Birthday Treats

June 21, 2012

This time last year, I was spending my birthday in Norway on a six-hour bus ride between Olso and Voss. (Here’s a lovely view from my window.) While I had a wonderful time, I am so glad to be home this year, and here is how only I would celebrate:

1. Bought myself a “Golden Apple Tree” print by Tugboat Press.

2. Received a staple-less stapler from my husband who is probably the only person in the world who knows how thoughtful a gift this is for me.

3. Got tickets to see “Moonrise Kingdom” tonight with the husband.

Not a bad way to start off another year alive, as well as the first day of summer. (Yes, regardless of what the almanac says, I hold off celebrating the beginning of summer until my birthday commences.)

– Instagram photo by JA

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Ancient Planter Secret

June 20, 2012

Joey Roth‘s newest design, Planter, is derived from an old system… not unlike his modern interpretation of the phonograph with his Ceramic Speakers.

Planter is made from unglazed earthenware (a naturally porous material) and has a core vessel which slowly irrigates the soil, as shown below. This sustainable water conservation technique, called Olla, is still used today in dry climates.

Planter is available for pre-order now for only $45.

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A Modern Christening

June 12, 2012

My nephew celebrated both his birthday and his baptism this past weekend. I had tolled over an appropriate, yet modern, baptism gift for a boy. I’d originally set on a print from Sharon Montrose‘s “Babies” collection in The Animal Print Shop, but was short on time and cash. Instead, I conjured up my resourcefulness to make something simple and special. My newfound love of embroidery (fed by Chez Sucre Chez) led me to pull some old fabric scraps, a hoop, and leftover floss to make a small (5″ diameter) wall hanging for little Henry Oliver. The design was a repeat of Lucy’s baptism invitation, one of my favorites in the archives (see below the jump for more).


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creature comforts

June 7, 2012

Bloom Room debuted a truly revolutionary line of high quality furniture… for pets. The French line, called Chimère, consists of a rocking birdcage, a kitty litter box, a “sofa” for small furry friends, fishbowl, and a hutch for even smaller furry friends (think bunnies, hamsters, and mice), appealing to lovers of all creatures, great and small. My favorite is the hutch because so little attention is ever paid to the habitats of tiniest furballs, often left to live in mud rooms and other places only seldom visited by its owners (I’m referring to the children who pinky-swore they would take care of a new pet).

Perhaps what us good parents need is a better way to incorporate the family pets into our living spaces… and add a not-so-subtle reminder to feed or clean the cage before picking up the remote. Chimère‘s sophisticated dwellings offer a new perspective on making all the members of your family live in harmony and beauty.

Via Fast Company


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Happy Days

June 5, 2012

Hi there.

Things look a bit different around here, eh? Well, that’s just the start of it…

General Merriment will be changing its course a little, and I hope you will stick around. You see, I started this blog as a sort of experiment. I had no plans but to share beloved things found and made. However, over a year and half later, I’ve been inspired to do more with this blog. In partnership with my new business venture General Habitat, a sustainable interior design service, General Merriment will be incorporating a thoughtful collection of posts highlighting the value of everyday living. Sounds a bit existential, I know, but it comes from a personal reflection of my family and work life, and realizing that the two do not have to be mutually exclusive. I want to inspire you, as others have inspired me, to live a life of meaning and balance – through beauty, through humor, through food.. really anything that makes your heart sing. For me, I believe in surrounding yourself with reminders – people, places, or things – that tell your story, sing your song, make you feel proud to be who you are. From childhood into the twilight years, we can live a good life without following the fads, spending savings, and being selfish.

General Merriment is my happy place, and I dare say it just got a little bit happier.

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