Pumpkin Seeds Two Ways

 

I’ve always wanted to try roasting my own pumpkin seeds and finally made it happen. We usually carve a few jack o’ lanterns, so there were more than enough seeds to go around and I was able to experiment with a few different flavor profiles – savory and sweet.

 

 

Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

• 2 C pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin
• 2 tsp melted butter or olive oil
• 3 Tbsp maple syrup
• sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds in a strainer, removing any remaining pulp by hand. Pat dry. Mix with melted butter or olive oil in a bowl before adding maple syrup and sea salt. Spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp, stirring once. Cool completely before serving.

 

 

Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

• 2 C pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin
• 2 tsp melted butter or olive oil
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds in a strainer, removing any remaining pulp by hand. Pat dry. Mix with melted butter or olive oil in a bowl before adding Italian seasoning and sea salt. Spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp, stirring once. Cool completely before serving.

 

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Six Exceptional Light Sources

Circuit Chandlier is a two-dimensionally structured pendant with the ambiance of a chandelier inspired by the graphic expression of circuit boards. Andréason & Leibel partnered in this project with Csaba Humenyik of Humi, glass producer of custom made chemistry glass products.

 

Painterly Spectrum Resin Table Lamp brings colors and their associations into a space as an object. It’s made of epoxy resin that’s cast on the surface of parchment paper onto which different colored strokes are applied using latex paint. When it’s lit the light source makes abstract associations visible in a transient way.

 

Sun Lights is a series of lamps created by the exploration of the displacement of light. Inspired by sun-gazing, the muted light provides a warm glow with a color gradient similar to dawn and sunset. The like-absorbing acrylate, in combination with the dimmable LED illumination, provides subtle mood lighting, in which the reflection of the material creates depth. Available in a variety of color options.

 

Little Sun Diamond Outdoor Lamp features a crystalline faceted lens and is inspired by nature. This pocket-sized, featherweight, solar-powered LED lamp was conceived to bring clean, affordable light to 1.1 billion people living worldwide without electricity in off-grid areas. For those without electricity, it’s a clean, steadfast alternative to dangerous and polluting forms of light like kerosene lanterns. Every lamp sold delivers one Little Sun to an African community without electricity at a locally affordable price. Five hours of sunlight charging produces five hours of power.

 

Walter Table Light has a unique 1960s feel inspired by space age design, with a striking combination of either satin brass or satin copper and a choice of opal or anthracite glass shades. The lights are available in two sizes and they have an integral dimmer on the base.

 

The Voie light series is the result of an investigation into the manipulation of light-paths. Having chosen neon, the base creates an interception on the path the light follows through the marble base. Subtle nuances and the uniqueness of each block of stone are highlighted when lit-up.

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IKO IKO Hangers

 

Now that’s it’s almost time to start layering up again, it’s also time to think about where to put all of those layers when you’re not wearing them. If you’re lucky enough to have a coat closet or the like, check out these steel IKO IKO Hangers! They’re technically designed as shirt/dress, pant, and towel hangers, but I’d rather show them off.

 

 

 

 

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Smokestack Fireplace and Grill

 

The Smokestack Fireplace and Grill is crafted in Holland from corten steel, and while already weather-resistant this tough material will continue to corrode over time to create a sustainable protective layer. Its industrial style is a great fit for outdoor spaces as is the design’s functionality that allows the fireplace to act as a grill with the addition of a stainless steel grate.

 

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Noodles 12 Ways

Autumn showed up right on time this past weekend, and I’m so ready to dive back into comfort foods! Noodles in any form always fall under that category, so these twelve variations are all in good company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Basket Newspaper Rack

 

If you’re a lover of both periodicals and modern design, then I have a sneaking suspicion that Basket newspaper rack might peak your interests! British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert used solid wood and veneer to create this stunning silhouette and updated alternative to the traditional newspaper rack. Use it to store everything from magazines to knitting gear.

 

 

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Flower Constellations

 

I love having fresh flowers in my home and will pare down a bouquet as it wilts until only a few blooms remain. Flower Constellations make floral arranging using only a few stems super easy thanks to a flat brass disk with openings that can expand and contract to fit a variety of vases.

The perforated patterns in the 12 different Flower Constellations are derived from the signs of the Zodiac, creating a playful distribution of the flowers in the vase. ​The design is loosely inspired by floral artform Ikebana, celebrating the beauty and composition of single flowers.

 

 

 

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The Magic of Linen + 5 Linen Care Tips

 

Warm, breezy days and flowing linens were made for one another. The centuries old fabric is made from the fibers of the flax plant, and the lightweight, breathable fabric is perfect for slower, more rumpled days. You’ll notice I didn’t bother to iron out the fold seams in these photos, and that’s because I think they add to the charm of all things linen.

MagicLinen is a family business located in Lithuania that combines their knowledge of textiles and love of décor to create linen pieces meant to be passed down through generations. All of the company’s goods are made from high quality European OEKO-TEX certified linen fabric and is softened through stonewashing, the modern way of doing so without any harmful chemicals. MagicLinen’s collection is entirely handmade and includes linen bedding, clothing, napkins, towels, placemats, table runners, towels, scarves, aprons, and more.

 

 

“We care a lot about eco-friendly, organic and slow living. We cherish classic values, at the same time being modern, opened to a world and new ideas, doing our best with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work. These principles reflect in the goods we deliver – we choose the most organic fabrics and enjoy the process of making items by hand than going to big factories.”

 

 

MagicLinen is aptly named, because the fabric really is just that and has been used through the ages to make everything from canvases and wallpaper to clothing and bedding. It’s super durable because linen is naturally thicker and 30% stronger than cotton, so it will keep its shape and withstand more washings while growing softer over time. It can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in water before starting to feel damp and dries quickly, making linen the perfect material for bath towels and clothing. The material is also a natural insulator meaning it keeps you cool in the summer and retains heat from your body in the colder months. It’s also hypoallergenic which is fantastic for people who have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies. A big bonus – linen is sustainable and eco-friendly.

 

 

I’m not fussy when it comes to the textiles in my home or in my wardrobe, so MagicLinen’s pieces fit right in. The dishtowels are super absorbent, the bed linens so cool and soft for summer, and the tablecloth and napkins my favorite options for pulling together a quickly dressed table. I want these pieces to last for along time, so I did my research when it comes to caring for them.

Washing
Linen items can be both hand washed and machine washed, though preferably on their own. When machine washing use the gentle cycle with warm water with a mild detergent. For hand washing also use warm water and about a teaspoon of mild detergent. Allow the linen to soak for 10 minutes before swishing it around while avoiding the urge to wring, twist, or scrub as it can stretch the fabric. Rinse with cool water until all of the soap is gone. To combat any stubborn stains, soak the spot in a detergent and water solution and launder as usual.

Drying
Washed linens can be machine dried on low heat. Remove them from the dryer while still slightly damp and hang or lie flat to dry completely. Air drying adds softness to the linen items, you can line-dry lay them flat on a white towel. The only linen pieces that will ever require dry cleaning are more structured garments such as linen jackets, suits, and hemstitched items in order to preserve their shape.

Avoid
Bleaching your linens or using detergents with optical brighteners can weaken linen’s fibers and cause discoloration. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can weaken the fibers and reduce their absorbency and moisture-wicking properties. Don’t store linen in plastic bags, instead choose linen bags or reuse old pillowcases.

Ironing
I prefer the wrinkled look, but if you’d like a crisper appearance you can use a medium-hot iron on the fabric while it’s still damp or overlay it with a damp towel.

Storing
Make sure they’re are completely dry to avoid mildew before storing your linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area that’s located away from direct sunlight.

 

This post sponsored by MagicLinen. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting our carefully chosen partners that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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Chicken Salad 10 Ways

Chicken salad sandwiches are kind of a sentimental food for me, filled with memories of my junior high best friend and I wiling away the hours eating them in the mall’s food court. They were my first positive interaction with mayonnaise, which sounds strange I know and with which I still have a love/hate relationship. Lately my lunches have been getting boring and I thought searching out the perfect chicken salad recipe could help remedy that – here are ten recipes I’m going to experiment with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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