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19 Jan 17:43

Cajun Table/SOTSOT

by Erin in Indy
So I have been itching to try the Cajun Table or SOTSOT (“Some of this, some of that”), depending on whom you ask. This place is the brick and mortar version of the SOTSOT food truck. The sign outside the restaurant says Cajun Table, but much of the other items (menus, social media etc.) are branded with the SOTSOT name.

Anyway, I was on a tight schedule one day downtown and last minute ended up meeting a friend who was also downtown. They open at 11:00 (and I even called to be sure) but when we got there at 11:00, the doors were still locked. Shortly someone came and let us in (which was good because it was snowy and cold outside). The bad part was that they had clearly just gotten there themselves, and do not run the heat when they aren’t there. It was freezing in the restaurant throughout our entire meal, even after they did turn the heat on. A little tip to them, someone may want to show up an hour or so before the restaurant opens to get the heat going. We had to wear our coats the whole time. And it was still cold. The staff of two was exceptionally friendly though and apologized to us the whole time we were there.

We agreed to share several items from the menu, the shrimp po boy ($10 + $2 for fries), a pick two sampler with shrimp and crawfish etouffee and bourbon chicken ($11.50) and a cup of chicken and sausage gumbo ($5).  The po boy was huge! So big I found it nearly impossible to eat as a sandwich and just sort of ate it open-faced or ate the shrimp on their own. The shrimp were fine—seemed like they are premade frozen type of shrimp battered and fried, but there were a lot of them and they were very crunchy and had nice seasoning. The bread was nice too—had a great crispy edge to it. The star of this dish though? The sauce that was drizzled on it—especially combined with the lettuce and tomatoes on the bun. That sauce was great—super acidic, it was exactly what this sandwich needed. Because of it, I quite enjoyed the sandwich, even though the shrimp themselves were ok. The fries were standard seasoned fries and were just fine.

The other thing on the table that was really tasty was the gumbo. I am really glad we added it (you can’t get the gumbo as part of the combos). It had the most Cajun seasoned flavor to it. A real depth of various spices. Just the broth alone was really good. A couple chunks of chicken and veggies in a bite with some rice and that broth were great. The sausage was just ok—nothing super fancy going on here and the slices were quite big, but they were fine. The overall flavor though was very good.

The etouffee was okay, maybe a little bland. And the sauce sort of overwhelmed the pieces of shrimp and crawfish that were in there. The bourbon chicken was also fine; we agreed it tasted almost more like an Asian flavor profile—maybe some soy in there. Not bad, but not exactly what you are expecting when you are thinking of Cajun food.

The biggest downer for me though was the temperature of the place. I hate sitting through a meal with my coat on and still feeling cold. I think they need to rethink the cost savings on this one, or they may drive customers away. It’s a cute place inside though, with several booths and lots of brick and wood (the ceiling could use some sort of treatment though). And I am glad to see at least some of the food trucks doing well enough that they can move into a brick and mortar location, and that someone cared enough to rehab this very cool building. If you go, definitely get the gumbo. If they have the seafood version I see listed online, I would especially be intrigued to try that one.

Cajun Table/SOTSOT
2405 North College Ave
Indy  46205
11 Jan 18:48

creative coupling.

by victoria

apartment in paris with oversized art and modern furniture. / sfgirlbybay

the eclectic decor in this apartment in paris, recently featured on socialite family, is the beautiful result of the creative coupling of Pierre Le Ny and Émilie Urbansky. the couple explains their approach to decorating their home as a perfect partnership: he shows her things, and she makes him discover others.

Pierre is a both a gallerist and artists’ manager at Modernist and Émilie works as the manger of image for sony music entertainment. And while their home is a stylish mix of both of their interests and personal tastes, Pierre admits he chose all of the furniture, inspired mostly by his love of 20th century French design, and Émilie selected all of the decorative objects, such as the photos, plants, etc. the cheerful blue wall color in the living room, however, was a mutual decision.

if the playful yet sophisticated home they created together is any indication, it seems as though these two perfectly complete each other. and it’s safe to say, we’re in love!

unique painting on bright blue wall with stacks of wood. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic modern french decor. / sfgirlbybay

cheerful and modern living room in paris. / sfgirlbybay

unique decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

paris apartment featured on socialite family. / sfgirlbybay

modern living room decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

modern french home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic and modern paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

cheerful kitchen decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

unique collection of decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

bright and modern paris apartment with eclectic decor. / sfgirlbybay

framed photographs and small modern desk and chair. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via socialite family.

10 Jan 21:06

Environment - "Closing IPL's toxic ponds could cost millions"

by Marcia Oddi
Here is a long list of the ILB's earlier posts on coal ash, dating back to 2014. The most recent...
06 Jan 18:59

Miuccia: An Elegant, Freestanding Kitchen

by Caroline Williamson

Miuccia: An Elegant, Freestanding Kitchen

Decked out in an elegant midnight blue with rose copper details, Miuccia is a new freestanding kitchen design that was inspired by a traditional hutch and cupboard. Ruadelpapavero Creative Studio kept the shapes of the chest and pantry but striped every other detail away in order to modernize it. Manufactured by TM Italia, the kitchen incorporates contemporary materials like leather, stone, wood, and copper to finish off its bold personality.


The lacquered blue surfaces feature linear grooves that result in a sophisticated, modern pattern. The appliances are hidden within the cupboards, which are topped off by Pirgon stone countertops, while the sink and stove are concealed under two chopping boards that slide. Each component is raised above the ground by rose copper legs and frames giving them a lighter appearance.

















06 Jan 18:56

Take A Coastal Escape At The Brown Beach House Croatia

by Vy Tran

Take A Coastal Escape At The Brown Beach House Croatia

Located in the historic city of Trogir, a landmark UNESCO World Heritage Site, the recently opened Brown Beach House Croatia is a 25-room and suite property that infuses Mediterranean-inspired design into contemporary and classic design aesthetics. Up until its renovation and redesign by Amsterdam-based designer Saar Zafrir, you would never be able to guess that this boutique hotel was formerly a tobacco processing plant. Zafrir beautifully transformed the old facility into a luxurious escape for the vacationer looking to grab some R&R in a coastal but modern hotel.




Zafrir combined the timelessness of the 1950s Italian beach vibes (a retro aesthetic that has become synonymous with Brown Hotels) with the grandeur influence of the Roman Empire when designing the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool and sun deck. You can walk across the classic black-and-white tiled flooring, plop into one of the contemporary lounge chairs, and enjoy picturesque views of the the Adriatic Sea and old town of Trogir.

A full-service spa with a thermo-mineral outdoor pool and jacuzzi will also be available for full relaxation come Summer 2017.




Natural color palettes and wooden tones mixed with contemporary & vintage furniture define the interiors. Plants and flora from the Dalmation Coastline bring a bit of outside life inside.






Additional amenities include: Cartina (the hotel’s seafood-focused restaurant), a bespoke cocktail bar, private beaches, elegant spaces for private events, a kids playroom, and bicycles for exploring the coastline.





What’s on the horizon for the hotel? An additional 24 luxury suites will be unveiled in Summer 2017.


What: The Brown Beach House Croatia
Where: 21220, Trogir, Croatia
How much? Rooms and suites start at approximately $124 per night
Highlights: Soak in some sun along the Adriatic Sea at a boutique resort located in a town deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Design draw: While Zafrir designed the interiors/exteriors to retain that classic Mediterranean aesthetic that makes a hotel in this kind of coastal location special, he also brought in contemporary elements in the form of lighting and furniture to truly transform this landmark property into a luxury destination.
Book it: Visit the Brown Beach House Croatia or email

Photos by Assaf Pinchuk.

06 Jan 18:56

Kelly Wearstler’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

by Jaime Derringer

Kelly Wearstler’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

Recently we had Kelly Wearstler on our podcast Clever, talking about her inspiration and her life from crafting as a young girl to turning a love of making things into a world renown lifestyle brand. During our chat, she talked about her love of “the hunt”—scouring the aisles of flea markets and antique/vintage shops to find the perfect pieces. We recently followed Kelly along as she hunted for treasures at the Paris flea market—follow along today on Instagram to see some of her discoveries—plus some tricks of the trade.

Photo by Stephan Julliard

Photo by Stephan Julliard

Because of her extensive experience and trained eye, we thought we’d hit her up for some good hunting tips:

Paris Flea Market

Paris Flea Market

1. Get there early.
The early bird really does get the worm.

Vintage Philippe Starck table used for a restaurant project of his in the 80’s -  Found at Paul Bert Serpette

Vintage Philippe Starck table used for a restaurant project of his in the 80’s –
Found at Paul Bert Serpette

2. Be prepared.
– Tape measure is crucial!
– Bring a cart or dolly for transporting heavier items
– Pack a camera. Photograph stand out pieces with vendor business cards. At the end of the day  you’ll have a catalogue of your favorite items with contact details for all the relevant vendors.
– Bring images of the space you’re purchasing for. It will really help you visualize a piece in a room.
– Wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be on your feet all day!



3. Visit the ATM
Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Cash is power!

Top of a table - all ceramic inlaid tile. Late 1960s at Paul Bert Serpette

Top of a table – all ceramic inlaid tile. Late 1960s at Paul Bert Serpette

4. Trust your instincts.
If there’s something you love but it’s a little out there, go for it. It’s the special anomalies that can make a room sing. It will reflect your soul.

Two Philippe Starck sculptural chairs from 80’s

Two Philippe Starck sculptural chairs from 80’s

5. Bring a friend.
It’s great to have a second set of eyes during the day and an extra pair of hands at the end.

See what Kelly discovered while hunting in Paris AND get some more great tips >>> on Instagram.

06 Jan 18:56

City in a Suitcase: Artist Camille Walala Gives Us a Peek into London’s Culture

by Katie Treggiden

Our City in a Suitcase series takes a closer look at the art, design and architecture through the eyes of four international cities and creatives who live and work in them. Each will pack a TUMI 19 Degree suitcase full of items that they feel best represents their city’s culture. Take a look:

City in a Suitcase: Artist Camille Walala Gives Us a Peek into London’s Culture

East London has always been full of a diverse mix of creative people. Often the first settling place for immigrants fleeing religious persecution or coming to seek their fortune on streets ‘paved with gold,’ it received influxes of French Huguenots in the 17th century, Ashkenazi Jews en route to America in the 19th century, and people from all over the world into the 20th and the 21st centuries, making it one of the most vibrant, multicultural and dynamic parts of London. One of its latest arrivals is French-born Camille Walala who is (literally) painting East London her own inimitable brand of colorful. Describing herself as a “purveyor of powerfully positive print,” she graduated in textile design from the University of Brighton and established her eponymous brand in 2009. Inspired by the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and Optical Art master Vasarely, she also says much of her work is driven by a simple desire to make people smile. Over the past 17 years she’s been putting smiles on faces everywhere from pop-up restaurants to canal boats and for clients including Nintendo, XOYO, Koppaberg, Bompas&Parr, Darkroom, Barbican Festival and Land of King.




We visited Camille in her East London home to talk about her favorite East End haunts and what inspires her about this corner of the capital…

Since we can’t all hang out in London’s hottest ‘hood, we asked Camille to choose a range of items to represent the city she loves. Her selection includes work from local up-and-coming designers – a sure sign of the close-knit creative community in this part of town – objects that inspire her, and a good dollop of the color and pattern with which she’s made her name. The rug in the background of all the shots is by Congo – Camille’s own design for Floor Story.

Here’s a list of Camille’s selections, where she bought them, and why:


Fluoro red necklace by Eleanor Bolton
Eleanor Bolton is a British designer based in London. I used to share studio with her a few years back and I was always so fascinated to watch her creating her hand-stitched necklaces so effortlessly. I’ve got one in pretty much every color! They are so versatile and go with so many of my favorite outfits.


Hand-knitted scarf by Giannina Capitani
Established very recently, Giannina Capitani is a London-based designer with Italian and Scottish ancestry. What I love about her work is that she draws inspiration from both her historical pasts. Combining Italian designs with Scottish textile tradition. She’s all about bold, colorful graphic patterns – right up my street!


Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi
I’m absolutely fascinated by the housing estates in London. This amazing book gives a great insight into what some of these remarkable housing estates look like, the impact they have on communities and what it’s like to live in places like these.


East London Food
When I first moved to East London 15 years ago, you were hard pressed to find a half-decent restaurant to eat in. Now this neighborhood has the pick of the bunch, boasting amazing culinary delights from all over the world. I love this book because it presents the best of the best in East London – my home. I’m slowly working my way through it!


Brutal London: Construct Your Own Concrete Capital
The Brutalist movement seems to be having a revival in a huge way of late, and I for one am definitely on the bandwagon! I’m a total fan of this style of architecture. Published by Prestel (one of my favorite publishers), this clever book allows you to replicate your favorite Brutalist structures in 3D using their pre cut and folded buildings – hours of fun whilst learning about these great historical buildings!


Stripy Vase by Ann and Stuart Mercer
I am a big fan of these two! Ann has a history in ceramics, Stuart in architecture. Together they have fused their incredibly different crafts and have created a collection of ceramic pieces based around a post-modernist, asymmetrical and symmetrical architectural forms. They decorate each piece with patterns found in the urban landscape. I absolutely love these objects – they are so incredibly beautiful and clean.


Battersea Power Station in Plaster by Chisel & Mouse
Battersea Power Station was built in 1933 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott is an absolute icon of the London skyline. Sir Giles Gilbert is one of my absolute favorite architects and is known for some of the most prolific buildings in London. I need to take this replica with me in my case!!


Vivienne Westwood shoes
These iconic shoes were first released in 1985 and are still amazingly cutting-edge today! Ever since these shoes were first released, I have dreamt of owning a pair, but unfortunately I couldn’t afford the price tag – until a few years ago. I love owning a piece of fashion history like this.


Split Shift Tiles by Darkroom, in collaboration with Bert & May
I have been a huge fan of Darkroom for ages – it was in my eyes the best design shop in London, and beautifully curated. They have just launched an incredible tile range that they produced as a collaboration with interiors shop Bert & May of East London. They’re pretty heavy, but I need the whole suitcase full of them!


Jacket from Martina Spetlova
Martina Spetlova has a great story in that she has a background as a Chemistry graduate! The London-based fashion designer originally from Prague, creates incredibly beautiful woven leather garments. I love how she experiments with textiles and creates patterns in the materials she uses.


I keep sketchbooks to inspire my work, so I’m always picking up postcards, paper and ephemera. I recently went to see the brilliant exhibition of Malik Sidibé at Somerset House, so I picked up these postcards to add in my sketchbook.


Plate by Camille Walala for ARIA
I designed this plate for my collaboration with design shop ARIA during the 2015 London Design Festival entitled Walala In Da House – it is inspired by Memphis design.


Trunk Vase by Richard Wood
I have very much admired Richard Wood’s design work for a long time, so I was delighted when he produced his first collection of vases for Danish brand Hay, featuring his typical colored woodgrain imagery.


Where are some of your favorite places to shop for local art and design in London?

PSST… Check our our London Travel Guide!

This post is in partnership with TUMI. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

06 Jan 18:52

A Reflective Shirt That Goes From Biking to the Office

by Caroline Williamson

A Reflective Shirt That Goes From Biking to the Office

San Francisco-based startup, Ravelin, has created a new way to bring safety to a work shirt. The RS01 Riding Shirt is targeted at urban dwellers living an active lifestyle who need both to be safe biking to work and to be stylish and ready to go when they get there. At first glance, the shirt fabric looks to be a traditional Shepherd’s check, but what you don’t see is that the bespoke fabric has 3M retroreflective thread woven directly into the pattern. That means you can rock it in the office while being safe on the road without needing any extra gear to carry with you.

During the day, it’ll look like a you’ll look polished but throw some headlights up on you and you’ll glow making sure you’ll safely get to where you’re going.

We all know just how cold it gets when the wind hits our body as we ride, so Ravelin integrated wind blocking panels into the shirt’s front design. The back, sleeves, and armpits are left alone to release heat as you warm up.


The shirt’s design is made to fit like a second skin so it’s easy to move around in. The back fabric is cut on the bias for increased stretch and there’s a cell phone pocket built-in for easy access.



Ravelin has the completed design and now they’re seeking funds to bring it to the public. If you want to help the brand get off the ground and snag one of these shirts, throw them some dough on their Kickstarter campaign.







06 Jan 18:51

41,999 Programmable LEDs Turn the Lexus IS Into a Moving Screen

by Gregory Han

41,999 Programmable LEDs Turn the Lexus IS Into a Moving Screen

The Lexus LIT is a one-of-kind technological audio-visual experience on wheels – a customized Lexus IS wrapped in 41,999 programmable LEDs engineered to shine attention to the latest song from UK artist Dua Lipa.

Just as an octopus, squid or cuttlefish are capable of dynamically adapting their exterior skin using color-changing cells called chromatophores, the Lexus LIT mimics the color changing capabilities using an enormous array of hand-applied LEDs, the sum capable of pumping out 175,000 lumens of light for an effect not unlike the Disney Main Street Electrical Parade. Each pulsating wave of colorful patterns are synchronized to adapt to music, react to motion, or simply be put into the equivalent of a screen-saver mode for “look at me” attention grabbing display.


A music video was a perfect place to launch the LIT IS and working with Dua Lipa allowed the concept to come to life, putting a spotlight on the Lexus IS in an entirely new way. – Brian Bolain of Lexus


The Lexus LIT also sports a "gesture mode' that allows LED animations to be controlled using hand motions.

The Lexus LIT also sports a “gesture mode’ that allows LED animations to be controlled using hand motions.




Considering its very clear danger of being an eye-captivating distraction, don’t expect to see anything like the LIT on the roads any time soon. But other exterior paint technologies like paramagnetic electroluminscent paint hint that one day cars might be easily customizable at the flick of a switch, turning the exterior of vehicles we drive into an outward expression of our fashionable whims on a daily basis.


Agency: Team One
Chief Creative Officer: Chris Graves
Executive Creative Director: Alastair Green
Associate Creative Director: Amanda Abrams
Associate Creative Director: Ryan DiDonato
Art Director: Adam Bright
Copywriter: Eric Jorgensen
Senior Producer: Kristen Little
Associate Director, Interactive Production: Chad Bauer
Management Supervisor: Trina Sethi
Group Account Director: Joel Dons
Associate Media Director: Elaine Evangelista
Associate Media Director: Scott Thornton
Media Supervisor: Tiffany Hsu
Media Supervisor: Melissa Lam
Program Manager: Jamie Lau
Project Manager: Laura Schluckebier

Production: Tool
Interactive Director: Aramique
Managing Partner, Digital: Dustin Callif
Managing Partner, Live Action: Oliver Fuselier
Executive Producer: Jennifer Baker, Erich Joiner
Director of Digital & Experiential / EP: Chris Neff
Technical Director: Jeff Crouse
Producers: Jennifer Baker, Bill Galusha
Lead Software Developer: Matt Felsen
Front End Programmer: Lars Berg
Lead Designer: Mau Morgo
Sound Designer: Gary Gunn
Jr. Digital Producer: Jean Chang
Fabrication: SCPS Unlimited

Post Production: Team One Multimedia
Executive Content Producer: Bryan Cook
Associate Director Multimedia: Gina Grosso
Editor: Gabe Diaz
Assistant Editor: Brendan Carney
Lead Motion Graphics Artist: Robert Johnston
William McGuigan: Audio Mix / Sound Design

Color: The Mill
Colorist: Derek Hansen
Executive Producer, Color: Thatcher Peterson
Color Producer: Diane Valera
Production Coordinator: Robert Cohen

Music Video Production

Media Partner: Vevo
Vevo Media Sales: Michelle Gable, Oscar Contreras
Vevo Brand Solutions: Sophia Reichenbach, Rachel McEnerney, Allie Goodchild
Vevo Production: Dave Kalvert
Vevo Talent Relations: Parul Chokshi

Artist: Dua Lipa
Artist Management: TAP Management
Artist Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
Male Lead: Ansel Elgort

Production: Anonymous Content
Director: Daniel Kaufman
Director’s Representative: Caroline Clayton
Executive Producer: Nina Soriano
Line Producer: Mark Berger

06 Jan 18:43

Modern Comfort: Targa By Wiener GTV Design

by Nanette Wong

Modern Comfort: Targa By Wiener GTV Design

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, now known as Wiener GTV Design, is the Italian/Danish design child of StineGam and Enrico Fratesi, better known as GamFratesi. They recently completed their Targa collection by adding two final designs that exemplify a new idea of comfort and style. The collection is small but robust, consisting of two different sofas, a pouf, and a lounge chair. Each of the pieces comes in striking but neutral colors that are bound to make a statement. The chairs are made of bent beech with an upholstered backrest and Vienna straw border. Soft and curvy, Targa is sleek and luxurious, but not too stuffy. Its round shape encourages intimate and cozy socializing, and is perfect for residential spaces with an unconventional twist.











06 Jan 18:42

A Renovation and Addition for a Brunswick East Victorian House

by Caroline Williamson

A Renovation and Addition for a Brunswick East Victorian House

Quarry House is set within Melbourne, Australia’s Brunswick East and the Victorian terrace house was recently renovated and and extended with a new addition by Hook Turn Architecture. Referencing the history of the surrounding area with its brick and bluestone quarrying, the design comprises two stacked boxes, with the ground floor as a brick box and the upper floor a bluestone box. The original part of the house was constructed of brick so the same material was carried on to the ground floor addition for continuity.


While the front of the house remains with its 1880s Victorian facade, around back the second story reimagines natural bluestone formations with its tessellated pattern. To achieve the look, folded zinc panels were installed to look like eroded columnar basalt that left behind an arched opening.


The arched, geometric opening outlines the window in the new master bedroom, which juts out over the ground floor box helping to shade its interior during warmer months.







Careful thought went into the interior layout to ensure each room would receive the maximum amount of daylight. Helping to make that happen is a central courtyard.




Photos by Ben Tole.

06 Jan 18:42

The Ginkgo: A Floor and Meditation Seat

by Caroline Williamson

The Ginkgo: A Floor and Meditation Seat


If you practice any kind of meditation, chances are you have your favorite spot to settle into – for me, a 2x a day meditator, I have a spot that’s part of my routine. Ariel Lynne was partaking in a workshop in Copenhagen when she decided to design a meditation seat for her home in Chicago that would allow her to incorporate meditation more often. The result is The Ginkgo.


The sculptural chair’s design began after a bike ride to a park in Copenhagen with a sandy area that formed impressions when she sat down. That planted the start of her immersion into Scandinavian design, with inspiration coming from Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair, as well as the works of Verner Panton and Bjørn Nørgaard.


The process began by milling and planing raw lumber – 18 different profiles to be exact. After rigorous sanding and sculpting, The Ginkgo’s curvy silhouette was born with a built-in handle for easy movement.



06 Jan 18:32

Indiana Mayor Running for D.N.C. Chairman

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, says he wants to avoid a replay of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders backers.
29 Dec 18:29

Tinker Street-Revisit

by Erin in Indy
I wasn’t even going to write about this meal, but I had such a good one, I figured I would share. We were with friends who had never been to Tinker Street--we started with a couple of different appetizers to share. One was a special that was meant to split between two people—it was actually a bison tenderloin with roasted mushrooms. It was an interesting choice to serve as an appetizer—I guess because it was on the small side, they thought maybe it wasn’t quite big enough for a main dish, but it would have been just right for me. We all really enjoyed it. I particularly thought the mushrooms were really nice. Roasted just right.

We also shared the escargot vol-au-vent ($13), which was puff pastry with an herb garlic sauce and several escargot (snails). One friend had never had them before and wanted to try it. Hubby was thrilled because he loves escargot.  These were very good. My biggest problem with escargot is that sometimes they are kind of rubbery, but these were not at all. They were a good size and very tender. And who doesn’t love puff pastry right? The sauce was nice and flavorful as well (which has been a problem for me with some dishes at Tinker in the past, that they were bland). This was nicely done.

Finally we shared the fried Brussels sprouts ($11). These were rich and very tasty with just a light crisp edge. They were tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette and topped with almond dukkah, which is a mixture of herbs, spices and ground up nuts (almonds here). I really liked the extra texture from this mix and the additional flavor that it added. I love nuts mixed into a salad or with vegetables to give it a little more heartiness.

For his main, hubby had the wild coho salmon with parsnips, creamed swiss chard and a miso glaze ($22). It was a great dish as well. It’s nice seeing the shift into slightly more wintery veggies being served with salmon, but still showing creativity. Both the chard and the parsnips were very good, and the fish was perfectly cooked medium rare.

But the best thing on the table for me was the dish I ordered for my main, which was actually a starter. It was the mapo tofu dish ($12). There were large chunks of tofu, pieces of rice cakes (not the flavorless dry diet things you think of, think of like a crab cake made with rice), lion’s mane mushrooms and fermented beans. The sauce is a ginger and soy based sauce with a fair amount of chili in it, as well as those fermented black beans. It had some heat for sure, but also I just loved all the soft but varying textures from the tofu, the mushrooms and the firm, yet slightly chewy rice cakes. I really liked this dish. Hubby agreed. We licked the bowl clean.

I think our friends enjoyed their first visit—one is a vegetarian (who sometimes eats fish) and she appreciated the many offerings they had on the menu. Hubby and I were happy that everything was so good. We’ve had some ups and downs here, but this one was a definitely up meal and everything we had was very enjoyable. If they have that tofu though, get it. I am going to have to try a version of my own at home.

Tinker Street
402 East 16th Street
Indy  46202

28 Dec 20:52

At Home with Emily Murray in Edinburgh, Scotland

by A Beautiful Mess

What a crazy ass house - i love it lol

At Home with Emily Murray   We love a good neon sign! Today we're sharing the home of Emily Murray, founder/editor of the interior blog The Pink House. Her space is filled with colorful, eclectic patterns and fun wallpaper designs. #Goals. Ready to see more?

At Home with Emily Murray                      "When I saw my current home, The Pink House (also the name of my award-winning interior blog) for the first time more than six years ago, it was white. This was my first day of house hunting, and only the third house I’d seen, but I was barely through the front door when I knew it was The One. I knew instantly I’d do anything for this house. I’m no fatalist or spiritualist, but its soul spoke to me in a way that meant all practicalities went out the badly-fitted sash windows. So we bought it, and began its transformation into a colourful, fabulous family home. 

At Home with Emily Murray                  Chairs/Kartell, Stool/Fritz Hansen.

"I rather like this vintage Rockett St. George ‘Archway Station’ bus blind–Archway was the last area of London we lived in before moving to Scotland. Two orange chairs and a walnut-veneered Fritz Hansen Dot stool, which is handy for supervising kids' tea time and tucks under the table when it's not being used. It's also the comfiest stool I've ever sat on.

At Home with Emily Murray         Rug/Jennifer Manners. Sofa/Ikea.

At Home with Emily Murray        Lamp/Horne.

"When it came to renovating The Pink House, the first job was to knock down the wall between the kitchen and living room to make a big family room, which is now my favourite space in my house. We then got to work, smothering the once-white walls with a bold Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray (we carried this colour through to the kitchen), picking out the skirting, shutters and mantelpiece. It was a revelation to see how the grey allowed the emerald green of the sofa (best buy ever) to shine.

At Home with Emily Murray                          "The now-redundant door into the living area we covered with blackboard paint and the frame with gold paint. What the door DID do, though, was provide the starting point for the kiddies’ art corner. The initial plan was they would do their painting, etc., in the playroom. But like all plans I made before actually having children, this never came to fruition: ‘But I no WANT go upstairs do paint, Mama.’ So an art corner in the ground floor living room it was.

At Home with Emily Murray                               Hardware/Buster + Punch, Rug/Anthropologie.

At Home with Emily Murray                                   Radio/Amazon, Wallpaper/Cole & Son.

"When it came to the open-plan kitchen, we painted the existing cheap laminate bottom cabinets dark and the wall-mounted cupboards light, so they didn't feel so heavy. I like how the effect is quite bespoke and living room-y, aided by as many books as I can squeeze on the remaining shelf space.

At Home with Emily Murray     Neon sign/Specialized Signs.

"The biggest challenge in the house was transforming the dingy basement into The Den, a room that works as a home office, sitting/movie room, home bar and spare room (with sofa bed). I hired Jessica from Jessica Buckley Interiors to help me realize my vision and make the space truly fabulous. I never used to put blue and pink together, but thanks to this room, it’s my new favourite colour combo.

At Home with Emily Murray      "The bar is one of my favourite elements of this room. I went for an imitation gold leaf in the end—much cheaper than real gold leaf and looks just as gorgeous when lacquered. The hidden LED light strip makes the cabinet seem to glow from within. I knew I wanted a pink neon sign in this room and it’s turned out even better than I’d hoped—this PLAY sign was made bespoke in my own handwriting.

At Home with Emily Murray             Curtains/Designers Guild.

At Home with Emily Murray                Chair/Tann Rokka.

"It took a lot of effort, but I finally convinced the Pink House Husband that, along with the house’s exterior, we should paint the bedroom pink. However, this wasn’t the starting point for the room’s décor. As the room was now swarming with nature, I continued the theme with a pair of thick, moss-green velvet curtains. But my favourite thing in the room is That Chair. This hot pink tub chair is probably the first piece of furniture I ever fell in love with.

At Home with Emily Murray"Of all the rooms in The Pink House, this is the most radical makeover. Basically, we ripped everything out of the previously shabby, uninspiring bathroom, and, in its place, created my dream bathroom from scratch.

At Home with Emily Murray Brass Taps and Shower Head/Barber Wilsons, Wallpaper/John Lewis, Brass Wall Lamp/Balineum, Mug/Amazon.

At Home with Emily Murray                   "I knew there was something magical about this house the moment I first walked through the front door, and I was right. Although geographically the house is in Edinburgh, the six years we’ve been here have felt like living in our own colourful, fabulous little world, where anything is possible. I hope this home will continue to make people feel special long after we have left."

Thanks for the tour, Emily! You can find her blog, The Pink House here. and on Instagram.

PS- Emily's home is for sale! Click here for more info.

Credits//Author: Emily Murray. Photography: Susie Lowe

19 Dec 18:14


by Erin in Indy
The other night I met my favorite sharing friend Jen at Livery before the Yelp Totally Bazaar (which by the way, until they move it to somewhere else, I am never doing that again—way too cramped and crowded) for an early dinner. This is the newest place from the Cunningham Group (Vida, Mesh, etc.) and it’s located in a really cool old brick building on College just off Mass Ave. One I have been eyeing for years. So glad to see someone took this place on.

It’s a very nice interior—highlights the brick and lots of dark wood. I didn’t really get a real Latin flair from the décor, but the menu most certainly is. Our server was very nice, if not bit harried, disappearing for significant periods of time. We ordered the two margaritas on the menu—the Livery margarita ($9) and the Carriage House margarita ($12). Both were very, very good, even though margaritas on a freezing snowy night are a little weird. The carriage house is more of a top shelf type margarita and uses orange brandy. The Livery was more your classic margarita, but was spot on. I love the little freebies they serve as you get your drinks. They called them something like chicharone wagon wheels, but they are not actually a pork product. I think they are actually called duros. Anyhow, they’re more like flour-based chip—I have had them before at other places, but I love the seasoning they put on these. Spicy chile with a huge dose of lime. They were addictive. We had a couple bowls of these (partly because our service was a little off).

We ordered several items off various parts of the menu, but I will discuss them in the order we ate/were served the items (we told them to bring them how they thought was best).  The first thing we were brought was the manchego crisp ($8) off of the ensalata portion of the menu. It sounded so intriguing when the server described it. It is basically a taco shell made of fried manchego cheese, and it stuffed with herb salad, orange, avocado, red onion, olives, fresno pepper and marcona almonds. Sounds interesting yes? But ehh, it was our least favorite thing of the evening. It’s hard to believe something that was such an acid bomb with olives and orange could be so one-dimensional. It was very heavy on mashed avocado. And as much as I love manchego, it doesn’t make a crisp in the same way that Parmesan can. Just doesn’t have as much flavor. I expected a bit more of the greens, since it was labeled a salad, but it was a bit of a mish mosh of ingredients that didn’t really coalesce.

Next we had empanadas. We ordered the barbacoa version ($9) based on a couple of recommendations, including from our server. It comes with a little salad of kale and peppers and chipotle salsa. We realized after a couple of bites that we did not in fact get those, but actually got chicken ones. The bite I had was pretty good, but probably would have been better with the right sides—green salsa and crema. Based on my limited bite, I’d like to try them though. The barbacoa version was tasty as well. A nice flakey crust and meaty, yet juicy, interior. The salsa and the greens on the side make the dish though. Without it, the empanadas wouldn’t have stood out in the way they did. The salad was dressed with some heavy citrus, but it was just what the empanadas needed to brighten it up. I also like the smoky depth of flavor from the chipotle salsa.

Next we were served the jamon Serrano ($10) from the primero portion of the menu and the pork pastor ($11) from the Segundo portion. The jamon Serrano was probably our favorite item of the evening. It was a terrine made from potato and poblano peppers with mushrooms, romesco sauce, crema and salsa verde. Oh, and of course, that Spanish ham, which is layered across the top.  This was decadent, and had a lot going on, but tasted really good. It reminded me of a classic Spanish tortilla, which is more like a potato omelet than what you might normal think of when you think of a tortilla that you wrap a taco in. The sauces and mushrooms were great, and if you haven’t tried Serrano ham, it’s a bit like prosciutto but richer in flavor. It’s a bit drier in texture as well perhaps.

The pork pastor tasted very good as well. It was little shavings of the pork mixed with a zesty (as is acidic) slaw, onions, cilantro, and pineapple and served on top of corn cakes. The cakes were a little sweet for me, but I enjoyed the flavors of everything else. I think I would have preferred it served with another vehicle to eat it, even just warm tortillas, but I was happy enough just eating it on its own. I like that so much of the food here is thoughtfully created to be balanced with enough acid, as well as with unique takes on traditional Latin cuisine.

I really want to try some other things—I can’t wait to try the ceviche, it was just too cold on this night. I love ceviche and I bet this one has good flavor. Time will tell if I am right. And pretty much everything on the menu sounds interesting. So to the rest of you who have been there, what have you had? What did you think?

P.S. They don’t take reservations. On a Thursday early, we just walked right in, but I have heard there can be significant waits on the weekends. But you know how Indy folks love a new restaurant…

720 N. College
Indy 46202

15 Dec 18:16

Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

The agency’s report comes as President-elect Donald J. Trump has vowed to expand the gas and oil extraction technique and roll back existing regulations on the process.
13 Dec 22:03

A Beef Stew

by Cara


For the second Sunday in a row, there’s a pot of this stew in the oven. That’s a picture of how colorful it looks when it goes in. When the timer beeps, four hours later, the greens and oranges have caramelized into the height of flavor.

It’s based off of the very famous (in my world) and very good Silver Palate short rib recipe. But there were a few stoppers in that recipe for me, namely beef stock, which I never have. I decided that any liquid would do, there are so many vegetables in the pot anyway, that flavor emerges inevitably. So far I’ve used: chicken stock, red wine, tomato juice from the can, and water. The stews are a little different each time, but always tasty, and the recipe is easy enough to make just for yourself, though also a fancy main dish for parties.

The original short ribs contribute plenty of flavor and fat, and they have one more perk: Since they’re bigger, you brown fewer. Pieces of chuck roast work just as well, you’ll just be browning a few minutes longer. After that step, the rest of the ingredients get piled into the pot and hoisted into the oven. For four hours, you do whatever you need to do on Sundays, and then you eat.

Here’s the recipe.

Easy and Adaptable Beef Stew
Author: adapted from the Silver Palate
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 servings
Delicious, pretty simple beef stew. For the liquid, use stock, wine, beer, tomato juice from the can, or just water.
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds bone-in short ribs or about 1½ pounds chuck roast, in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 carrots, sliced (about 1½ cups)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chopped tomato (from a can is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons tomato paste
  • Additional liquid to make 2 cups (see above)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a 5-quart Dutch oven with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Grind pepper over the meat, then brown well on all sides, about 4 minutes a side. Remove the meat to a plate and turn off the heat.
  3. (While you're browning the meat you can prep all the vegetables and stir together the sauce.)
  4. Toss the onion, carrots, parsley, garlic, and tomato together in a bowl. Place about half in the bottom of the pot, then return the meat, then pile on the rest of the veggies.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the salt, sugar, cayenne, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste. Pour in enough additional liquid to make 2 cups. You can mix and match..if you have a little wine, say, use it and then fill 'er up with stock or water.
  6. Pour the sauce into the pan and cover the pot. Place in the oven for 2 hours. Take off the cover, then cook for another 2 hours, until the meat is very tender and the top of the stew is brown. Serve with mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, or good bread.

08 Dec 15:12

Album Review: Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Sounds Like the 1970s

The musician, whose name is Donald Glover, delivers an unabashed throwback to the sounds of R&B before hip-hop came along.
05 Dec 19:21

A Sewing Revivalist’s Quiet Home in Portland, OR

by Bethany Joy Foss

A Sewing Revivalist’s Quiet Home in Portland, OR

Sarai Mitnick left her tech job in Oakland, CA eight years ago with a heart for designing and publishing sewing patterns for women who wanted to make their own clothes. “It was something I felt deeply passionate about, but I couldn’t afford to start a business in the San Francisco area.” Sarai and her husband, Kenn Wilson, founded Colette Patterns in 2009, a publishing company that creates home sewing patterns, books and an online magazine called Seamwork for sewists of all experience levels. Since then, Colette has grown to an office of 11 enthusiastic and creative people with the goal to revive the art of sewing and home garment making. Their modern taste and variety give followers an open invitation and resources to curate a wardrobe with their own hands.

The couple has been a part of their current neighborhood since the move, and they feel fortunate to have found a house in the same area five years ago. “It’s really walkable and there are plenty of restaurants and bars around, but it’s still quiet and residential. I feel incredibly thankful that we get to own a home in such a wonderful neighborhood,” Sarai shares. Working with a small budget, Sarai and Kenn looked at a dozens of “run-down, creepy, smelly places” before walking into their 1923 colonial revival house. Sarai grew up in an old house and couldn’t imagine living in a space that lacked historic character and charm. They immediately refinished all the original floors, which had been covered with Pergo laminate, and coated the rooms with soft, cool colors to reflect as much natural light as possible and counteract dark Portland days. “One of the rooms was painted bright turquoise, including the ceiling, and the floor was painted shiny white. Because the floor reflected the turquoise, it gave the appearance of blue skin when you walked in!” After the initial renovations, they started taking care of little things like lighting and shelves, and tried not to overthink how the house should look, but focused on finding décor that captured their interests. “I tend to just collect things that feel like me or that I find particularly beautiful,” Sarai shares. “I like the way a house evolves over time and reflects the people who live there. That’s more important to me than whether or not it looks perfect.”

Sarai and Kenn work together all day, so their primary goal for the home was to create a space to recharge. Sarai believes that a home should, “inspire serenity and a certain amount of curiosity.” The space has a natural, homemade air with a penchant for vintage imagery, floral patterns and quiet, cozy vignettes that provide the perfect escape from an active lifestyle. Surrounding themselves with books, photographs, art and other personal items helps Sarai and Kenn unwind and activate the emotions they want to experience when they are home. “It’s like a good cup of coffee, relaxing and stimulating at the same time.” Bethany Joy Foss

Photography by Sarai Mitnick

01 Dec 22:21

The Must See Cars From the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

by Gregory Han

The Must See Cars From the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

If there were three takeaways from this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show they were: 1. SUVs are back with a vengeance, 2. virtual reality is the new marketing tool of choice for auto manufacturers, and 3. matte grey paint is the unofficial concept car color of 2016/2017. Jaguar also unveiled a showstopper electric SUV, 3D printed auto parts/detailing were on display everywhere, Bentley’s new luxury SUV is as smooth and luxurious as you’d imagine, and I might have found a strong contender for my next car. There weren’t as many outlandish concept vehicles at this year’s show with numerous vehicles already unveiled earlier this year, but the following vehicles left their impression as expressions of design, ergonomics, and future automotive technologies:


Divergent 3D Blade Supercar
The retina-tantalizing paint job stopped plenty of passerbys in mid-stride. Closer inspection revealed a supercar that is built based on 3D printed aluminum parts, one powered by a 700 HP engine capable of slingshotting this vehicle from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds.


Bentley Bentayga
I can’t say I really experienced Bentley’s first SUV at its full and intended capabilities; Los Angeles traffic basically negated the Bentayga’s 600 HP, 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine to a staccato of stop and go traffic – albeit a remarkably smooth, quiet, and comfortable evening commute in its back seat. That said, the slow drive gave me an opportunity to carefully inspect the characteristic craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle not so much driven as donned, like a bespoke suit. The interior is graced by so much hand stitching, a Chesterfield couch would be struck with envy. Small details like the round touch capacitive lighting brought unexpected joy as passengers fiddled around. But ultimately this is a vehicle designed to be enjoyed driven, not driven in, with serious off-road capabilities hidden behind its ultra-luxury SUV appearances tested and tuned out in the dunes outside of Dubai. Your best bet catching a Bentaygas out in the wild will be in Dubai, Los Angeles, South Beach, and in tonier parts of China – markets that helped define Bentley’s most popular model.


Acura Precision Concept
The Precision’s muscular downward demon pose and Diamond Pentagon grille were both what first lured me closer. But it was a closer inspection that revealed a dazzling frozen constellation of shattered geometry housed within its Jewel Constellation LED headlights that convinced me this was the show car I wanted most to drive off in. Alas, the Precision is all show, no go – a design study intended as the aesthetic framework for the entirety of Acura’s future vehicles. We found some consolation in the official unveiling of the Acura Precision Concept next door, a futuristic instrument panel and console system demo complementary to the Precision’s concept exterior – an interior representing Acura’s vision of intelligent and adaptive technologies, all controlled from a pair of 12.3-inch LCDs and a console touchpad.


Cadillac Escala
Cadillac reps made it a point to emphasize the Escala’s nine layers of paint, a finish that gave the concept a chameleon-like presence under the bright show lights. The 22-inch wheels, slung-back profile, its blunt nose front, and five-door liftback design further underlined the “flagship model” spirit on display. Even the Cadillac emblem is neutralized into a minimalist badge, with focus redirected to the tasteful execution. But it was the Escala’s light grey fabric against an inlay of walnut that left the greatest impression, an interior that steers away from most of the tropes of automotive interiors and more toward fashionable textures and color combinations. Let’s hope something close to this design exercise becomes reality.


Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept
This was the North American coming out party for Infiniti’s mid-size SUV concept – perhaps a misnomer noting the open intent behind the QX Sport Inspiration is to transition from concept to a production vehicle with many of the styling cues intact. Infiniti’s tri-city collaboration between their Beijing, San Diego, and London design studio’s basically created a tastefully aggressive mid-size SUV that normally would expect from Audi in years past. If any vehicle at the show wore a matte finish best, it was the QX Sport Inspiration.


Mitsubishi eX Concept
The angularity and harsh creased lines are admittedly a love/hate affair, but the bodywork by Michael Bay design was undeniably eye-catching. I also give Mitsubishi points for bucking the trend of sedate and neutral colors, the bright yellow communicating the all-electric, 250-mile range engine inside its next generation skin. They also had the longest line at the show, partially because of the eX Concept, but also thanks to an impressive buffet.


Most memorable LA Auto Show unveiling goes to Jaguar, who invited a gaggle of journalists to don HTC Vive headsets to explore the interior, exterior, and inner workings of the manufacturer’s very first electric crossover in virtual reality. While we were all oohing and ahhing blind to the real world, Jaguar secreted the concept to reveal the real thing before our very eyes. Sneaky, but well played. What was even better was inspecting what might be the very first serious Tesla contender at the luxury end, a fighter jet rolling on four giant 23-inch Nighthawk wheels, capable of a 220+ mile range and 0-60 in 4 seconds acceleration. And I think every car moving forward need’s the I-Pace’s full-length panoramic glass roof embedded with LEDs. Wow!


Chevy Colorado ZR2
Maybe you didn’t expect to find a pickup truck in the mix, but Chevy’s sequel to their popular and highly-rated Colorado ZR1 is everything I’m looking for in a mid-size truck, including a very tastefully executed aggressive profile from every angle. The styling is undeniably rugged, but the ZR2’s leaned back posture communicates speed usually seen over in the crossover market, and I couldn’t find any angle as it was spun around for inspection that I found disagreeable. Outfitted with improved dynamic suspension, higher clearance, and 1,100 lbs payload capability, I’m going to have a hard time deciding between a ZR2 and Toyota’s similarly categorized Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. I’m just disappointed I missed out on the drive-along obstacle course.


Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster
The GT Roadster was memorably the show vehicle I saw the most people taking selfies while sitting behind its wheel. Getting any alone time with this popular car required patience. Considering the GT Roadster will probably fall in the ballpark of $150,000 when available fall next year, it’s no wonder show attendees were prone to fawn and fantasize for a few moments.


Divergent 3D Dagger Motorcycle
Another 3D printed vehicle from Divergent 3D, this time a two-wheeled 3D-printed carbon fiber chassis, one “50% lighter than contemporary motorcycle materials” designed for speed and fuel efficiency. Can you believe this was constructed just a day before the show?


Suburu VIZIV-7 SUV Concept
Nevermind the name – short for “Vision for Innovation” – the VIVIZ-7 is a big deal for an automotive brand that has defined and (re)captured a new generation of drivers by mostly ignoring the SUV trend for a stable of beloved crossovers. The three-row seven seater from Subaru will be the brand’s biggest vehicle ever in dimensions, with yet-to-be-determined reception for the manufacturer’s legion of Forester, Outback, and WRX loyalists, but the large crowds at the show bode well.


Porsche 911 RSR
What’s better than a Porsche 911? Very little, to be honest. Porsche rarely fiddles with the evolution of its most iconic model. But this racecar designed to endure the 24 Hours of Le Mans houses some newsworthy news that may shock Porsche loyalists: the 2017 RSR moves from a rear-engine over to a mid-engine design, with a carbon fiber exterior attached to the chassis by latches. The combination of lightweight aerodynamic design and 510 hp delivery is counter-balanced with radar-supported warning system designed to help avoid accidents, something quite useful in a car intended to compete at teeth-clenching speeds.


Toyota C-HR Concept
The C-HR – Coupe High-Rider if you want to get specific – looks like a beefier Toyota Mirai from some angles with a splash of Land Rover Discovery thrown in if you squint. Toyota is calls the exterior design language a “distinctive diamond” and there is indeed a bevy of sharp angles defining the profile of this compact crossover.


Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo really knows how to shape metal these days. Their V90 Cross Country’s sleek profile belies how much usable room is available within, and how much ground clearance this category defining sports wagon offers.


The Pink Panthermobile
The most ridiculous, strangest vehicle at the LA Auto Show wasn’t a future-forward concept, but a throwback from the late 1960s – a vehicle designed for the The Pink Panther Show. It really didn’t matter where you stood, every angle presented a wonderfully weird and imaginative view from the front, side, and back. The interior was no less over-the-top, with shag carpeting, a liquor display case, pink telephone, and rabbit ear antenna within inviting a comfortable…ahem…time inside.

01 Dec 22:20

Society6 Launches Notebooks and We Want Them All!

by Jaime Derringer

Society6 Launches Notebooks and We Want Them All!

Oh my gosh, I have been waiting for this. Notebooks from Society6!!! Now, you can take notes, create to-do lists, write poems, doodle, or whatever you do in a notebook, and be inspired by and support an artist. The notebooks are available lined or unlined. SO EXCITED!!! PLUS 20% Off + Free Shipping on Everything through 11/28 so grab a shopping cart full of stuff this weekend. Here are some of our favorite notebooks (we want them all!):


D24 notebook by Georgiana Paraschiv


Confusing times notebook by Laura Avila


Swing Time notebook by Keith Negley


Red lips notebook by Monika Juengling


Pink tropical haze notebook by Nikkistrange


Snake Green notebook by Paul Fuentes


Graphic 83 notebook by Georgiana Paraschiv


Eye Don’t Care notebook by Farsidian


LIVING in MARS / Building 06-07-16 notebook by Menchulica


STACKED notebook by Wesley Bird

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

01 Dec 22:20

2016 Gift Guide: Modern Art

by Caroline Williamson

2016 Gift Guide: Modern Art

Not everyone gets around to buying art for themselves as many of us are focused on the necessities. But surrounding yourself with art, with various patterns, textures, colors, etc., can easily bring you joy and happiness, which most definitely is pretty necessary in these times. We looked around and found some great works of art, at varying price points, that anyone would love to own.


Gabriel Stromberg Study Print \\\ $60
A limited edition silkscreen print with simple black line patterns on a pale pink background.


Concrete and Glass, Midtown East (NYC) Print by Amy Park \\\ $150-$575
Amy Park’s incredible watercolor paintings of iconic architecture are breathtaking and full of detail and come in affordable prints, like this one.


“Pink Pop, 2016” by Jeffrey Cutaiar \\\ $1950
An original abstract piece in shades of pink, black, and white acrylic paint and marker.


Joshuas Print by Max Wanger \\\ $150
A peek at the tops of desert plants giving you just enough to let your mind go there and imagine the rest of the image.


Kalypto Print by Eskayel \\\ $45-$90
A dreamy watercolor print of one of Shanan Campanaro’s signature watercolor paintings in a soothing color palette.


Rainbow Mirror by Bride & Wolfe \\\ $85
A playful mini rainbow sculpture with a hint of 70s and 80s pop culture.


Print Disturbed Circles by One Must Dash \\\ $74
A simple, graphic print of double circles where one becomes interrupted, or “disturbed”.


Moon and Back – Silver by Studio January \\\ $50
A subtle, silvery screen printed image of the moon that was shot at Yellowstone National Park.


Block Shop x Capsule Mosaic Indigo Textile \\\ $120
A collaboration that led to this custom-made textile that would look beautiful as a wall hanging or on a table.


Bottle Vase by The Granite \\\ $76
Choose between two different painted patterns for this simple vase that looks beautiful full of flowers or without.

01 Dec 22:19

Herman Miller Launches a Flagship Store in NYC

by Caroline Williamson

Herman Miller Launches a Flagship Store in NYC

Iconic manufacturer Herman Miller has decided to take a step in a whole new direction – they’ve opened a flagship, direct to consumer store in New York City. The retail shop spans 6,000 square feet on the ground and second floors of Herman Miller’s Manhattan offices at Park Avenue South, which is pretty exciting since it’s the first retail brick and mortar store since their Textiles & Objects shop shuttered in 1967.


Its design feels like a modern home, a home where everything is for sale, from the large furniture to the tiniest object. Each of the rooms in the store offer design ideas and problem-solving designs for living, working, dining, socializing, and sleeping. Paired with the current and vintage Herman Miller roster are a curated selection of design objects from around the world.


















As always, you can shop their online store if you can’t make it in person to the new NYC store.

Photos by Nicholas Calcott.

01 Dec 22:15

Ice Sculptures 2.0

by Pinch Food Design

Ice Sculptures 2.0

We’re in full swing getting ready for December events here at Pinch. And as we are creating new experiences for our clients, we can’t help but think of holiday parties of yesteryear, like when Dan Aykroyd dressed as Santa in Trading Places, smuggles a whole smoked salmon behind a giant ice sculpture and an obscene display of shrimp and cocktail sauce. How far we’ve come! This month we are exploring ice.

Ice as a medium is such an anomaly. It’s hard and heavy, yet fragile and temporary.

We have dabbled in some creative designs using ice on our own. But ultimately we prefer collaborating with our favorite ice masters at Okamoto Studio in New York.

Here are some examples of their work that goes beyond a caviar bar.




Or here is a stunning piece by Scott Grove from Rochester New York. This surprisingly intricate work of ice-art is formed into a giant knot. Alas, when spring arrives, the minimalist sculptures will melt away, hopefully along with any lingering seasonal melancholy.

Photo by AFP

Photo by AFP

Then there is ice-art for awareness, like this artwork by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing addressing climate change. Last December at the Place du Pantheon in Paris, twelve immense blocks of ice from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland were arranged in a clock formation during the COP21.

Photo by AFP

Photo by AFP

Photo courtesy Birmingham Mail

Photo courtesy Birmingham Mail

Or the Melting Men exhibit by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo in Berlin. This amazing installation of 1,000 melting figures was done in collaboration with the WWF to highlight global warming and bring awareness on the rapid loss of ice worldwide.

30 Nov 19:00

Hunter S Thompson's widow wants to get you high on his personal supply

by Nicole Puglise

Anita Thompson says she has ‘found a legal method’ to extract DNA from six of the gonzo journalist’s personal strains of marijuana

Fans of gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson may one day get to smoke his own brand of marijuana, thanks to the efforts of his widow, Anita Thompson.

Anita told the Aspen Times that she has six strains of her late husband’s preferred marijuana saved and is working with a cannabis company to grow them for public sale.

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30 Nov 18:54

US legislation proposes new committee to counteract Russian 'covert influence'

by Spencer Ackerman in New York and Julian Borger in Washington

Congress set to review bills to authorize intelligence body to oppose Russian interference and propaganda, which could be at odds with Trump administration

A provision in intelligence legislation that is going through Congress would create a new high-level body aimed at thwarting covert Russian political interference around the world, potentially placing it at odds with the incoming Donald Trump administration.

The measure, tucked into the fiscal 2017 House and Senate bills authorizing US intelligence operations, would create a powerful new committee across the security services to oppose Russian destabilization measures and propaganda domestically and worldwide.

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30 Nov 18:29

Corrosive Anxiety and Post-Election Ethnic Antagonism in Indiana

by Doug Masson

Vandalism at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana included “Heil Trump,” a swastika, and “Fag Church.”

James Duffy, writing for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has an article on the increase in abuse directed at Latinos, blacks, and Muslims in Fort Wayne, and an increase in anxiety felt by members of those groups.

Fort Wayne has seen incidents. The day of the rally, a garage on the city’s northeast side was spray-painted with the word “Trump,” and the house was later shot at.

. . .

Guillermo “Memo” Contreras, a deejay on Fort Wayne’s Spanish-language radio station La Unica 102.3 FM, said he receives at least seven phone calls a day now from parents whose children ask to be picked up from school because they are being bullied over Trump’s promise to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. and Mexico.

Contreras, whose radio program runs 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., said he rarely received such phone calls from listeners before the election. One parent told him her child was told by a teacher not to speak Spanish.

. . .

Graffiti spray painted at the city pool in Tell City, Indiana

Graffiti spray painted at the city pool in Tell City, Indiana

The attacks the Muslim population is seeing are “a bit more verbal than anything else,” said Michael Spath, executive director at the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace in Fort Wayne. “Intimidation. (Comments such as) ‘you’re not wanted here’ and vulgar language are being used.”

. . .

Attending the forum was John Houser, principal of Wayne High School, whose student-athletes were subjected to an incident at a Nov. 8 girls basketball game at Norwell High School.

A cheering section started chanting “Build That Wall,” said Superintendent Scott Mills of Northern Wells Community Schools. The action was immediately stopped by high school principal Mark Misch, he said.

Fort Wayne is not the only Indiana area experiencing such things. For example, in Bean Blossom a church was vandalized with spray paint saying “Heil Trump,” “Fag Church,” and a swastika. In Tell City, the pool was vandalized with a swastika and “Trump”.


August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana. A white mob murders Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. A man in the crowd poses for a picture.

It doesn’t take a lot of this kind of thing to make a members of a non-majority group feel extremely uneasy. And that’s not just them being delicate or fragile. We really aren’t that far historically from a time when white men felt comfortable having their pictures taken at a lynching.

What’s going on with all of this? Is it a new trend, a precursor to more frequent and more violent events to come? Is it just a few bad apples, being sensationalized by media outlets (mine included)? Are minority groups panicking more than the events warrant?

I couldn’t say. Growing up, I — and I think probably most Americans — were indoctrinated with the tale of Nazi Germany as a cautionary tale. It’s been overdone for sure. Mike Godwin was getting at that when he invented Godwin’s Law. Every Internet discussion thread devolved into Nazi comparisons. That said, when a political leader stokes ethnic resentment for political power, it’s tough not to draw comparisons. On the other hand, the United States in the late 2010s is not in the same dire economic state as 1930s Germany, nor are we suffering from postwar humiliation. So, the hope would be that we are not as vulnerable.

Similarly, I have no real ability to judge the reaction of minority groups who feel threatened by these incidents. I’m an upper middle class white professional in a community that is relatively diverse and prosperous. West Lafayette has a diverse nonwhite population, but because of the presence of Purdue, many members of that population are of a professional class. We talk of race and wealth in our politics, but we very often do not discuss social class as a thing distinct from those factors. And I think that creates something of a blind spot in our political discussions.

What should we do about this? Again, I’m not full of answers. Specific instances should, where criminal, be investigated and prosecuted. Noncriminal acts should, at a minimum, trigger social disapproval. Beyond that, Trump supporters of good will should avoid the temptation to perceive discussion of these issues as a personal attack and reflexively dismiss them as unimportant.

For my part, I think I need to do a better job of respecting the feelings of those who feel attacked and marginalized in a lot of ways – whether it’s the black man who fears the police, the woman who fears sexual assault, American who fears terrorist attacks, the gun owner who fears crime, the Christian or Muslim who fears the loss of religious freedoms, or whatever it might be. It’s easy for me to sit back and philosophically note that the statistics don’t necessarily support the level of fear. The fear is, nevertheless, very real to the person experiencing it. The question is what can I (and what can we) do to reduce this pervasive anxiety. Compassion for the person experiencing the anxiety is one reason to address it. But the larger reason is that the anxiety is corroding our social institutions and our relationships to one another.

22 Nov 19:55

Window Shopping: Retro Meets Eclectic

by Bethany Joy Foss

Make it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongeClaire and Parker Brody’s 900-square-foot rental home in downtown Austin, TX is filled with natural light and unique color combinations. Each room has an unexpected flavor that highlights their love of vintage furniture and crafting inviting spaces. Claire likes to experiment by choosing playful palettes and styling elements like paint, light fixtures and window treatments to create personality, while staying within the parameters of their rental agreement. The living room feels cozy with an eggplant colored bookcase, neutral walls and blue curtains that are balanced with warm furniture and décor, whereas the guest bedroom pulls from a range of greens and embraces comfortable textures. The dining room walls are painted a soft green complemented perfectly by luscious reds and sophisticated accessories. Check out more of Claire and Parker’s colorful space in their original home tour. —Bethany

Make it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongePalette 1 – Living Room
A. Igloo Blue (Behr), PMS 552; B. Velvet Beret (Valspar), PMS 668; C. Desert Clay (Behr), PMS 4635; D. Tricycle Red (Benjamin Moore), PMS 186; E. Dove White (Valspar), PMS Warm Gray 1

Roundup 1 – Living Room
1. Vintage Hollywood Regency Floor Lamp, $285; 2. Nina Charme Tan Armchair, $999; 3. Red Pocket-Sized Encyclopedias, $299; 4. Black Wool Rug, $195.19; 5. Brass Duck Bookends, $28; 6. South Seas Bar Cart, $498; 7. Vogue Cover Print, $57

The second and third room images and product roundups continue after the jump!

Make it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongeMake it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongePalette 2 – Guest Bedroom
A. Du Jour (Valspar), PMS Cool Gray 1; B. Sun Valley (Behr), PMS 371 ; C. Glitzy Gold (Sherwin Williams), PMS 1245; D. Eccentric Lime (Benjamin Moore), PMS 397 ; E. Purple Earth (Valspar), PMS 438

Roundup 2 – Guest Bedroom
1. Kensie Home Madison Velvet Pair of Panels, $108; 2. Yellow Roses by Redoute Poster, $9; 3. Cloudnola Trusty Gold Alarm Clock, $29.99; 4. Green Velvet Feather and Down Filled Throw Pillows, $35.99; 5. Luxe Velvet Lumbar Pillow Cover, $39; 6. Franklin Lamp Base, $26.59; 7. Velvet Cushion Cover, $9.99; 8. Blue Green Pillow Cover, $22; 9. Duval Burnished Antique Gold Frames, $29.95; 10. Seychelles Dove White Quilt, $339; 11. Slub Velvet Orianna Headboard, $1,648

Make it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongeMake it Yours: Claire and Parker Brody on Design*SpongePalette 3 – Dining Room
A. Breakfast Room Green (Farrow & Ball), PMS 5565; B. Million Dollar Red (Benjamin Moore), PMS 1805; C. Royal Garnet (Valspar), PMS 4975; D. Lunar Surface (Behr), PMS Cool Gray 5; E. Autumn Surprise (Valspar), PMS 463

Roundup 3 – Dining Room
1. Four White Roses Dark 36″ x 32.65″ Framed Print, $332.85; 2. Milo Baughman 1188 Dining Chair, $1,550; 3. Seno Table, $799; 4. Darya Rugs Tribal Norene Rug, $3,190; 5. Black Polyresin Vase, $14; 6. Division Street Stardust Pendant, $118

22 Nov 19:50

How To Keep Going

by Adam J. Kurtz

How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

We’ve all faced difficult challenges before. Part of being someone who is actively engaged with their creativity is finding smart solutions to whatever problems come our way. This is especially true when you own your business (full-time or side-hustle) and ultimately have to count on yourself to get through. But sometimes – maybe even right now – you are faced with the kind of challenge that makes you question everything.

Giving up completely isn’t a real option. Shutting down is just delaying the inevitable. Feeling helpless is valid, until you need to get your s*** together again. Life moves forward whether you’re ready or not, so it’s our job to keep moving too. It won’t happen overnight, but change will come. Here’s my best advice on how to keep going so you’ll still be here when it does. –Adam J. Kurtz

How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Keep Going – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge


Adam J. KurtzAdam J. Kurtz (better known as ADAMJK) is an artist and author of 1 Page at a Time & Pick Me Up. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow him at @ADAMJK or in real life (he lives in Brooklyn because of course he does).