home envy: cornwall

Home Envy: CornwallAn exterior shaped by steam-bent wood is the defining feature of this Cornwall abode. Designers Tom and Danielle Raffield set their home on the on the same plot as their furniture company (they specialize in steam-bent furniture) and connected it to an old gamekeepers lodge on the property.

The home is covered in  in lengths of curving beech, larch, sweet chestnut and oak collected from the surrounding woodland. The couple focused on trying to take as much wood as possible that had already fallen in the forests. The home serves as a showcase for the couples vision and their work. Each room features their creations lighting, furniture, and decorative pieces.
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book list no. 14

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A Separation // A a couple decides to part ways, then Grace then hears that her unfaithful husband has gone missing. Not even sure if she wants to find him, she travels to Greece to hunt for her ex.

The Wonder // I have yet to read this one, but have heard rave reviews. The story centers on an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months. The nurse soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life…

Today Will Be Different // The latest by Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) takes place over one day in the life of Eleanor Flood. The book unfolds as you gather an in-depth look in to Eleanor’s life, funny, interesting, and a page turner.

*Quick plug… my book club recently read You’ll Grow Out of It and it is the perfect beach book, in case you are in need of a recommendation.

vertical forests

Vertical Forests Italian architect Stefano Boeri has just announced a new design for vertical forests in China. The city of Nanjing unveiled the ‘Nanjing Vertical Forest’ this week, a mixed-use development commissioned by the National Investment Group. The project will provide high density housing and office space while contributing to the environment in a positive manner.

Boeri describes the project as “a real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen per day”. The two towers will be covered with 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees among a total of 1,110 trees coming from local species. 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will also trail down the buildings. Boeri has also designed similar projects in Switzerland and Milan.Vertical Forests

london calling

London CallingMy mom and I escaped the frozen tundra earlier this month for a jaunt to a less snowy but still chilly London. We had the best time tromping around in the constant drizzle. We saw many a museum (topping out at 4 audio guided tours), found excellent shopping, and of course delicious food. Our mutual love of history was appeased the entire trip! A little rundown of our travels is below.

Favorite Eats:

Honey and Co

The Ivy Cafe (our favorite meal and the interior is !!!)

The Riding House Cafe *best breakfast


The Grazing Goat


Sourced (Wigmore Street by our hotel and easy grab and go)

Borough Market (all the food)

Favorite Activities:

St. Paul’s Cathedral (climb the dome)

Tour of Parliament (gooooood history)

Victoria & Albert Museum (things on things, less art, really great!)

Westminister Abbey (necessary stop, make sure to get a verger tour)

Selfridges (the accessories hall was just redone, excellent window shopping)

Fortum and Mason (try all the chocolates)

A night at The Royal Ballet (the most beautiful thing)

Favorite Walks:

Wandering down Wigmore Street and up Marylebone High Street

Regent’s Park

Tower Bridge to Parliament (along the river you can get a lay of the city)

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currently watching


Quick plug for my current favorite tv show, Victoria. Have you watched it? If not, hop to it! Season one premiered on PBS January 15th and the finale is this upcoming Sunday. The story of young Queen Victoria is played out with great drama, in palaces, and features spectacular wardrobes, what’s not to love. The show was first released last fall in England to rave reviews and just began filming season two (thank goodness).

Episodes are available online at PBS.

what’s for lunch?

LunchingMy cousin Kelda is a dietitian and basically a guru for all things food related (find out more about how awesome she is here). After I begged her for help she compiled a few suggestions for healthy lunching, my lunches as of late have been beyond boring…

Lunch should be a priority in your day; a time to fuel your body and mind to tackle the rest of your to-do list.  Is your lunch game on point? Packing a lunch at home will often be healthier that buying lunch on the go – and it will always be more cost effective. Stock your fridge and pantry with items that provide a nutritious punch and can be combined in a variety of ways so you don’t need to have the same thing twice in one week.

Here is a full week of healthy lunch-time inspiration:

Monday Green salad topped with half an avocado, sliced radish, sunflower seeds and feta cheese. Dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, a touch of whole grain mustard, salt and pepper.

Tuesday– Quinoa bowl topped with steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, toasted almonds, sliced onion and a handful of arugula. Dressing of olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt & pepper.

Wednesday– “Taco Salad” or greens topped with black beans, onions, bell peppers, and avocado. Dressing of one part canola oil, one part plain yogurt, squeeze of lime, minced garlic, sprinkle of cumin and paprika, salt and pepper.

Thursday– Garbanzo bean salad with cherry tomatoes, onion and feta cheese and a handful of spinach. Dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, a sprinkle of cumin or curry powder.

Friday– Green salad with blackberries, walnuts, avocado and feta cheese. Dressed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a touch of mustard, salt and pepper.

These ideas are vegetarian, and provide you with protein from nuts, seeds, grains and beans. However, you could easily add shredded chicken, flaked fish (fresh or canned), a hard boiled egg or even steak if you’d like.

Your grocery list to get you through the week of homemade lunches? Here you go. But adjust it to your taste and come up with substitutions that work well for you!

The List

casas na areia

One hour south of Lisbon on the coast of Portugal lies the tiny town of Comporta, the perfect place to daydream of on a winter day. Featuring thatched roofs and simplistic design Casas Na Areia offers individual buildings with minimal furnishings and plenty of space for relaxation. The property is nestled on the banks of the Sado River and is home to wild life like flamingos, storks and dolphins. Seems like the ideal place to warm up and decompress…Casa Na Areia Casa Na AreiaCasa Na Areia Casa Na Areia Casa Na Areia Casa Na AreiaCasa Na Areia