Beyond The “Pantry”: Kitchen Essentials On Display

On Display:  Essentials Of Everyday
On Display: Essentials Of Everyday

The “Pantry”.  Rethought, indeed.   Not every home has the luxury of a separate room appropriately deemed as “The Pantry”.   But alas, small spaces or kitchens that are void of a separate area to store the kitchen essentials of dining and culinary fares must creatively find storage to house the key items and surplus effectively.

“Let there be a place for every article, and when not in use let every article be in its place.”
-Mrs. Elizabeth Ellet, written in ‘The Practical Housekeeper’,1857

Of course, a brief history…
The actual word “Pantry” is termed as “a small room or closet in which food, dishes, and utensils are kept”.  The word “pantry” comes from the Old French word “paneterie” derived from the latin word “Panis” and “pain” which is the French word for bread. In Medieval times food and supplies were stored in specific rooms and bread was stored in the “Pantry”. Who knew?  Following this kitchen division, during the 17th and 18th centuries colonists in New England built rooms off kitchens for food storage called the “Buttery”.   It was during the 1800’s, however, that the era of the “Butler’s Pantry” is said to have begun in England as well as America. The “Butler’s Pantry” was a small pantry between the kitchen and the dining room where china and silver were stored and meals were often plated.  Elegance and luxury, indeed.

It is interesting to note that in American’s 1869 Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in their seminal, The American Woman’s Home, promoting the idea of bringing the pantry into the kitchen with the addition of more shelves and kitchen cupboards. However, that ingenious idea would not be utilized for nearly another century.  As a departure from the pantry “room”, it was during the 1900’s the American wooden Hoosier cabinet would become an instant icon  in American kitchen and serve as a pantry. Yet in the 1920’s and 1930’s the idea of a “breakfast nook” begins to replace pantries all together in kitchen design, furthering the merge of the pantry with the kitchen. Alas, the brilliant idea of Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe would finally see its formation with extended cabinetry and cupboards in kitchens.

Indeed, the pantry as we know it today has certainly evolved to be housed in a myriad of forms. The pantry today is certainly utilized based upon the surrounds and space that we have within our personal interiors. Although the term “Pantry” includes food storage, it is the display of household basics, such as bowls, china, dishes, glassware and kitchenwares, that my focus is upon.  Attractively on view.  Whether on view behind glass cabinets, open and exposed shelving or hidden attractively behind a closet door in small spaces, the storage of pantry items can certainly be a creative endeavor that can bring an attractive visual appeal to one’s space.  An organized ease of seeing one’s essentials and inspiration to use them more frequently, indeed.

Yet to reiterate, what is stored must be pertinent and essential.  To store what is not necessary is simply using valuable square footage.  Simply stated…

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”   -Hans Hofmann

Perhaps each year, when the urge hits us to “Spring Clean” after the blur of the holiday’s have passed, we have looked at our collections of dishes and kitchen wares and have realized that edits lie ahead.  Yes, less is more.  But in the world of culinary fare, there are those that loudly claim more is more.  That said, organized, grouped and readily accessible those essentials will most certainly find more use and visual pleasure when attractively set before you.  “On Stage”, indeed.  Rethink. Edit.  And attractively find a nook, a shelf or align those pantry shelves!

Inspiration awaits…onward!

Stylish Storage:  The
Stylish Storage: The “Pantry”
The Pantry:  Everything On View
The Pantry: Everything On View
Storage & Interior Style:  The Pantry
Storage & Interior Style: The Pantry
Shelved Style:  The Pantry
Shelved Style: The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready:  The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready: The Pantry
Pantry Variations:  Stored & On View
Pantry Variations: Stored & On View
Kitchen Display:  Storage In Full View
Kitchen Display: Storage In Full View
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials

Consider the “Pantry”.  Whether you are creating a space with shelves or only have room for a simple rolling cart, find inspiration in how to use what you have.  Since we only have the space that we have– maximize it!  Rethink with an organized format with an attractive and visually appealing presentation, onward!   You may just be inspired to entertain and enter the culinary world more often.  Remember, edit first.  Remove the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak-And be used!

Cheers to organized entertaining ahead!

Onward,

Kristin

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A New Year Celebration: 5 Years of House Appeal!

January 2012-January 2017:  5 Years Of House Appeal
January 2012-January 2017: 5 Years Of House Appeal

Another milestone. 5 Years of a blog that began in January of 2012. 5 Years of sharing. Five years of compiling images. From behind my lens and sourced from the vast world of the internet.  All with the continuing goal of delving deeper into creating a greater appreciation of what surrounds. Life is a gift. Attitude is destiny.  Appreciation and gratitude is a worthy goal, indeed.

Thank you to each and every one of you that have stumbled upon this blog and have followed along on my journey of sharing and expounding on those things that comprise our world and our lives. With the intent of redefining appreciation for what surrounds us in all aspects of life.  Awaiting our focus. Perhaps it is a greater awareness that brings furthered appreciation. For certain, in every moment there is something beautiful to focus on.  Something to find appreciation for or merely gain a renewed appreciation upon connecting historical background. Renewed perspective. Life moves swiftly. What better goal in our daily lives than to look at the world closer. Ponder with appreciation what surrounds. Ponder what is beautiful, timeless and enduring…

It was in 2014 that I had deemed the word “Onward” as my mantra. In 2017 that word still holds true. A word that is defined as “In a continuing forward direction; ahead” and “going further than coming to an end or halt; moving forward”.  Since 2012 my life has changed vastly. I made personal choices and decisions in 2015 that would change my life forever. Yet change is good. Deciding to make changes, no matter how difficult the journey through them, and actually following through with those decisions, is the key. When you know without any doubts that you are forging in the right direction, it is merely owning the challenges every step of the way. Moving forward. Moving onward. Never doubting yourself. That, therein, is personal growth. Onward, indeed.

So for a blog that covers the world of fashion, interior design, nature, life’s events and city inspirations…onward with the goal of inspiring with ponderings and inspirations of living a beautiful life. Although the blog posts have lessened, the desire to share has not faded. That passion will never fade.

Thank you for being a part of the journey thus far. Onward to inspire…

Onward,

Kristin Abrahamsen


“You must do the things you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Selfie.  New Years Eve, 2016
Selfie. New Years Eve, 2016

Gratitude on Thanksgiving…

Gratitudes and Thankfulness
Gratitudes and Thankfulness

“Thankfulness is the beginning of Happiness” – Anon.

Thanksgiving.  Simply stated.  Gratitude.  Perhaps there is no other moment during the year when we are urged to contemplate and find gratitude.  Thankfulness.  What a wonderful virtue and focus to find appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness for our life and the gifts within our life.  Gratitude really does turn what we have into enough.  May your Thanksgiving holiday serve as a reminder to you today, and each and every day, that thankfulness truly is the beginning of happiness. Onward in that.  Onward in appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude…

Onward,

Kristin

The Adornment Of & Celebrations With A Fragrant Herb: Rosemary

Aromatic Delights:  Celebrations With A Scented Herb
Aromatic Delights: Celebrations With A Scented Herb

Rosemary.  Termed “Rosmarinus officials”, rosemary is an aromatic woody evergreen perennial herb native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean. This fragrant herb presents  flat pine needle-like leaves  that grow on an evergreen bush. Who knew that rosemary joins the ranks as member of the mint family, Lamiaceae? The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “Sea” (marinus), or “Dew of the Sea”. Of note, the ancient legend that rosemary grows “where one can hear the sea”. The Rosemary plant itself is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning “flower”. Rosemary is said to resemble lavender when shimmering blue flowers appear in mid-Winter in native climates. The leaves themselves can often appear to be touched with silver.  But commonly green and fragrant, this woody citrus offers so much to our world beyond the culinary and herbal health benefits.  Beyond its aromatic offerings this fragrant plant that offers us  natural beauty when gracing events of our lives and brought within our interior worlds.

However, the past precedes this coveted plant.   It is noted that rosemary held a strong association with ancient Greeks and Romans. “As early as the Fifth millenium B.C. references to rosemary were found written in cuneiform” (the earliest system of writing of wedge shaped slash marks) on stone tablets.  Ancient appreciation of an herb, indeed. Coveted for what was believed mystical and healing properties, it was the Roman armies who would eventually bring this herb to Britain.  From there, this scented herb would travel through Europe and eventually reach the New World…

“As for rosmarine, I lette it runne all over my garden walls,
not onlie because my bees love it,
but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance,
and, therefore to friendship . . .”

-Sir Thomas More,(Aka Saint Thomas More, (1478-1535)  English lawyer, author and stateman

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A “rich crown of stone and pearls set with
rosemary in her hair” 

-English royalty, Anne of Cleves,King
Henry the Eighth’s fourth wife /1540

Long associated with remembrance of romance and matrimony, rosemary has been used for centuries in courtship and weddings. Oh, the beauty of tradition. In fact, French legend holds that “if a man didn’t like the scent of rosemary, he would be an inferior lover”. Who knew?  Empress Josephine is said to have asked Napoleon to wash in rosemary water before entering her bedchamber. The power of an herb, indeed. Interesting that rosemary is said to have been Napoleon’s favorite fragrance. A love affair, indeed.

French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon
French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon

As for this scented aromatic herb traditionally appearing during the holiday season, perhaps its history can be linked to the entertaining in the Middle ages. It is said that rosemary was spread on the ground so its fragrance would fill the air when guests would walk upon it. The belief was that those would smell rosemary on Christmas Eve would have a year of health and happiness.  A tradition of celebration with nature, for certain. It is no wonder that rosemary would continue as a traditional embellishment during the holidays.

In appreciation of the rosemary herb and the adornment of and celebrations of an herb of visual and fragrant delight….

Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Rosemary Within The Interior
A Woody Citrus: Rosemary Within The Interior
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight:  Rosemary
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight: Rosemary
Wedded Infusion:  Scented Rosemary
Wedded Infusion: Scented Rosemary
Scented Affairs:  Rosemary As Decoration
Scented Affairs: Rosemary As Decoration
Events Of A Lifetime:  Rosemary Infused
Events Of A Lifetime: Rosemary Infused
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments:  Infused With Rosemary
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments: Infused With Rosemary
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Adornment:  Rosemary
Wedded Adornment Of Natural Appeal: Rosemary
Weddings Graced With Nature:  Rosemary In Decoration
Weddings Graced With Nature: Rosemary In Decoration
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
“Moments” With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal:  Celebrations With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal: Celebrations With Rosemary
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Decorating With Rosemary:  Tabletop Delights
Decorating With Rosemary: Tabletop Delights
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
Nature's Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight:  Rosemary
Nature’s Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight: Rosemary

Consider the natural delight of the fragrant and distinctive herb, rosemary. Nature’s bounty offers us the scented delights with which to appreciate. Beyond a mere herb, rosemary will certainly grace our worlds in simplicity with natural beauty. Scented and natural appeal, indeed.  Onward to the celebration of life’s moments with the tradition of a fragrant gift of nature…

Onward,

Kristin

“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember”

– William Shakespeare
(Ophelia to Hamlet)

A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb:  Rosemary
A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb: Rosemary

Checkered in Classic Style: Gingham Fabric

Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal:  Gingham
Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal: Gingham

Gingham. The pattern that never seems to fade. Granted, its appearance and reappearance into fashion proves that it is an enduring classic of crisp and fresh appeal. Fashion evolves and styles change, but the timeless checked pattern of distinction will always thread through fashion’s world. A classic pattern that returns with a fresh, modern spin, once again. Referring to “Striped cotton”, this timeless and classic pattern typically consists of “medium yarns in varying qualities and woven of plan cotton fibers”. Originally, gingham was a bright colored stripe.  Who knew? Gingham evolved into the check pattern that has brought it to its iconic and classic status.

Ranging from medium to light weight and from very small to very large checked patterns, The iconic coloring and pattern is a balanced pattern, with no right or wrong side, since the fibers are colored before they are woven together.  Gingham is most common in blue and white yet gingham would eventually gain its acclaim as a red and white pattern of delight. Of course, there are other colors that have arrived to the forefront that echo the classic checked style.  And of this pattern of checked style?  A look to the past…

 The Iconic "Wizzard Of OZ" Gingham Dress
Judy Garland & The Iconic “Wizzard Of OZ” Gingham Dress

Perhaps the iconic blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy from the Wizzard Of Oz remains as the most poignant American link to this checkered blue pattern. Yet this patterned fabric that has endured through time to transcend style that would include the mod 1960’s appeal and beyond, deserves a look back. To appreciate this classic pattern that appears in fashion archives since its inception in the world of textiles, a brief background of the pattern of checks….

During the 16th century gingham fabric was manufactured within the Dutch-colonized Malaysia and Indonesia, which excelled in their use of rich, color fast textile dyes that would produce textiles like gingham that wove bright colors through the fabrics. This checked pattern, known as “Malay ginggang”held the meaning of  “With space between, hence striped”.  It is believed that the term Gingham was introduced to the English language by both Dutch and French traders in 1615.  Yet having claim to the word “Gingham”, evidence links that the Italians and Indonesians may have also had a part in the name that stems from the same root, meaning “Striped”.

During the 17th century this brightly colored textile of striped cotton-weave fabric was widely exported to Europe and colonial USA from India and Indonesia through the East India Trading Company. In the mid-18th Century, England’s textile mills produced the checked gingham cotton fabric using imported cotton and dyes. In fact, Manchester, England was the center of gingham fabric production. It is stated that there were 108 cotton mills in Manchester at the peak of its industrial boom. That is quite a lot of gingham to satisfy the rage of fashion’s call.  Fabric of fashionable style, indeed. In America, cotton mills were also established to produce the fabric that was “All the rage” across Europe and in the United States- gingham!

Perhaps Gingham, which has links and symbolism to youth and nostalgia, will continue to  evolve in fashion and in style within the 21st Century.  What is certain is that although it may appear to go “in and out” of fashion, classics never fade.  Always to return, the patterned print of checks will always find its way to fashion’s forefront

Tried & True:  Vintage Gingham Fashion
Tried & True: Vintage Gingham Fashion

One cannot mention gingham without the mention and visual nod to Brigitte Bardot.  In 1959  Bardot married Jacques Charrier in Paris. Donning a wedding dress of pink and white gingham designed by couturier Jacques Estérel, Bardot made the French Vichy pattern  highly fashionable with worldwide appeal. She is even said to have nearly single-handedly brought French glamour to the classic gingham pattern. Of course!

1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham

Another nod to the past of checked style…Gingham and Hollywood united and icons and stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn and other icons of style, such as First Lady Jackie Kennedy, would don the checked pattern of stylish fashionable statements.

Icons Of Style:  Bedecked In Gingham
Icons Of Style: Bedecked In Gingham
Vintage Appeal:  Gingham &  Its Fashionable Past
Vintage Appeal: Gingham & Its Fashionable Past
Audrey Hepburn:  Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Audrey Hepburn: Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda:  Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda: Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Fashion's Gingham:  Evolution Of Style
Fashion’s Gingham: Evolution Of Style
Icons & Fashion's Appeal:  Gingham
Icons & Fashion’s Appeal: Gingham
Fashion's Gingham:  Always A Classic
Fashion’s Gingham: Always A Classic
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style:  Magazines & Fashion's Style
Gingham Style: Magazines & Fashion’s Style
Gingham:  Covers Of Fashion
Gingham: Covers Of Fashion
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Modern Appeal:  Gingham & Fashion's Fresh Perspective
Modern Appeal: Gingham & Fashion’s Fresh Perspective
Super Model Gingham: Enduring  Style In A Classic Pattern
Super Model Gingham: Enduring Style In A Classic Pattern
Fresh Appeal:  The Modern Take On Gingham
Fresh Appeal: The Modern Take On Gingham
Moden Gingham:  Fashion's Evolution Of  A Classic Pattern
Moden Gingham: Fashion’s Evolution Of A Classic Pattern
Jcrew:  Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Jcrew: Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion:  Gingham
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion: Gingham
The "Guess" Models In Gingham
The “Guess” Models In Gingham
Masculine & Classic  Style:   Gingham
Masculine & Classic Style: Gingham

Of course, the dapper man bedecked in classic gingham… a visual nod of appreciation, indeed…

 Dapper Classics:  The Man & Gingham
Dapper Classics: The Man & Gingham

The world of entertaining and grand events of life are not without the inclusion of this checked pattern of timeless style. Checked style of celebratory appeal endures…

Wedding  & Entertaining  In Gingham Style
Wedding & Entertaining In Gingham Style
Gingham Style :  The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Gingham Style : The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style:  Gingham Delights
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style: Gingham Delights

Of course, a visual appreciation of gingham outside the world of fashion and into the world of the interior. Gingham is certainly a statement of bold appeal when found within the interior. Interior, appeal, for certain…

Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Gingham:  Interior & Exterior Appeal
Gingham: Interior & Exterior Appeal
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style:  Gingham Interiors
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style: Gingham Interiors

Consider the classic pattern of checks. Whether it is a modern take on the timeless fabric pattern that adorns our fashionable world, embellishes events and celebrations or boldly proclaims itself within our interiors, gingham is worthy of appreciation.  Now a modern classic with a historied past, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“The fabric of existence weaves itself whole” -Charles Ives

Enchanting Hues Of “Rose Gold”….

Rose Gold Color Hue Delights
Rose Gold Color Hue Delights

“Rose Gold”.  A beautiful color hue that varies in tones and is termed to relate to gold rather than as a color itself. In terms of actual gold, pure rose gold does not exist. Of note, gold itself is only one color: yellow.  The “colors” found in gold are produced by mixing pure 24K yellow gold with various other metals.  Rose gold is actually an alloy of gold and copper. Copper offers a bold pinkish-orange color and the addition of this alloy to gold produces a beautiful pinkish gold color.  A lesson in gold, indeed. But oh, the beauty of rose gold found in metallic lighting, appliances, fabrics, paint, and a myriad of interior accessories.  Interior delights of visual appeal.  And of the rose gold hue enriching life’s poignant celebrations? Oh the sweet elegance that this enchanting hue offers when swathed and layered in celebrations of love and life. A visual appreciation of this appealing and captivating color…

Stunning Jeweled Delight:  Rose Gold Ring

Rose Gold:  The Hue Of Sweet Metallic Appeal
Rose Gold: The Hue Of Sweet Metallic Appeal
Metallic & Brilliant:  Rose Gold Hues
Metallic & Brilliant: Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Delights of Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Delights of Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Hues Of Rose Colored Appeal
Metallic Hues Of Rose Colored Appeal
Rose Colored Hues:  Interior Delights & Accents Of Rosy Appeal
Rose Colored Hues: Interior Delights & Accents Of Rosy Appeal
Rose Gold color Hues In Entertaining
Rose Gold color Hues In Entertaining
Rose Gold Hues Of Enchanting Delight:  Celebrations
Rose Gold Hues Of Enchanting Delight: Celebrations
Wedded Delights In Rose Gold Hues
Wedded Delights In Rose Gold Hues
Captivating Rose Gold Hued Tabletops Of Celebration
Captivating Rose Gold Hued Tabletops Of Celebration
Celebrations In Hues Of Rose Gold
Celebrations In Hues Of Rose Gold

Consider with appreciation the mere beauty of the rose gold hue. For certain, a hue that offers a lovely, sweet appeal can also offer a modern mix of distinction when stylized within the interior. And as a hue that dreamily layers events of wedded bliss? Enchanting and memorable. Enchanting hues of “Rose Gold”, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“The sunset faded and blended from pink to peach to mango in a smoothie in the sky. For as long as she doesn’t love me, I will love her.”
― Jarod Kintz

Winter White: Wedding Blooms Of White Delight

Winter White:  Wedded In Floral Bliss Of White
Winter White: Wedded In Floral Bliss Of White

The Winter wedding. At a time where snow flakes dance and the world is layered in frozen snow, visions of a Winter white wedding bedecked in blooms of hues of white evoke a pureness of the season itself.

It is interesting to note that the term “White Wedding” refers to a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain.  The term itself “originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding”. Of course the term would evolve to cover the Western wedding traditions (Fashion’s Iconic Dress Of White: The Wedding Dress). The color of white represents purity in its neutrality. Perhaps a sign of a fresh beginning. How befitting, as a New Year and Winter and its effects settle in, to layer a wedding in white blooms. Whether massed in a wedding bouquet with natural elements of Winter,  a boutonnière gracing a groom’s lapel or bedecking tables of celebration, blooms of white in the Winter are stunning and striking in their own simplicity and sophistication. Of course, flowers of white and various hues therein are elegant during any season. Yet Winter is white. Visions of white and a Winter wedding are dreamy combinations, for certain. Beautiful and lovely, a visual appreciation of pure white delight…..

Snowy White Delights:  Winter Flowers
Snowy White Delights: Winter Flowers
Winter White Flowers Of Wedded Style
Winter White Flowers Of Wedded Style
Hues Of Winter White:  Wedding Style
Hues Of Winter White: Wedding Style
Elegance Of White:  Winter Weddings
Elegance Of White: Winter Weddings
Whites & Pastel Flowers Of Sweet Appeal:  Winter Weddings
Whites & Pastel Flowers Of Sweet Appeal: Winter Weddings
Crisp Elegance Of Winter White:  Wedding Flowers In Hues Of White
Crisp Elegance Of Winter White: Wedding Flowers In Hues Of White
Sophistication of White:  Winter Flowers Of Pure  White Hues
Sophistication of White: Winter Flowers Of Pure White Hues
Wedding Bouquets bedecked With Winter White Appeal
Wedding Bouquets bedecked With Winter White Appeal
Black And White:  Elegance And Sophistication of Winter White Blooms
Black And White: Elegance And Sophistication of Winter White Blooms
WInter's Celebration In Floral Delight Of White
WInter’s Celebration In Floral Delight Of White
Sweet Elegance Of Wedded Appeal In White
Sweet Elegance Of Wedded Appeal In White

Consider the elegance and simplicity of blooms of white. Pure beauty of neutral appeal.  Forever a classic visual when paired with a bride swathed in white.  Timeless with enduring appeal.  Winter white delights, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”
-Leonardo di Vinci

Form & Function: The Practical & Natural Beauty Of The Wooden “Cutting Board” & “Bread Board”

The Appeal Of The Cutting Board
The Appeal Of The Cutting Board

The beauty of natural wood. The practicality of culinary use of cutting boards & bread boards certainly earns a place in every kitchen. A “well-fitted kitchen essential”, these boards of natural substance are found in every shape and size one could require for their culinary whims.  The history of the cutting board as an unfinished slab of wood can be linked to the beginning of pre-historic time.  Wood throughout the ages, indeed. The wooden surface would certainly evolve through time and endure as a foundational element within the culinary world.

Of course, the weight and texture of the board, in addition to the variety of woods used in crafting these boards of different functions are options of personal choice. Most wood boards are made of a maple (a hardwood) or pine (a soft wood). However, there are certainly options to be found in beautiful red and white oak hardwoods, Yellow Birch and American Black Walnut. Let’s not forget the newest addition to wooden surfaces- Bamboo (A hard “grass” that is a naturally replenishing resource also offering a hard, durable surface). That said, it is simply the wood boards that beckon placement within my kitchen. Although all forms of cutting boards are diverse in their appearance, each one is created for a functional purpose within the kitchen. Perhaps it can be said that the selection of a wooden board is personal to one’s needs and visual & textural requirements. Either way, consider the impact they have made within the culinary world!

Beyond the function of culinary use, these boards of striking hardwoods offer a beautiful base for entertaining. Form and function, indeed.

Practical & Natural Beauty:  The Cutting Board
Practical & Natural Beauty: The Cutting Board
Function & Decoration:  The "Cutting Board" & "Bread Board"
Function & Decoration: The “Cutting Board” & “Bread Board”
Cutting Boards Within The Interior:  Culinary Tools Of Style
Cutting Boards Within The Interior: Culinary Tools Of Style
Crafted Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Crafted Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Wooden Appeal:  Cutting Boards
Wooden Appeal: Cutting Boards
Slabs Of Nature:  Wooden Boards Of Culinary & Decorative Appeal
Slabs Of Nature: Wooden Boards Of Culinary & Decorative Appeal
Culinary Essentials:  Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Culinary Essentials: Wooden Boards Of Form & Function

Consider the boards of wood that offer natural and durable style while offering attractive display. Whether the boards that reside within your kitchen are prep or carving boards, bread boards or slabs of crafted wood for the purpose of cheese cutting and display, the value of these boards are apparent. The smooth finish that exposes the natural beauty of the wood are striking surfaces to appreciate beyond a kitchen essential to an entertaining board of natural style. Practical & natural beauty, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Autumnal Glory Of Nature: Ornamental Indian Corn

Ornamental Indian Corn:  Nature's  Colorful Appeal In Autumn
Ornamental Indian Corn: Nature’s Colorful Appeal In Autumn

Autumnal glory of nature. Ornamental Indian corn. Autumn heralds the arrival of the decoration of ornamental Indian corn. The hard kernels of various colors and Autumnal hues offer distinctive impact of timeless appeal when found on display decorating table tops and doorways during the Autumn season. Perhaps it can be said that the Fall harvest and its offerings would not be complete without the appearance of Indian corn. Ears of Indian corn in Autumnal jewel tones of distinction. Termed as “any primitive corn having ears with kernels of various colors”, it is no wonder that these hard kernels offering a multitude of color have become a visual of Fall.

Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn

Historians link the origination of these colorful ears of corn to China, India and South America. It was not until the 15th century that the kernels and husks of colorful delight would travel around the globe via explorers and traders. The name “Indian corn” is said to have been taken from the indigenous natives of North America who originally cultivated it. Of interest, rather than decoration, Indian corn was ground to make flour. Who knew? Although the kernels themselves are hard, the ears with larger kernels are now typically used for flour or cornmeal production, while those with small, pointy kernels are perfect for popcorn. Indian corn varies in ear size, kernel, husk and stalk color. The most common husk colors are ivory and purple. Visual delights, indeed. The term “Flint Corn” (hard, and like stone) would also reference these jeweled ears. Yet in most countries this hard corn is known as “Indian corn” or “Calico Corn”, which is the same species as Indian corn but a different variant of maize. Oh, the calico colors! It is interesting to note that the Indian corn that we recognize today are several hybrid varieties that have been developed within the last 50 years. These calico-patterned or speckled varieties of Indian corn are the result of cross-pollination of single-shaded plants. In addition to the multicolored ears, there are also solid ears in shades of red, gold, yellow, reddish brown,dark purple, white, ruby, blue and even black. Bold, colorful and unexpected hues of Autumnal delight, indeed! With hard outer layers, each colorful kernel endures to delight with Autumnal appeal. The unusual texture and composition of hues go far in providing Autumnal interest when brought into our interiors or used as decoration in events. Calico patterns of delight, indeed…

Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior: Ornamental Indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color:  Ornamental indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color: Ornamental indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration:  Autumn Delights
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration: Autumn Delights

Consider the decoration of Indian corn as the Autumn season settles upon us. The hues of Autumn are sure to provide us with seasonal enjoyment when embellished within our interior and exterior spaces. A natural visual in bringing the outdoors in and a focus on nature when gracing our exteriors. Autumnal glory of nature, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine”
-Anne Bronte

Anchored: The Anchor & The Universal Symbol Of Strength & Steadfastness

“The Anchor”: The Universal Symbol Of Steadfastness & Security

The anchor. A universal symbol of steadfastness and security. Strength. A practical instrument, whether temporary or permanent, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water. Achieving holding power through “hooking” into the seabed, with the goal of preventing a boat from drifting due to wind or current, the anchor and its representations of strength and steadfastness deserve a weighty focus

“The Anchor”

The word “Anchor” derives from Latin word “ancora”, from the Greek ἄγκυρα (ankura). Of historical interest, the earliest anchors date back to the Bronze Age. Anchors of one or more rocks or hollowed stones that were tied with flax ropes. Ancient nautical function, for certain. The ancient Greeks also created anchors with “baskets of stones, large sacks filled with sand, and wooden logs filled with lead”. Formed of stone and sometimes made of wood, these anchors held the vessel merely by their weight and by their friction along the bottom of the sea bed. Evolution in form and function, iron would eventually be introduced and endure in the construction of anchors. Alas, the iron anchor and its enduring representations of strength. A steadfast emblem, indeed.

Of note, the term “aweigh” describes an anchor when it is hanging on the rope or chain and is not resting on the bottom which is also linked to the term to “weigh anchor” (to lift the anchor from the sea bed, allowing the ship or boat to move). The iconic phrase “anchors aweigh” references when the anchor has been ‘broken’ out of the bottom and is being hauled up to be stowed. The ability to move forward, when ready. Embedded in the sea bed, permanent anchors are used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved. And of the anchors temporarily resting on the seabed? Their holding power is linked to the chain that connects between the ship and anchor. The chain of connection. Strong, indeed. Yet the importance of where to drop the anchor…that is key. Introspectively, life has a way of showing you where to decide to “drop anchor”…often with clarity. But always, the anchor will hold the vessel in strength.

Steadfast in form and function, the visual of the anchor has embedded itself within our personal worlds. A visual appreciation of the anchor within our worlds and as an emblem of celebration….

The Boat & The Anchor As An Emblem
The Boat & The Anchor As An Emblem
Nautical Inspired:  The Symbol Of The Anchor
Nautical Inspired: The Symbol Of The Anchor
Exterior Embellishments:  The Exterior & The Anchor
Exterior Embellishments: The Exterior & The Anchor
Nautical Influences Of Strength:  The Anchor
Nautical Influences Of Strength: The Anchor

And of the celebrations of life that are embellished in theme with the anchor? Nautical delight grounded in strength and hope, for certain…

Celebrations Of Life Paired With Symbolism :  The Anchor
Celebrations Of Life Paired With Symbolism : The Anchor
Life's Celebrations: Anchored
Life’s Celebrations: Anchored
Celebrations “Anchored” In Stylish Appeal

Of course, the stylish appeal of a moment on the water, anchored in fashionable appeal

The Boat & The Water: Anchored In Fashionable Appeal
The Boat & The Water: Anchored In Fashionable Appeal
Anchored & Afloat:  Life's Journey...
Anchored & Afloat: Life’s Journey…

Consider the anchor and the representations and links to strength and steadfastness that it offers us. For certain, anchors allow a ship or vessel to be poised above the water, holding the boat safely. Under blue skies or stormy skies, sunrise and sunset. When you consider the inward storms of life we face, and whether our road ahead is uncharted or mapped, the anchor that holds us, when needed, will always provide the strength needed. An anchor that does not weigh us down, but rather, supports the vessel we are floating upon until we are ready to set sails again. Perhaps in our own lives there are those that uphold us, like an anchor. Fortunate are we. The mere quote “You are the anchor when the waves come crashing down” carries us onward. Paired with a nautical love, it is easy for me to find gratitude and appreciation. Either way, the emblem of the anchor will endure in its strength, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin


“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors”
-Unknown

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”
-Hebrews 6:19

“If hope anchors the soul, you have anchored mine. High tide or low tide. Anchored.”
-KDA

My Mother, Donna  & Her Sister/Circa 1952
Fashionable Anchors: My Mother, Donna & Her Sister/Circa 1952
Setting Sails:  Anchored In Strength & Steadfastness
Setting Sails: Anchored In Strength & Steadfastness
(EAVB)