:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: HEATH CERAMICS

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:LONG-TERM: LOVE

Heath ceramics only does a few things and they do them well. Their dish collection is small, but  mighty. These stacking mugs in the white glaze are part of our morning coffee ritual at the office. Our collection is building slowly because these babies aren't cheap, but well-worth the extra $ for their high quality. As an item of design::value, they deserve some care and space on our shelf for the delight they bring!

:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: THE HEARING TRUMPET

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// FIRST-WAVE SURREALISM //

Leonora Carrington is quite a character, being the last one of the first-wave of surrealist painters to die at the age of 94 in Mexico City, her adopted home. She eloped with Max Ernst to Mexico when she was 20 [he was 46] until the war separated them and Max was deported, then she went insane and was forced into an asylum in Spain. She never let go of the tragic therapy and drugs she was given there. This painting is my favorite of hers, gracing the book cover of “The Hearing Trumpet”, that I just read. A wildly magical and sinister tale that reminded me of Master and the Margarita. Old women wage war on a nefarious manager in an assisted living facility and a hunger strike ensues, need I say more?

:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: GARDENING IN PNW

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:SPRING: LOVE

People say gardening in the PNW is 'easy' because 'everything just grows here'. Yes our climate gives us a head start and a boost, but what people don't tell you is that, actually, much tending and care is still required. You still have to water. You still have to add composting tea to most urban soil here. And because it is so wet, drainage of the soil is oh-so important! I have found using local seeds is the very foundation for a good garden in the PNW and have my favorite seed grower is featured here: Deep Harvest Seeds from Whidbey Island. Now go be gardening pros - this summer is supposed to be a dry and hot one!

:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: THE BROTHERS K

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:: WINTER LOVE ::

Embracing winter is an easy feat for the first month. Being cold isn't as annoying, the gloom is welcome and altering food is delightful. Who doesn't love a warming bowl of soup? After a month, the lack of light and wanting to stay in result in cabin fever. Ways we have found to get over this test to our mental state is to find winter loves that bring mental sunshine when physical sunshine isn't reliable. Reading is one of those consistent joy-bringing activities we slow down for in the winter season. This book was knock-my-socks off delightful, the lyrical rhythm and complexity written into each character in the family of 8 is impressive. Hats off to David James Duncan - highly valued this novel. 

:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: CLE TILES

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MAKING A SPLASH

A current residential remodel of ours will be featuring a new and greatly improved kitchen. Cle tiles were the natural choice for the backsplash. Zingy angles, pops of color, and that handmade charm all factor into the San Francisco based tile producer. The image above is called 'Dartanian' and I just love them for the color names they give, this one being 'federal blue / mouse' which fits it so perfectly. Stay tuned for photos in the CURRENT section of the website when the project is finished!