Love robots? Then you’ll adore this mini robot vacuum from one of my favorite stylish shops, FredFlare.com. The perfect desktop assistant, this mini bot will clean up after you, picking up your crumbs, pencil shavings, and more!
Edible chocolate couture? That sounds too good to be true! Each year the world’s largest show dedicated to chocolate, the Salon du Chocolat, is held in Paris, part of a ten-city tour of sweet fashion and chocolate goodies. Delicious!
I love how the holiday season ushers in the sparkles and sequins each year. Clothes get more glittery, the latest fashions feature more silver and gold, shoes sport shimmery rhinestones, and everything is just a-twinkle! Well fashion isn’t the only place to shine. This year West Elm, one of my favorite furniture stores, is featuring festive sequined animals, and $5 of each purchase goes to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. So decorate away with sequined squirrels, rabbits, and birds!
[ via West Elm ]
I had a chance to view Brooklyn-based artist Leslie Dill’s work recently as part of the “Elements of Nature” show at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California. Loved her poem dress and poem suit.
[ images via George Adams Gallery & Gayle Wheatley ]
UK designer Abigail Ahern’s world is full of vintage animal lamps and shimmery star cushions. Her furniture is funky, her lighting is very Alice in Wonderland, and I absolutely love her jumbo-headed vases! (pictured below)
This imaginative glass globe doorknob designed by Hideyuki Nakayama provides a sneak peak of things to come by reflecting none other than the room on the other side of the door!
[ via Spoon & Tamago ]
Gotta love this genius non-meat take on the classic Christmas goose by “Dessert Detective” Jessie Oleson of CakeSpy. What a clever way to dress up a holiday goose and treat yourself to something sweet. (Think cake with crumbled frosting and marzipan.) Yum! To see the full recipe head on over to CakeSpy.
[ via CakeSpy ]
Rachel Denny works in a variety of materials, including wood, plaster, resin, wool, and found objects, to create her animal-inspired pieces. Her well-known “Domestic Trophies” feature elegant deer heads encased in soft skins of knitted cashmere.
“A deer in an urban backyard, a family of Peregrine falcons at my neighborhood park, a coyote skirting a parking lot, these all become a moment of wonder as they shake us out of our daily routines.”
[ via racheldenny.com ]
It’s no secret that Seattle is a gourmet wonderland for foodies. Emphasizing fresh local ingredients, Pacific Northwest chefs are constantly seeking creative combinations of ingredients. Although you’ll fare pretty well in Seattle eating wherever you happen to be once your stomach rumbles, there is definitely something wonderful about staying at a hotel with a restaurant good enough to be a destination itself.
The following foodie hot spots combine luxurious hospitality with gourmet prowess:
Hotel Andra & Lola
For those who love modern design, Hotel Andra is a cozy refuge filled with chic minimalist furniture and trendy design accents evocative of the Pacific Northwest. Located in Seattle’s hip Belltown district, Hotel Andra sits at the epicenter of celebrity chef Tom Douglass’ culinary empire. Tempting aromas of Greek and North African treats waft though the hotel’s sleek Scandinavian-inspired lobby from Douglass’ restaurant Lola. The perfect spot for a late night snack or cocktails, Lola also serves mouth-watering spreads like kalamata~fig and Kopanisti~pistachio all day. Across the street are Douglass’ Dahlia Lounge and Dahlia Bakery, famous for their triple coconut creme pie, and around the corner you’ll discover sizzling pizzas at Douglass’ Serious Pie.
Have you ever fantasized about a world composed entirely of sweets? Will Cotton’s delicious artwork brings that dream world to life, featuring classically painted beauties lounging on cotton candy clouds and mouthwatering landscapes filled with candy canes, chocolate, and tempting sweets that depict a sugar-fest dreamland.
Cotton begins with elaborate maquettes made from real sweets and baked goods (yum!) as a reference for his paintings. In addition to painting his luscious canvases, Cotton also art directed Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video where Katy, clad in sweets, prances through a 3-D version of one of Cotton’s painted wonderlands. Cotton also painted Katy lounging on cotton candy clouds for the album cover of Teenage Dream. Amazingly, the paper the artwork is printed on is even infused with a cotton candy fragrance, creating a wonderful treat for the senses.
“I’ve always liked sweets. Still do. It just seemed like the most apt metaphor, visually, for what I’m trying to talk about, primarily because sweets are something that’s out there for pleasure only… so that, to me, makes them exactly the right landscape situation to talk about.”
—Will Cotton via GQ.