Month: January 2016

Special Delivery: Protea Flowers & Bubbles

Valentine’s day treats are much sweeter in pairs which is why I love this orange box. I filled my box with a bouquet of protea flowers and a bottle of  Roederer Estate Sparkling Wine, but you can use your own favorites to complete the package: wine, Champagne, flowers, chocolate or anything else that fits. I chose protea flowers because it is a wild flower with a fresh fragrance that is memorable for a valentine. Roederer Estate – Anderson Valley California   Photo: Monica Melsness  

Fresh Croissants – The Value of Simplicity

Croissants are simple, delicate and sophisticated  breakfast pastries made from feuilletee (soft flour of flour, yeast, butter, milk and salt). Ingredient 3 1/2 cups white bread flour sifted, plus extra for dusting 3 tbsp superfine sugar 1 tsp salt 2 tsp easy-blend dried yeast 1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk 1 1/4 cups butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp milk, for glazing Directions Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, make a well in the center, and add the milk. Mix to a soft dough, adding more milk if too dry. Knead on a lightly floured work surface until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl, cover, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, place the butter between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten with a rolling pin to form a 1/4-inch thick /5-mm rectangle. Set aside in the refrigerator until required. Knead the dough for 1 minute. Remove the butter from the refrigerator. Roll out …

The Inspiring 1920 Industrial Warehouse of the Jerry Zared and Joan Childs

Inner Southeast Portland is a mélange of mixed-use styles: Modest 1930s brick houses nudge up against turn-of-the-century factories; quaint mom-and-pop shops mingle with sleek modern condos and bustling restaurants. There’s even a modernist church addition designed by renowned local architect Pietro Belluschi. So when Joan Childs and Jerry Zaret decided to create their own loft atop an existing industrial building, they wanted the place to seamlessly integrate with its surroundings. “We said, ‘Let’s pretend this was a warehouse that was always part of Southeast,’” says Childs. The site in question was a nondescript corner lot: a hodgepodge of a former printing press, a mechanic’s garage, and a residential apartment, all mashed into one broad, 8,000-square-foot structure. The exterior was painted bright orange and yellow, and palm trees waved outside. The couple turned to Emerick Architects, who had previously transformed the Ford Building down the street from a 1914 Model-T factory into an area hub of creative local businesses, to help them navigate the unique challenges of adaptive reuse. “Joan and Jerry wanted to do something that felt …

Reasons Why You Need a Rug Pad

  1- Extends  your  rug life 2- A pad  prevents scratching to the floor. 3- Make the vacuuming easier. 6- Hand washable, I try and work. 7- You can use on all surface floor. 8- A rug pad  adds softness to any rug. 9- It prevents the occurrence of mold snd odor by allowing more air circulation. 10- It is eco-friendly, made with organic polymer natural felt and plant based oil. Its safe for your floor an for your home! Photos: Monica Melsness

Hibiscus Bridal Bouquet

If you decide to have a tropical wedding, the hibiscus can be a perfect candidate for your bridal bouquet . These flowers are large, colored (they blossom in red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, white and bi-coloured), and have a beautiful tropical personality.