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LIVING

The Magical Coloured Bricks Igloo by Daniel Gray

rainbow igloo by daniel gray

This is one of most awesome igloos that I ever saw. It took  months of preparation and 150 hours of construction to engineering student Daniel Gray, with girlfriend Kathleen Starrie, family and friends, to create his icy shelter masterpiece.

making of coloured brick igloo

If you plan to try such a project, know that you will need to collect hundreds of milk cartons to make the 500 coloured ice bricks that are necessary to build the structure. Daniel uses food colorants to get the bright colours. Continue Reading

LIVING TRAVEL

Beam Me Up Art Suite at ICEHOTEL

beam me up room at icehotel sweden

Each year, the ICEHOTEL in the Jukkasjärvi, Sweden asked designers from across the globe to create themed art suites for their guests. Science-fiction fans would be delighted if they stay at the ICEHOTEL. After the TRON Legacy art suite from the British designers Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones in winter 2011, they could now experience a stay in a UFO themed ice room.

beam me up room at sweden icehotel

Pinpin Studio staged a room with four huge UFOs hover that stand tall over an ice forest. Instead of an art piece over the bed, you see a huge UFO beaming you up. I love the theatrical nature of the Beam Me Up room.

+ photo credits: Beam Me Up room by Pinpin Studio

CAKES + desserts ENTERTAINING

Winter White Dessert Party in Gatherings Magazine

gatherings magazine white dessert table

gatherings magazine white dessert table

If spring is all about colour, winter is a study in white. Or at least it should be. Thanks to mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, for many of us this winter has been anything a white wonderland.

Looking for a little frosty inspiration? Check out the Winter 2012 issue of Gatherings magazine – the “white” issue. Gatherings is a newish digital magazine created by interior designer and blogger Heather Spriggs.

We fell for the Snowy Sweet Sensations white dessert party – with its refined palette of white, cream and cocoa-coloured neutrals, and pretty vintage touches, it’s sophisticated enough for a winter bridal shower or an evening with your most stylish girlfriends, and yet homey and kid-friendly enough for a relaxed Sunday afternoon gathering with family.

gatherings magazine hot chocolate marshmallow stir sticks

The creamy white serving pieces look glamorous next to glass-domed cake stands, and we love how simple mugs of hot chocolate get dressed up with the addition of beribboned marshmallow stir sticks. The display could have fallen flat with such a limited palette, but contributor and food stylist Jessie Senese smartly used dark chocolate brown for contrast and tone-on-tone textured food items – a cake with white chocolate shavings, powdered sugar donuts, white-chocolate dipped pretzels – to add visual interest to the display.

gatherings magazine white dessert table

Other must-read sections in this issue include tips on how to pick the perfect white paint (it can be more challenging than you think) and a collection of yummy white winter side dishes.

SOURCING:
+ Winter 2012 issue of Gatherings Magazine

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Winter Picnic for All the Family

outdoor skating party

family winter picnic :: as seen on franciskas vakre verden

Since last week, it really feels like winter here. Finally, the soil is well covered with snow. After I saw this nordic family picnic, I can’t wait for a warm winter day so we could go at the park and eat outside with Zack. To be safe, do not forget to bring some firewood to keep you warm.

winter picnic food presentation

I am in awe with this sight. What not to love with a setup made of the fur rugs, wool blanket and a vintage sleigh table?

outdoor skating party

Hosting an awesome outdoor skating party could be the perfect occasion to play outside and do a little exercise with friends and family. I absolutely love the way Kate from Beautiful Days designed her winter skating party in her backyard.

buffet table skating party

Here, she went for easy to eat, crowd-pleasing food. Since a skating party is usually held in the middle of afternoon, snacks are all you need to serve.

An idea to steal are the tubs full of skates. This way, nobody has an excuse for not skating.

winter picnic lunch boxes and supplies to bring

Even of there is no snow where you live, you could still throw a fun winter picnic. Simply load a big red cart with the essentials for a beach party in freezing temps. And do not forget to nicely pack the lunch boxes of your guests.

You can find more inspirations by looking at the winter picnic photo shots featured at Intimate Weddings.

SOURCING:
Winter picnic for the family at FrancisKas Vaskre Verden
+ Winter Skating Party at The Sweetest Occasion
+ Winter picnic and beach bonfire party at Design Sponge

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Breathe Easy: Middle Colors Humidifier

Middle colors humidifier green living room

Middle colors humidifier green living room

Ah, January. That less-than-loveable month where frosty temps, post-holiday fatigue, cold and flu bugs, and dry indoor air (due to always-on heat) combine to create a cesspool of breathing challenges.

While a humidifier can be the answer to breathing easier during winter months, their typically bulky and boring design can leave your style sense congested.

Enter the Middle Colors Humidifier series from Japanese designer Takashi Hiroshi Tsuboi. Available in two sizes and a range of bright and bold colors, the humidifers are perfect for overnight use offering 8 – 10 hours of continuous use.

Middle Colors Humidifier colours

The larger model also features an aromatherapy function: just add a few drops of a scented oil to an aroma pad, and mist the room with your favourite scent. Try lavender to not just breathe but sleep easier.

SOURCING:

+ Middle Colors Humidifier, $119.99 (small) / $169.99 (large) USD

 

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

5-Minute Martha: Greet Your Guests with Tasty Grazing Boards

grazing board pate de foie

grazing board pate de foie

There is no need to rush or to prepare several types of appetizers when you are having guests over at the cocktail hour or for dinner. Instead go with a crowd-pleaser and put on your coffee table a grazing board. Since you are certain to find all the ingredients that you need at a good delicatessen near you, you can pull it off even at the last minute. You save more time since no individual bite assembly is required. When you shop, assume that one board will feed 4 to 6 persons as appetizers.

Chantelle Grady of the blog Little Things proposed in the Montreal issue of Relish three killer compositions. Relish is her food digital magazine.

The first option is a classic. You can serve pâté de foie with caramelized onions and toasted bread. For a non-fuss version, check out the caramelized onions recipe by Chuck Hughes that he puts in his grilled cheese sandwich.

grazing board baked camembert

You can’t go wrong with serving baked Camembert or Brie. It is so good that I suggest that you keep one ready to bake in your freezer all the time. Jamie Oliver bakes his directly on the wooden cheese box. Other chefs line a baking dish with parchment paper. I use a Brie baker because it is easier to serve the warm wheel of Camembert or Brie in a dish. Chantelle served her version with Serrano ham and toasted bread.

grazing board pork terrine

The third board displays pork terrine, mustard (you can serve a few), gherkins again on toasted bread. You can go a step further by offering a mustard selection. For the cornichons, I adore the Maille Tarragon & Vinegar gherkins. If you prefer sweet cornichons to the sour ones, try Maille Mini & Crunchy gherkins.

SOURCING:
+ Montreal issue of Relish produced and photographed by Chantelle Grady from the blog Little Things
+ Beautiful baked Camembert recipe by Jamie Oliver
+ Baked Camembert and Herb Oil by Roger Mooking

HOME + GARDEN MODERN architecture

Wow for the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Observatory Designed by Snohetta

Norwegian Reindeer Pavilion Centre

Norwegian Reindeer Pavilion Centre

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion shows a wood construction like I have never seen before. I like how the benches are organically shaped to provide the visitors a stunning view of the wilderness. Wood pegs were used as fasteners for the wood section of the building. The rest is made of raw steel resembling the iron found in the local bedrock.

Norwegian Reindeer Pavilion Centre

The visitors could sit at the south facing exterior wall and enjoy the warmth of the interior space. The organic nature of the building is stunning and unusual. I dream to see a similar design at a ski resort.

Norwegian Reindeer Pavilion Centre

You can admire more photos on Arch Daily.

SOURCING:
+ photos: Ketil Jacobsen and diephotodesigner.de
+ via Core 77 and Arch Daily

FAMILY LIVING with kids

Pick up a Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass for Your Child from Canadian Ski Council

snowpass

snowpass

Alpine ski has always been my favorite sport. Ski is a big part of my life during winter. I learned how to ski when I was 2 years and half. My husband is an excellent skier. In fact, he earned lots of points when I saw him skiing for the first time. 🙂

Now that we have a son, we can’t wait to teach Zack how to ski. We are counting the number of winters until he is ready. This is why I am happy to share this great initiative by the Canadian Ski Council. Grade 4’s and 5’s can pick a Snowpass to ski and ride for free. You can fill the form online. Just visit www.snowpass.ca, complete the registration form, upload a photo, proof of age/grade and payment to cover administration and delivery fee. Your child’s very own SnowPass will be mailed straight to your door giving you hundreds of ways to save this season.

SOURCING:
+ Snowpass.ca

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

My Place: I Want One or Two Knitted Poufs

knitted pouf living room

Every year, I feel the same when the cold weather arrives. I want to fill my home with a warmth feeling. I crave for knitted throw and wool. Add to this, the fact that my son just started to crawl and you will understand my appeal for one or two knitted poufs. They are comfy as an occasional seat or a footrest. Plus, they do not take a lot of floor space. Finally, the soft edge of poufs made them safe and fun to play with for my baby. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

Ideas to Steal: Baby Potatoes in a Mason Jar

baby potatoes in a mason jar

baby potatoes in a mason jar

We have seen tons of use for the Mason jar, and this one is a keeper. Next time that you are having friends over for diner or to eat a raclette, be ready to serve your baby potatoes in a Mason jar. Go either for individual portions or for a few communal jars.

I spot that idea on Apartment Therapy from Amy Rosen’s trip to Copenhagen. She saw it at the famous Restaurant Jacobsen.

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+  photo: Amy Rosen for Apartment Therapy

COCKTAILS + wine FOOD + DRINK

Cold and Cough Tea Tins at DavidsTea

davidstea cold and cough tea tins

davidstea cold and cough tea tins

I can’t tell you if it makes you feel better since I did not catch a cold this winter, but I like the concept behind the Cold and Cough Collection at DavidsTea. The cute packaging grabbed my attention.

Cold 911 contains sinus-clearing eucalyptus and juniper berries, plus you get a dose of vitamin C with the orange peel and orange oil. It could make a thoughtful gift to a friend or colleague who is sick.

At the heart of Throat Soother are lemongrass, lemon myrtle and lemon balm, which are known for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and/or antiviral superpowers. They are combined with marshmallow root, slippery elm and stevia leaf to create a sweet, hot, healing, lemony tea that coats and soothes your throat. That would be an option instead of my warm milk with honey.

SOURCING:
+ Cold 911 tin by DavidsTea $14.50 CAD
+ Throat Soother tin by DavidsTea $14.50 CAD