Archive for August, 2016

pollAfter cooking many a meal, I have looked at the wall behind my stove and remarked how it looks like a Jackson Pollock creation. All jokes aside, it turns out that Mr. Pollock was quite the cook and food lover himself. Now, the foodie side of Mr. Pollock has been curated side by side with the artistic side in the wonderful book, Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature by Robyn Lea.

About Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature by Robyn Lea: “Jackson Pollock the artist needs no introduction—but perhaps lesser known is Jackson Pollock the gardener, baker, and dinner-party host. From starters and entrees to side dishes, breads, and desserts, Dinner with Jackson Pollock features more than fifty recipes collected from handwritten pages scrawled by Jackson; his wife, artist Lee Krasner; his mother, Stella; or traded among their many friends in the town of Springs on Long Island, interspersed with Jackson s masterworks, still lifes of the Pollock-Krasner home, and beautiful photographs of each delectable recipe, plus delightful tales from Jackson and Lee’s family and local friends, for a truly unique and insightful portrait of a great American artist.”

I find that the most creative and artistic people are not just good at one thing, they are good at many.  The pages of Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature is full of examples of how this is true of Mr. Pollock, and it is great to see, and taste.

Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature by Robyn Lea is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

afhWell, you know me, I think there is nothing like a true vintage item. However, every now and then a fine reproduction of something old is just what you need, and there is no better place that Antique Farm House to find it.

About Antique Farm House:

“AntiqueFarmHouse features unique farmhouse style décor, vintage reproductions and home decor design sales up to 80% off retail. Antique Farmhouse offers multiple sales events that include furniture, design lines, décor and art products at incredible savings focused around industrial decor, farmhouse decor, shabby chic, industrial vintage and vintage reproductions.”

Do yourself a favor and start browsing Antique Farm House now.

FF: The Pok Pok Som Honey Drinking Vinegar from Bee Local

ffaI drink apple cider vinegar every morning cut with ice cold spring water and I do think it has helped me in many ways. I have also jumped on the shrubs bandwagon – which is basically drinks made with flavored vinegars. So I was intrigued when I found the Pok Pok Som Honey Drinking Vinegar from the fine folks at Bee Local.

About the Pok Pok Som Honey Drinking Vinegar from Bee Local:

“Som drinking vinegar makes a refreshing soft drink or digestif when mixed at a ratio of 1 part Som to 4 parts club soda or water and served over ice, and is an excellent mixer in cocktails at full strength. Som is a hand crafted product using Bee Local honey and other natural ingredients; some sediment or cloudiness may be present in the bottle as a natural byproduct of the crafting process.”

Find the Pok Pok Som Honey Drinking Vinegar from Bee Local here.

See all the natural honey products from Bee Local here.

FF: The Kitchen Shelfie Puzzle from Paper Trail

ffbI love a good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle, but when you have a great image on the poster it is even better. A great image like the Kitchen Shelfie Puzzle I found from the fine folks at Paper Trail.

About the Kitchen Shelfie Puzzle from Paper Trail:

“The graphic design team at Bob’s Your Uncle took a photo of their own collection of vintage cookbooks and turned it into a clever jigsaw puzzle. 500 pieces, the completed size is 18 x 24″”

Find the Kitchen Shelfie Puzzle from Paper Trail here.

See all the great products from Paper Trail here.

wallI have mentioned before how much I love Murphy Beds, you know, the beds that fold up into the wall when not in use. Well, I have found the best Murphy Bed I have ever seen – the Disappearing Desk Bed I found from the fine folks at Wilding Wallbeds.

About Disappearing Desk Bed from Wilding Wallbeds: “What a fabulously functional Wallbed set up. The Disappearing Desk bed functions beautifully as an office or desk during the day, then with a simple pull on the handles, converts to a wonderful bed for the night. The major convenience of the Disappearing Desk Bed is that you can leave the items on your desk as you lower the bed. The Desk unit uses an ingenious hinging system that keeps the desk level to the floor as the bed is opened or closed. You, no longer, need to take the things off of your desk to transition the Disappearing Desk Bed to sleep. This Disappearing Desk bed has nearly 19″ clearance for items left on the desk top.”

This Disappearing Desk Bed is perfect for me but would present a dilemma for me. Do I keep the bed open to hide my messy desk, or do I keep the desk open to hide my messy bed?

Find the Disappearing Desk Bed from Wilding Wallbeds here.

Check out all the cool furniture solutions from Wilding Wallbeds here.

perfectI have often said that there is nothing like a good old fashioned World War II story. I am amazed how many compelling stories are still being told all these year later – and good that they are as we need to learn from the past that was not really all that long ago. The latest untold WWII story to be uncovered and brought to us is told in the wonderful new book: The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts.

About The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts: “In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army’s last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses.”

I don’t need to say much about this book as its compelling title says it all. Seriously, you are not going to read a book called The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis?

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

tileI love the vintage tile work that adorns the old subway stations of the world’s oldest transit systems, like London and Boston. I also love that much of the original tilework has been maintained or restored when many of these stations have been refurbished over the years. Of course the Paris Metro has some of the most elegant stations and their tiles are classic designs that can inspire anyone looking to bring more tile into their home. Which is why I am obsessed with the Hand-painted Paris Metro tiles I found from the fine folks at Tabarka Studios.

About the Hand-painted Paris Metro tiles from Tabarka Studios: “The metro stations of the Paris underground of the 1930’s are the inspiration behind this range of hand painted terracotta tiles. Charcoal and off white create an urban awareness in patterns richly rooted in classic design. Just like Paris, timeless elegance is the common denominator for these unique hand painted tiles.”

About Tabarka Studios: “Our studio in Scottsdale, Arizona was born from our love of beautiful timeless materials. We seek a luxury beyond trend, created with simple and unpretentious materials that evoke the past, find comfort in the present and remain relevant in the future. Along with our hand-painted terracotta tile, we offer and stock an unparalleled collection of unique materials; from antique mantels to ancient pavers; from stones from around the world to an exquisite collection of wood flooring and parquet.”

Find the Hand-painted Paris Metro tiles from Tabarka Studios here.

See all the fine products from Tabarka Studios here.

swooz1I know many people that have a thing about drinking out of frosted glasses. I kind of know what they mean, it can be weird, and I have always thought frosted glassed were best used as decorative glasses on a shelf or bar cart.

The Frosted State Tumblers – different for every state in the Union – that I found from the fine folks at Swoozies would be the perfect decoration anywhere… Or a nice gift for a friend that, say, may be living in Kansas but misses his home back in New Hampshire. Just sayin’.

About the Frosted State Tumblers from Swoozies:

“This design is amazingly rendered with 7 lead-free colors plus matte gold on a high quality 15 ounce frosted tumbler.”

swooz2The glasses are a nice companion to the Hand Embroidered Decorative State Pillows Swoozies also offers:

“Hand embroidered on 20″ x 20″ size; includes deluxe poly form. It is entirely hand embroidered (40+ hours) on a light tea-color cotton cover that buttons off for cleaning. Accented with black velvet piping. 30 plus specific colors, thread hand dyed to order.”

See all cool products from Swoozies here.

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FF: The Whale Knife from Tortoise General Store

FF1I love the Whale Knife I found from the fine folks at Tortoise General Store.

About the Whale Knife from Tortoise General Store: “Knives from Tosa Forged blades from modern day Tosa boomed in the early Edo period (around 1620) when the procurement of lumber and development of rice fields increased the demand for high-quality forestry tools. Tetsu Yamashita was just a craftsman of sickles when he was asked to make a pencil sharpener with a round edge and came up with the whale knife. The object became so popular that he expanded the collection to include whale shaped letter-openers. In 2002, Mr. Yamashita was designated by the Japanese government as a Japanese Traditional Craftsman.”

Find the Whale Knife from Tortoise General Store here.

See all the cool product available from Tortoise General Store here.

FF: The Bespoke Stationery from Forgetful Gentleman

FF2The fine folks at Forgetful Gentleman are committed to helping men send correspondences, as in reminding them about special days and such – but they also produce a nice line of Bespoke Stationery.

About the Bespoke Stationery from Forgetful Gentleman: “Forgetful Gentleman exists to make it as easy as possible for the modern man to be a gentleman.  In 2009 we introduced a revolutionary approach to written correspondence for men, which removed the obstacles that stand in the way of getting a note in the mail, on-time.  Today we design and produce what is simply the best available custom stationery for the modern man. Our commitment to the highest quality materials, a classic masculine aesthetic, and functionally relevant products has gotten us a lot of attention.”

See the Bespoke Stationery from Forgetful Gentleman here.

Learn more about Forgetful Gentleman here.