Current Obsessions: The Simple Life
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In anticipation for our upcoming Japanese week, we've been checking out Umamimart's Blog and learning how to make garlicky gomadare (sesame sauce). Check out our Umamimart post. Above: We're contemplating Alabama Chanin's one-day retreats across the country. • Sarah thoroughly recommends the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi . Above: Taking a look into Yusuke Seki's Kyoto store dedicated to the revival of Kimono culture in modern life. • We're inspired to reorganize the kitchen thanks to these 24 ideas , like idea No. 4 about storing items according to use. Above: Julie has her eye on this (giant) basket from A Detacher . • Alexa has been completely obsessed with the latest Rochas collection shown in Paris this week; in particular the hair inspired by Nicoletta Santoro of Vogue China. Above: An image from the Kickstarter -funded upcoming book by Leslie Williamson, Handcrafted Modern Europe. • Sarah's heading to Heath SF this Thursday evening to get a sneak preview of Williamson's book on the mid-twentieth century's most notable architects and designers in Europe. Check out her previous book, Handcrafted Modern . Above: One of our favorite subjects: sliding door hardware . • Curious about Brownstoner's latest feature, The Upstater , showcasing real estate listings within three hours north, east, or west of NYC. Above: Going on a spring vacation? Consider this idea for keeping houseplants hydrated while you're away. Photograph from DIY: Instant Hanging Shelves for Houseplants . • Admiring this transformation of an old van by Welsh couple Bill and Becky Goddard of Rustic Campers. N.B.: See our past weekly obsessions in the Design News section of our archive.