Cube Formula

via Lulu Powers

I have recently become "ice cube happy" turning my ordinary, uninspired ice cubes into blocks of art.

It all started with my coffee ice cubes for my cold brews.  I hate watered down ice coffee.  It's a no brainer that can easily become overlooked.

It started out harmlessly enough.  If you know me you are no doubt familiar with my mint obsession.  That was my next choice for the cube du jour.

My decorative ice cube love has morphed into an slight preoccupation with  ~ what's new, what's next?  What else can I encase in ice?   Edible flowers take ice water to another level!  OMG, how beautiful are these?  Do you have a party or shower coming up?

I was having a meal somewhere and on their cocktail list was lavender infused vodka.  Hello lavender, I do like a calming cocktail.  This might become my "go to" hostess gift of the summer: a bottle of infused vodka made with love.

start with organic lavender

1 750ml bottle good quality vodka
1 tablespoon dried organic lavender buds
Using a funnel, add the lavender buds directly into the bottle of vodka. Recap the bottle and shake to distribute. Let the vodka steep for five days, shaking it daily to distribute the floating buds.
Once ready, strain the vodka into a clean container through a fine mesh strainer to remove the bulk of the lavender buds. Strain the vodka again through a coffee filter to remove the finer particles.
via Kaleandchocolate 

No longer satisfied with a naked ice cube, and who says it has to be ice in those ice trays, or in the shape of a block for that matter?  Smoothie cubes and kale cubes make things easier, post work out.  Yes, please!

I'll take chocolate any way I can get it, and the heart shaped frozen confection is quite the little multi tasker ...  for hot coffee or milk, or something harder perhaps?  Genius!

I am currently prepping these Bloody Mary cubes for an upcoming brunch and most definitely Father's day.

Stop the insanity!  Up your sparkling water game with layers of juice for a melange of fruity flavors.  Just freeze each layer one at a time for a subtle mixture of flavor.

It's such a little thing, but I appreciate all the details that make any meal a nicer experience.  Friends will think you went to so much trouble.  This will keep me busy all summer long!

For an elevated experience, it's like a cherry on top!


recipe courtesy of Alabama Chanin

A Gilded Space

This drawing room by Kristin Kelli was another favorite space of mine in the Kips Bay show house.  Kristin Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford created an art filled, fun loving space that is highly stylized.  The touches of gold and look of glamour infused with natural materials keep it grounded and gorgeous!  The girls' goal was to make a happy room that would work in Manhattan as well as in the Hampton's.

What is one to do with a 35 foot long room?  Make two seating areas, of course, and layer the length with great art by the likes of Damian Hirst, Roy Lichtenstain and my new fav and Instagram "it artist," Kurt Pio.  His diamond paintings are as brilliant as the stones themselves.  Phillip Jeffries chevron wood veneer wallpaper is a beautiful backdrop.

Loved the way the shearling, patent leather and rattan chairs balance each other on either side of the room.

 An Yves Klein Bleu table looks perfect in any setting, but under those blue beams and a touch of purple ~ absolutely beguiling.

Mixed metals making an appearance, strategically placed around the room, kept it shining brightly.  A dusting of gold covering the birch logs in the fireplace as well, magic.

More please...

photo 1 by Barry Alan photography

Stairway to Savage

That is the hashtag Nashville interior designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interiors created for his space in the 45th annual Kips Bay Show House.   I couldn't make it to the opening, but better late than never as they say.  A few rooms were the subject of much social media, but I still did not know what to expect.  As always, Kips Bay never disappoints.  Each and every space was photo worthy!  These two spaces WOWED me because sometimes stairs and landings don't convey a fully fleshed out design story.

Beginning at the front door before I got to the #stairwaytosavage, I was greeted to a melange of style, drama and whimsy.  Canadian design firm Powell & Bonnell crafted a magnificent foyer and hallway using the strength of the original classic Georgian architecture mixed with strong linear lines juxtaposed with soft upholstery and curves.

The neon framed art by Thrush Holmes helped convey the old meets new, modern meets traditional story play out, as does the mesmerizing criss cross hanging ceiling sculpture by Ridgely Studio Works

Ascending the double wide staircase, I'm glad I looked down.  I am so loving the barely there lucite carpet rods.

Once I looked up, magnificence unfolded before my eyes.  A menagerie of animals hid amongst the flora and fauna designed in plaster by MJ Atelier ~ hand applied plaster to a painted canvas (check out the video on the website to see the process).  It's depth and dimension played off the master design plan created by Savage Interiors beautifully.

Billy Haines lucite sconces, custom mirrors, settee and a console by Stephen Antonson round out this opulent space.

Nice, no?