Tsumiki Stacking Blocks

 

Tsumiki Stacking Blocks are essentially Japan’s super sleek answer to Legos. Structurally a triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and architect Kengo Kuma has turned it into a playful and interactive building set. Each piece is crafted with Japanese cedar with notches cut into the tip of each block that allow them to be stacked. These blocks may be made for kids, but I’d happily use them too!

 

 

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Crepe Cakes 15 Ways

Truth: I’ve never made a single crepe. But making a bunch for a cake seems as good a way to start as any. Crepe cakes are deliciously decadent French desserts that don’t require baking, which is always a plus in my book. Have a look at these fifteen takes on the classic and tell me – have you ever made one?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rethinking the Dining Room

Matte Black and Brass 3 Arm Chandelier // Tiger Stitch Rug // Jupiter Pink Marble Serving Board // Mid-Century Modern 67″ Buffet Cabinet

The dining room is my favorite room in the house, for a few reasons – it feels the most complete decor-wise, it’s the best interpretation of my own personal aesthetic, and it’s usually the cleanest. (I’m nothing if not honest.) I love that when I’m entertaining it’s the place we all tend to congregate, so I want it to feel comfortable but I’m also not opposed to visitors thinking I know what I’m doing when pulling together a space.

 

Serena 60″ Dining Table // Subtle Tie-Dye Napkin Set // Copper Top Flatware // Clement 42″ Brass Mirror // Echasse Vase // Moroccan Spanish-Style Wine Glasses

You can check out the current-ish room design here and here, but I’ve been thinking about how a large round table might change the dynamic. Of course that got my mind spinning with the possibilities of an entire room redesign! Because my dining room is painted such a light color – and that isn’t something I’m anxious to change – I’m daydreaming about filling it with some darker materials like walnut wood, leather, and brass.

 

Simple Black Candleholders // Boccia Decanter // Gage Dining Chair in Tanner // Large Porcelain Serving Bowl // 12-Piece Speckled Dinnerware Set // Serena Bar Cart // Acacia Print

I’d balance all of those heavy tones and weights out by keeping the tableware and serveware in check with lots of glass, ceramic and porcelain, and lightly colored marble. This large acacia print would anchor everything together and bring a nice dose of nature into the decor.

 

Mara Marble + Copper Trivet // Carter Salt Cellar // Dawn Glass Pitcher // Graydon 8″ Antique Brass Hurricane // Cast Metal Trivet

Candlesticks and hurricane lanterns, along with that beautiful three-armed chandelier, are all I’d need to set whatever mood I’m going for – moody and dramatic or light and bright. I’d say the look of this reimagined room might be called Casual Industrial Modern and I’d happily welcome it into my home!

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Pen UNO

 

Don’t you just love the feeling of finding the perfect pen? One that sails across paper, won’t smear, and hopefully doesn’t run out of ink too quickly. I’m anxious to try out Pen UNO, a sleek and minimal aluminum pen available in five colors – space grey, gold, rose gold, red, and black. It uses a Hi-Tec C Coleto gel ink cartridge which is widely available online in a variety of colors and line-weights.

 

 

 

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10 Exceptional Rugs

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When is a floor rug more than a floor rug? When it’s a work of art that happens to be underfoot! Today’s textile artisans are doing an incredible job of taking one of the world’s oldest professions and making it their own, whether it’s sticking to age-old techniques or developing modern designs. These ten rugs are real stunners!

 

Studio Proba

 

Studio Mizi

 

Pampa

 

Oci

 

Mae Engelgeer

 

Grain Design

 

GUR

 

Dana Haim

 

Cody Hoyt + kinder MODERN

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Designer Baking Food Stamps

 

At this point these Designer Baking food stamps are only a concept, but wouldn’t you love to see them realized? The quote “bread and olive” led STUDIOLAV to design this set of stamps made out of solid olive wood, the iconic fabric patterns Pied de Poule and Tweed Herringbone transforming your bread, cookies, and pies into small haute couture baking marvels one stamp at a time.

 

 

 

 

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14 Apps for All

ROW 1:

Amikasa – Design your dream interior by recreating and styling your rooms using furniture and decor from real brands. Then use augmented reality to see how furniture really looks in your room before you buy.

Baby Loggy – A simple and intuitive way to track your baby’s care that helps you track breast feedings, bottle feedings, milk pumping, diaper changes, sleeping times, bath times, growth measurements, medications, milestones, notes, and more.

ROW 2:

Calm – Bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life by experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with guided meditations, breathing programs, and Sleep Stories. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress.

iHandy Level – Use for picture alignment, angle measurements, angles of slope, verticality of a wall or furniture, roof pitch, and much more.

KonMari – Start tidying up your home using the official app for the KonMari Method and create an ideal life that sparks joy.

ROW 3:

magicplan – Lets you create professional floor plans simply by taking pictures to generate complete job estimates, view your space in 3D, plan DIY projects, or furnish your home.

Orai – Be empowered to speak with confidence when on stage, in front of a room, or in everyday life.

OurHome –  A simple way to organize your family. Kids will be motivated to do chores and take responsibility while parents can reward them for their effort. There’s a shared grocery list and a family calendar to keep everyone coordinated.

ROW 4:

PRÊTE – The first members only concierge service to access the best blowouts in your city (currently in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, and Chicago). As a member you’ll get access to the most exclusive salons and stylists to book blowout appointments.

Recycle Coach – Never lose track of collection, set reminders for collections, search the ‘What Goes Where?’ database for detailed disposal instructions specific to your area, and keep track of upcoming events and drop-off dates.

Sephora – Learn how to apply the latest techniques like a pro or customize your look with Sephora’s new color match and virtually try-on recommended products from all the brands you love. Get your daily beauty fix with insider access and exclusive offers.

ROW 5:

SmartyPlants – Add a plant by entering its name and taking its photo, the app will detect if the plant is part of our growing botanical database and suggest a few care reminders for that species. You can also create your own reminders in just a few taps. Once you’ve added your plants, SmartyPlants will notify you when each one needs to be watered, fertilized, pruned, repotted, rotated, weeded, misted, mulched, flushed, propagated, etc.

Sway – An ‘interactive meditation’ experience, Sway uses your phone to track movement and provides feedback to help you gain focus and improve your attention. With six unique levels, you will learn new techniques to be mindful in everyday life situations and subtly practise mindfulness anytime and anywhere.

Think Dirty – The easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop, just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, track dirty ingredients, and shop for cleaner options

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5 Favorite Food Blogs of the Moment

Coffee & Crayons is a newer find for me, one full of Jessica’s self-taught journey in food photography. Along with some delicious recipes she also shares bits and pieces of her life as a mother – the good days and the bad.

Recent Favorites: Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich, 10 Minute Toasted Sesame Chopped Noodle Salad, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Summer Ice Pops

 

Cotter Crunch is helmed by Lindsay Cotter, a gluten-free nutrition specialist who focuses on fueling active people with real food. Because so many of her recipes are grain-free, many are adaptable to my type 2 diabetes lifestyles as well. Lindsay is clearly passionate about what she does and that enthusiasm and dedications is 100% contagious.

Recent Favorites: Creamy Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits, Creamy Fig Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Cups, Honey Mustard Baked Fish and Veggies (One Pan Meal)

 

My Baking Addiction appeals to my gigantic sweet tooth – the one I’m not supposed to have – and baker Jamie clearly relates to my love of sugar. With autumn fast approaching my baking game is about to go up a notch, and I can’t wait to dig into these recipe archives.

Recent Favorites: Cinnamon Roll Blondies, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart, Cherry Fritter Cake

 

Running to the Kitchen offers everything from butter-laden to paleo recipes and everything in between. I love this kind of site because it’s realistic for most of us – a moderate amount of healthy fuel with occasional indulgences. Gina clearly agrees and has a backstory worth reading over as well.

Recent Favorites: Yogurt Tahini Mediterranean Carrot Salad, Pistachio Crusted Flank Steak with Peach Puree, Toasted Muffin Summer Fruit Panzanella

 

Shutterbean‘s Tracy Benjamin dabbles in a lot of areas – everyday life, organizing tips, the occasional decorating post, photography, and food. I love that she admits that she’s constantly thinking about food, which is probably the #1 reason you should be a food blogger!

Recent Favorites: Hippy Banana Bread, Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka, Herbed Goat Cheese

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