Actual books vs. e-books

Call me old fashion but when it comes to books I prefer actual books.  Nothing better than cuddling up to a great book, turning it’s pages and getting lost in the story.  Even my weekly escapes to my local bookstore, Barnes & Nobles, are all about the simple pleasures.  A book and I enjoying some down time-love it!  Reading a couple of  recent articles in the NYTimes brings much concern.  With the enormous push to e-readers I fear that actual books with become obsolete.  I am not saying it’s going to happen overnight, however future generations won’t know the simple contentment.

What’s your preference actual books or e-books?

Here’s a NYTimes article that covers this topic.

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Opting for a natural boost

Tired of being sick, fatigue, and not my normal 110%, I’m trying something new. Especially since it’s only four weeks in to 2012, I have to much on the agenda to be slowing down.  Looking to change and cleanse my diet I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross.  Moved by what I saw I purchased a Breville Juice Fountain Plus today and began juicing.

My first concoction:

-Half a pint of Blueberries

-1 dozen strawberries

-1 apple

-2 peeled oranges

With all the excitement and the delicious taste,  I drank it all up before remembering to take an image of it.

Throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll be experimenting with fruits and vegetables.  On my way to a healthier me!

Note to self -Banana-doesn’t juice.  Now I know.

Have you watch this movie?  What did you think?  Do you juice?  Any great recipes you would like to share?

Would love to hear.

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Sketching some ideas

Romanced with the idea of a center anchor in a living room, I researched the perfect large wooden table that suites the look I am after.  Ideally not in the traditional manner but instead something with a modern twist.  After nothing intrigued my eye,  I decided to sketch up a couple of samples I envisioned.

My specifications are:

36″ round top

30″ overall height

2.5″ table top rim

Finishing options; stain, veneer, or painted

Here’s my preliminary drawing-

Which one do you like the profile of-1,2, or 3?

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Distinctive view point!

My first glimpsed of true interior design was back in 2009 at the Kip’s Bay Designer Show House in NYC.  Walking through the space I was in awe of the vast perspectives each designer presented.  So much talent under one roof.  The experience exposed me to the work’s of top notch designers; Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake, Charles Parvarini, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, and many others.

Like anything else in life there is a precise complexity to design.  A harmonious balance of scale, proportion, color, rhythm, and individuality!  Each designer lures us in with their own distinctive view point that makes them irresistible.

In my journey to learn and craft my own look, I purchased Bunny Williams’ Point of View a couple of years back.  A beautifully crafted book on design.  Below are some of my favorite images from the book.

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Spring is in the air!

Now that the snow has melted, I’m eagerly awaiting Spring’s arrival.   With all the holiday stuff down, I purchased a handful of fresh flowers to incorporate the color’s of the season.   Even the magazines are ready.  House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Traditional Home are jumping right into the season with vibrant, fun, and bold covers.  Spring is in the air!

Only 56 more days till it officially starts but who’s counting.

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Shaken not stirred

One of my favorite cocktail drinks is a Sour Apple Martini.  A lovely way to cool off the edge!

Let’s get started, here’s what you will need:

1 shot of Vodka

1.5 shots of Sour Apple Pucker

1 cup full of ice

1 Cocktail Shaker

Throw it all into the shaker and shake it up!

After a thorough shake, pour it.

Viola-it’s that easy.  Cheers!

To accompany this fabulous drink I recommend Frank Sinatra in the background-good old blue eyes never fails.

What’s your favorite cocktail?

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Celebrate all accomplishments!

Last night I was in great company celebrating a special friend, Barbara.  She recently purchased her first home, so a group of friends and family came together to rejoice her and her accomplishment.  There is no one else quite like her-I admire her witty attitude, up front approach, and honesty.

Barbara-Thank you for your friendship.  So proud of YOU-love ya!

Take this opportunity to say Thank You to a special someone who has touched your life.  Don’t forget to celebrate all accomplishments in life…….nothing is too small or too big!

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All for A-Symmetry

When redesigning my dining room, I was eager to play with symmetry.  Inspired by projects at work, I scoured the internet for ideas.  I was quickly drawn to A-Symmetry.  The unbalance, not mirrored, nor perfectly align effect.  Yet there is a science of proportion and rhythm that is necessary.

Proportion: Size should relate from left to right.  One isn’t to overpower the other.

Rhythm: The color blue is the joining link in all three works.

When devising a symmetrical effect you expect to see the same thing, this avenue allowed me to mix the old with the new.

What symmetry do you prefer?

Give this a try, you may just love it.

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Giving in to prescribed medication!

Last night I gave in.  After a long week of nasal congestion, coughing, stuffiness, and fatigue I finally decided to see my  Doctor.  I try to nurse myself back to health with home remedies of: homemade chicken soup, consumption of lots of liquids, naps-unfortunately nothing worked!  So, when all else fails I’m in despair to get squeezed in for an appointment with the Doctor.  Now I’m stuck with the following labels for a couple of days but feel good knowing I’m on my way to a full recovery!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!