Thursday, June 28, 2012

hello summer!

via Roost Blog

We are so crazy excited that it is summer I can't tell you!!!
And do these spell summer?!
This makes it official!  
Watermelon Mojito Pops (makes 10 pops)
  • 1 3/4 watermelon juice (blend just over 4 cups of watermelon and pour through sieve, or you could use a juicer)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1/4 cup club soda
Pour watermelon juice, lime juice, honey and mint into a blender and blend until you see tiny flakes of mint.
Pour mixture into a large measuring cup with a spout or a some kind of bowl with a spout (this will make pouring into the molds easier). Add rum and club soda. Stir to combine.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

We want to add this gluten free cooking blog is a huge favorite of ours, not the boring, tasteless, healthy food at all that we might have experienced in the past! Plus, the pictures are beautiful and make it easy to want to try all the recipes. Enjoy and have a fun summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hugo Tillman

via Freunde von Freunden

We go on all the time about homes that tell our story, that are lived in, are comfortable to hang out in. Photographer Hugo Tillman's place is exactly what we're talking about. We came across these photos from Freunde von Freunden blog. A blog about people and their homes similar to The Selby which we also love! We love to cook so to see a kitchen that is obviously used even though simple and small makes this place a favorite of ours. The kitchen is the heart of a home: have a kitchen that is used and loved and the rest will naturally unfold. Friends will love to hang out!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

We want to make this table!

Photo by Phillip K. Erickson via desire to inspire
This whole house has an old world smokey den feel while staying fresh. Maybe that's why we are so drawn to those mid century classics; they blend in an unexpected way that wakes up those creative thoughts. Here's the rest of the house here.  We keep coming back to this table / desk wondering if we could figure out what we need to make one ourselves...hmmm...looks like we're on our way to home depot!
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

it's the weekend! and a long one - yay!

 off we go... for, hopefully, some of this...
 so we can start again full of new ideas!
We're going to hang some stuff on our walls, in case you couldn't tell by our post yesterday. 
So excited! See you next week!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Domus Fundraises for Haiti - NOVA Hope! JUNE 2nd!

via NOVA Hope

DOMUS GARAGE SALE is coming soon!
Every year, in conjunction with the 44th Street Garage Sale Event, DOMUS raises money for a not-for-profit organization by selling donated items.

This year, on SATURDAY, JUNE 2, (rain date Saturday, June 9) we will be raising money for
NOVA Hope for Haiti
NOVA Hope for Haiti is a charitable organization established in 2004 to bring urgently needed humanitarian aid in the form of healthcare to the impoverished people of the Republic of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.


·      DONATE ITEMS YOU DON'T WANT, CANNOT USE, OR HAVE NO ROOM FOR!  Take this opportunity to do your spring cleaning and simplify your life! Items must be clean and in sale-able condition: household items, SMALL pieces of furniture, music, videos and books, as well as accessories (not clothing as we don't have facilities for people to try them on), would be great.

·      ASK THE COMPANY YOU WORK FOR TO DONATE ITEMS they produce or have a surplus of. Many Companies have samples or other items they want to find a good home for, so why not give them for a good cause?

·      E-MAIL THIS TO ANYONE YOU KNOW. Even if you don't have any unwanted items, maybe your friends do. Please forward this letter to them: the more varied the merchandise, the better.

·      DONATE YOUR TIME TO HELP US STAFF THE TABLES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 2! The garage sale brings hundreds of people to 44th Street, so we need help in selling the donated items. We generally have 2-3 hour shifts and we provide drinks and snacks. The day starts at 8.30 and ends at about 6-6.30. It's great fun and it's for a good cause!

·      DONATE MONEY! If you can't donate items or your time, please consider donating money to NOVA Hope for Haiti. Please go to their website and see all the great work their volunteers do!

·      Please contact us at: to discuss items you want to donate or for any questions you may have. Please make sure you enter "GARAGE SALE" in the title. PLEASE NOTE: We choose very carefully the organizations we support, so that money we raise can make a strong positive impact on the people we want to help. Because NOVA is an organization run by volunteers, ALL the funds we willraise will go directly to helping the people in need. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

it's the weekend!!!

here we come!!!
via French By Design
We're lovin' quinoa heaps these days. A great addition to our salads but never thought of making a frittata with quinoa! These are like dressed-up mini frittatas and are great for lunch. Yummy! Of course you can adapt this recipe however you like and remove the meat if you're a vegetarian. Try them for Mother's Day!

Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups
Makes 28 mini cups
2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced
salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Liberally spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin. (Adapted from So Very Blessed)
via Iowa Girl Eats

We just heard about the The Water Tank Project. I know quite a few of us have a soft spot for water tanks, well they're just about to secure their soft spot! For three months in the Spring of 2013 carefully selected rooftop tanks all across the five boroughs of New York City will be wrapped in works of art focused on raising attention to water as a precious resource. Find out more here. Maybe if you're an artist you can still get involved!
via The Water Tank Project

Friday, March 23, 2012

happy spring!

You know how important it is to us that the people that make the products we sell  in Domus are paid a fair wage and work in a sustainable environment. We feel a social responsibility in our own life and towards our customers not to oppress people who are already oppressed by their often precarious economic and political situations.
While in Morocco last year we searched and searched until we found a true organic Argan oil co-operative, Sidi Yassine. We visited the premises and met the people that make the Argan oil we sell in the store. Not only are the workers paid fairly but the owner even has gone out of his way to give them health insurance.
Because women are not often "counted" and seldom have birth certificates, he created an umbrella insurance under which the women workers could just go to the doctor without any of the bureaucracy that normally prevents them from getting healthcare. His passion and pride in his product ensures close attention is paid to each step of the process and the welfare of his workers. It is this pride we share with all items offered in Domus.

In case you don't know what all the rage with Argan oil is about, it regenerates your skin cells and neutralizes skin radicals, it minimizes wrinkles and scars and leaves your skin smooth and glowing. It relieves eczema and psoriasis and is great to tame the frizz in your hair too!
yes, it's magic! on sale here while supplies last.
via a note on design
via brown dress with white dots

okay, should we admit this? hmm, a few Mondays ago we treated ourselves to a late brunch at Clinton Bakery (you need to go late afternoon mid week unless you want to queue with 30 other people - not!) We ordered a bloody mary! omg! There is something so decadent  and scandalous about having a bloody mary.  Now every Monday is bloody mary Monday for us. We won't go down alone! Try it! mmmmmm we know you want to.
oh yeah, Clinton Bakery is all it's cracked up to be.
Clinton Bakery Bloody Marys
serves 4
15oz of Sacramento Tomato Juice (or brand of your choice)
1 tablespoons prepared or fresh Horseradish
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon of  Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 teaspoon ground celery seed
6oz Vodka
4 stalks of celery
4 slices of lemons
1. In a pitcher, whisk together all ingredients except the vodka, celery and lemon.
2. Fill a 8-10oz glass with ice. Pour in 1 1/2oz of vodka and top with the tomato juice mixture. Use a celery stalk to stir and hook a slice of lemon onto the rim of the glass. Repeat with the remaining glasses. Cheers!
via a note on design
happy spring!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

and we begin...

 via Karen

we saw an owl one night on a country road picking up a mouse for a little midnight snack. we were so mesmerized staring and then watched the owl fly off slowly. now we're obsessed, it really was magic!
We want our homes to tell OUR story.  Here are some perfect examples. We love the Selby for this reason, these homes are lived in and filled with items that tell unique stories that inspire. Fill your home with what you love, be brave! Let the journey begin, and as always, have fun!

Abigail Ahern via The Selby

lyndsay caleo + fitzhugh karol via The Selby

Luisa can't wait to make this!  yummmmm
hope we can still find some blood oranges! oh please!!! 
Blood Orange, Prosecco & Thyme Sorbet
 via Roost
  • 3 cups fresh blood orange juice- I used a juicer to extract the juice but you could easily do it by hand. I used about 10 oranges. If you juice by hand you may want to do more like 12 depending on how strong you are:)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup prosecco or champange
  • 1 1/2 TBS fresh thyme, chopped fine 
Pour orange juice into a glass bowl. Whisk honey into the juice until it has dissolved. Stir in prosecco and thyme. Place bowl into the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove from freezer and churn in your ice cream maker until the sorbet forms. The sorbet will still be very soft so you will need to place it into an airtight container and allow to freeze in the freezer for several hours to firm up.

We were wandering around the lower east side and happened upon this beautiful exhibit at Anastasia Photo called Metropolis by Martin Roemer. It's there until April 8th.
In his words:
 "I am photographing the world’s megacities, those where the population is measured in millions. How can people live in such immense, crowded places? For all their chaos, big cities still have a sense of humanity. That’s what I want to reveal with these photographs-both the dynamic character of the city and the individual humans, the urban travelers, who call the metropolis home."