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Entries in fall 2012 (31)

Wednesday
Sep122012

recipe: black veil screwdriver

5 oz orange or tangerine juice
2 oz vodka
several drops black liquid food coloring

Directions:
1. Add the food coloring to the vodka to make it black.

2. To help the two liquids stay separate, pour chilled juice into preferred chilled glass then hold a bar spoon over the pitcher—so the spoon is in a ‘mound’ position—and slowly pour the black vodka over the back of the spoon.

3. Once ready to drink, make sure you give it a good stir or you will get a mouthful of vodka!

Adam’s hints:
—also try making black ice cubes with water and black food coloring. Shake and pour vodka and juice, or other mixers, over the ice for a spooky drink.
—you can find black liquid food coloring online or at any cake decorating shop.

Wednesday
Sep052012

how it's made: wrap bench

Handmade by a skilled carpenter from
local acacia wood, the construction of each wrap bench includes traditional mortise and tenon joinery—note the round section of wood towards the top of each leg. Criss-crossing metal rods reinforce leg strength—along with the woven jute seat—but the bench is entirely without nails or screws.

Jute, a fast growing plant requiring minimal processing, is one of the most sustainable fibers available—especially in the Bengal state of India where it’s grown extensively.

The loosely twisted ropes are purchased in hanks with big loops—each weighing about
8 kilograms, or 19 lbs.

The hanks are then opened up, dried in the sun—in case moisture is trapped inside—then rolled into smaller, more manageable balls for weaving.

The fiber is first woven width wise—in a loop over loop fashion—covering the side rails almost completely. It’s then passed through the cavities formed by the width-wise looping and looped over the short ends—creating a strong seat and strengthening the frame in the process.

Monday
Aug202012

watch: lipstick red

Tuesday
Aug142012

fall favorites: sandra

square orange 20” wall clock
orange can be hard to work into my space but with its refined design,
this clock can go anywhere.
wood bike storage
the hallway always seems cluttered so this storage solution—in solid shesham with a beautiful wood grain—is most welcome!
bubble camel leather office chair
I don’t know what it is about this chair—but the color has such an ‘aha!’ to it—like a classic camelhair trenchcoat, it could go with absolutely everything!

Friday
Aug032012

how to: live in small spaces

1. Think outside the box when it comes to settling into a small space. Start by asking what are the basics needed to keep you comfortable, functional, and safe—then wonder and research ways to make it work for you.

2. Keep it simple and edit to essentials.

3. When you have minimal floor space, go up! Loft a space if possible, stack hive or other storage units when not.

4. Let the light shine in for an airy, open, free mood—privacy considered, skip the curtains.

5. Choose furniture for maximum function in a minimum amount of space—the alpine bed with a nightstand/shelf integrated into the headboard is a perfect example.

6. When any storage is better than none, a narrow wall-mounted hyde storage unit in ‘dead’ space is sheer genius—bonus is that it also keeps counter-tops free of clutter.

7. Multi-use furniture, like the peekaboo console, can be used as a desk, an entryway landing pad, or a buffet when entertaining.

8. Look for glass top tables or acrylic pieces to reduce visual clutter—like the yield coffee table or the wall mounted format cube.

9. The torino grey side table not only fits into extra-small spaces, the storage drawer is a bonus!

10. Furniture on wheels makes it easier to rearrange small spaces for any event.