15 November 2013

Design Blog : Kitchen Spaces

If you live in a small space you know how important design is. What is necessary? How do you organize it? Not to mention storage. I live in an 800 sqft. modern cottage and I love to look at great design to gather inspiration.  Here is my italian full-body porcelain tiled kitchen counters, custom alder cabinetry and Besa pendant lights.
I designed this awesome modern cottage with Sterling Gate Design
I love the natural clean lines of the Clearlake iT house, the balanced lighting makes Terry Ohm's prefab kitchen seem much larger than it really is.
Can you believe it's only 12.5' x 14' Photo: Noah Webb
Lighting is vital especially in small spaces. To display or to obscure, is the question many collectors and cooks face. The dark floor and clean lines in this open plan kitchen's minimizes visual clutter, while the use of bright sunny colors and natural wood allows the collections of functional objects to be fully appreciated. 
Architect David Anand Peterson designed the custom millwork & shelving Photo: Naomi Finlay
The dining cooking and living space in this San Francisco residence is only 500 sqft. Natural finishes with strong features, like the reclaimed knotted cypress cabinetry with the classic black veined carerra marble counters and walls reflect in the sliding glass wall and gives the effect of extending the room outdoors. 
Architect Craig Steely plays hide & reveal Photo:Ian Allen
Get stoked on good design, check out Dwell's special issue A Design Guidebook for more inspiration for not only the kitchen but for your entire house!

02 November 2013

Traditions: El Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.  

Some people believe possessing Day of the Dead items can bring good luck. Many people get tattoos or have dolls of the dead to carry with them. They also clean their houses and prepare the favorite dishes of their deceased loved ones to place upon their altar or ofrenda. Many other cultures around the world have similar traditions of a day set aside to visit the graves of deceased family members. Often included in these traditions are celebrations, food and beverages, in addition to prayers and remembrances of the departed. 

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull (in Spanish calavera), and foods such as sugar or chocolate skulls, which are inscribed with the name of the recipient on the forehead. Sugar skulls as gifts can be given to both the living and the dead. Other holiday foods include pan de muerto, a sweet egg bread made in various shapes from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits, often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.

Links and Original Story from Dana Holmes story in The Huffington Post