When setting up my kitchen, Martha advised me that it was best to organize it into different areas, each one dedicated to a specific task. In my kitchen, I have four such designated areas: a prep area for the many tasks involved in preparing meals, a cooking area, a food storage area, and a clean up area. My clean up area has turned out to be a favorite. Having all the necessary tools and supplies in one easily accessible place, truly makes cleaning up a pleasure. As I began stocking my clean up area, I discovered the company Full Circle. They make a great line of cleaning products made from sustainable and renewable resources. The products work great and are great looking too. Here are a few that I have in my kitchen.
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In response to my post about Finnish and modern design, Michael in Chicago said:
I like the recessed gold ceiling idea - again unusual, but could provide a nice warmth. The walls of the Breuer designed room look like there's a material (grass cloth, wood?) in certain places. Have you thought about using any materials on the walls, other than paint?
This is a great question - I have been wanting to talk about different options for wall coverings since I started this blog. In my old apartment I used grass cloth squares to cover my walls, so I definitely appreciate the design elements and warmth that textiles provide. While I haven't come to a definite decision on what I will use to cover the walls of my new apartment, I do love the idea of using a vellum-like paper or a faux-bois wood-grain paper.
After reading about my new kitchen, Katie asked:
Where are your mugs and teacups from?
From Macy's, of course! They are part of the Martha Stewart Whiteware Collection. It is such a simple and classic collection of pieces that I know I will have and use forever - I can't get enough of it!
Since my time at the Boom Boom Room (see previous post) and my need for a bit of apartment glamour, I have been perusing the work of British decorator Nicholas Haslam and waiting with baited breath for the publication of his new autobiography Redeeming Features. (I got a sneak peek.)
His time at Vogue, Vanity Fair and World of Interiors; friendships with movie and rock stars; as well as his collaborations with Richard Avedon and David Bailey in the 60s and 70s makes for fun gossip (Martha even bought some items from his London shop years ago) but it is his design work, which inspires me to rethink fabric, pattern, color, and, quite frankly, the simplest of trim. His firm, NH Design, has residential and commercial clients that have been documented in books and magazines all over the world.
Dear reader, if you're in the New York area, have a brush with glamour. Haslam will be in New York next Wednesday, November 18, signing his new book from 5-7pm at Claremont, 1059 Third Avenue.