:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: MORE PERFECT PODCAST

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Oyez : Oyez : Oyez

The podcast landscape is vast, but not always nourishing. Not actually offering value and sometimes missing a mark. Does this sound familiar to you lately? I have the anti-venom! More Perfect is a podcast that will restore your faith in podcast production. It’s highly researched, highly detailed and packs a punch. I got so deep into constitutional law that I went on to read The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin and that just kept the high quality research train running. That’s (2) items of value for this month you might enjoy.

:: DESIGNVALUE ITEM :: QUICK MILL ESPRESSO MACHINE

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10 YEAR ::OBSESSION::

We finally bit the bullet - we bought an espresso machine for the office. As if you couldn’t tell from July’s favorite Item of Value, the Heath mug, we are quite diligent about our coffee ritual here. Quick Mill is a well-crafted, Italian-made machine with only one distributor in the USA. Our simple, single boiler machine “Alexia” is only truly designed for doppios and americanos - the perfect drink of choice to make our office life complete!

:: 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!