FRIDAY FAVORITES: HANGING FRUIT BASKETS

 

We are just passing the height of the season for fresh local fruits and vegetables, at least here in the northeast. Cherries and peaches are still lingering in the markets and apples are just beginning to arrive. One of the things I love the most about fresh produce is that in addition to being delicious to eat, it also doubles as a perfect pop of color in the kitchen.

 

Too often these natural beauties are hidden away in an ugly bowl or in the back of the fridge.  Problem solved!  Below are some stylish options for hanging your goods. Seeing fruit attractively displayed is a guaranteed mood booster.  Additionally, it also helps it to ripen properly and provides us a visual reminder to use it before it passes its prime.

 

 

 

stoneware 3 tiered hanging basket

This 3-tier stoneware basket is nearly as bright and fresh as its contents

 

 

 

porcelain and leather

Leather and porcelain combine here to form a delicate 2-tiered vessel

 

 

 

DIY hanging jute

For the DIY-inclined this jute and leather number is just the ticket

 

Stop by a farmer’s market soon and pick up some fresh fruit during its all-too-brief season. By all means show it off once you bring it home!

 

 

NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY

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While it may seem that there is now a national day for just about everything (because, let’s face it, there is) today is one such day that I will celebrate with joy. It is National Ampersand Day! September 8 was purposely chosen as the date to bear this honor owing to the fact that several of the characters in “September 8″ can actually be spelled using  ampersands. More about that and the history of this quirky little character here.

 

This day, however, is not merely reserved for graphic design geeks. My personal love for the ampersand continues.  The shape and the concept speak of beauty and possibility. How wonderful that the humble former last letter of the alphabet can embody such grand things!  Below are some ideas for how to bring the ampersand into your home.

 

 

premium wood ampersand

Loving this elegant wood ampersand

 

paperweight ampersandAmpersand as a functional and attractive paperweight

 

 

gold ampersand objet d'art

This sophisticated gold objet would be a stylish addition to any room

 

 

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: LAURA MURDOCH

 

Woodcuts (designs chiseled into wood) and linocuts (designs chiseled into linoleum) are two of my favorite forms of visual art. The prints are created by inking the chiseled designs and then pressing paper into them. The rich texture and detail that is revealed is truly marvelous.

 

Laura Murdoch, an artist based out of Philadelphia, does brilliant work in this medium. She describes herself as inspired both by nature and the dynamic city in which she lives. Her work is exceptionally affordable and would provide the makings for striking stand alone framed art or a vibrant gallery wall. Below are some of my favorites.

 

 

Penguin

A woodcut print capturing a tender penguin scene

 

 

goat

 The detail in this linocut of an adorable goat is exceptional

 

 

gold tree

I see this handsome gold tree bringing warmth to any wall or ledge

 

 

owl greeting card

 Owl greeting cards that will bring wisdom to their recipients

 

 

smallthingspuffin

A framed puffin print from my own art collection (no longer available on Laura’s site)

 

 

As has been the case with many of my favorite artists, I found Laura through Etsy.  If you live in the Philly area, however, she does offer the opportunity to visit her in studio.

 

BEFORE & AFTER: HOME OFFICE

 

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This home office was transformed from a dark and utilitarian hot mess (yes, I said it) to a bright and airy office worthy of the smart and successful woman who sits behind the desk.

 

Here’s a look at where we started:

 

Office Before 3

A cramped work space

 

 

Office Before 2

A messy storage closet

 

 

Office Before 1

Unsightly and disorganized office supplies

 

 

 

And here is where we ended:

 

 

Office After 1A transformed workspace with a built-in bookshelf under the window

 

 

Office After 3

A custom shelf for easy access to files and a customized art gallery

 

 

Office After 2

A closet turned into key additional space for printer, shredder and storage

 

Makeovers like this epitomize what I love most about what I do.