the Selby from 2011. So modern but classic. I love that she’s my parents’ age and still wearing leather pants.
Do you guys have any go-to coffee table books? I’d love to know what I should be adding to my collection. What city guide would you look for from Taschen?
Two areas of our living room have recently gotten a little love by way of a new bar cart and a new mirror. I thought I’d share – because well, that’s what I we do around here.
Here’s how it all was looking in case you don’t remember:
Now we have this:
I’ve really been wanting a bar cart of my own even though we don’t exactly have a need for one since we finished our coat closet as a bar area couple of years ago. Although I found four or five awesome ones this year, none were perfect for our space. Most were a bit too big to fit in easily with our existing furniture.
So I just kept passing them along to you guys via the booth, until I found this oval shaped one on Splash of Lime. It’s a super cute blog, similar to what I do, operated by a gal from Mount Airy who will actually meet you in Raleigh/Durham with her finds!
This cart was a steal at $120 considering it is solid brass, heavy and legit. The handle even slides off in case you just want a table and not a “cart” look – but we’ve left it on so it doesn’t get lost.
After all of this cart styling, I was kind of on a roll and moved on to a little of this:
The new mirror is a fun trade I made in exchange for some furniture painting. Who knew we needed a larger mirror on our mantel? Okay, maybe you guys knew but didn’t want to tell me. But hello scallops - this is way better.
I think my favorite thing on the entire mantel is the stick, which was found outside and therefore f-r-e-e.
Have you guys been doing any home primping lately? What’s your favorite spot to style?
My mom knows how to do this perfectly. I feel like this is something I should have inherited – yet did not.
Although one of life’s smaller battles, I’m torn between learned perfection and my current mindset that life is too short too worry about such things. Admittedly, ours are usually wadded up until they are somewhat square and tossed into the closet with the more neatly folded flat sheets and pillow cases.
Where do you fall in this debate?
My husband and his guy friends spent half of our dinner together last night discussing the pros and cons of the Paleo diet as well as what breakfasts can result from such a diet. Apparently our friends make themselves “muffins” of eggs and sausage at the beginning of the week and eat one each morning on the way to work.
Although Chad is not into the whole Paleo thing, he was into the egg muffin thing. Especially since his wife does not wake up with him to make breakfast in the mornings – at 5 am. Yikes.
Look at this motivation – this was all him.
He mixed 9 (yes 9) eggs together with a small amount of chopped poblano pepper and shreded cheese (not Paleo). Note the GIANT knife and teeny cutting board used.
Then he browned a roll of hot turkey sausage, and put it in a muffin pan with a bit of non-stick spray. Actually I helped here, he came into the living room with a roll of unwrapped turkey sausage and said “honey, how do you cook this?”
Then he poured the egg mixture over the sausage.
Cook on 350 degress for 2o minutes or so depending on the size of your muffins. These were a bit big so I think they really cooked for about 23 minutes.
Overflowing a bit, but made with love. And a side of Willie.
This weekend, I completed a refinishing project for a customer that I must admit turned out pretty snazzy. Here is Erin’s dresser before:
It was a pretty great piece on it’s own in perfect condition with great hardware, sharp lines and funky legs. But Erin was looking for a bit more color in her room.
What do you guys think? This teal is definitely THE most popular color among my furniture customers. It really brightens up any room and blends with a variety of styles.
Even mine :) Having this dresser sitting our living room for a couple of days really had me considering painting something in my own house the same color.
And once Erin got it home, she sent us a pic of what she’s called her “Whited Wall.” Love it.
Do those chairs look familiar?
If you’d like your own Whited wall, don’t hesitate to give me a shout! I’m happy to paint pieces that you already have on hand, just send me an email for a price quote and scheduling email@example.com.
Just spotted two of the most fun and easy recipes ever. Cookies for 2 or even just for one.
This is especially timely for us, after throwing out more than half of Chad’s birthday tres leches tonight.