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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Inspire Within

Written on May 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm, by

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Allergy Relief via Traditional Chinese Medicine | domestic god(ish)

Written on May 30, 2012 at 4:22 am, by

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One of my kids has developed allergies over the last month or so.  Like me, he gets very “loopy” on allergy medication so I wanted to find a more natural remedy for his symptoms.  I reached out to my acupuncturist and friend, Portia Lee, L.Ac. for some holistic solutions.  Here is what she had to say…

Allergies from the Chinese Medicine point of view:

Allergies are usually caused by a weakened immunity in the body, most connected to the lungs and spleen.  In certain cases prolonged colds which are not treated properly and reoccur can weaken the lungs, making the body more susceptible to chronic sinus conditions and allergies.  Here the lungs tend to be weak and cold.

Allergies may also be connected to the spleen and the digestive system if the stomach is weak.  This may be caused by poor diet or eating habits that impair the function of the large intestine and connect to the lung via the meridians.  In this instance allergies will more often be brought on after eating certain foods.

 

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What you can do to fight allergies “naturally?”

Cut out dairy and reduce wheat.  Dairy causes more phlegm and mucus in the body, while wheat will increase the inflammatory response.

What to eat: Quercetin!

Quercetin is a flavonoid found in several plants and food such as green tea, buckwheat tea, apples, berries, broccoli, dark leafy greens and other vegetables.  It is helpful for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  To relieve allergy systems, take a quercetin supplement (100mg/day) by taking the powder out of the capsule and mixing it with some juice.

console table | decor

Written on May 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm, by

console table, decor So I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect long console table for a new client.  She has a casual, classic family room and we’re trying not to break the bank.  Here is what I’ve found, and love, so far…

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Tony Brown BBQ | domestic god(ish)

Written on May 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm, by

Recipe BBQ Ribs, Summer Dinners

There is nothing better than a family dinner and my family is lucky enough to have Big Tony Brown in our clan.  My cousin’s husband, Big Tony Brown, is a bit of a BBQ legend in the Pacific Northwest so I was thrilled when Tony offered to grill up some ribs for our family dinner last night.

Of course, I had to pick his brain for some of his grilling secrets.  Here is the inside scoop for grilling pork ribs on a gas grill.

Prep:
1. Remove the membrane from pork ribs.
2. Apply dry rub to the entire piece of meat, even the back of the rack.
3. Let meat sit overnight (if time permits).
 
Cooking Instructions:
4. Cook ribs on low to medium heat for 1 hour.
5. Remove ribs from grill and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
6. Put ribs back on grill, cook on medium to medium-high heat for 1 hour.
7.  Remove ribs from foil and grill on high for 7-8 minutes.
8. Remove from grill and baste with choice sauce. 

Note: Tony is not one to brag and did not even specify which sauce to use for the ribs… so I will do it for him.   Big Tony Brown has dry rubs and spicy or mild sauces that are out of this world delicious.  You can order all of his products online here.   Or, you can find Tony’s products in select gourmet grocers throughout Oregon and Northern California.

For you salivating Bay Area locals, Tony will be grilling at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Festival tomorrow.  He will be stationed at the east end of Marina Green (across from Safeway).   See you there!

P.S. We paired Tony’s BBQ with Barefoot Contessa’s Panzanella Salad, which went perfectly with the ribs.

classic white kitchen + pops of color | decor

Written on May 21, 2012 at 4:29 am, by

Since the kitchen is usually the most expensive room in the home to remodel, it makes sense to play it safe with a crisp, classic white kitchen.  But there are some pretty easy and inexpensive ways to add cheerful pops of color that can easily be changed guilt free every few years…

 

white kitchen color decor cecy j

I love the bright yellow stools Grant K. Gibson added to this sunny traditional kitchen.

 

white kitchen color decor cecyj

The turquoise in the window treatments and dishes make the room fresh and fun.

 

 

white kitchen color decor cecyj

Windsor Smith added red light fixtures and faux bamboo chairs with red patterned cushions.

 

white kitchen color decor cecyj

How fun is this green rustic picnic table in the minimal modern white kitchen?  I think I’d change the color of the picnic table every summer!

 

 

white kitchen color decor cecyj

Graciela Rutkowski Interiors created a look very similar look to Grant K. Gibson’s with the pop of color coming from the orange stools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{source locations for  yellowturquoise | bluered | green | orange | kitchens}

 

Southwest Photography Adventure | Travel

Written on May 18, 2012 at 5:29 am, by

travel art cecyj

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Photography, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Last month, my friend embarked on a great adventure across the Southwest United States.  He started in Zion National Park and made his way through Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley in Southern Utah and then on to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  At each amazing stop, he honed his photography skills with workshops and tours.

As a photography lover, I was absolutely struck by the shots he took (above) and could easily see why the colors of the sunrises and sunsets were the highlights of his expedition.  I hope you enjoy his photos as much as I did.

If you’re planning your own Southwest excursion, I’d recommend you get in touch with Jess Lee for a photography workshop and Tom Phillips for a guided tour of Monument Valley.

Otomi Textiles | decor

Written on May 16, 2012 at 4:38 am, by

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.I am thrilled to feature my favorite textile of all time today.  This hand embroidered textile, known as Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

I’m always on the hunt for great interior design sources and, believe it or not, the Las Ventanas al Paraiso gallery will be my first call when I want to custom order this textile for a client project or myself.

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

I realize resort gift shops, galleries and jewelry showrooms are notorious for incredibly high prices but the Otomi textiles sold at the Las Ventanas Gallery are approximately the same price as I found them in the street bazaars of the nearby town of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.  Of course, you can’t bargain with the gift shop but you can have the added convenience of calling to order any color you’d like and shipping it to the United States with comfort.

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

I’ve had some pressing questions about the textile for years and was thrilled Las Ventanas al Paraiso so graciously helped me find the answers.

 

Where are the textiles made?

 

Our textiles are from Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo, Mexico.

 

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

What is the story behind this magnificent textile?  How long has it been around?

 

It is believed that they come from ancient cave paintings, but nothing is certain. Almost all designs are creatures of fantasy.

 

Are they made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico? Is there more than 1 region that makes the textile?

 

Yes, they are made by Otomi people, that are in Hidalgo, Puebla & Queretaro.

 

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Is the textile still handmade?

 

Yes, everything is handmade, you can see the stitches on the back of each piece.

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

What is the correct name of the textile?  I’ve heard Mexican Susani, Otomi textile and Tenangos textile?

 

Otomi textiles would be the correct and most common name but Tenango is also accurate, as that is the most famous town that produces this work.

 

 

How long does it take to make 1 coverlet or blanket?

 

For a single craftier it could take up to 3 months.

Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.

Can an interior designer custom order for a client?  Who should we contact?

 

Yes, they can make special size orders, but it might take at least 6 months to be ready. Any special order could be done right through our Gift Shop at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.Otomi Textiles CecyJ

Some terrific articles and Otomi inspiration can also be found here…

Lonny Magazine

Coco + Kelley

Nursery Notations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on May 15, 2012 at 3:49 am, by

Vera Wang

Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Vera Wang tweeted this photo while “hanging” in Paris.

Thank you, Vera, for indulging us in your life + style.

 

 

{photo of Vera sourced here}

color inspiration | decor

Written on May 14, 2012 at 5:38 am, by

color inspiration decor cecyj

 

 

gold, lamp, sofa, st. barths

{paint sourced from benjamin moore paint for pottery barncabinet | book | lamp | vases | sofa | pretty girl }

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

happy weekend!

Written on May 11, 2012 at 5:18 am, by

Happy Weekend 2 You!