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Lemon Meringue Colour Crush

I absolutely have to try this mini lemon meringue pie recipe

Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite desserts and favourite colour combos, lemony yellow and airy white.  Sweet and sunny these two colours can brighten up any room and they are perfect for summer. Here are a few lemon meringue inspired items that have caught my eye lately.

Smile Pillow HoneyPieDesign

This pillow by etsy seller Honey Pie Design is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Giving your room a seasonal update can be as simple as adding a few new throw cushions to the sofa or bed, so why not start there. If you’re not digging the smile pillow they sell many other homemade pillows adorned with words, chevron stripes and more.

Russel Pinch via lovehousedesign

Russel Pinchs Mrs. B table designed for Benchmark Furniture is a cheery dose of lemony colour. The natural wood and the bright yellow were made for each other. Love those legs and the updated farmhouse vibe. I think this might be my ideal kitchen table.

vintage ice cream bowls WiseApple

Dedicated dessert bowls belong in every well-outfitted kitchen, and I am loving these ones from vintage seller WiseApple. With a great shape and colour they are sure to make summer treats feel that much more special.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

What better to go with ice cream bowls then an ice cream maker. This is one kitchen appliance I think I’ll be picking up this year, and in such a pretty colour I’d be happy to have it on my counter all summer long. I’ve already got my first ice cream recipe picked out; Coconut with Roasted Cherries, yum!

Photo by Chris Everad found via designismine

This room shows how well yellow and cream can go together. I like how they have chosen to use wallpaper as a framed print rather than covering the whole wall with it. This is a great idea if you’re a little paint-shy or live in a rental, and the same could be done with fabric.

Rock Steady

image via Apartment Therapy

Today’s post is inspired by the humble rock. Lately the design world has been in love with the geometry of nature; organic shapes are emerging all over the place in carpets, furniture, textile prints and architecture.  Here are a few lovely objects that pay homage to geology:

vault table by Daphna Laurens

The vault table above was inspired by Pyrite (aka fool’s gold) it has five small drawers where you can hide treasures or mementos. The idea for the table came to the Dutch design duo when they were examining what “things” held the most value for them; they came to the conclusion that items like photographs and letters were the most valuable because they represented loved ones and significant memories. Like “fools gold” these objects are meaningless in themselves, but are immensely valuable in the eye of the beholder.

Rhodocrosite Painting by Carly Waito

Carly Waito paints beautifully realistic portraits of various minerals and rocks. Her technique is amazing and the rocks she chooses become other worldly when enlarged on the Canvas. I highly recommend checking out her website to see more of her work.

faceted drawer pulls by PigeonToe Ceramics

These faceted drawer pulls by Pigeon Toe Ceramics have been all over the blogosphere. Pigeon Toe makes “heirlooms for the modern home” and these gorgeous pulls are cast from hand-sculpted molds and glazed in bone white. I think that a set of these pulls could be really amazing on a simple chest of drawers. I also kind of like the idea of mounting them to a board as shown in the above picture and using them as hooks as well.

quartz table lamp by Michael Studios

I love the lamps by Michael Studios that show off the natural beauty of uncut stones. Most of his designs come in a choice of colours and rock types. The purple one above is my favourite. I keep picturing this lamp in a bedroom but it could be a excellent accent in a living room as well.

Rock Fusion Tables by Arik Levy

I don’t know your opinion on these rock fusion tables by Arik Levy but they kind of remind me of something out of a Superman movie, in a good way. The metallic finish adds a lot of glamour and I really like the unconventional shape. I’d love to see how someone has included them in a room.

photograph by Carsten Peter for National Geographic

Just for fun I thought I would include the above photograph from National Geographic; I am in complete awe over this image of The Cave of Crystals in Mexico. The scale of these crystals is just mind-blowing, and the corresponding article about exploring this natural phenomenon by Neil Shea is worth a read.

New as Old: Gadgets in Disguise

Perhaps in the past century people moved, rushed, and pushed forward at a pace that left behind all too soon the great designs of the time. Or perhaps we of this age are simply nostalgic for the “ancestors” of our gadgets and appliances that we never got to meet.

Since we can’t travel back through time (at least, not just yet), designers have brought the past in to meet the present, giving today’s technology the look and charm of decades past.

TV Design by Mike Chen

What a darling TV! There’s such a quirky naivete about it, with its gorgeous light wood, and cute rabbit “antennae” which now serve as input and mode switches.

Fuji FinePix X100

Don’t let your eyes be deceived. Beneath this old-school exterior is the latest technology in digital photography.

CD Player

Yong Jieyu Studio took apart a CD player and reassembled it to look like a really sexy gramophone. The “needle” is not just for show, as it holds the player’s laser lens.

Customized Keyboard from Steampunk Workshop

This one is a painstakingly hand-crafted typewriter style keyboard that would suitably inspire today’s writer to churn out words like Hemingway or Kerouac probably did on the old clickety-clackety versions of it.

iDial App for iPhone

This iPhone app gives you a taste of what it was like to not have cellphone address books and speed dials. Which means you have to actually memorize phone numbers.

Bosch Classic Refrigerator


Image from Appliancist

There was a time when refrigerator doors did not have magnets and had latches instead. Bosch first launched its classic ref design in 1949. It has put everything it has learned since then into to this revamp.