Interior Design Magazine: September

Hey, everyone!

So, I’ve been slacking a lot with this lately… I know I’ve missed a month or so of my Interior Design Magazine series… I know… I need to step it up a notch! Well, here goes.

Interior Design Magazine
As usual I’ll start with my favorite projects featured in the magazine!
One
aesop
Aesop is a high end skin care line started by hair stylist Dennis Paphitis in 1987. Paphitis then hired Giovanni Lepori as a general manager. Each Aesop store is unique. Lepori likes to choose architects early in their career to design new stores. All the stores focus on using raw materials and center around a sink with running water so that customers can wash their hands and try out the products!
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I’m a huge fan of the curved, wood ceiling and creative, geometric shelving designs!

Two
tribeca
This next one is the loft space of Eric and Julie Ronning by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. The whole place is animal themed starting with the swallow wallpaper featured in the entry hall.
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I absolutely love the wood look of the trompe l’oeil wallpaper for the back splash in the kitchen!

Three
mcann
This last of my favorites is… well my overall favorite! This is the Midtown headquarters of the advertising firm McCann Erikson. The new headquarters were a design collaboration between Gensler, a top 100 design firm, and Tom Dixon, a company focused on lighting and furniture. (I’ve mentioned my love for Tom Dixon Lighting before in a previous design post!)
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I really love the stools sound the bar area, and I LOVE all the Tom Dixon lighting installations, as well as the chevron rug!
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Like seriously… the lighting… I can’t get over it. The copper lighting cluster above the lounge area blows my mind! It’s amazing how much lighting can make or break a space.

So now onto products I love!
products I love

1. Pelle Soap Stones:
“The Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerine soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and hand cut in our Brooklyn studio.”
2. CX Design:
“CX Design is the creation of Italian-born designer Monica Missio and British-born entrepreneur Richard Cleves. Established in 1990, it offers the only complete lighting collection individually hand-crafted by master Italian glass blowers on Murano, an island just north of Venice – the centuries old, undisputed center of the world’s most treasured glass. ” I love how the pendants and chandeliers can come on chains!
3. Erica Rosenfeld Capsule Light:
Handblown glass table and floor lamps that resemble pill capsules. I like the variety of colors and sizes these come in!

Well, that’s about it for my Interior Design Magazine September post! Check out their website for more information on any of the projects I talked about!

-The Whale

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Curry Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

Hello hello!

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Cincinnati, OH, its FALL! I’m pretty sure fall is my favorite season… at least food wise. I’m one of those pumpkin, honeycrisp apple obsessed people. Don’t judge.

Anyways, its been awhile since I’ve done a food post on here. I figured I’d change that with a very fall appropriate recipe!

curry ginger butternut squash soup
Adapted from here

Now I feel like butternut squash is one of those overlooked fall foods that really should not be overlooked! I know we always had some in our garden growing up. They really are quite close to pumpkin… I love me some good squash…

Curry Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
you need
You Need:
-3 cups of butternut squash cubed.
-1 cup diced onion
-2 cups chicken broth
-2 Tbs butter (separated)
-1 tsp Curry powder
-1 tsp Ginger powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-Pepper to taste

First:
squash
Cube up your squash… lets take a moment here to take in the beautiful color! Yeah… so what I find easiest is to chop off each end, then cut it in half to scoop out the insides… (even kind of smells like pumpkin!) Then peel the thing and proceed to cube!

Next:
process
Add your cubed squash to a pot with water (enough to cover all the squash) and bring to a boil. Allow it to boil until a squash stabbed with a fork slides off on its own (like boiling potatoes!).
In the mean time, dice up your onion and saute with a tablespoon of the butter until lightly browned.
Once your squash is ready, drain out the water and mash it all up with a potato masher!

And Now:
mix season
Return the mashed squash to the burner on medium low heat. Add in the broth, remaining butter, and onions and allow to heat through. Once heated add in the seasons! (curry, ginger, salt, pepper).
After that’s all nice and mixed in, I like to pour it all into the blender and give it a few pulses… just because I like a more consistent texture, but if you enjoy chunks in your soup by all means skip that step!

yum!

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I firmly believe this soup is one of the most perfect for fall with its slightly spiced squash flavor! Try it out!

-The Whale

DIY Studded Hair Pins!

Hey, everyone!

I have a little DIY for you today!

DIY Studded Hair Pins

These are all super easy but also super cute! Check it out!

you need

-Hair clip/ bobby pins
-Hot glue gun
-studs (I pulled mine off of an old belt, but you can get them at craft stores!)

Studded Clip
First:
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Figure out how many studs you need to cover your clip. Fold in the prongs for that amount of studs. (A pair of pliers come in handy here!)

Second:
glue
Use a hot glue gun to apply the studs! Easy right???
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Bobby Pins

First:
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Apply a generous dab of hot glue into the cavity of a stud and press the end of a bobby pin into it flat side up.

Second:
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Fold the stud prongs in over the bobby pin. (Pliers also hand here!) Done!
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I love how easy these are and also how much fun and variation you can do! Obviously for the bow, I just glued one stud in the center… I figured you guys could catch onto that. :]

-The Whale