Today we celebrate by indulging in a moist and oh so yummy gluten free cupcake, courtesy of A Sweet Design.
A friend of mine is in a classic rock band and he asked if I would design a flyer for them. It's a humble piece but they band really got joy out of it.
There is a moment in the movie "Pride and Prejudice" (circa 2005) when Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, after a sleepless night, are spiritually summoned to a vast blanket of lush green fields in the opaque mist of the early morning hours. Both characters are in deep contemplation of their unending love for one another when they find themselves convened in the grassy meadow. When Mr. Darcey (played brilliantly by Matthew Macfadyen) attempts to express his undying love for Elizabeth (the always striking talent of Kira Knightley) his declaration caught in his throat... "I love, I love (breath), I love you"... the genius of a pure human emotion is expressed. This moment of heighten sentiment triggers deep feelings in my emotional orchestra, with such intensity that I begin to cry (every time I watch this moment in the film and I have easily watched it ten times over). This same embodiment of feelings is expressed in me when viewing the graphic design work of Louise Fili.
The essence behind these emotions tell the story of something incredibly special; It's the mark of exception design. Louise Fili is a modern day romantic. Her work speaks loudly to her undying love of all things Art deco, all things culinary arts, and her love of Italy. Former Art Director of Pantheon Books, Louise is currently Principle of her own design firm based in New York. There are no words that adequately voice my personal feelings for Louise Fili's graphic design and art, but I will say that her work is a lush treasure of type and line. Louise's work speaks with true romance. She is the Jane Austen of graphic arts. I implore you to discover her brilliance for yourself.
Photo's provided by the office of Louise Fili, Kelly Thorn - Designer
Seattle is a city of culinary delight for any dedicated foodie. And if you were to visit the Emerald City and not go to one of Tom Douglas restaurants, well some might declare you insane. In my humble opinion Tom Douglas is a self taught master of culinary arts. With no formal training Tom has laid the foundation for his culinary genus by traveling the world and exploring food. Seattle is a great city in its own right but with Tom and his restaurants as a permanent fixture, well lets just say its the icing on the cake and you can't have one without the other.
Imagine a day perfectly dressed in the frigid gloom of winter. Grey clouds ornament the sky as soft snowflakes fall from the heavens on to the fluffy flesh of your pink hued cheeks. An icy wind grips your bundled body sending an unwelcoming chill through the stiffness of your bones, as you find yourself at the threshold of your front door. A gold glow seeps through the slender gaps of the barrier to your home, teasing the impending warmth from inside. Your uncomfortably cool hand grasp the handle of the brass knob as you push your way inside. What you find upon entering is a perfectly wrapped package of comfort; an illuminated wood fire complete with glowing embers and oak perfume, a steaming hot cup of Ambessa's chocolate nut tea seducing your sense of smell, and fuzzy wool socks abundant with a circus of colors awaiting your Popsicle toes... the gift of warmth.
A gift of warmth is exactly how I would describe the retro sounds produced by Lucy and La Mer. Quirky and poppy; if Nora Jones and Ingrid Michaelson fell down the rabbit hole Wonderland would echo the gentle vocals and indie rhythms of this fresh, contemporary band. Their 1st single "Just Friends" (available on iTunes) as hit the shelves. The song offer just a hint of the fun loving, easy going resonance fashioned by the group. This music is easy to love! I personally look forward to a complete album (and hope to be one of the first to review), but for now step out from the cold and check out their reverbnation.
Here is to living a full life surrounded by family and friends, who love and accept every part of you.
Here is to you're safety and well being throughout the holiday season and the coming year.
Here is to re-inventing the sustainable human connection.
Happy Holiday from Decor and Wine!