Functional Beauty- Mid Century Modern.

Mid century modern furniture popularity has been rising over the last decade. Who hasn’t heard of an Eames chair or Saarinen table, or seen the reproductions in West Elm? The decorative and functional arts of that time have also become popular. One of the most prolific contributors was the principal designer for Dansk, sculptor and designer, Jens Quistgaard. He brought his Danish sensibility to define the mid century modern age with function meets form. Note that the lid of the cookware is also a trivet. Quistgaard passed away in 2008. Vintage pieces are valuable in the resale market, but you can always buy new at home specialty retailers.
Sur La Table
Sur La Table
Crate And Barrel

Home Sewing

Will the uptick in crocheting, knitting and needlepointing due to home confinement increase our awareness and appreciation for fine needlework in our clothing?

J Crew
J Crew

Mock Crab Cakes

After receiving a few requests for this recipe, I am happy to share it. Let me know how it works out for you.

Harrowstyle Mock Crab Cakes.

29 ounce can of chick peas drained

15 ounce can of hearts of palm drained

15 ounce can of artichoke hearts drained

3 chopped scallions include green tops

3/4 cup of mayonnaise (vegan or regular)

1 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/4 kelp granules (optional)

2 tablespoon finely chopped pickle or pickle relish

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Oil for sautéing (I use grape seed)

Add chick peas, hearts of palm and artichoke hearts in food processor. Pulse so that chick peas are still recognizable but not whole. Due to large amount of chick peas you may have to do two processor batches.

Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add scallions, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, Old Bay, kelp, pickle and panko and combine.

Form patties of whatever size you choose. Place onto parchment paper baking sheet and place in refrigerator for a least 15 minutes to set up.

Heat oil in large sauté pan to high heat. Without crowding pan (you may have more than one batch) place patties in pan until they are brown on both sides. Approx. 5 minutes each side. Transfer back to baking sheet (with fresh parchment.) Put baking sheet back in oven to cook at 325° for 15 minutes. Unneeded patties can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days as can leftovers. 

This is a very forgiving recipe. Add and omit as preferred.

Zoom Meeting Mullet

If you are like the countless women I know who are on Zoom meetings, you are doing the pandemic fashion version of the mullet: business in the front, party in the back. You are wearing a blouse, earrings and makeup but you are wearing sweats or pajama bottoms below the camera’s view. Tops that are lighter weight coming into warmer weather, that aren’t too revealing or casual, and that don’t compromise professionalism are more important than ever for our online presence. All of these tops work well with or without a necklace or a scarf and provide polish without sacrificing comfort.

Banana Republic
Banana Republic

Sheep Chic

Photo: Björn Wallander

Over the years of reading shelter magazines, blogs, and visiting beautiful houses, I noticed that there are fuzzy sheep sculptures present in many of the well appointment rooms.

It was high time I found out what those chic sheep were all about. These highly valued decorative art sculptures are sold at auction upwards of the high six figures and they have inspired copies at various prices.

“..known as the Moutons de Laine, François-Xavier’s celebrated sheep sculptures were first presented with the title Pour Polytheme, a reference to a passage in Homer’s Odyssey. It describes how Ulysses and his comrades blind the cyclops Polyphemus, and escape from his cave by clinging to the bellies of his giant sheep.”

Bronze Sheep Sculpture With Natural Wool After Lalanne
A rare black sheep by Francois-Xavier LaLanne set auction record for a single “MOUTON DE LAINE” AT $735,000. Sotheby’
Gianluca Vacchi/photo: Kris Tamburell
Photo: Björn Wallander
Can my grown childrens’ former toy horse serve as a stand in for a Lalanne?

Are You Shopping?

In the beginning of this pandemic, I could not even think about clothes but as I got a little more back to myself–even if the world did not, I found myself noticing all the sales and promotions on clothing I had liked but never purchased. I made a little deal with myself that if the item fell into the $30 range or below, it was in range of rationalization during uncertain times.

Frame Denim Le Bardot Grey $30. Poshmark
J. Crew Navy Slip Skirt. I had a credit so no out of pocket $0.
GAP LOVE Poplin Pajama $36.
ASOS White Hoodie $30.
Banana Republic Denim Crop Top $27.
Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Bow Blouse $13.50
Loft Patch Pocket Jeans $29.

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