2011 July

DIY Tutorial: Hanging String-Bound Kokedama Moss Balls


photo credit: String Gardens 


A few weeks back I posted an article titled Modern & Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardens in which I talked about string gardens by Fedor van der Valk.  As promised, here is a tutorial on how to make your own hanging string-bound Kokedama moss balls.

Kokedama is an old Japanese botanic art form which has been lately revived.   The following tutorial with accompanying instructional photos are courtesy of Sicilian-born Amsterdam-based designer Aura Scaringi from  Miss Moussetache.  A portfolio of her work can be found at Mimimou; an urban exploration, graphic design and illustration studio.


Honey & Mackie’s Ice Cream Shop, Branding by Wink


Honey & Mackie’s packaging design by Wink is both modern and nostalgic.  I absolutely love the concept of enclosing rainbow colored and striking typography within a profile silhouette.


Herbed Green Olive, Pomegranate and Walnut Salad Recipe


Herbed green olive, pomegranate and walnut salad.  Is this a salad or a relish?  I always find myself asking that.  I think it can go either way, because it is equally delicious when served with bread.

Super easy.  All you have to do is grab a handful of firm green olives, preferably a variety with a slight bitterness to it, and combine it with some fresh herbs, pomegranate arils, and walnuts.  The dressing is made with essential ingredients commonly found in the cuisine of Armenia, the Levant and surrounding regions.


Orla Kiely is Opening in New York’s Trendy SoHo


The Irish-born London-based designer Orla Kiely will open her first U.S. store on 5 Mercer Street in SoHo this September.

You might recognize her graphic retro prints, mod designs and tailored coats; but did you know that Orla Kiely has published her first book “Pattern” and been awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of her services to business and the fashion industry.

It is always fun to go through runway fashion photos, but it is even better to watch a season’s collection film that keeps you wanting more.  It is what inspired today’s post.  Even though Summer is halfway through, I found it very befitting to feature “From London with Love”, a fashion film featuring Orla Kiely’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection; directed by Gia Coppola.


Wild Animal Safari Birthday Party, Styled by Ah-Tissue


Come along for a ride, on a wild animal safari birthday party.

Daneve is the owner and creative force behind Ah-Tissue.  She put together this safari themed party for her son Tahlin’s 3rd birthday with the help of her husband Darren.  Being a huge supporter of small businesses, she made a point to purchase supplies from great companies she had found through Facebook.  Since the party revolved around nature, she tried to keep it as eco-friendly as possible – using a lot of recycled items found around her house and buying organic and biodegradable products.


Capital Kitchen, Urban Farmhouse Cafe by Mim Design


Capital Kitchen is an open-concept dining cafe, bar and retail store in Melbourne, Australia.  It is what you get when minimalist modern is fused with rustic country.  An urban farmhouse, a space and brand brought forth by Mim Design and Cornwell.


Photo Muse, Vineyards



Tuscan Almond Biscotti Recipe |Cantucci di Prato


These simple flavored crunchy Tuscan almond biscotti are meant to be dunked in vin santo, an amber-colored Italian dessert wine.

We have s simple recipe here.  You start by sifting together some flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl.


Modern and Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardens


Organic, recycled, reused, upcycled or urban green.  You can call it whatever you want!  Here are some fresh design ideas you can use to create your own modern and eco-friendly indoor gardens.

Many of us are apprehensive about having to care for houseplants, whether we believe to have a brown thumb, haven’t quite mastered creating the “perfect” environment plants need to strive or simply find it hard to incorporate them into our modern living spaces.  It is time to think outside the box with these innovative options for modern and environmentally responsible gardening.



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