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Post by Tracy Kaler.
If you have a collection of mismatched furniture and you’d like your room to have a more refined aesthetic, consider painting all the pieces one color. Painting is an easy and economical way to unify a variety of furniture styles in the same room.
Or, perhaps you need a splash? Purchase one brightly colored accent piece, such as a nightstand or side chair, and it could be just what your bedroom needs.
Be it black, white, or your favorite bold hue, let’s take a look at decorating a bedroom with painted furnishings.
Raspberry is the color of choice in this girl’s room. This tone might not seem all that practical, but it adds personality to what would otherwise be a pretty bland space. The sage green walls are a beautiful backdrop too.
A shabby-chic style Chicago bedroom takes on an elegant feel with older white furniture. Notice the variety of white used here. Different shades make this romantic room feel cohesive, yet not boring.
A turquoise chest adds just the right amount of color to this simple guest room with no headboards, painted floors, and sheer curtains. Can you picture the room without the chest? I think it would feel like it was missing an essential component. This room is a terrific example of a single piece of furniture completing a space.
Black brings this bedroom to life. The black painted furnishings and roman shades combined with the funky chandelier and table lamp, not to mention the skins and guitars work well together for a boy’s room or guest quarters.
I adore everything about this bedroom. The delicate bed with a painted green finish; the white nightstands with green hardware; the symmetry, and even the placement of the bed in front of the window. Everything feels right.
by Alison Hein
Read on if you think fondue for breakfast is a great idea!
Well, it’s not really fondue, but a couple of eggs baked between layers of gooey Swiss cheese doles out that same decadent, comfort food satisfaction. Treat yourself to a luscious little meal, or re-size the recipe for more servings, each baked in their own small ramekin.
I like to use Jarlsberg cheese, for its slightly sweet and nutty flavor, as well as for its wonderful melting ability. Of course, you may just as easily prepare Cheddar Eggs or Mozzarella Eggs (or provolone, or blue) or whatever strikes your fancy).
Be sure to serve this lavish little dish with some hearty toasted bread slices – perfect for dipping and as a contrapunkt to the rich, eggy sauce. A Wheaty Baguette, toasted and slathered with butter, tops off a luscious little breakfast in bed.
¼ cup Swiss cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons heavy cream, of half & half
Fresh curly parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a ramekin (or other small oven-proof dish) with cooking spray.
Cut a thin slice of Swiss cheese (about one tablespoon) and place it in the bottom of the ramekin. Crack the eggs, one at a time, into the dish. Dust the top of the eggs with salt and pepper. Pour cream over the eggs. Grate the remaining Swiss cheese and add to the top of the dish.
Bake the eggs for around 15 minutes, until cheese is melted, egg whites are fully cooked, and yolks are still soft. Cook eggs a little longer if you’d like the yolks to be cooked through. Garnish eggs with parsley and serve hot with buttered toast, if you like.
Makes 1 serving.
Post by Mark T. Locker.
It’s crazy to think that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is closing in on FIFTY YEARS OLD. And if it weren’t for a sneaky sickness keeping me home from work I might never have seen it. But I saw it for the first time just the other day.
If you’ve been living under a rock like I apparently have, here’s what you’ve been missing out on. Robert Redford and Paul Newman are a pair of old West bandits. Butch Cassidy (Newman) is a charming train robber. He’s a bit older, a bit calmer, but dangerously charming. Sundance is young, hotheaded, but a dead aim with a pistol. Together they have been hitting trains and banks all across the West along with Butch Cassidy’s Hole in the Wall Gang. But after an unsuccessful train heist, Butch and Sundance find themselves unable to shake a sheriff assisted by an incredible Indian tracker who goes by Lord Baltimore. So they flee to Bolivia with Sundance’s girlfriend Etta.
I was amazed by how good this movie was; well-written, cleverly assembled and funny. Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy is particularly likeable and even though they’re outlaws, you can’t help but root for them the whole way. It’s a great movie to end a long week. Fluff up the pillows and get ready! Butch and Sundance are coming!
Post by Tracy Kaler.
What’s all the hype about Brooklyn? In case you didn’t know, Brooklyn has become one of the most desirable places to live in the country. It’s also become not so affordable, but that’s another story. With Prospect Park at its heart, charming brownstone-lined streets, a slew of indie boutiques, and a locavore mentality, Brooklyn is the place if you’re cool or trying to learn how to be cool. That being said, wherever you have coolness, you most certainly have beautiful interiors. Let’s take a peek at six fabulous Brooklyn bedrooms.
This traditional bedroom pulls out all the stops –– rich, hardwood floors, a bold accent wall, and classic furnishings. I want to note the size of this room, which is in a house and not an apartment. This space is sprawling compared to most NYC bedrooms.
This loft bedroom has a real Bohemian feel. Notice the lack of a nightstand, but a ladder instead. The relaxed space is a great example of a casual design that is well thought out.
Sleek and chic, this bedroom is a One Brooklyn Bridge loft. Notice the fun pillows and the out-of-scale accessories. This space has a very retro aesthetic.
A bright blue bed wall sets the tone for this space in a contemporary Brooklyn penthouse. Storage is cleverly built into the design of this boy’s bedroom, which can easily double as a guest room.
This crisp master bedroom in a Brooklyn brownstone keeps the design and details simple yet luxurious. The arrows above the bed might be the most interesting art choice that I’ve seen to date.
How sweet is this bedroom? If you love lavender, you have serious envy by now. Although the colors and flowers lend femininity to the room, this romantic space could easily be a master bedroom.
Post by Mark T. Locker.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
One of the things I love about my kid is how open he is to all genres of fiction. We have read everything from Harry Potter to Because of Winn-Dixie and from Greek mythology to tales of brave animals. None of it seems to be outside of his realm of interest. So I decided to test the limits of his attention and began reading to him the story of a little girl and her family living in the middle of the woods in pioneer-era Wisconsin.
The outcome? He enjoys it! We haven’t discussed the finer points of what appeals to him but every time I think it’s too boring to carry on reading, he asks me to read him a little bit more. I have only watched the television series “Little House on the Prairie” and have never read these books before so it’s educational for all of us. What I find interesting is the didactic tone the book takes, though I find a lot of books of that era are a little bit preachy. Discussing the novel with my brother, we both agreed that some passages seem designed specifically to tell kids these days how much better they have it. And it’s true; I can’t picture my son spending every Sunday reading catechism and quietly reflecting. He can barely read for 20 minutes without asking 20 times if he can stop reading!
It’s a fascinating look at daily life in the frontier wilderness of Midwest America. She certainly spares no details in everything from the process of curing meat to churning butter and cleaning a rifle. And yet, it’s interesting. It definitely gives you some perspective on what “hardship” might mean. I, for one, wouldn’t mind visiting that time for a little bit but come the Sabbath, I’d need to get online.
Great family bedtime reading to fill your dreams with wildcats, bears, and log splitting.