Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IKEA Floating Night Market

I'm a huge IKEA fan.  I can easily say half of my house is from that store; they are always ahead on design trends and furniture innovation and this time they didn't disappoint.  Actually it was quite fascinating what they've created for London design week.

For one day only they set up a floating market in Regent’s Canal in North London to launch their latest seasonal collection.  Visitors were able to experience the unique floating displays all in their own unique color pallet.  They even had people aboard cooking and lounging around , as if they were at home.

The floating night market was inspired by the floating markets in Asia. Every boat was nicely decorated with IKEA textiles, furniture and accessories in the same color-theme.  Visitors enjoyed a scenic boat trip down the canal while indulging in cocktails and canapés, served off course, on IKEA products.

Photos via Notcot and IKEA UK Facebook page

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Patio Remodel and all under $150

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I couldn't wait another day to show you my new favorite place in our house. I've been waiting to do the post, because I'm still looking for the perfect coffee table! At the beginning of summer I decided that it was time for a face lift on my entrance/patio. This is the first area you see when you come into our house and thought a little love wouldn't hurt, especially since I've always wanted to have an outdoor retreat to enjoy this perfect California weather.

Since we are renting I couldn't make any drastic changes, so everything I made is easily removed when the time comes we decide to move.

 I ordered a couple of wood pallets from my work, bought a couple of shower curtains -yes!! You read correctly!! I used shower curtains as my fabric because they’re cheap, water prof and very easy to find amazing patterns and colors to choose from, decorative pillows, new plants and some accessories.

Starting with some of my favorite colors, I built the pallet below, and brought together all these elements, creating my ideal outdoor living space. 


Before, as you can see the space served as a storage room. Now, it’s a Moroccan inspired outdoor lounge with comfortable seating for five, a coffee table and a great area to chill out, take a nap or spend an afternoon reading.

Below is the list of everything I bought to create the space. I made the gray seat cushion, but I totally forgot to take photos showing how to make your own If you would like to know how to DIY (do it yourself), send me and email and I will be happy to answer your questions!!

Someone REALLY liked the insert pillow I used for the seat cushion!

            The List!! 

  • - One Moroccan pattern shower curtain from Target : $19.99

  • - 4 x Pallet wood (36" x 48") : $32.00

  • - 3 x Huge pillows inserts (in blue, shown in the dogs's pic above ) from TJ Maxx : $28.00

  • - 2 x Green outdoor decorative pillows from World Plus Market : $23.00

  • - 2 x charcoal decorative pillows from Target $16.00

  • - 2  x Blue decorative pillows - Existing 

  • - Fabric chicks and bells hanger from World Plus Market : $6.99

  • - One shower curtain in white from TJ Maxx : $4.99

  • - 2 x Yellow Majskorn plant pot from Ikea : $1.99

  • - 2 x Pink Papaja Plant pot from  Ikea : $4.00

  • - Other plant pots : Existing 

  • -  Blue spray paint for Moroccan lanterns: $3.50

  • - River Rocks form Home Depot : $11.99

  • - Table and tile on top: Existing

  • - Wood Ikea chairs x 2 : Existing

  • - 4 x  succulents : $10.00

  • - All other plants: Existing

    • The final result!! 

    • The patio is pretty narrow, only 4ft (1.2 m) wide

    I'm working on getting the coffee table done. I will be posting the updates pretty soon so keep posted!!

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Caramelized Figs

    I still remember, when I was a kid living in Mexico City one of my favorites things in the world was homemade caramelized figs that my dad used to bring home from an old lady where he and his coworkers had lunch every day. It was a delicious treat and it just brings me great memories of my childhood. 
    It's fig season!! So I decided to make some yummy, light caramelized figs to enjoy as dessert or in a summer salad with goat cheese.

    Here's what you need:

    - About a dozen figs halved lengthwise.
    - 2 tbsp. of Splenda (you can use sugar instead)
    - 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar 
    - 1 tsp. of unsalted butter

    Here's how you do it:

    Heat a large skillet over high heat and add butter. Add the figs and spread the sugar over then and cook until the sugar and juices caramelized, about 3-4 min.

    Make sure to turn the figs over as they brown.

     Add the balsamic vinegar and cook over medium heat until is reduce to syrup. Make sure no to over reduce the glaze.

    You can serve them warm or cold. I enjoy them more once they've been in the fridge for a couple of hours; they are richer in flavor and the texture is just perfect!  

    Bon Appetit!

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    100% Chocolate Cafe

    Chocolate and coffee are two of my pleasures in life, and now, I have one more reason to go to Japan; this new boutique in Tokyo's newest landmark, the Tokyo Sky tree, is the new home to this sweet little shop called 100% Chocolate Cafe. The design firm Wonderwall created a dreamy space with an open kitchen where you can watch the process of sweets being made with 56 different types of chocolate, can you imagine that!! This is definitely paradise for me ;)

    The  contemporary design, and the way they translated the idea of chocolate into the architecture of the space, makes this unique shop irresistible.

    The walk-by chocolate counter on the outside of the shop is perfect for a sweet grab and go.

    Photos via homedit