Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Make a Big Splash: Clear Glass Tub

I was struck by the beauty of this "invisible" tub. Made from a thick sheet of glass inserted between the two tile walls. Uniquely enjoyable!
Boston-based architecture & design firm Stern McCafferty created this custom bath based on an inspiration photo from owners Amy and Ethan d'Abelmont Burnes. They gut renovated their South End rowhouse when they bought the property next door and decided to combine them. The couple wanted an open and modern sanctuary, and this tub definitely fits in with that aesthetic.


From LIHO kids Spring collection.

This Week Finds

Bring Some Fun To Your Breakfast Table

House on the Flight of Birds by Bernardo Rodrigues

Portuguese architect Bernardo Rodrigues has completed the residential project called ‘ House on the Flight of Birds’, in 2010. This single family residence is located in Ribeira Grande, a municipality on Soa Miguel island in the Azores, Portugal.
Description from the architects : The house is located in the north side of S. Michael Island in the Azores. The micro-climate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers so the first design strategy was to block with a wall those winds, offer diverse patios and covered courtyards on the ground floor protected from rain and open all living space to the natural green around by glass walls receded from the exterior.

A Wonderful Thought ...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Pecan Streusel

Serves 8


Sweet Potatoes:
6 medium red-skinned sweet potatoes (also called yams)
1 tbsp canola oil
5 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
Pinch salt

Chipotle Pecans:
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups pecans
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp granulated sugar
3/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
Pinch salt

2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, slightly softened
2/3 cup chipotle pecans, chopped

Sweet potatoes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set one rack in the lowest position and the other in the middle of the oven. Place a foil-lined baking sheet on the lowest rack.

Rub sweet potatoes with canola oil. With a fork, pierce each potato 5 to 6 times in different places around the potato. Place the potatoes directly on the upper rack and bake until tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and place on a cutting board to cool slightly.
Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Gently scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch layer of potato. Place 8 of the potato shells on a large baking sheet and discard the remaining shells. Place the sweet potato flesh in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Using a whisk, mash and vigorously stir the sweet potato until slightly dry, about 5 minutes. Add butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, chipotle chile powder, and salt. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
Evenly divide the sweet potato mixture between the shells.
Chipotle Pecans:
Melt butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add pecans, chipotle chile powder, and sugar to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the sugar begins to caramelize and the pecans are coated with the sauce, 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure the pecans do not burn. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with salt, and cool.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, butter, and salt. Using your fingers, mix the ingredients together until combined.

Sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly over the mashed sweet potatoes. Bake until the streusel mixture is melted together and beginning to bubble, about 15 minutes. Serve.
via here

Quote Of The Day


Love these sweet and simple graphic tshirts for kids by Two New York ...

The Skyloft Penthouse

This four bedroom, four and a half bathroom duplex is situated atop a 1929 Art Deco Tribeca industrial loft building in New York City.
The exterior and lobby of the building were restored and large residential units were created on the upper floors, including this two-story penthouse on the roof.
The nearly 7,500 square foot unit features an all-glass exterior designed by James Carpenter Design Associates and interior architecture and design by Rogers Marvel Architects.
It also has an outdoor terrace of 4,500 square feet on the 14th floor.
Sold for a record $30 million in March 2009, the penthouse is back on the market, and is currently offered at $45 million!

Picture Of The Day

Sunday, May 29, 2011

One & The Same

Sweet and simple totes from One and the Same ...

Beautiful Staircases

I have collected a few images of interior design for home design inspiration and I'd like to share them with you. Today I'll present to you 7 beautiful  staircases. Enjoy!
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