Well Decorated Halloween

Have a fun-filled spooky day!

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Trump has nothing on these Homes

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I hopped on Pintrest for a little inspiration, and I barely had to scroll before I saw a Pin by my friend (Thanks D.M.!).  It was on the work of French artist Hurbert Duprat.  The Caddisfly, found around most rivers, create protective tubes for themselves out of materials they find in their surroundings.  Normally this would mean wood, small bits of stone, fish bones, shells etc.  That made Hurbert Duprat wonder…what if they only had gold to work with?  He carefuly located the Caddishfly larvae, brought them to his studio and created a controlled environment where their only choice of construction materials were gold flakes, beads, and jewels.  The end result were these amazing jewelry like tubes.  I wonder if they enjoy these building materials or if they miss their fish bones.

Though the web is filled with posts about his work with the Caddisfly, his other work is just as interesting.  For a little more on the work of Duprat click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e78hni1LoSo

Now if we could only engineer spiders to spin gold webs…I wouldn’t mind walking into them.

 

Need Art? Minimalist Movie Posters

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I am just glad I have no more room on my walls for any of these, because they are all way too tempting with their clever graphics and bold colors.  If you like minimalism as a painting style, but can not afford original art, consider some of these.  Click on the image to link to the artist’s site.

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What Inspires What

I recently fell in love with a new Pindler & Pindler fabric (Intrepid/Malachite).  It made me want design a room around it and it got me thinking about how designers get inspired/influenced.  Landscape inspires fabric, fabric inspires furniture choice…it is an endless loop.  Sometimes it is just the color of something we find inspiring or the graphic quality.  I had fun being inspired by this fabric.

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no120_my_green_lantern_minimal_movie_poster_by_chungkong-d551lssFrom top to bottom: Pindler & Pindler fabric (Intrepid/Malachite); garden photo via trekearth.com; coffee table from Worlds Away; Greek Key Rug by jonathanadler.com; Stepped Chevron Scarf from Nordstrom; earrings from ebay; Green Lantern poster by Chungkong.

Warming Up

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There’s no better way to warm up on a crisp Fall evening than with a delicious bowl of homemade soup.  Plus, your house will smell amazing!

We have a long list of soup faves here at the Hardy house, but we kicked it off with the hubs favorite, Carrot-Ginger.  It’s super simple, so give it a try and let us know how it turned out.

What you’ll need for 8 servings:

2 tablespoons EVOO

1 cup chopped sweet onion

salt

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger

2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped

1 medium russet potato, peeled and chopped

6 cups low sodium chicken (or vegetable) stock

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 1/3 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

ground pepper

Let’s get cooking:

Combine EVOO and onion in a dutch oven or heavy pot over med-high heat.  Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, about 10 minutes until onion starts to caramelize.  Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 2 more minutes.  Stir in carrots, potato, and stock.  Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until carrots and potato are very tender, 15 to 18 minutes.  Keep warm.

While the veggies are simmering, prepare the toppings.  Lightly toast the pine nuts in a small saute pan over high heat.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, honey, thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender (or puree in regular blender like me).  Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with a dollop of the yogurt mixture and some pine nuts.  **Last night we used pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts (’tis the season) and it was delicious!**

xoxo  Enjoy!

FALLINGWATER

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Have you ever taken a trip or visited a place, and all the elements converged to make it a beautiful experience?  It has happened a couple times for me, and one of those was a trip I took to see Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic piece of architecture in western PA.  I thought about that visit this morning as I was driving into work and the trees are doing that progression from green to bright yellow, because on my first visit to Fallingwater all the trees had turned to those gorgeous hues of yellows, oranges, and reds.  It was just SO beautiful.  Some how we just managed to time our visit perfectly.  So there I am on a beautiful fall day, leaves vibrant, good friends, and experiencing design history.  It just doesn’t get any better then that!  Going to school for design, they of course spoke about Fallingwater more than a few times.  It didn’t disappoint.  Completed in 1939 it is both very modern and melds perfectly with the natural surroundings.  SCALED PLANS.  Some of the interior rooms felt smaller then I thought they would and there were low ceilings.  But there was so much I loved too.  The corner windows, the use of wood and stone for the interior surfaces, and the stream line effect of all the horizontal lines.  Besides just talking about a great piece of architecture, I mostly wanted to tell anyone who hasn’t been there, that is it worth a visit…and if you can GO WHEN THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING!

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FALLING FOR…

It’s finally feeling like Fall as the temps dropped this weekend.  Of course, along with that came 2 and a half hours of leaf raking, and the seasonal closet change-out.  Fall is my favorite, so I’ve accumulated a great mix of cozy basics and this season just want to add a few special pieces to layer and jazz things up a bit.

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I’ll be waiting for this MIXED MEDIA CARDI to go on sale, but can’t wait!

This BEADED TOP will be an easy piece to throw on last minute for cocktails.

Nothing is cozier than a CHUNKY TURTLENECK SWEATER.

I love the option to nip the waist of this great FAUX FUR VEST.

Over the knee BOOTS feel less severe in brown, but at $100 I’m tempted to snag both colors.

I’ll pair this SKIRT with a sleek black turtleneck and a thin silk blouse depending on my mood.

This little TEDDY will feel like a special little secret under all of those layers.

I’ve been wanting to try the FLOWY PANTS trend and at 25% off I’ll give it a whirl.

STATEMENT EARRINGS make me feel so much better about lazy ponytails.

A colorful HAT to top off my basic black and tan coats.

As it gets darker earlier this BRIGHT VEST makes evening runs a bit safer.

What’s on your list?  xoxo