Month: September 2016


Caipirinha is the most popular cocktail in Brazil. It’s made from cachaça, a clear distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice. If you can’t find cachaça, just swap it for vodka and you’ll have a Caipiroska cocktail instead. Ingredients 1 lime 1 tablespoon superfine sugar 2 onces cachaça Ice Directions Cut up a lime into 8 wedges. Muddle the wedges in a rocks glass with sugar. Add Cachaça and top with ice. Stir and serve. Enjoy Photo: Monica Melsness Recipe:  Bobby Flay  

Bruno Galiasso and Giovanna Ewbank Sweet Home.

This beautiful home belongs to the Brazilian actor Bruno Gagliasso, 31, where he lives with his wife, actress Giovanna Ewbank, 27, and his five dogs – golden retriever Zeca, the Corsican Menina, boxer Johnny, the labrador Peste, and their mutt Favela. The first description he makes about his  house is: “My home is where I’m happy, where I feel good with my friends and with my family, where I grow up and raise my children.” The house is located in Itanhangá, in Rio de Janeiro, and has a huge garden with space for them to play with the dogs, and a garden with a jabuticabeira (fruit tree), palm trees and a lush bougainvillea. “The environment has a very good vibe. Our friends come here and nobody wants to go, “says Giovanna. It was on a trip to New York that they were enchanted by an exhibition of Robert Mars, known for paintings that mix skulls and logos of Louis Vuitton. Bruno is fascinated by skulls and has at least seven scattered around the house. “The skull gives me a sense of reality, …

How to Make Scandinavian Decor

Nordic style extols simplicity and comfort in an indoor environment. The oldest customs of the people of northern Europe have become a contemporary decorating style.  Adapted to the current reality, the Scandinavian style is a hit. Today,  Scandinavian style concerns environments where simplicity and comfort prevail. It’s a cleaner decor without excesses, very bright to combat the northern darkness of winter. It is made of straight lines, simple shapes and neutral colors. Colors White is the key color in this type of decoration. Think of the Nordic region: Short and dark days. White helps a lot when it comes to lighting. So white walls are the starting point of this style. Use basic colors like white, beige, gray, brown and black. Fabrics With respect to the upholstered chairs, sofas and pads, use natural fabrics such as linen, wool and cotton. Skins, or imitations of them, appear in rugs or blankets on the couch. They give it a sophisticated touch. They are pieces that prove the authenticity of a Scandinavian space. Objects They are few and good. In …

Roasted Red Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes with Ricotta

Serves 8 Ingredients 4 red bell peppers, halved, seeds and ribs removed 6 oil-packed anchovy fillets, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 cup basil leaves, divided Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons plus ⅓ cup olive oil 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved ⅓ cup fresh ricotta ¼ cup pitted small black and/or green olives Flaky sea salt Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Place bell peppers, skin side down, in a shallow baking dish and top with anchovies and garlic. Tear ¼ cup basil leaves over top, season with kosher salt and black pepper, and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil. Bake until peppers are tender but still hold their shape and are slightly charred around edges, 35–45 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, blend remaining ¾ cup basil and remaining ⅓ cup oil in a blender until smooth; season basil oil with kosher salt and black pepper. Arrange bell peppers on a platter. Top with tomatoes, ricotta, olives, and more basil, then drizzle with basil oil and season with sea salt and black pepper. Recipe:  Skye Gyngell Photo: Monica Melsness

A Sizzling 21st-Century Home

Carlo and Christine Rinaudo loved the character of their 1940s bungalow in Sydney, but the internal layout was back to front. The family commissioned architect Mark Szczerbicki to undertake a minimalist yet detailed renovation that flipped the floorpan, resulting in a private bedroom zone at the front and seamless indoor/outdoor living areas at the rear. Photos: Maree Homer Via: Homes To Love

Book – The New Bohemians

In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes located primarily on the East and West coasts. Exclusive interviews with the owners, as well as 12 DIY projects created by Blakeney and inspired by objects found in the homes, offer insight into achieving this aesthetic. In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home. $34,00 at amazon  

Studio Joop – Anniek Beije

Anniek Beije is the photographer behind the creative studio Joop in the Netherlands. Since 2015 the Studio Joop, whose name is in honor of her grandad,  has been growing into a green and creative work space. Joop Studio is all about simplicity. Anniek believe the most beautiful moments don’t need garnishing and that is the feeling Studio Joop wants to capture.  The ongoing project ” plant series” is the first example of this attitude. In her work she  tends to use only natural lighting, because she dislikes the distracting effect studio lights give. She also tries to minimize the amount of Photoshop used to just edit out blemishes of spots in the background and get the color balance right to print. For print she uses only recycled paper. Thank you Anniek for all your creativity and also for the wonderful plant series pictured with purity and grace.  

Grönadal – Rocking Chair

The Grönadal rocking chair is not only  a balanced combination between Vietnamese crafts and Scandinavian expression. It is also manufactured in a rattan factory in Nha Trang province in Vietnam as part of efforts to keep the valuable handicraft traditions alive. The designer Lisa Hilland’s goal was to create a rocking chair with unexpected encounters between materials and expressions. Live natural materials such as rattan and ash stand nicely in contrast to the powder-coated steel. The backrest and the seat are hand woven with wire following traditional techniques, and become more beautiful with age. Rock on Grönadal!