Posted in beauty, homes

Cologne & Cotton ElizabethW scented sachet set

How pretty are these? They are from Cologne & Cotton. Designed and hand crafted by ElizabethW from their workshop studio by the San Francisco Bay, this gorgeous neatly stacked set of 3 pure silk pillows are tied together with a soft ribbon and luxuriously perfumed with Vetiver.
The perfect aromatic addition to your linen drawers.
Size: 4.4” x 4.5”

Availability: In stock£35.00

Posted in architecture

Kenwood House , Hampstead London.

Kenwood House (also known as the Iveagh Bequest) is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. 

The house was originally constructed in the 17th century and served as a residence for the Earls of Mansfield through the 18th and 19th centuries. Part of the estate was bought by the Guinness family in the early 20th century, and the whole property and grounds came under ownership of the London County Council and was open to the public by the end of the 1920s. It remains a popular local tourist attraction.

Posted in food

Love Avocado toast with scrambled eggs for brunch, it is a delicious and simple breakfast, snack or light meal! Learn how to make the BEST avocado, egg, on sour dough bread  with this egg recipe.

How to make Australian Folded Eggs

YIELDServes 1

PREP TIME5 minutes

COOK TIME 1 minute

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk the eggs, cream, a pinch of salt, and several grinds black pepper together in a medium bowl until combined. 
  2. Melt the butter in a medium nonstick frying pan over high heat until sizzling and very hot but not browned (the butter should sizzle if you flick a bit of water into the pan).
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the pan — the edges should be pop and sizzle, similar to making a fried egg. Let sit, undisturbed, for 15 to 20 seconds (the eggs should be beginning to set around the edges). 
  4. Use a rubber spatula to push the eggs around the perimeter of the pan in a circular motion, tilting the pan slightly, if needed, so that the runny eggs in the center run out to the perimeter. Repeat until most of the eggs are just set and the very center is still slightly wet looking, 20 to 30 seconds. 
  5. Immediately transfer the eggs to a plate or piece of toast; they should slide out of the pan in one piece like an omelet. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Recipe https://www.thekitchn.com/australian-folded-eggs-265169
Posted in Fashion & Styling

The Shards london

The Shard in London Bridge was formerly London Bridge Tower, it is a 95-storey skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, in south London, it is the tallest building in the UK, and the sixth-tallest building in Europe.

The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and completed in November 2012. The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013. The glass-clad tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244 metres (801 ft).

Posted in Fashion & Styling

Folk furniture Inspired by central and eastern Europe

The elaborately decorated, highly colourful furniture of central and eastern Europe’s folk traditions.

“This part of the world is a meeting point of cultures; medieval incursions by Mongols and Tatars and the enduring neighbouring presence of the Ottoman Empire left their mark; Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish and in places, Muslim iconography all co-existed in these areas, and there was no Protestant iconoclasm to interrupt it. When these regions, previously subject to the shifting regimes of the Holy Roman Empire, the Russians and the Ottomans, began to define and fight for national identities for themselves in the nineteenth century, their folk traditions were actively cultivated and kept alive as part of their burgeoning identity, and a lack of modernisation in many areas in the twentieth century preserved them relatively intact, in some cases up until a few decades ago.” House and Garden.

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Posted in Arts

Jacob Lawrence

My Oldest daughter is 8, and she had arts school work to learn about the artists Jacob Lawrence, I wasn’t familiar with his work so I chose to do some research myself.

Lawrence is among the best-known 20th-century African-American painters. He was 23 years old when he gained national recognition with his 60-panel Migration Series. I learned he was born on September 7, 1917, and died June 9, 2000. He based many of his paintings of the Harlem Renaissance. 

“He was a quiet individual who listened, looked, watched, absorbed all of what was going on around him,” according to Virginia Mecklenburg, home to nearly a dozen of Lawrence’s works. Lawrence was well known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. Lawrence taught at several universities including the University of Washington where he was a graduate advisor to lithographer and abstract painter

Lawrence’s subjects and style were deliberate, conscientious choices. He formed his practice during a period when black artists were carefully considering their role and responsibility in depicting African American history and contemporary life.

Lawrence continued to paint until a few weeks before his death from lung cancer in June 2000 at the age of 82. Shortly before his death, he stated: “…for me, a painting should have three things: universality, clarity, and strength. Clarity and strength so that it may be aesthetically good. Universality so that it may be understood by all men.”

His last commissioned public work, the mosaic mural New York in Transit, was installed in October 2001 in the Times Square subway station in New York City.