Hi, friends! This is just a short note to let you know that I will be away on a ski holiday in Quebec for the next ten days or so. As much as I do want this winter to be over, I suppose I had better just enjoy what nature throws our way. Since that happens to be a lot of snow, I may as well make the best of it and ski my way into Spring! I promise to take lots of photographs to share here on the blog when I return. And don't forget about Daylight Savings Time this weekend: Spring Forward! (Oh, wouldn't that be nice...) See you soon!
The April issue of Martha Stewart Living is hopping its way to subscriber mail boxes! The cover is adorable with a Holland Lop bunny sitting inside a planted Easter basket. Inside it's Spring from cover to cover: stress-free spring cleaning tips, Easter egg craft ideas, egg recipes, herb gardens and eleven Spring holiday desserts. The issue will be on newsstands on the 17th. Thanks to Kenn for the scan!
Working in an environment that is consistently receiving new and beautiful products for the home is not an easy burden to bear: temptation is everywhere! The new spring House & Home arrivals at Anthropologie have me salivating, not to mention looking for space I don't have to acquire some of the pieces featured below, which are currently available online. (Many will soon be available in stores.) As a careful reader of Martha Stewart Living, I frequently see our home products featured in its pages - either as pieces selected by editors or as props in their photo spreads. I hope you'll pop in to an Anthropologie store near you in the coming weeks to see all the delights on offer!
GLOSSARY OF ANDREW'S FAVOURITES:
1. Sepon Dinnerware Collection. 2. Sepon cup and saucer. 3. Serpentinite Serveware. 4. Garden Buzz Cup and Saucer. 5. Marbled Swing-Stool Table. 6. Fallen Pleats Ceramic Cake Stands. 7. Fresco Garden Pots in Black. 8. Fresco Garden Pot in Black. 9. Mogador Bay Garden Pots. 10. Fresco Garden Pot in Brown. 11.Tidepool Sculpture. 12. Tidepool Sculptures. 13. Jardin Des Plantes Tea Set. 14. Garden Buzz-Buzz Platter and Pitcher. 15. Majorelle Tea Cup and Saucer (comes in green, blue, lavender and yellow). 16. Etched Bowls (all colours shown.)
Hundreds of years before marbleizing techniques were adopted by the Europeans, Japanese masters had perfected the art. Known in Japan as suminagashi (which literally translates to "floating ink"), the decorative artform originated in the 12th Century. As with many traditional Japanese artforms, suminagashi was practiced not only as a craft but as a form of self-discipline, concentration and a means through which to control seemingly unpredictable or natural elements. The process involves dropping special inks called Aitoh Boku-Undo into a shallow tray of water that is wide enough and long enough to accommodate the size of paper or fabric the artist intends to dye. The inks can be allowed to swirl on their own as they meet with the gentle undulations of the water itself or can be manipulated into whimsical, whirly patterns with a thin tip or with a gentle current of air. The artist then lays the paper or fabric on top of the finished floating-ink design, which becomes almost immediately absorbed by the material. The work, once removed from the water, can be hung to dry. Click here to see a Japanese suminagashi artist at work.Ryan Liebe illustrate some of the craft projects in the issue. Click here for a very good tutorial on how to do this project at home and here for more resources and information about suminagashi.
purchased online, were decorated using the remnant ink from a larger project. Once dry, they were waterproofed using a découpage finish.
spoonflower.com and then stretched between two dowels.
It is snowing outside - again. And as much as I do enjoy winter, I've truly had my fill this year. To distract myself I've been avoiding the snowy view outside my windows and looking at beatiful imagery of houseplants and flower arrangements, teaching myself about the growing habits of some new plants I've got my eye on (such as the medinilla magnifica) and learning about different styles of flower arranging. I do like formal arrangements, but I've been leaning more and more towards freeform bouquets with their layered textures and more casual personalities. They strike a modern atmosphere without losing any charm. Soft pinks and purples with muted whites and creams, green and silvery foliage and a mix of contrasting shapes and sizes are the combinations I am currently enamored of. They match my apartment and my mood. I've gathered ten images of some very lovely bouquets with a few notes. I hope they distract you from any persistent winter weather that might be getting you down and inspire you to visit your local florist for a little pick-me-up.
Tips for arranging flowering branches:
1. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and slit the base with a knife, making a cut about a quarter of an inch in lengh. You can also gently smash the ends of the branches with a hammer until the end splits but does not shatter or become crushed. This allows the branch to absorb more water.
2. Store the branches immediately in a vase filled with about three inches of tepid water until you are ready to arrange them. Make sure not to submerge too much of the branch in water to avoid fungal growth and bacteria in the water.
3. Mist the branches frequently to keep them from drying out.
piraea vanhouttei and tropical foliage it is a virtuoso! What keeps it simple and restful to the eye is the restricted colour palette: white and green.
The beautiful whorls and petals of Picasso Ranunculus Burgundy look simply elegant in a pale ivory pitcher. A single white ranunculus lends some punctuation.
The Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings will be on stands next Monday (March 3) and features singer-songwriter John Legend and his bride, model Chrissy Teigen, on the cover. This is the third time Weddings has featured a celebrity couple on the cover (twice, consecutively) and may signal a new direction for the magazine. By gaining exclusive access to the details of a celebrity wedding, the magazine is appealing to a younger audience without sacrificing the quality and style it has become famous for, while simultaneously knocking out its competitors. Martha Stewart Weddings has maintained its position in the top three most-popular weddings publications in the world. With well over a million subscribers, excellent newsstand sales, robust advertising pages and several international versions in print around the globe, it is (comparatively) the best-selling magazine bearing the Martha Stewart imprint. Read more about John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's wedding here and be sure to pick up the issue next week.
Two readers in London recently shared their beautiful photographs of the spring-like conditions they are experiencing in the area. Daffodils and crocuses are already up and full of bloom - and it isn't even March yet! Many of us here in North America's northeast still have a long way to go before we see any signs of green buds outside our windows. So, in the interest of good cheer I thought I would share their photographs on the blog to whet our appetites for spring. The photographs are by Rowaida Flayhan and Pru Singer. Thank you, ladies!
Last four photos by Pru Singer