Stack up some Hermes boxes under a console and you've lit a fire below a piece of furniture that has become a fireplace where none existed. These boxes are just the thing to heat up a room.
FROZEN TANGERINE PUMPKINS
With summer gone, Paris thousands of miles away, and brittle fall leaves doing summersaults across our pebbled front yard I'm ready to embrace autumn's gift - the tangerine. Fall brings with it bowls of potpourri filled with the mingling scents of tangerine and cinnamon, the smell so enticing you want to bit into it and let the juice trickle down your chin. Here's my recipe for making this happen.
8 to 10 Fairchild tangerines (remove those damn stickers)
A quart and a half of vanilla ice cream (in Wisconsin the local manufacturer makes one called Uff Da Vanilla - the richer the better)
Cinnamon to taste
Pop your little deserts in the freezer and voila! Serve with a plastic spoon from a street vendor and think of Paris.
MORE OR LESS
I have always contended that good design doesn't depend on money, at least not money alone. I've spent a career matching "the proverbial Gap T-shirts with Armani suits "or the decorating equivalent to that fashion trick employed by many even the ever stylish Sharon Stone in order to create beautiful spaces while trying to stay on budget. The trick here is to watch the quality quotient. Finish is usually the first give-away of a poor quality item. Wood should look like wood, stone should look like stone, and you get the idea. These days construction doesn't have to be flimsy to make something for a lesser price and veneers are used throughout the industry whether high or low. Just pay attention to how they are cut, glued up and used. MDF is not a four-letter word but particleboard is. Structure is important. Chairs, sofas and benches should support people of substantial size and tables should never wobble.
This week's finds:
Digital Camera Magazine, Malaysia, October 2006 issue