Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Speaking of giveaways, Jordan and I entered one for a Eames chair, but were not the lucky winners. Oh well, I will say everyone wins with this rare footage of Charles and Ray and the interesting discussion from their grandson's point of view. Enjoy the video and thanks to everyone so far that has entered our little giveaway, your comments have been so nice and very appreciated.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This is an exquisite one light bath wall sconce that will look great in your bathroom. It's unimposing and should blend well with your bathroom decor. This particular sconce features a brushed nickel finish and a slender cased etched opal glass shade.
Nuvem Wire Flower Vase by Fratelli Campana
Nuvem Wire Flower Vase (6.7" H x 3.9" W x 3.9" D). Brothers, and long time partners, Humberto and Fernando Campana make up the dynamic design team “Fratelli Campana.” Their signature Brazilian touch to the design world, significantly emphasizing their take on European design with each work. Their forms are hallmarked by the usage of materials in their raw state and experimentation with poor and recycled matter. The vase is available is Anodized Aluminum, Gold and Blue.
English designer Theo Williams, known internationally for his tremendous achievements in consumer product design, crafted this piece of functional art in 1995. It's made of clear crystal and mirror-polished 18/10 stainless steel (7.75"H x 3.5" diameter). It features a wand to serve, stir or spread honey that is cleverly attached to the inside of the crystal jar's lid. That way, honey stays inside the honey jar at all times. Plus, it is so attractive, with its hive-style horizontal ribbing, that you can display it with even the most formal of your table settings.
An elegant play of light and shadow, the Node Bowl (3.5" H x 11.75" W x 11.75" D ) is as useful as it is beautiful. This bowl makes a great sculpture, but also makes an elegant display for fruits, vegetables or dried flowers. Available in chrome or white, this bowl will be a great conversation piece.
Nuvem Wire Mat by Fratelli Campana
Nuvem (16.9" W x 14.6" D) is an experiment in wire-working, featuring matte aluminum wire that has been tangled and twisted, squashed and then spun to achieve its signature look that again fuses pandemonium with poetry, and embodies their unique experimental approach to design.
Menu - Jakob Wagner Wine Cooler
Elegant and practical, the Wine Cooler (8.7" h) by Jakob Wagner is great to have on hand. Keeping drinks cold, this bucket collects condensation and is a joy to the eye for any occasion.
Now that you have seen what you can win, I’m sure you’re asking “What do I need to do to win?” There are three ways in which you can win. You may do one or all three options, the more options you do, the better your odds will be as each option will count as an entry into the drawing for you.
1) Leave a comment telling which great product you will choose if you win
2) Become a follower of our blog and leave a comment
3) Post a link to this contest on your own blog, Facebook, Website, etc and show the link in your comment.
If you only leave a comment, make sure that we get your email address so we can get a hold of you if you win. The contest starts today and will run for a period of a week. Next Thursday (July 16th), we’ll lock the comment section of this post and choose a winner in a random drawing. Again, the more options you do the more chances you will have to win! Please note, this giveaway is only for folks living in the US and Canada.
We will notify the winner on Friday, July 17th and put them in contact with the great people over at All Modern who will then ship the product of your choice to you! Good luck to everyone and let’s have some fun with this!
Good Luck Everyone!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This picture shows the horror that is the backyard. In order to deal with it, Jordan and I have developed and implemented a multi-focus plan of attack to reclaim what is rightly ours. Our D-Day was roughly two weeks ago. Armed with all sorts of implements of destruction, herbicides, and determination, we stormed the hillside. I even looked on Ebay for any remaining left over Vietnam era Agent Orange to no avail.
The Battle Begins
Some of The Victims of a Senseless War
Where we stand today
While battling away on the frontline, I started to think about where on earth this stuff came from. After doing some reading, kudzu had a very innocent arrival in America. In 1876, Philadelphia held a Centennial Expo to celebrate the 100th birthday of our country. Various countries from around the world were invited to build exhibits to highlight important elements of their culture. Japan installed beautiful gardens using native plants to their country. Included in these gardens was the infamous kudzu that was also used in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicines. Interest in the plant by Americans was almost immediate due to the plant’s large leafs and fragrant summertime flowers.
During the 1930’s, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation Service viewed the plant as having limitless potential for controlling erosion. During the 30’s, approximately 85 million seedlings were planted by the CCC across the country. Later in the decade, farmers were paid upwards of $8.00 an acre to grow the vine. The 1940’s saw kudzu’s champion come on the scene. Georgia’s own Channing Cope praised the plant and sung it’s virtues on radio shows, newspaper articles, and even went as far as starting Kudzu Clubs across the southeast to promote what he called a “miracle vine”. However, by the 1950’s, the U.S. government finally came to its senses and began to recognize it as a problem and quickly stopped promoting the plant. Finally, in 1972 the USDA declared kudzu a weed (to nice a word in my opinion).
The southeast maintains the perfect climate for this awful creature. Anyone that has driven along just about any road in the south has seen this pest quickly taking over the countryside. One hero in a war against this silent enemy was Dr. James H. Miller who worked for the United States Forest Service in Auburn, AL. He spent 18 brave years trying to identify a successful weapon for killing this stuff. Basically he found that it takes multiple salvos of herbicide over multiple years to really kill kudzu. He even identified one herbicide that kudzu loves and actually helps it to grow! If you are currently engaged in battling this vine, take a look here for up to date battle plans.
So, we are slowly making some headway in taking back our backyard. In addition to kudzu, we are also under attack by English Ivy. I see this stuff in just about every garden shop and I think to myself “Why are you allowed to sell this weapon of mass destruction?”. Currently, Jordan and I are engaged in a jihad against this waxy leafed terrorist.
This bank next to our car port was once covered with ivy. We removed it all and were able to create a nice space that we are no longer afraid to walk in. Enough about the evils and on to the fun stuff.
One of our new found loves is Northcrest’s Swim and Tennis Club. This oasis is located in the center of our neighborhood and at least once a month holds a social dinner for all the members. This month’s event was on the 4th of July and allowed us all to express the tacky tourist side of our personality. In addition to a great meal and really fun conversation, we were all treated to a great firework show.
The club is run by a great group of neighbors. When I try and explain our neighborhood to friends and so forth, I don’t think they really get it. Really, only people here in Northcrest understand what it is like to live here. The neighbors we have met so far are simply some of the nicest and most interesting people I have met. One great example of our neighbors are Brian and Kevin.
The faucet will need some work, but this beauty is going in our basement bathroom in the near future. All we can say is thanks to Brian and Kevin and to all of our Northcrest neighbors for making this such a wonderful place to call home.
One last thing to mention…..if you like the chance of winning free stuff for your home, check back Thursday for a great opportunity!