I’ve come to love Valentine’s Day as one of my favorite holidays of the year. Without the stereotypical roses and secret Valentine’s, it’s a celebration of love for family, friends, and significant others, and also an excuse to bask in rosy reds and pinks that will make any winter day feel warm and fuzzy. I’m sharing my ideas a bit backwards this year – dessert ideas came first and now comes an appetizer table full of delicious bites to munch on with friends this Sunday. I made a floral ice bowl to hold a pile of salmon roe, some beautiful root vegetable chips and a bowl of creme fraîche for a fraîche way to enjoy the roe, and a plate of roasted piquillo pepper deviled eggs. I definitely enjoyed taste-testing this project – the chips make roe an easy and elegant dish, and the sweet pepper makes the eggs delightful. So why not enjoy some holiday-appropriate bites this year and whip up these treats – I’ll be sharing the details throughout the week!
This family loft in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood brings together comfortable living with a clean modern edge that fits perfectly with the industrial architecture. The living room is especially inviting, with a long sectional piled with throw pillows, a deep swivel chair, and the pop of an orange lucite coffee table. Soft colors weave through the accents and the rug, bringing color to the neutral upholstery. And we can’t forget the super-sized windows, of course – there’s really nothing like a living room open to the light and energy of the surrounding city. Below, leather and brass counter stools by Simon Hasan shine in front of a dark cerulean kitchen island.
I can’t believe it’s already the beginning of February, but I’m definitely looking forward to a certain pink-and-red-themed holiday on the fourteenth that celebrates la vie en rose. Of course food is one of the most important pieces of any holiday tradition, so I thought I would share some orange, pink, and purple desserts that caught my eye recently. These Valentine’s Day desserts have certainly brought some color into my dreary February day, so I’m looking forward to choosing one (or two) to bring to life in the kitchen next Sunday!
(via Vogue, photography by Jason Schmidt)
Lighting is quite similar to jewelry in many respects – it’s relatively small, brings in an accent color or finish, is often playful in its design, and in many cases, contrasts the style of the outfit (or room, in this case). Although practical in many regards, lighting can be a playful element that adventurously communicates your personality. A little goes a long way when it comes to finishes like metals and metallic, and it’s amazing what well-proportioned table lamps will do to a room. I recently switched out a task lamp on my desk for this table lamp and the new height and weight elevated my whole desk area.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gold table lamps in every budget because, well, who wouldn’t want some more home-jewelry? Gold can be serious or playful, traditional or glamorous, and I tried to represent all of these styles in each of the price ranges. It’s exciting to find such solid designs in Target’s Threshold collection, as well as admire the creativity of Anthropologie’s whimsical lighting. Do you spy any favorites below?
I’m so honored to announce that Thou Swell has been nominated for the Design Bloggers Conference Annual Hall of Fame Awards! I’ve been nominated under ‘Best Graphics, Photography, and Presentation’ alongside some pretty incredible bloggers. If you have a few minutes, please lend a vote for TS by taking the poll here. Thank you in advance for your support, swell friends!