Friday, February 28, 2014

happy friday, cutie

TGIF - am I right?! After an extremely long week I'm please to announce that the weekend has commenced! I will be doing nothing but FUN things this weekend. Sarah and I are going out for sushi tonight followed by this play put on by the theatre students. It sounds pretty intense! We might even hit up the frozen falls on Saturday and indulge in brunch. Hoping you all snuggle in like these little kitties for the abominable cold streak that's coming! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

3-D printed salt pavilion

A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a small stick (about the size of a jump drive) of plastic. not that interesting until you find out that she made it with a 3-D printer. I was amazing and stowed it away for the day 3-D printing became 'big'. Well that day is here. American studio Emerging Objects 3-D printed a pavilion using sea salt harvested from San Francisco. 

The salt is renewable, inexpensive, and creates strong lightweight components. The pavilion is supposedly the first 'building' made of salt printed components. Aside from it being extremely innovative, the design is beautiful!! 

don't you just want to crawl in there with a book and stay there all day? 

For more on the pavilion check out dezeen

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sweet Street Art

How great are these? Common household brands turned into 'edible' street art. The concept is titled "Pro Bono Promo" by Dorata Pankowaska (Dori the Giant) See more here

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beautiful Watercolors

Aren't these water colorings gorgeous?! Maja Wronska is an architect based out of Poland and she creates the most amazing architectural water color renderings. You can find more of her work here or here

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My Favorite Things

In seventh grade I went through what a lot of people would call a 'tomboy phase'. My go to style included baggy bootcut jeans, teeshirts, and my favorite...homemade macramé necklaces. Needless to say I've moved away from the style, but now and then I like taking a cue from the boys and adding a little masculinity to an outfit - I find accessories are the easiest way to completely change a look. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Do You Do On Snow Days?

Here in the Midwest we're experience Polar Vortex 3.0 - it's been sleeting / snowing for the past four hours and it looks like it's not stopping anytime soon. When it's this snowy and beautiful though there are a few things I love to do. Surprisingly, I love walking over to the gym when the weather is like this - usually I end up sitting on the couch so much that working out a little bit lets me blow off some steam {and it's usually empty when the roads are bad}. Obviously multitudes of snacks are consumed while I watch either The Office or Grey's Anatomy. But the best part about it is pulling on some moccasin slippers, a chunky sweater, and sitting by the window with a  good book and a cup of spearmint tea. 

I'm curious...what are your favorite things to do when it's too blustery to go anywhere?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

{SEE MINNEAPOLIS} Matisse Exhibit at MIA

Have the winter blues? There's a cure for that. The Minneapolis Institute of Art {MIA} has a simply amazing Henri Matisse exhibit opening February 23 {that's next Sunday} and lasting until March 18th. The collection will cover six decades of works by the father of modern art with paintings, sculptures, and prints - all bursting with vivid color and playful character.

Reminder: this is an 'admission' exhibit. While the rest of the museum is free, this collection requires an admission ticket, so bring some cash.

EXTRA: Feel like playing artist for a night? The Thursday after the end of the exhibit - March 20th - join the museum from 6:00-9:00 pm for 'Matisse Madness'. Create color blocked beauties a la Matisse, take a casual french lesson, and enjoy live jazz. And of course, third thursdays are FREE events! 
image via MIA

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Weekend in Short - Love

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? In honor of Valentine's Day mine was filled with everything I love to do, including museum hopping, great meals with family, window shopping, and of course I had to binge watch House of Cards. I won't give anything away, but the first episode of season two shocked me! Even if you're not the biggest fan of the hallmark holiday, I hope all of you had a truly wonderful day doing things that you love! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Cupcakes

Happiest Valentine's Day to all of you! While I adore the holiday, I'm a firm believer that it shouldn't have any pressure attached to it and really should be treated like any other day with just a hint of lovely festivity. So to celebrate a fluffy pink day Sarah and I made these fluffy pink treats - white cupcakes with a light pink buttercream frosting. They're fun, dainty, and wonderfully feminine!

Baking tip: for extra white cake, use just eggs whites {I usually use four egg white in place of two full eggs}

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Give a Little Love

I am a huge fan of Valentine's day. I adore the concept of celebrating how much love we have for friends, family, and each other - plus who doesn't like a holiday that's usually filled with sugary treats, pinks and reds, and flowers? Here are few of my favorite ways to spread the love on Valentines day. 

Make a holiday themed treat for friends

Surprise someone with breakfast in bed

Come back tomorrow to find out what treat I'm making for Valentine's Day!

Image via Art of Overwhelm

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

McDreamy's Truly Dreamy Abode

If Patrick Dempsey isn't already your secret tv celebrity crush he's about to be. His hair may be perfect, and his role on Grey's Anatomy is totally swoon worthy, but his house takes the cake for most desirable quality. I mean, who doesn't love a man who is a homeowner? Architectural Digest gave us all a little peek into the Dempsey's home - an early Frank Gehry studio / residence that's been transformed into a simply gorgeous home. 

Dying. I don't think my eyes can continue to look at such extreme gorgeousness. 

Have you been convinced? If not, you're just crazy. For the full story and more photos of this amazing home go to Architectural Digest. 

Kale Chips

 Okay so this isn't much of a 'recipe' perse - but since it's one of my go-to snacks I thought I'd share. Kale has had quite a peak in popularity in recent years and reasonably so, it's filled with nutrients and is just an all around great food to add to your diet. The options with this leafy green wonderfulness are endless, but my favorite way to snack on it is in 'chip' form. 

INGREDIENTS {you don't need much}: 

Kale {in your desired amount - I usually do about two or three large handfuls for one}
Olive Oil
Sea Salt {or other desired seasoning}


- Preheat oven to 425
- Remove the 'stems' of the kale if you get it fresh in bunches. You just want the real leafy tops.
- Remove moisture by tossing in a salad spinner or patting with paper towels
- Toss in olive oil {for 16 oz of kale use 2 tbs. For just a few handfuls a drizzle will do}
- Line baking pan with tin foil or parchment paper and cover with a even layer of kale
- Bake for 10-15 until kale has darkened
- Sprinkle with sea salt {or if you're feeling spicy, use cayenne pepper!}

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Weekend in Short - Reading, Eating, The Usual

The weekend has yet again come and gone in one feel swoop and left me wishing it was Friday/Saturday everyday. True to my new tradition, I accustomed myself with Nina's Coffee Cafe in Saint Paul in the 'Cathedral Hill' district - if you haven't been I strongly urge you to check it out. I won't give away all my favorite things about it yet, but needless to say it is quickly becoming the preferred stomping ground in this house. With all this cold weather we've been eating a lot of 'cold weather foods' {read as: root vegetables and junk food} - but that all changed Saturday when Sarah and I picked up pork potstickers and steamed broccoli for dinner. 

Have you been watching the Olympics? I usually obsess over them but I'm just not feeling it this year. Hoping you all have a great Monday! Do something fun!

Friday, February 7, 2014

{EAT MINNEAPOLIS} Birchwood Cafe

Last Friday I told you that Sarah and I were starting a new tradition, and I also promised that if you came back on Monday you'd find out about it. Well much to my dismay {and I'm sure yours} I fell victim to the ever present ever evil winter know, the one that silently kicks your ass. All of the dribble aside, here it is! 
Sarah and I ventured off to the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis for some brunch at Birchwood Cafe, a local farm to table restaurant that serves the most amazing seasonal meals you will find. I ordered the vegetable quiche {top photo} while Sarah went with a truly mind bogglingly delicious {wait for it}... Savory Waffle! Oh that's not it. This waffle was topped with chunks of bacon, a fried egg, chutney, and walnuts. If that's not heaven then I'm not sure what is. 

They also have a really great variety of baked goods, everything from cake, to brownies, to macarons and more. We picked up the coconut and chocolate macaron {pictured above}, the espresso brownie {below}, a chocolate chip cookie, and a german chocolate brownie. Another great thing? Coffee refills are free - which I find to be a nice little throwback to an older era. 

Visit the Birchwood Cafe website for more details about their menu and other events that they're hosting.

3311 East 25th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406 

photos for Classic Kitsch by Abby Carlson and Sarah Carlson

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Piano Hanger

I'm a little late to the party with this one, but when I ran across this beautifully designed Piano Hanger I had to share it. Designed by Patrick Seha for Feld, this unique hanging unit allows the user to fold down numerous hooks when needed while also being able to fold the unit completely flat again. With multiple levels it's the perfect addition to a family household, plus it's extremely simple to operate.