Is there anything better than a cool chair? This recent post
got me thinking about what makes a chair cool. While style is certainly important, coolness to me is more about provenance. I want to be able to brag about my chairs. To say They're antique library chairs
. Or perhaps, They're made from old Coke bottles.
Cuba has been forbidden fruit to Americans, and it's logical that we want to visit the isle. Many Americans have wanderlust, and the means to satisfy that urge. There are places all over the world that rely on tourist dollars to get by. Cuba is definitely one of those places. So, if you're (still) inclined to make the trek, let's talk about what you'll see and experience.
Considering a Cuba trip to keep up with the Obama family? There's good news if you are: Starwood is planning to manage two hotels
on the island. This means more flights to Cuba, and it's possible individuals will no longer need government approval before traveling. Even this week before Obama landed, it was announced that US banks can now accept / honor transactions made in Cuba. Progress!
Artist Allison May Kiphuth's dioramas
in tiny boxes blew my mind this morning (thanks Colossal!). Boxes come in all sizes, though, and there's so many ways to use them. Here's an old post....
While recently scanning Houzz articles (one of my favorite activities), I came across this freakishly cool bar
made out of pallets and crates.
My dad always used to say that the only good thing about the good old days is that they were over. And he was right.
Recently I was hanging with friends, one of whom had just been to the doctor. She was bandaged up and changing ice packs every few hours. Ick, right? She threw out an old ice pack (the single use only variety) and looked over at me. I know, I know, she said. It's plastic. It's waste. It's bad for the environment. (But good for the bruises.)
Did you have a good V-day? Were jewelry, flowers, or dinner involved in your weekend? Or have you forgotten that Valentine's is even a thing? (OK, it's a Hallmark holiday.) Do you scoff at the idea of a mall-created, mass-produced frenzy of consumerism? I fall in the latter category, plus I hate hearts. And pink.
As usual I was reading instead of working, and found this post about unconventional coffee tables
. Love the post! But where would you find the materials to make these unconventional beauties? I'm here to tell you where, folks, and to expand upon the idea of unconventional. Using salvage of course.
I haven't been hitting the thrift stores lately, but I have a decent excuse. It's Academy Award season, and I try to see all the movies nominated so that I can criticize the awards as intelligently as possible. The awards may not deserve intelligent criticism, but there you go. And all those movies have eaten into my thrifting. Stupid awards show.
When I started planning for a trip to Cuba, I was less curious about what to do and see than with what the country's trash situation would be. How much did people there reduce / re-use / recycle?