Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Leslie!

Happy Birthday sweet Leslie!


Our wonderful sister Leslie celebrates her birthday today! She is very special to us and we think she is one cool cat!

*Les in San Fran over the summer, visiting me!*

And look at what Leslie's sweet boyfriend gave to her, which my mom then sent to school as an extra surprise...


We love you Leslie!!! We wish you the happiest year!


*cupcake image thanks to DesignHotels.com blog

Suzanne Kasler Does it again

We are so excited about the work of Suzanne Kasler. There are so many beautiful images from her web site. These fabrics are so much fun with the vibrant oranges and cool greys. We would love to be able to use them in some interiors. We are thinking living rooms would be great. She is updating her web page soon and we are expecting more great things from her.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fun Fuzzy Pillows

Besides looking fun and adding a little something to your couch or bed, these fuzzy pillows are also extremely soft and are great to snuggle up to when it starts to get cooler...if it ever were to get cooler here in New Orleans. These are not just for kids, but as seen in these three images, they can be used in sophisticated interiors. 

This season, pier 1 really went crazy with fuzzy pillows and came out with at least four (I am sure they have more than these ones...) fun, affordable fuzzy pillows. I am getting the round one (it has tiny rosettes embedded into the "fuzz" for my sister for her birthday and do I need one for my bed? I think yes...
Via Centsational Girl
Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica
Via Bringing Style Home
Via Sunset
Via Pier 1 - $23.99
Via Pier 1 - $31.96
Mongolian Wool
Via Pier 1 - $31.96
Via Pier 1 - $18.36

Monday, October 25, 2010

DIY: Paper Lantern

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It was pouring here the whole weekend so we were happily inside for a rainy weekend. Some of you might have been over on the wonderful blog Parlour with the talented Nichole, and seen this post. One of the most beautiful DIY projects we've seen! 

Well I happened to have a paper lantern from Ikea, so I thought I would give it a try. It turns out, this DIY is a big undertaking! I have been working on this baby for more than four evenings now and it isn't even half way covered! 


My best technique was to just scrunch the coffee filter and put the glue on at the bottom. 


The closer you can get them the better. 


Mine is turning out a little different than Nichole's, she must have done hers really close together!


Thanks Nichole for the great project. Yours looks so beautiful in your home. 
We love your blog! We're really looking forward to seeing this project done!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Shelving

Shelving and storage is a big issue when designing a kitchen. One project we have has a full pantry, but wanted to use this space for a washer and drier. So we need to create another area for storage.We are leaning toward building in another full floor to ceiling cabinet that could store all pantry items. Also designing open shelving for china and stemware. This kitchen is on the smaller size, so this extra storage will be a challenge.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our Guest: Blue Eyed Bakers

You all might remember my post on needing a fantastic Banana Bread Recipe, thanks to all those who commented! One of our comments came from the ladies over at Blue Eyed Bakers. And really they need no introduction...besides how fabulous they are, as well as their wonderful baking blog, oh and their laugh out loud writing! So without further a due, I'll pass you into the hands of Katy and Abby!


Well, hello there! For those of you devoted "Chic Coles" readers who don't know us, we're the Blue-Eyed Bakers. We have a baking blog (duh) which isn't exactly the same as the Cole girls' interiors blog, but they are both about taste, right? And, really, do you know anyone who doesn't like baked goods? Exactly. So here goes...


We are sisters just like the Cole gals. Katy (in Boston) and Abby (in New York City). We bake. We both have blonde hair. Er, obvy, we both have blue eyes. We have a blog. We grew up in a British household with an adorable teapot of a mummy whose attempts at entrees were less than stellar...prolly owing to the fact that they were largely English in origin and all overcooked. However, any lack of prowess in the dinner department was more than made up for in the sweets section. Lucky duckies that we are, our mummy was (and still is) the most divine baker. Our childhoods were food fairytales...imagine, if you will, clouds of flour, little girls in kiddie aprons licking bowls of brownie batter and cookie dough (screw that raw egg nonsense), stealing chocolate chips earmarked for banana bread and chasing our baby brother with just squeezed lemons for tart lemon cakes and squares...

Ok, so we are embellishing just a tad, but you get the drift. Baking is in our blood and blogging, well, that's just what people do these days, right?


We know that for some people, baking seems daunting and scary. But, really, you just have to jump right in. Anyone can bake! We promise!


The worst thing that happens is you start over or, rather, mix the failures into some vanilla ice cream and no one will know the difference and nor will they likely care because it's dessert! Yum! Overcooked, hard cookies turn into cookie crumble ice cream with chocolate sauce that no one can resist. 

It's true. We've served it to guests before. Don't. Tell. Anyone.


Of course, no one likes failures, least of all us, so we also like to keep things fairly simple. I mean, dessert doesn't need to be complicated after all, just delicious.


And, since the Chic Coles asked, we offered up our Mummy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe for you all today. 


It might not look super pretty, but it is super easy and has chocolate chips in it, so, well, there's that.

And, if you mess it up, we can tell you from experience that it makes for an excellent bread pudding and topping for yogurt.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Serves 12


¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup unsalted butter
1¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1½ cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup mashed banana (about 2-3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350◦ F. Grease a 9" loaf pan and dust with flour.

Stir together sour cream and baking soda and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, beat in sour cream mixture which will now look a little like runny marshmallows.

Stir in remaining ingredients until just blended. Do not over mix (this also goes for cupcakes and cakes, by the way). If you don't want to add chocolate chips (what is wrong with you?), you can easily leave them out too.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes and then remove from the pan and continue cooling on a rack. 

You can also choose to divide the batter among 3 mini-loaf pans. Follow the same recipe but just reduce baking time to 40-50 minutes. 

This banana bread is especially good ice cold out of the freezer. Divine!


Thanks Katy and Abby, Blue Eyed Bakers!!




Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New from Trina Turk

Just a little eye candy to brighten up the day. Trina Turk has an amazing ability to combine pattern and colors. Her products just add a little jazz or zing. We are loving this first pillow. The flowers almost have a billowing effect on the material.


Images compliments of :Trina Turk

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Daily Make-Up Routine

When I was in highschool, I worked at a make-up store in Darien Ct. Here I was trained by make up gurus such as Trish McEvoy and the pros at Shu Uemera as well as the skincare company Darphen.  JD's Cosmetic Essentials was the name of the store and this is where I developed my real love with make-up. I am not a heavy make up wearer and I really am not into the caked on look; I love the natural look...a little bit of bronzer, blush and mascara will do the trick for me and when I got out at night or to a special occasion I love to do a heavier eye (ie; the smokey eye.) Cue for a future post when I will do a step by step process of how to do a natural looking smokey eye (the one where it dosen't look like you got punched in the face). 


Here is a step by step product list of the make-up I use everyday.
1. Start out covering any spots or dark under-eye circles with Shishiedo concealer. Make sure this is lighter and will not show up underneath your foundation.

2. Use a tiny bit of Nars Powder Foundation with SPF 12 all over the face and blend it into the neck. You shouldn't have to blend it too much as you should have a color that matches almost exactly to your skin tone. During the winter, I like to use the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer since my skin can get a little bit dry.
3. Next take Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna and with your brush give your cheeks and forehead a sunkissed look-make a C along your two cheek bones and blend it in along over your nose and up to your forehead. 
4. I like to use a bright blush-one that makes my cheeks look rosy. My favorite is the Laura Mercier Rose Petal, it makes me look like I got a little bit of sun without actually being sunburned. 
5. I like to use a light eyeshadow as the base and for the lid color; the Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Sandra consists of Bone and Silver Mist; the bone is the base for all over the eye up to the eyebrow and the silver mist (more of a light lavender) is used for the lid color. 

6. The Matte Eye Color in Black Plum by Laura Mercier is the color I use for my crease eye-color. I do a windshield wiper movement along my crease with a small amount of black plum eye color and blend it with the bone color from step 5 if it gets too heavy. 
7. As for liner; I use two...one to add color and one for dark definition. Grey Utility from Mac is used on the bottom of the eye as well as along the top of the eye lid (along the lash line). This makes the eye look more dramatic. I use Kohl Eye Pencil from Laura Mercier in colorway purple sapphire. I put this under the top eye-lid. When I want to do a more waterproof eye-liner, I use caviar eye liner by Laura Mercier and this is applied with an eyeliner brush. 

8. Mascara is my must-have product. If I am were to leave the house with one piece of make-up, it would be mascara. My favorite mascara is the Lash Curling in black from Trish McEvoy; it is a tube mascara that comes off in sheets with warm water. I cannot stand when I take make-up off and I have large racoon eyes or when I have to use a ton of eye-make up remover. This makes everything less messy and a lot easier. 

(a second option to the Trish McEvoy mascara is from Clinique and is the high impact curling mascara with warm water removal). 


9. As for lips, I have an array of lip-glosses and lipsticks I enjoy wearing, my new favorite is the Dior addict lip glow. This is my new favorite because it responds to the chemistry of your lips and creates a color that is uniquely yours




Images compliments of: Sephora, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy

Monday, October 18, 2010

Awesome Craigslisty Find

Happy Monday all! We hope you had a great weekend. 

So I'm not sure how many of you know how deep my obsession with Craigslist goes. I think I might have a problem (or maybe it's a gift?), regardless I found a great piece this past Thursday night...


I peruse Craigslist more frequently than I will readily admit, but the more you put into something, the more you get out right? Well,  I found this gem and guess what? It was featured on Apartment Therapy's San Francisco Scavenger! It was a pretty big and welcome surprise because I always love what they feature in this section. If you haven't checked it out before, you've got to!

So readers, here's where you come in. As always I love your opinions!! I want to paint it and am leading towards gold. ANY THOUGHTS?