If you haven't already discovered it, a great food series that we loved was Mind of a Chef on PBS, featuring David Chang in Season 1. Another great documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is a story about Jiro Ono, his Tokyo sushi restaurant & relationship with his son Yoshikazu. The director, David Gelb, also set his sights on 6 internationally renowned chefs in the Netflix series Chef's Table. All of them possess similar natures combining both passion and discipline to achieve their status. Their lives outside the kitchen are just as complex. Arm chair travel from one of the most isolated restaurants in Sweden to Buenos Aires and Los Angeles and be inspired.
We've been taking advantage of our proximity to various neighborhood galleries on First Thursdays. This past week, the most interesting show we found was titled Pagans, black & white photography by Jim Chuchu at Mariane Ibrahim. A filmmaker, his arresting images have a lot of movement. He takes the original photograph, draws in pencil or watercolors, then digitally scans the altered photograph to further manipulate it. His work explores African mysticism and his life living in Nairobi as an openly gay man in a country where it is considered illegal. The show runs through July.
Loft living is a definite departure from our old house. There's less space & everything is wide open, which puts your belongings on display, heightening the need for useful and well-designed objects. Also notable is the lack of storage, which meant some serious editing of our belongings. We jettisoned our large, vintage sectional couch on moving day and were mostly enjoying the open airy space that relatively few furnishings provides. Admittedly, it was weird to only be able to sit in chairs. Even the best ones are not the most comfortable seat in the house, because couches are made for lounging, right? And, of course, the pets were in competition for prime real estate lounging options. Hence, the hunt was on for the perfect sofa... and presto! While far from in perfect condition, this mid-century leather piece has nice lines, plays well with our other furnishings and is a project that has potential. We're also addressing the deck as we go along, most recently adding a little patio set for al fresco dining. Hello, Ikea.
Outdoor plants that enjoy full sun are next on the list.
Built in 1961, comfort and style unite in this 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1150 square-foot, mid-century modern rambler located in the Wildwood neighborhood in Olympia, WA.
The house retains its vintage charm with original light fixtures and other features, but has updated appliances including a new LG washer and dryer and matching Kitchen Aid appliances in kitchen. Separate laundry room with built-in pantry. Built-in linen closet in hallway. The main living space features original tongue-and-groove vaulted ceiling and woodwork throughout including built-in cabinetry, window trim, doors and wood floors. All closets are cedar-lined. Upgraded double pane windows. Gas forced air, gas water heater, and gas cooking stove. Wood insert in original brick fireplace. Slate entryway. One car garage with shop area and attached two car carport. Private, partially covered back patio. New TPO roof with transferable lifetime warranty. Mature landscaping with native plants including trillium, rhododendron, azaleas and big fir trees. Backyard overlooks Capitol Land Trust green belt above Watershed Park, giving it a "cabin in the woods" feel. Bamboo fenced backyard. Centrally located in the Wildwood neighborhood. Easy access to bus line on Capital Boulevard. Close to downtown and shopping. In Olympia School District: Pioneer or Lincoln Elementary, Washington Middle School & Olympia High School. Walk to get a slice at Vic's Pizzeria, a cup at Olympia Coffee Roasters, a sandwich at The Lucky Lunchbox or pick up fresh groceries at Spud's Produce Market.
More information & photos here. Blueprints below...
The SOMA water purifiers have been on our list for awhile, but we didn't really need one since we had an in-door fridge filter at our house. We chose the pitcher style because it holds a few more glasses and the beaker style is too similar to our Chemex . These eco-chic products are well-designed, BPA free & made in the USA. The plant based filters were designed by David Beeman, an industry professional who has created products for Starbucks, Peet's and Keurig. SOMA also gives back, partnering with charity: water in their mission to bring safe drinking water to over 800 million people without access to it.
Today, we celebrate our anniversary of twenty years of togetherness! One of the best things about our relationship is that it remains dynamic. We try to keep our sense of curiosity about each other and the world, growing and learning together and taking risks. Most importantly, we embrace the everyday.
To another twenty more...
If I were a moviemaker I'd set about hunting sunsets.
We've officially moved into our new place in Pioneer Square. There's so much light here and
we love our view... watching all of the activity in Elliott Bay & gorgeous sunsets over the Olympics.
We have decided to relocate to Seattle. This means leaving our Olympia home of the past twelve years. Bittersweet, indeed. It has sheltered us through many milestones in our lives.
Lately it's these konjac sponges that have me excited about skincare. They're not a new thing, having been used in Asia for 1500 years, but they've recently gained popularity and for good reason. The Konjac Potato, or konnyaku, is a perennial plant that's rich in minerals, naturally alkaline and pH neutral. The sponges remove dirt, oil, blackheads, gently exfoliate skin and can be used with or without your favorite cleanser. They're eco friendly, being 100% natural & biodegradable, to boot.
Sit back, close your eyes and nod off.
Jeff Bridge's new project, Sleeping Tapes, is so great. According to Jeff, "The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest". You can listen to the album in its entirety before purchasing. There are sounds of children laughing, story telling, affirmations, helicopters... well, you can listen for yourself. If you're a fan of the Dude at all, you won't be disappointed. You have purchase options, from a limited edition gold vinyl record to a pay-what-you-like digital download (we opted for this). 100% of the retail price from each album sale goes directly to No Kid Hungry.
Tuck Yourself In. Sleep Better.