it’s thanksgiving here in the states, so we’re taking a little time off today. time to eat, drink and be merry with my friends and family. i set a special nature-inspired table this year and you can see it over on design*sponge. i hope you all have a lovely holiday, and we’ll see you tomorrow with a special giveaway and some shopping discounts — and then be back on monday with some fresh new posts that i’m really excited about! happy, happy everybody!
an awful lot of us have returned to vinyl. don’t get me wrong — i love my digital tunes, too, but there’s something so soothing about a lazy weekend afternoon listening to vinyl on a turntable — or, having friends over for an evening of cocktails and playing DJ, spinning old favorites, perhaps igniting an impromptu dance party. designer kate koeppel’s partner is an avid audiophile, and she saw the need for some organization when it came to his vast vinyl collection. so she went to work and created these beautiful and ingenious laser cut wood alphabetical record dividers as a gift for him. the more friends that saw them, the more that asked for a set — so now kate’s set up shop!
kate’s record dividers collection includes 4 sets for horizontal and vertical record storage, and can be customized with laser engraved Mrs Eaves or Futura. Each set of dividers will be made-to-order by a team of organization-obsessed craftswomen (and men) in San Francisco, California and meticulously packaged with care in a screen printed box with a two-color letterpress label. and, she’s ready to ensure holiday delivery by December 23rd, if you get your holiday orders placed no later than 3PM PST on December 10th. this is one of the coolest gift ideas i’ve seen around this year, so i invited kate over to mix up some cocktails, organize my vinyl and even create a mixed Happy Hour Playlist for you from her favorite albums.
This playlist is full of fun 60′s music that is readily available on vinyl. Lots of good happy hour tunes for easing into winter and dinner party season! The playlist is on rdio.com– new users just need to sign up with Facebook or sign up with email for a free account, but then you can listen to the whole playlist and lots of others for free — enjoy!
and now for the cocktails! to mix up kate’s very delicious cynar cocktail: In a cocktail mixer, pour gin, Cynar and lime juice over ice and stir to mix and chill. Strain, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass, then top with tonic and garnish with lime. drink. it’s so very good!
you can check out more about kate at kate koeppel, and also over on her brain child skill exchange — a community workshop series which aims to inspire the community to use their hands and learn traditional, hand making and self-reliance skills in a fun, social setting by bringing together enthusiastic makers and teachers to share their passion and craft with our communities. and you can order the record dividers right here. alrighty then — rock on!
hi guys! it’s gab from the artful desperado with an almost-winter edition of edible rooms. if you live on the northern hemisphere, chances are you are already rocking the holiday look, you know? boots, big cozy sweaters, awesome scarves, the works! also, you most likely have started to indulge on sweets and comfort food (right?!).
since this season is all about feeling cozy at home, i thought that making a warm salad with lima beans, roasted yam, and wilted kale would be aces. it’s so tasty and easy to make and best of all, it’ll leave you feeling like you just went to a hug party.
let’s get to it!
warm lima bean salad with roasted yams and wilted kale
- 1 can of cooked lima beans (navy or northern beans work too)
- 1 big spanish onion, chopped
- 1 bunch of dino/lacinato kale, chopped
- 1 small yam, cut in cubes
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- a couple sprigs of fresh thyme
- sprinkle of chilli flakes
- salt, pepper
1. turn on the oven at 400F. cover a baking sheet with aluminum paper and place the yams, toss with a little bit of olive and salt and roast for about 15 min (until they’re cooked through – test by poking them with a knife) – remove from oven when done.
2. drain and rinse the lima beans. set aside
3. add canola oil in a pan, toss the chopped onion and sauté over medium-low heat. cook until onions have caramelized (about 10-15 min)
4. on a separate pan, add a bit of olive oil, chilli flakes, garlic, and a pinch of salt. cook over medium-low heat until garlic is golden brown, once it’s ready, toss the chopped kale and cook until wilted (about a couple minutes).
5. add the yams, lima beans, and kale to the pan with the caramelized onions, heat up, and adjust seasoning (make sure to deglaze the bottom of the pan with the juices from the kale).
6. serve hot!
can you imagine having a bowl of this bean salad in a space like this? holy…that’s the ultimate cozy! enjoy fellas! see you next time, warm hugs for all :)
i’m having a real itch to buy a home of my very own these days. the biggest problem being the price of real estate in san francisco is insane. no really – it’s totally insane. if i am ever able to buy something here, it’s going to be a dump that needs major fixing up. not that i’m opposed to that — i’d love that challenge, but it’s also a bit daunting to do all on one’s own. i need a carpenter/builder/architect boyfriend — anyone? but in the meantime, i love daydreaming on real estate sites like bologet — even if it is in another part of the world, one can dream, right? how about this home in malmö, sweden, built in 1929, perhaps? i certainly could live in a home with this kind of character, couldn’t you? all those beautiful moldings, and sliding pocket doors — and all that lovely sunlight. just stunning. something to aspire to, i suppose.
• photos courtesy of bologet.
ali golden first graced our site on maia mcdonald’s oaktown round-up a few months ago, and for this tuesday’s girl, we’re taking a closer look at this local fashion designer’s gorgeous goods. i’ve been on the hunt for a new staple bag and finally found my way into ali’s temescal alley shop this sunday, and was able to admire her chic clothing and accessory line and studio in person. ali was even kind enough to demonstrate the many ways to wear her incredible bags, and i couldn’t decide which was my favorite (meaning i’ll be back very soon!). next time you’re in the temescal neighborhood, make a point to peek into ali golden’s shop.