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August 30th, 2010 - 7:57 pm § in food

apple cranberry raisin chutney

I have to admit, I’m not huge on chutneys, but I do love the quick, not very pickled ones — I also love savory chutneys as opposed to simply sweet ones. They don’t last as long as the ones with lots of vinegar and long cooking times and mustard seeds and all that, but their [...][...]

August 30th, 2010 - 2:20 pm § in shopping, sitting room

arc chrome floor lamp

Today we stopped by Argos and picked up the ARC Chrome Floor Lamp. This is now sitting in the living room. I love Argos — it’s sort of like a cross between the old-fashioned catalog stores like Sears Roebuck in the US and IKEA and Target. The reviews on the website are crucial — yo[...]

August 29th, 2010 - 12:03 pm § in food, kitchen

softboiled eggs

I have yet to manage a perfect soft-boiled egg on our new stove top. It’s one of those glass topped cookers, which marries all the downsides of electric cooking with the difficulties of keeping the dang things looking nice. (Oh, gas cookers, how I miss thee!) A 3.5 minute egg is turning out no[...]

August 28th, 2010 - 2:19 pm § in guest, tools

what color is a mink?

I’ve just bought a small wardrobe for our guestroom. Not an exciting purchase, but a practical one, and a necessary one. It’s described as “mink and chocolate brown,” which confused me for a second. This was because to me as an American, minks are chocolate brown, as on the r[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 9:43 pm § in DIY, thinking

i love felt

And here’s an idea I’m definitely stealing. Gotta find some old wool blankets. Okay, a LOT of old wool blankets. There’s a bench to be made. Wait, two benches. I’ll bet they’re really comfy. I need a small bench for the kitchen. And a big bench for the hallway. Only I t[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 9:33 pm § in library/dining, thinking

mark the spot

Yes. I’ll admit it. I’m the kind of person who alphabetizes her CD collection. Luckily, I no longer have a CD collection, as it’s now all on my drives. But these, designed by Hiroshi Sasagawa, are cute. I may have to steal this idea somewhat. Get some quilting template materials, o[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 8:59 pm § in kitchen, shopping

mouth blown wine glasses

When we first moved into our old house, J’s sister gave us some lovely wine glasses that we loved more the more we used them. They feel great in the hand, weighted toward the bottom of the glass, so they don’t feel tippy or top heavy, they’re casual, so you don’t feel silly d[...]

August 16th, 2010 - 10:21 am § in thinking, tools

trendy? me?

You know what I really dislike? I really dislike when you’re imagining your new room, and you think…”ooh, I have that zebra fabric remnant I got that one time years ago…I’ll cover the chair seats with that, that’ll be original and fun!”… only to discov[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 11:09 pm § in bedroom, thinking

compromise vs. budget

Okay, I’ve been giving some thought lately to a quote from an interior designer who was being interviewed on a design website. When asked by the interviewer whether people should have a vision for a room and how closely they should follow that, he said something like, “Never compromise. [...]

August 13th, 2010 - 10:43 pm § in shopping

win win win

When I first started asking people where to find the sort of shops where you can get cheap second-hand furniture, everyone kept saying, “and of course, you have to get out to Emmaus.” So I did, and everyone was right.[...]