Spring is making it’s much-anticipated arrival in the Tundra and Bembien has the perfect warm weather accessory! Lucy Laucht (if you don’t follow her on Instagram get on it) was sporting one of these bags and the texture and shapes are amazing. The small collection of woven bags are made around the world and support local artisans.  I’ll take one of each please, my personal favorite is the Rose Bag.

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palm springs mirage

Doug Aitken "Mirage" Mirages in the desert are not a new concept, but Doug Aitken’s project takes the idea to a whole different level. The project aptly titled “Mirage” is located in Palm Springs and the entire structure is wrapped in mirrors. The cabin is modeled on a typical ranch style home and it’s mirrored finish reflects the great desert expanse that surrounds it. This video shows the project as it transforms throughout the day. Aitken created the project as a part of Desert X festival in the Coachella Valley. The exhibit opened last month and will remain until October 21, 2017.  Doug Aitken "Mirage" Doug Aitken "Mirage" Doug Aitken "Mirage" Doug Aitken "Mirage"

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.