have you heard about sprout yet? there’s been a lot of buzz about HP’s new and really innovative immersive computer platform — which is a fancy way of saying that sprout is a new creativity station blending the physical and digital world we live in. HP very kindly invited me to try out sprout and see how it could improve my way of blogging.
what i immediately could see was what a time saver it would be for me when it comes to blogging, or for anyone designing — interior and graphic — because sprout’s built-in hi-res camera replaces the need for a scanner — you simple lay your image on the touchpad, touch the camera on the monitor and boom! it scans your images right there on your desktop, and then with a swipe the images appear on the touchpad’s blank canvas, allowing you to resize, move, and manipulate images with the touch of your finger. everything you see below i scanned and resized and moved around and made three revisions within 15 minutes! and for me time is everything when my goal is to share new content with you every single day.
let’s say you’re an interior designer — you can comp up a room for a client using sprout like the one above i created in minutes, email it to them, review and make revisions instantly. all those scraps of ideas can be instantly photographed by sprout’s built-in camera, played around with until your happy — moving the images around and resizing them on the touchpad, deleting what you don’t like and adding what you do. when you’re happy add text, press the camera button one more time and voilá – your comp is ready to send to the client within minutes. sprout may just be your new BFF.
bloggers, artists and illustrators like todd selby are using sprout to create amazing 3-d artwork (i scanned that dish of washi tape in 3-d and it took less than a minute), drawing and painting right on the touchpad — taking things a step up from their usual work and challenging their narratives. for me, i can create inspiration boards and collages to demonstrate my design ideas with you in a way that is new and creative. HP has reimagined the PC and jammed everything you need into a sprout — it’s a traditional computer and monitor, hi-res camera, 3-d scanner and creative workspace all in one. sprout gives us the tools to express ourselves and get our work done more quickly and efficiently. i think seeing sprout in action via videos of designers like todd selby and jacob brown of blackbook magazine using it will give you a really good idea of its capabilities — so visit the sprout site to check them out.
thanksgiving is almost here! and most of us know that the most stressful thing about thanksgiving is figuring out what to wear so you can eat everything and anything you want and not look too gluttonous doing so. the expando-matic waistband pants? check. oversized sweater? oh yeah. here’s a few other ideas to get through the holiday looking fashionable, but feeling like you’ve got your favorite jammies on. you’re welcome.
what to wear for an all you can eat afternoon: colorblock sweater tunic from j.crew; eribé collector’s scarf in amazon from j.crew; j.crew drapey wool sweatpants in heather gray (so it doesn’t look like you’ve totally given up); dainty but oh-so-comfy tiek’s ballerina pink flats; horn stripe reading glasses from anthropologie; and finally a big old metallic whipstitch tote from anthropolgie for leftovers.
i often wonder if i’d like living in brooklyn — i never did the new york thing, and i think i would have liked it. never say never, but for now i’m just vicariously enjoying this fort greene apartment belonging to Boutique owner Lauren Snyder featured recently on a refinery29 home tour. lauren owns the primary essentials and much like her lovely shop, her apartment is minimalist but homey — i think the plants, and that exposed brick and the lovely built-in bookshelves really warm the space right up. it looks to me like she simply shares her most beloved belongings, and nothing overly fussy and that’s something i’m working hard at achieving. for the whole tour, hop on over to refinery29.
i came across this wonderful online french brocante, Le Grenier de Ninon — the perfect sort of place if there’s not a flea market or thrift shop around. just hop on their site and you’ll find beautiful treasures, like this vintage barber’s mirror, or a beautiful slate gray crocheted blanket, lovingly washed and cared for. of course, all the objects are vintage and have some traces of the time, which only adds to their unique charm. so pretty, right? Le Grenier de Ninon ships worldwide and is full of found vintage and repurposed objects for your home.
i can’t believe it’s almost here, but christmas is right around the corner. the corner right after thanksgiving, which is next thursday — and also the day a lot of you put your tree up. so, i thought it would be fun to gather up some sweet ornament ideas for you. i like getting one or two new ornaments each year and these from anthropologie are perfect for my holiday color scheme — gold, white and silver. happy decorating!
from top to bottom, strung along these vintage edison globe lights from cb2: bronze pug; snowy pinecone; felted acorns; hand carved eiffel tower; golden antler ; polar bear; sparkled acorn; and the wiley racoon.