Month: April 2017

Gardenista

The inspiration for how your garden grows. The next best thing to a personal tour of some of the world’s most covetable gardens is a lushly photographed tome of them that can sit on your coffee table. You’ll find yourself regularly (green) thumbing your way through the hundreds of pages of DIY projects, design ideas, planting guides for all climates and color palettes, and in-depth case studies on outdoor spaces as diverse as a yoga studio and a chicken coop. Photo: Rocky Luten

A Industrial Brooklyn Rental

A creative DIY couple has turned an industrial Brooklyn apartment into a cozy and characterful home. Jewelry designer Jessica Barensfeld, photographer Simon Howell, and their son Lakota, 21 months, live in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. Their hip Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg offers a lively art and music scene, cafes and second-hand stores along with industrial buildings, humble homes, and luxe waterfront high-rises. Just over the bridge from Manhattan, this appealing mishmash has attracted creatives like Jessica Barensfeld and Simon Howell. Jessica and Simon live in a characterful building that Jessica describes as “a quilt of style, pieces and periods.” She grew up in Manhattan but moved into the 13 sq m flat share in 2006. Then she met Simon, from Yorkshire, UK, who took up residence when friends moved out. The pair turned their rented apartment into a cozy, characterful home. The landlord allowed Simon to add new walls and install more windows for light. He also made most of the timber furniture. A huge variety of indoor plants were added to enhance the fresh feel …

Easter Cookies

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted DIRECTIONS Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. (Dough will be very soft.) Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap 1 dough disc  on a well-floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disc. Bake at 350° for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until …