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4 Crushes & A Confession

This weather is really sucking the motivation out of me.  And I can tell that Ava is getting bored with playing inside.  It has been a long, cold winter and I am totally, completely, 100 percent over it.  I just want to stay at home, walk around in slipper boots (also leggings & a comfy oversized sweater), sip hot coffee, and do absolutely nothing.  Thank goodness Ava keeps me on my toes or I might turn into a hermit.

While I may not have felt like writing any posts this week, I did find the time to lolligag around on the internet looking for vintage area rugs on ebay, searching craigslist for planters and pots, and totally falling for my 4 new crushes…

CRUSH #1:  MOCIUN

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This ring.  I love it sooooo much.

And I think I’ve found a replacement for our scratched white IKEA bowls…

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(eric bonnin kam ice cream bowl @ mociun)

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CRUSH #2:  JERSEY ICE CREAM COMPANY

It was pure luck that I stumbled upon this instagram feed for @jerseyicecreamco .  I was instantly smitten with the beautiful travel pics and curious about the remodeling.

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A visit to their site lead me to some amazing “before & after” shots from their design & build work.  Here are two “afters”:

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The wood wall is gorgeous.  So is the rug.  And the bed.  Love it.

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Again, amazing wood walls … amazing use of wood all around.  This room has such a calming demeanor – like a permanent vacation.  I need to buy a house just to have this team go to work on it!

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CRUSH #3:  CAULIFLOWER SAUCE

Yes, you read that correctly.  I have a crush on cauliflower sauce.  It’s delicious.  My husband had no idea he was eating pasta drenched in cauliflower sauce when I  adapted the “alfredo” recipe from Oh She Glows (I left out the yeast and added a dash of nutmeg).  I can’t wait to try this variation from Pinch of Yum:

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CRUSH #4:  POLENTA FRIES

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I was inspired to try these when I saw the pics & recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon .  I shortcutted the recipe by using a roll of organic polenta I had in the fridge.  I cut it into fry shapes, rolled them around in a little bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and popped them into a 375 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes (depending on how crispy you want them).  After about 20 mins, I flipped them over.  I finished them off with a dash of salt & cracked pepper and we ate them just like that.  No condiment required.  My daughter did insist on ketchup for hers.  Of course.

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A CONFESSION

Why a confession?  Because they are fun … who doesn’t like hearing a little secret about someone?  So here is my confession (and moms, don’t hate.).  I do not like playing Barbies with my daughter.  Well, not just with my daughter, but in general.  I despise it.  Just hearing the words “Let’s play Barbies” makes me cringe.  Oh, I still do it but we put a time limit on it (if I didn’t, I would have to play Barbies all day.  every day.).  It never used to bother me.  Maybe I have reached my dollhouse limit.  I love doing everything else with the little miss and I’m always full of alternative suggestions, but The Barbies always win.  And why can’t they make pants that actually stay on Ken when he sits down?

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Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!  XO

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Steve from Blue’s Clues Handy Dandy Brooklyn Pad

I’m loving this Williamsburg ‘bachelor pad’ belonging to Steve Burns [from Blue’s Clues].  I would have killed for a space like this in Brooklyn.

A courtyard nestled in the middle of a woodsy, modern, super cool space really sealed the deal for me.  Love love love.

Designed by Eric Liftin.  See the rest of this Brooklyn oasis at Fast Company’s Co.Design page.

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Modern Fireplace Design: Portable, Rollable, Hideable

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Chicago IT IS COLD.  Right now I am looking out the window at a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground and even more flakes falling from the sky.  All I can think about are things that make me warm – hot cocoa, fuzzy slippers, comfy sweaters, and the warm glow of a fire.

There is something so mesmerizing about fire – watching flames dance around as they curl around the logs, listening to the crackling of the wood … the smoky scent that fills the air, the warmth radiating from the hearth … ahhhhh.

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[image via Frau Nocturna]

Modern fireplace design comes with a hefty price tag, but there are some really amazing options to gawk at and dream of maybe one day being able to afford.

Don’t have a fireplace?   Candles just aren’t enough?  Try this tabletop fireplace designed by Carl Mertens.  Two stainless steel “logs” that can bring a warm glow to any room.  Available at Generate Design.

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These indoor/outdoor ottoman fires turn your fireplace into a functional piece of furniture when not in use.  From Conmoto.

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These little hot pot fires are also from Conmoto and would work great for outdoor entertaining.

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And one more from Conmoto – a fireplace you can roll around.  What will they think of next?!

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This amazing fireplace design is from Rutz Feuerstellen [Troja]- the door slides open and closed, turning your fireplace into a work of art.

trojaAnother “hideable” creation from Rutz Feuerstellen [Amfri]- beautiful!

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Timber, leather, glass, and stainless steel sit upon a swivel base … introducinng Zeta, designed by John Dimopoulos and featuring EcoSmart technology.  Ventless, portable, sleek, and definitely on my Covet List.

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For The Love of the Blog

I have that ‘need a vacation from my vacation’ feeling only it’s ‘need a weekend from my weekend’.  What happened to those days I used to wallow around complaining, “There’s nothing to do” in an overly dramatic tone?  Oh right – baby.  Wouldn’t trade the chaos of motherly love for anything, but everyone needs a little R&R and throughout the week, I find mine in cute, fanciful, darling little blogs like these ….

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The Cherry Blossom Girl is Alix – a young, French fashion designer with a love of all things pretty.

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Join Louise in her whimsical world of Art and Ghosts … beautiful works [there’s also and Etsy store!] and plenty of imagination.

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Made by Girl is made by Jennifer Ramos [she makes the colorful cards and prints in the pic above] and her blog is all about inspiration, color, and design.

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The Hidden World of Eloise … speaks for itself.  Happy Monday … XO

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