Archives For November 2014

Much like Hawaii’s Pumpkin Crunch or Oklahoma’s Sopapilla Casserole, we’ll keep this short and sweet. We love this interactive map from The New York Times that shows the most unusually popular food in each state, based on data from Google searches. The quirky names and flavor combinations are a reflection of the diverse cultures that came together to create the melting pot of America, and as much as we love our traditional dishes, we feel inspired to try something new this year.

So whether you’re sitting down to a plate of Spinach Maria in Tennessee, or heading to Idaho for some Frog Eye Salad, we hope you enjoy every bite.

Source: The New York Times

Nothing is worse than running out of battery on the go. It seems like new tech innovations are released every day to combat this all-too-common issue. Starbucks even announced recently that it has begun to introduce mobile device charging mats to some San Francisco-area locations to give patrons a phone fix while fueling up with caffeine. But every once and awhile we hear about a mobile-related invention that sounds special. This is the case for the Mini Power, a tiny, one-time-use, recyclable phone charger. Created by designer Tsung Chih-Hsien, this award-winning device is expected to revolutionize the mobile charging industry, bringing more sustainable single-use chargers to the market. We hope so!

Source: Fast Company

Sure, at this point in your holiday meal prep, the focus may be on food. Between making your grocery list, organizing ingredients, and planning out your day-of oven schedule, it’s easy to forget about setting your holiday table. But David at Another Decor Blog reminds us not to neglect that holiday table essential, the Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Centerpieces have graced tables on special occasions for thousands of years. In Roman times, tables were decorated with natural materials like leaves and branches. In the middle ages, decorative marzipan figurines were a popular choice for holiday tablescapes. 18th century centerpieces frequently incorporated a mirror, to reflect the bounty of food, flowers, and candles on the table.

Centerpiece trends today are broad and varied, so the choice is up to you to pick what best matches your home and style, but many experts feel it’s based to stick to the basics, such as natural materials like gourds and flowers. So take a look at these beautiful ideas for some inspiration, and then get to work on some of your own!

Source: Another Decor Blog 

Summer nights are behind us now, and we’ve entered a time of year known as “the dark season.” Cultures all over the world have traditions and holidays involving lights and candles, all with the intention of breaking up the darkness with a little sparkle.

This quest for beauty, along with the safety concerns that arise when cyclists are commuting in nearly pitch-black conditions, inspired artist Daan Roosegaarde and a Dutch construction company to collaborate on the first ever glow-in-the-dark bike path. They put their heads together to find a way to create a ride home that’s both safer and more beautiful. The trail gets its glimmer from a combination of phosphorescent paint and solar-charged LEDs. As an added bonus to its safety features, it’s absolutely dreamy. Riding on it must feel like you’re biking through outer space! The group is currently working on glowing highways to light the night for cars as well. We look forward to a day when this becomes the norm for roads and paths all over the world.

Source: Gizmodo

“The Codomas” (1943)

“The Codomas” (1943)

Towards the end of his life, Henri Matisse was in poor health, and found his typical painting method too physically taxing. So it was out of necessity that he first started experimenting with paper art. He created shapes with scissors that echoed forms from his paintings, and with the help of assistants, arranged these forms in colorful compositions of paper and gouache.

This work was genius in its simplicity. The focus was on color, shape, and distilling forms to their most elementary level. But despite this simplicity, the pieces all have a powerful sense of movement. Even considering all of his earlier masterpieces, many view Matisse’s cut paper works as some of the the strongest and most lasting of his career.

This body of work is an excellent example of making the best of a bad situation, and doing a lot with a little. It meshes perfectly with one of Househappy’s guiding principals: less is more.

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” will be on view at Museum of Modern Art in New York through February 8th, 2015.

Matisse at work, in about 1947.

“Composition, Black and Red” (1947)

“Composition, Black and Red” (1947)

Blue Nude II” (1952)

“Blue Nude II” (1952)

“Palmette” (1947)

“Palmette” (1947)

“Two Dancers” (1937-38)

“Two Dancers” (1937-38)

Source: The New Yorker

This week the New York Times alerted us to a growing subculture of vintage travel trailer enthusiasts that has popped up in conjunction with the Tiny House Movement. These resourceful nostalgia fans cruise Craigslist looking for potential restoration projects, with some listed for as little as a few hundred dollars. With a little elbow grease and DIY know-how, people are transforming the forgotten trailers of yesterday into a family camper for weekend adventures, a backyard guesthouse or studio, or an income-producing vacation rental. For many it’s just a passion project, but a few folks have even made a business out of flipping the revamped RVs.

Some view the finished backyard bungalows as a way to add square footage to their home without the expense or difficulty of a remodel, and they become an extension of their living space that’s the perfect spot for outdoor dinners and close-to-home campouts. One owner described her backyard Airstream as the perfect “party pad.” With campers this cute, we hope this trend is here to stay.

Source: The New York Times