One of the hottest trends in fashion and design this year, I am having a love affair with checkboard patterns. Highlighted in bright colors by Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2013 campaign, a inspired by the swinging 60s, checkboard patterns are looking sexier than ever.
Fashion, footwear, home accessories, wallpapers, heck, even on manicures, I am seeing this pattern everywhere! Im dying to create a tablescape in checkered pattern and play it up with stripes or polka dots.
What do you think about this trend? Checkmate?
For my friend’s birthday yesterday I made these pistachio-cranberry shortbread cookies and I was glad with how they turned out. We enjoyed these post-dinner with prosecco. Here is the recipe if you like shortbread cookies that are not too sweet.
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks/16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (130 grams) unsalted pistachios
3/4 cup (150 grams) dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a food processor whisk butter until fluffy with soft peaks. Add sugar and salt. Whisk for about 5 minutes until sugar and salt have mixed well with the butter. Switch to dough hook and gradually add flour. Using butchers knife coarsely chop pistachios and cranberries. Add to dough mix and knead until evenly distributed.
Divide dough into 3 parts and roll each part onto parchment paper. Flatten dough using a wood spatula, wrap parchment paper around dough. Freeze for about 45 minutes.
Preheat over to 300F. Unroll dough from parchment paper and slice into 1/4 inch rectangles and place on lightly floured cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the sides start to turn slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool. Dough will be soft but will harden in about 10 minutes. I made a second batch with only pistachios and added a teaspoon of cumin which also turned out pretty well. Start to finish I would say it took me under and hour and half with all the prep, freezing and baking.
Dough can be frozen for upto a month which makes these great for last minute entertaining. I’d pair with pistachio gelato or enjoy as is.
Would love to know if you end up trying this recipe out.
My workspace has been begging for an update. My crafting and other supplies are everywhere, the open bookcases look messy and Im just not inspired when there is clutter everywhere. It is at a point now that I just cant seem to get much done there. I have been looking at several studio spaces but so far nothing has come close to meeting my requirements. While the search continues, I cant help but putting together a mooboard for it. Would you like to see the direction Im heading in for the decor?
Of course, in keeping with mochatini’s style there would be lots of black and white accessories accented with shiny metallics!
What is important to you in your workspace?
One the decorating trends that I want to see more of in 2013 is industrial glam. Resilient industrial materials softened by plush and luxe textures like velvets, suede, and shiny decorative elements. Very close to my own style, I love how versatile this look can be. And dont be fooled, there is more to this style than a chandy above a farmhouse table. Think Restoration Hardware meets Kelly Wrestler.
I would love to see some new takes on this trend this year and hopefully less shabby chic versions mistaken for industrial glam. How do you feel about this look?