Royal Copenhagen Contrast

June 20, 2011

I fell in love with Royal Copenhagen’s Contrast line – creamy white porcelain + bright silicone = functional beauty. There’s even fluted canisters with silicone seals to mix and match.

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When in {Copenhagen} – Part I

June 19, 2011

Today wraps up my first week abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Despite jetlag and an intense courseload, here are some sights I’ve seen:

Boat tour of the canals – In under an hour, we explored much of Copenhagen’s history in a boat that rode under arches so low, my hand to touch the underside of the bridges.

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Roadside Projects and Roald Dahl

June 12, 2011

Neat. Roadside Projects exploring the Roald Dahl library. [Prints now available here.]

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Copenhagen

June 11, 2011

Wonderful Copenhagen Poster by Viggo Vagnby – Barewalls.com

I am off to Denmark tomorrow! For three glorious weeks I will be studying sustainable technology and culture through DIS in the happiest place on earth. When I first heard of this opportunity through my professor, I immediately came home and said to my husband, “There is a study abroad trip for my program. It’s in Denmark. It’s only three weeks.” His response: “You have to go.”

If I didn’t know how much I loved him before, I knew it then. This trip was meant to be for me – I’ve always wanted to visit Scandinavia (my favorite design landmark) and I’d missed my chance to study abroad as an undergrad. However, it also means leaving my baby for almost a month! I’ll miss her so much and as hard as it is to do, I considered the fact that she is young enough not to remember I abandoned her and that also I didn’t want to regret missing this perfect opportunity. Now that I’m finally going, I’m sad to leave, but know that I’ll be back before I know it and she’ll be starting kindergarten soonafter. Sigh.

I’m pretty excited, though. And it’s not like I’m taking a vacation – I’ll be in class and doing homework, too. This course is hard core. It explores climate change, as well as environmental and social aspects of sustainable design through policy and practice. We’ll visit local companies to interview their perspective and experience on such issues, and gain understanding on a culture wholly different than our own here in the US. The final week will be spent touring Norway, specifically Oslo, Bergen, and Voss. While my studies are priority (of course), it won’t hurt to explore the culture… it is all part of the experience, right? So I’ve been researching places to go and see in my free time. I’ll have to post around-up when I get back (or during, if you’re lucky), but here is a few excellent posts that are shaping my plans:

It’s a little surreal to think about, considering I’ve never traveled longer than one week anywhere nor traveled alone. I’m looking forward to a trip of a lifetime!

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Oh Henry

June 6, 2011

My sister-in-law Kate had a baby boy today – Hooray! Lucy has a new cousin and Tom and I are an uncle and aunt for the first time. We won’t be able to see him until later this summer but we are so excited! Congratulations Kate and Kevin – welcome to the parents club.

Letterpress Poem Art Print Sycamore Street Press

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Sondre Lerche

June 3, 2011

Tonight is a date night. They are pretty rare these days with a kid and all, but one of our favorite musicians is in town – Sondre Lerche. My husband and I have been fans ever since we watched the dvd extras (yea, we’re those kind of people) from “Dan in Real Life,” for which Sondre wrote the entire soundtrack. His amazing talent and jovial spirit peaked our interest, and we’ve been listening ever since – Heartbeat Radio, Sleep on Needles, and Two Way Monologue being amongst my faves. We look forward to a night off (thanks to Aunt Beth) and a night OUT. His new album doesn’t release until Tuesday, June 7, but you can pre-order right here or here. We’re going for LP + mp3 download – kitschy fun

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Anna Emilia

June 2, 2011

I loved Anna Emilia’s “Apple Blossom Meadow” print that fluttered around the blogosphere this fall, but her latest “In Meadow” is a burst of fresh energy with citron, lavender, and baby blue. Hello, summer!

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A La Alison

June 1, 2011

My friend Alison (of a la Alison) has been cooking up some pretty amazing meals in her kitchen. Check out her delicious blog filled with recipes she personally prepares.

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