YEH Wall Table by Kenyon Yeh

I LOVE this YEH Wall Table designed by Kenyon Yeh, for danish design company MENU. It's the perfect table for small bedrooms with big beds and little space for a night table. The table top surface folds upwards so that it sits flush against the wall surface, and only requires two legs to stand on. It would also work well in a narrow hallway or in a small living room beside a sofa. With simple, clean and functional design, the YEH Wall Table is a total hit in my books.

MATCHA GREEN SMOOTHIE

I recently started adding matcha green tea powder to my morning smoothies. Not only is matcha packed full of nutritional benefits, it also contains caffeine and other properties that boost energy. So on mornings when I'm tight for time, adding a little bit of matcha to my breakfast feels like I'm killing two birds with one stone.

So what is "matcha" anyway?  Matcha is green tea leaves finely milled to form a fine powder. For centuries the Japanese have used matcha in part of a traditional tea ceremony that includes the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. Buddhist monks have also relied on this powder to keep them awake and focused during long days of meditation.  

A few benefits of matcha: 

  • high in antioxidants 
  • detoxifies the body by removing heavy metals and toxins 
  • increases metabolism and helps the body burn calories 
  • improves cognitive abilities and concentration 
  • contains cancer fighting properties 
  • increases energy levels 
  • boosts immunity 
  • helps relieve stress 

MATCHA GREEN SMOOTHIE: a healthy and energizing breakfast or snack on the go. 


INGREDIENTS: (yields 1 serving) 

  • 1 cup of spinach 
  • 1 banana 
  • 1 cup of water 
  • ½ granny smith apple (core removed, chopped) 
  • ½ kiwi (skin removed) 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds  (I added these in at the last minute so they didn't make the ingredients picture above) 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey 
  • ½ tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes 

Wash and prep fruits and vegetables and add to your blender. Add water, chia seeds, matcha green tea powder, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy. 



CURRENTLY MUSING

Just a few things that have caught my eye lately.  

Happy weekend everyone! 

The idea of living in this loft space with these tall windows and a little fireplace. 

The idea of living in this loft space with these tall windows and a little fireplace. 

A wrap tweed jacket. 

A wrap tweed jacket

This pair of classy 3.1 Phillip Lim loafers. 

This pair of classy 3.1 Phillip Lim loafers

This long wavy hair. 

This long wavy hair. 

A brushed silver watch to add to the collection. 

A brushed silver watch to add to the collection. 

How brass and leather come together in these elegant stools. 

How brass and leather come together in these elegant stools. 

A beautiful set of ceramic tumblers and plates. 

A beautiful set of ceramic tumblers and plates

A functional oblique clothing rail. 

A functional oblique clothing rail

A playful confetti credenza.
Some fresh looking sheets. 

Some fresh looking sheets. 

This little bear and those blue eyes. 

This little bear and those blue eyes. 

ALEXA CHUNG FOR AG DENIM

I have always admired Alexa Chung for her intelligence, humour and confidence. For a girl who wears many hats- model, DJ, TV presenter, author, and fashion designer, this British babe always manages to remain true to herself. This fact is evident in her new retro inspired Spring 2015 collection designed for L.A. based AG Denim

"I just wanted to make clothes that I would be really happy wearing. As well as making my dream skinny jeans, I wanted to make vintage-inspired jeans that felt comfortable like modern-day jeans do, taking old-school silhouettes but making sure that the modern technology that we have today would make them wearable." And big denim no-nos? "Awkward camel toes, holes in the bum or unflattering back pockets and things like that."

Alexa rocks style inspired by sixties icons such as Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy, and admits to seeking the advice of the internet by Googling "Jane Birkin". Despite the french influence, she has proudly represented British style while living abroad.

"Having lived in New York for half of my twenties the only thing that I think it has served to do is make me fonder, or at least more romantic, about British dressing. I made a conscious effort when I got here not to dress like a downtown New Yorker and I made sure I had a lot cable-knit jumpers and schoolgirl skirts in my wardrobe."

For me there is a lot to love about this photo shoot- from the foliage, to the oversaturated colours, the vintage car and bike, and of course the bonafide "it girl" herself- Alexa. 

Found on- whowhatwear.com

A GUIDE TO DISPLAYING WALL ART

This post may make a few of my friends chuckle considering the largely barren walls of my apartment. Although I have taken a minimalist approach to displaying art (simply due to the fact that I don't own any, yet), I have spent enough time analyzing wall art arrangements to understand the different directions one can take. 

Hanging art is often overwhelming due to the copious amount of rules surrounding the "art of hanging art" and the commitment level involved. But for a moment, let's throw out all the rules and understand the only thing one needs is inspiration. The following guide is broken down in a way meant to inspire and allow us to take a less serious and more fun approach, so that we all can all enjoy a little (or a lot of) of art on the daily.  

 

THE GALLERY WALL- 

dreamsandjeans.com FULL GALLERY WALL- stagger art across the entire span of a wall from top to bottom and wall to wall. 

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FULL GALLERY WALL- stagger art across the entire span of a wall from top to bottom and wall to wall. 

cocolapinedesign.com SMALL GALLERY WALL- a gallery wall also works well with small wall or space between two doors or windows. 

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SMALL GALLERY WALL- a gallery wall also works well with small wall or space between two doors or windows. 

desiretoinspire.net LEVEL GALLERY- stagger art work at eye height, each level with the other. 

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LEVEL GALLERY- stagger art work at eye height, each level with the other. 

domainehome.com GRID GALLERY- for a more structured look, hang art work in rows and columns. This approach works well with photography.  

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GRID GALLERY- for a more structured look, hang art work in rows and columns. This approach works well with photography.  

thedesignchaser.com WRAP GALLERY- stagger art work across the wall and around fixed objects like a door frame, T.V., or a large piece of furniture. 

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WRAP GALLERY- stagger art work across the wall and around fixed objects like a door frame, T.V., or a large piece of furniture. 

lovelylife.se CORNER GALLERY- bring life to a lonely corner by hanging art work on either side of the walls that meet the corner in a cluster formation. 

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CORNER GALLERY- bring life to a lonely corner by hanging art work on either side of the walls that meet the corner in a cluster formation. 

  STAIRWAY GALLERY- make use of the stairway by hanging art on the walls that follow the staircase. 

 

STAIRWAY GALLERY- make use of the stairway by hanging art on the walls that follow the staircase. 

THE LEANING GALLERY- 

quincewithsugar.tumblr.com FULL WALL LEANING SHELF GALLERY- install shelves along an entire wall from high to low and play around with the placement of art and other objects. The best part about this approach is having the liberty to change it up from time to time. 

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FULL WALL LEANING SHELF GALLERY- install shelves along an entire wall from high to low and play around with the placement of art and other objects. The best part about this approach is having the liberty to change it up from time to time. 

cjwho.com SINGLE SHELF LEANING GALLERY- a single shelf with a small gallery works well over a bed or alongside a dining room table. 

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SINGLE SHELF LEANING GALLERY- a single shelf with a small gallery works well over a bed or alongside a dining room table. 

lifeonsundays.com FLOOR LEANING GALLERY- for an effortless display, lean art along a wall using the floor like a shelf. 

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FLOOR LEANING GALLERY- for an effortless display, lean art along a wall using the floor like a shelf. 

poppytalk.com LEANING GALLERY ON FURNITURE- make use of surface space and display art on top of your furniture. 

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LEANING GALLERY ON FURNITURE- make use of surface space and display art on top of your furniture. 

THE FRAMELESS ART- 

residencemagazine.se FRAMELESS ART-  frameless art gives off a simple and casual look, allowing you the opportunity to change up the artwork from time to time. Get creative with hanging these pieces using clips, pins or a good tape. 

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FRAMELESS ART-  frameless art gives off a simple and casual look, allowing you the opportunity to change up the artwork from time to time. Get creative with hanging these pieces using clips, pins or a good tape. 

trendenser.se  FRAMELESS ART CLUSTER - a cluster of pictures, sketchings, clipping or postcards instantly beome art by displaying them together on a wall. The cluster formation lends itself nicely to this type of artwork and works especially well above a kitchen table or a desk. 

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FRAMELESS ART CLUSTER - a cluster of pictures, sketchings, clipping or postcards instantly beome art by displaying them together on a wall. The cluster formation lends itself nicely to this type of artwork and works especially well above a kitchen table or a desk. 

inspire.neuetoyou.com SINGLE FRAMELESS PIECE- a single frameless art piece, big or small, can make for an alluring display. 

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SINGLE FRAMELESS PIECE- a single frameless art piece, big or small, can make for an alluring display. 

ART IN NUMBERS- 

blogmilkblog.com SINGLE LARGE ART- go for the minimalist approach and only hang a few charming pieces here and there. One large piece of art has a bold impact on any space. 

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SINGLE LARGE ART- go for the minimalist approach and only hang a few charming pieces here and there. One large piece of art has a bold impact on any space. 

trendenser.se SINGLE SMALL ART- don't overthink where or how the art should be hung. Let a small piece of art sit alone and speak for itself. 

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SINGLE SMALL ART- don't overthink where or how the art should be hung. Let a small piece of art sit alone and speak for itself. 

cocolapinedesign.com ODD NUMBERS- as a rule of thumb, things in odd numbers are always more interesting. Three pictures could be hung asymmetrically or symmetrically (as shown above). 

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ODD NUMBERS- as a rule of thumb, things in odd numbers are always more interesting. Three pictures could be hung asymmetrically or symmetrically (as shown above). 

trendenser.se EVEN NUMBERS- hang an even amount of art close together to create the illusion of one display, oppose to multiple individual pieces. You can hang these symmetrically or offset for more interest (as shown above). 

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EVEN NUMBERS- hang an even amount of art close together to create the illusion of one display, oppose to multiple individual pieces. You can hang these symmetrically or offset for more interest (as shown above). 

A RUSSIAN GRAPHIC ART CALENDAR

I like having a printed calendar hanging in my kitchen. I don't write events to remember on it, and very infrequently do I ever reference it to find out what day of the week a particular date falls on. I truly only use the calendar as a piece of rotating art. I look forward to turning the page at the beginning of each month, and then picking out a new calendar with a new theme at the beginning of each year.  

I had almost given up on finding the perfect calendar to admire for 2015 until I stumbled upon this beautiful graphic art calendar by Yulya Plotnik. Yes it's written in Russian- but who cares! If printed calendars are becoming somewhat of a novelty these days, why not have a truly unique one that makes for a great conversation piece. 

Found on: www.behance.net

WHAT DOES YOUR MOOD BOARD SMELL LIKE?

In this series of mood boards for Haus Interior, photographer Sully Sullivan curates items to visually represent the notion of scent. These mood boards help navigate the consumer to the candle best suited to them, raising the question, "what does your mood board smell like?"  

Pine scents have always been my favourite, and when I gravitated to the first image below I wasn't surprised to find out this mood board represented the Mountain Haus Candle with notes of blue spruce and cedarwood. Well done!

Mountain Hause Candle: blue spruce & cedarwood 

Manor Haus Candle: basil & ginger 

Gate Haus Candle: birchwood 

Summer Haus Candle: coconut & vanilla 

Log Haus Candle: fireside & tobacco 

 

Found on: hausinterior.com 

WALNUT VEGAN PARMESAN KALE CHIPS

Kale chips can add flavour, crunch and texture to a simple dish in need of a little something extra. I think they work especially well added to a pasta dish like the Zucchini & Soba Noodle Spinach Basil Pesto. Lately I have been experimenting with different dressings and playing around with spices, herbs, and other flavourings. One of the more versatile and popular recipes of the bunch is the Walnut Vegan Parmesan Kale Chips. This vegan treat gets its cheesy parmesan flavouring from one key ingredient- nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is jam-packed full of vitamin B's, protein, low in fat and sodium, free of dairy and sugar and most importantly, naturally tastes cheesy!  If you don't already have this bulk good in your kitchen, pick some up and start tossing it on everything.  

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WALNUT VEGAN PARMESAN KALE CHIPS: 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup bunch of kale 
  • 1/4 cup walnuts 
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • a couple pinches sea salt 

 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the walnuts until they are mostly in fine little pieces. Don't worry about a few larger pieces throughout, as this will actually add fantastic texture to this delicious topper. 

2. De-stem kale, wash and dry. Once the kale is completely dry, toss in olive oil and lightly massage the oil throughout.  

3. In a large bowl, mix walnuts, nutritional yeast, and a few pinches of salt with the kale. 

4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating, line baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly disperse kale onto baking sheet in a single layer. Ensure to get all the nutritional yeast, sea salt and walnut mixture from the bottom of the bowl after you have dumped the kale out- this is the best part. Put kale in the oven for 10-15 minutes, watching carefully and rotating the pan once. Once crisp, set aside to cool.  

Kale chips store extremely well in a Tupperware so consider making a double batch and have some ready and available to top other dishes throughout with the week.  

Enjoy! 

KATE MOSS UNRETOUCHED FOR VOGUE ITALIA

Kate Moss is as gorgeous and fierce as always in these unretouched photos for Vogue Italia. The iconic supermodel worked with photographer Peter Lindbergh to create a stunning set of black and white photos that give a behind-the-scenes feel and a raw grainy look reminiscent of a shoot they did together in the early 90's. 

What I love about these photos (and every other photo of Kate Moss) is that when you look at them, you think, "Yup, that's Kate Moss just being Kate Moss." And now, at 41, with minimal makeup and an unretouched and unphotoshopped approach, we can really say, "Yup, that's Kate Moss,"  

It's about time this trend has taken off and started a movement. At the end of the day, don't we all just want to see the real thing?

Found on- trendland

SMALL APARTMENT WITH CLEVER USE OF SPACE

I love this small apartment for its clever use of space and simple and pared down approach to decor and living. The white painted floors brighten and open the space up, while the broken in leather chair, antique kitchen table and light fixtures add subtle character. 

Found on- stadstem.se