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I'm working on a whole series of posts on our current house. The first I've managed to actually complete was last week's post on our dining room table (there's a much better shot of the table in here too). I've got more in the works on everything from more Ikea hacks to redoing the kitchen. Most just need the photos dropped in, so soon they shall start rolling out. We moved in more than 5 years ago with the intention of staying for 3, but we keep putting off moving on and keep making changes. We've just listed the house and are hoping to find a new fixer upper to start work on soon. If we can find something we love (in a super, yucky, ugly ducking with potential kind of way) that is. These are the rough cut from the listing photos. More to come soon and if we do find a new house to work on, I'll be documenting that from the beginning.
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Our Interview with Dirk Westphal
*When I first met Dirk Westphal in the fall of 1999 at an informal Sunday morning soccer game at the East River Park, I wondered why this guy would want to bring a camera. But as I was to discover, Dirk is an amazing photographer so the camera made total sense (though I don't think any pictures of those games have ever made it into his work). Dirk's work is transformative, taking the mundane and ordinary, materials such as plastic bottle caps, tooth paste, nail polish and snack cakes, and morphing them into extraordinary visual works. I was excited to have a chance to visit Dirk's Chinatown studio and to later have him agree to talk about his work.*
We have a fondness for spending ages looking for exactly what we want then giving up and pulling together out own version, often using parts from Ikea. Some people fear trips to ikea, all 6 of us look for excuses to go. Even my 3 year old says we go to Ikea today multiple times a week. Everything from our paper towel holder to our "entertainment center" for lack of a better phrase is repurposed ikea bits and bobs. I'm going to try to run through them all. Here's nunber one: our dining room table.
When I was eight years old my family was hoodwinked by our local newspaper.
The journalist decided that he wanted to do a story about a runner and his family, so he collected three different families for interviews. It sounded fairly innocent, benign, but the first warning sign should have come to us when he had us pose for a front image for the story.
A trifle is a fantastic desert from England that is more than 3 centuries old. It is made with cake, a splash of alcohol or perhaps some fruit juice, fruit, sometimes gelatin or jelly ❨UK recipes often call for “jelly” which is the same as jello in the US), custard and whipped cream. The top is decorated with fresh or candied fruits, nuts, crushed Amaretti cookies or whatever your artistic sense dictates.
I love the look of well used chalkboards of all kinds from the beautiful Cy Towmblys to those little old school slates and I try to work them in whenever I can. At the moment, we don't have any huge chalkboard walls (though I'm considering it if I can find the right spot), but we do have several smaller options throughout the house. Chalkboards are great because the more you use them the lovelier they become and they are always changing, so you can always make a change when you want something new. They are also a great way to work your child's creativity into your daily life. My daughter adores chalkboards, so we have several for her, but her favorite spot for chalk is always on the wall.
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