Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Spinach Salad

Spinach, Basil, and Radish Salad

1 large ripe avocado, cut into cubes
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
3 large radishes, diced
1 lb. asparagus, halved and trimmed
2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
1/4 cup Barlean's Organic Flax Oil
3 cups Earthbound Farm Organic Spinach, loosely packaged
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. fresh orange zest

Boil asparagus in a large pot of salted water for 2 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water. 
In a large bowl, combine cooked asparagus with remaining ingredients, stirring well to coat evenly with dressing. Serves two.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Banana "Cream" Tart

Filling - Ingredients
1 ripe banana
Meat of two young coconuts
1 cup coconut water
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/4 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients together until creamy.
Chill in freezer while you prep the crust.

Crust - Ingredients
1 cup of cashews
1/3 cup almonds
3 dates 
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

Process nuts until powder like, then add remaining ingredients and process until they stick together. Press the crust into a 9-inch pie pan. Pour the filling over the crust, freeze for 30 minutes, then add fruit topping. Use any combination of strawberries, grapes, figs, raspberries, or blueberries and arrange along the tart. Freeze the finished tart for 2-3 hours before serving.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Home Sweet Home

I've been in the cottage for less than 24 hours, but it already feels like home. I was ready for a blank canvas. Here's my project! More design details to come...

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Perhaps more than the clothing and accessories, I like to visit Anthropologie for its whimsical window displays. Often combining nature with nurture, and blending textiles and textures, the window displays are inspired. This month's displays grabbed my eye, especially with the process explained above. When I worked for Central Park, I remember monarchs migrating through fields and gardens, dancing across at dusk. It's a feat of nature that's window worthy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's Alive.

You've probably noticed the "living wall" trend. Last summer, succulent art was all over Colorado and I want to bring it home. Succulents are low maintenance, so this is a great way to add texture, color, and visual interest to either an interior or exterior space. Start by building (or buying) a frame, like this.

Fill with cuttings. To prep your plants, set aside the cuttings in a cool area for a few days to allow their stem ends to dry and callus over. You'll want about 60 for a 6- by 12- inch frame. Next, add soil by setting the frame mesh side up on a flat surface; fill it with moist cactus mix, working the mix through the mesh with your fingers. The mesh and a food backing holds the soil in place. Poke the cuttings' stem ends through the mesh and into the soil. LEave the frame lying flat in a fool, bright location while plants take root (about 7-10 days after planting, then begin watering). Once the plants are securely roots, display them upright and water once a week.

For an even easier display, consider planting a wooden wine container with an array of succulents. Drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and display outside.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It all comes down to the last person you think about at night.
That's where your heart is.
There are a million different ways to say
"I love you".

'Put your seatbelt on.' 
'Dinner is ready.' 
'Get some rest.' just gotta listen.

Design Lovers Unite!

Here's a question. When you're moving house, but some of your high quality furnishings simply don't fit into your new place, what do you do? Whether it's a job change, move, renovation, or style change, many of us have perfectly good home furnishings that just don't fit into our homes. On the flip side, there are plenty of people who would love to buy great pieces from the owner. With Chairish, consider this problem solved! 

I found myself in this predicament over the weekend. I'm currently packing and in the midst of a move, but not all of my belongings will make it to the new place. At the same time, there are a few odds and ends I want to add to the new house...but with a more unique feel (like the striped mid-century modern chair above). With listings from around the country, you're bound to find something that fits. Check it out.