Dec 20, 2014


-bags + rucksacks-

I love coming across items that are created with thoughtful design and function in mind, who doesn't. These bags from THISISPAPER are made to be durable and functional. The style is simple and timeless, and could be used for anything from a gym bag, diaper bag or everyday purse. I kinda love 'em. I wanna get my hands on the off-white canvas and tan leather one. Too late for Christmas, but there's always the birthday . . . 

Dec 19, 2014


 -simple, beautiful globally handmade textiles-

The Spanish company Muima sources beautiful handmade poufs, pillows, rugs and blankets from around the world. I (of course) love the simplicity and freshness of these designs (black and white foreva). Yes, shipping can be a little much, but sometimes it's worth it to own a piece that you fall in love with. I'm ordering the leather pouf (top right), shipping is $24, but it's on sale for $39! Combined with the shipping, still a steal. Take a look here, they have some gorgeous pom throws (some on sale) that would be fab as a living room throw or bedroom blanket. This is what Christmas and birthday money is for, no?

Dec 18, 2014


-salted chocolate chip oatmeal cookies-

So I made these cookies a couple of weeks ago, talked about how easy to make and delicious they were, and posted them like a jerk on instagram without a freakin' recipe. I will get my act together one of these days and post recipes with all food photos. #newyearsresolution

Makes 24

1/2 cup vegan butter spread (i used earth balance)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbs ground flaxseed combined with 3 tbs water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, plus more for top
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/8 cup almond milk
1 cup chocolate chips

- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- make flax "egg", combine water and flaxseed and let sit for 5 minutes
- in large bowl mix butter and sugars until creamy
- add flax egg, vanilla and almond milk
- mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, add to butter and sugar mix
- stir in oats and chocolate chips
- roll in 1 1/2 inch balls, place on non-stick cookie sheet (or parchment paper)
- sprinkle sea salt on top
- bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top

( adapted from here )

Dec 15, 2014


-an example of why different can be good, very good-

The London based design firm Blakes London designed the perfect Scandinavian-style kitchen, infused with clean lines, interest and warmth. I love the bleached wood cabinets and herringbone floor mixed with freshly painted white brick and ceiling and the irregular dark wood open shelving. I especially love that chair in the corner by the window. Unexpected elements like this make spaces interesting. Proves you don't have to have traditional (or expensive) features like an island to have a cool kitchen. It's a wonderful reminder to think outside the box when decorating any room, even the kitchen.

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