I’ve always been fascinated by single-serve coffee systems, but vastly underwhelmed by what’s on the market. The ability to cater to your family’s or guests’ preferences, especially during all of those holiday get togethers, can be such a lovely touch when entertaining. But when the coffee itself tastes unimpressive and the machine has a working life of maybe a year… well, what’s the point?
When Nespresso reached out about trying out their new VertuoLine I was hesitant, but what changed my mind was that Nespresso works in coffee. They aren’t just some brand who’s decided to create a new machine and outsource the main ingredient. VertuoLine is an intuitive system that uses Centrifusion technology and barcode reading (cup size, rotation, temperature, flow rate, and brew time) to brew 8 oz cups of coffee and 1.35 oz espressos.
The VertuoLine’s hallmark is the incredible crema – the foam formed on each espresso top – it creates with every cup. And honestly it really is impressive. Once I got my hands on the machine itself I couldn’t believe that this was a cup of coffee that I’d made in around a minute in my own kitchen.
I also got to play around with an automatic milk frother, the Aeroccino+. With the push of a button I had perfect hot milk and froth (it can also warm milk without the froth or froth cold milk). It’s basically my favorite new kitchen gadget of 2014.
The VertuoLine comes with a sample box of their eight coffee and four espresso blends. And after trying nearly all of them I decided to create a few coffee drinks and put it all to the test.
• Melozio capsule
• 2 oz skim milk
• 1 Tbsp honey, plus more for drizzling
Place Melozio capsule into the VertuoLine and brew into mug. While brewing, pour 2 oz skim milk into Aeroccino+ along with one tablespoon of honey. Press button to froth. When finished, gently pour milk into coffee, then spoon froth on top. Drizzle with honey. Drink up.
• Odacio capsule
• 2 oz eggnog
Place Odacio capsule into the VertuoLine and brew into mug or heat-safe glass. While brewing, pour 2 oz eggnog into Aeroccino+. Press button to froth. Pour eggnog slowly into coffee to achieve that great separation. Enjoy.
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Dinosaur Designs‘ and their eponymous candy colored wares for house and body just released their latest collection – Atelier. This go around they’ve added candles, linen napkins, and puzzles to the mix just in time for holiday gifting. But those geometric bangles? Those are at the tippy top of my list.
(via Design Milk)
Rachel Ibarra‘s papier-mâché and canvas vessels radiate color and abstraction all while serving a functional purpose. My favorite design element is the little pointed feet on her bowls, I might just see one holding fruit on my kitchen counter in the near future. Rachel also creates the sweetest brooches – shop her work right here.
I’ve been eyeing bunglo‘s Instagram account for a few weeks now, immediately hearting every photo of the Austin-based company’s hand-painted patterns as it was posted. Each design is inspired by nature, mid-century architecture, and adventures. Artist and designer Shay Spaniel is behind it all, with an understanding of retail merchandise and lots of travel to base bunglo’s business upon. Shop the full collection of accessories, art, cards, furniture, and pillows in their shop.
Lauren Finkelstein’s Self Press shop is full of hand-designed and hand-decorated porcelain pieces that hit the perfect note. Favoring black, white, and indigo, Finkelstein’s creations all have a moody and mysterious feel to them which I love.
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Today I’m finally sharing a small part of my new home with you! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this day for a few months. Today it’s just a tiny slice, but starting in a few weeks we’ll be moving on to the entire first floor (I hope you’re half as ready to see it as I am to share.)
So yes, this is clearly the kitchen. Well, about half of it really. I’m going to save the what I love I love/what I hate/what I’ve done/what’s left do rant for the full post on the room, but one of my very favorite parts is this incredible set of Edith bar chairs. They’re easy on the eyes as well as the rear with a generous seat and slim cushion. I’ve never had an island or breakfast bar in any previous kitchen, so I was really excited to find these guys over on Lula & Georgia. They’re perfect for the mid-century vibe that I love and aim for in most of my decor and I know they’ll be a part of my kitchen for years to come.
So I’m about to get to the good part here… which is that you have the chance to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia! Maybe you’re looking for a new throw to keep warm this winter or want to put it towards something larger like a piece of furniture. Whatever you the case, good luck!
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01/ Literal handmade type by Tien-Min Liao exploring the relationship between lower- and uppercase.
02/ Mind-boggling balanced stone sculptures by Michael Grab.
03/ There’s at least one day a week that demands a punching bag keyboard.
04/ The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is also a fire alarm, simple and genius.
05/ Nature is beautiful, case in point these turkey tail mushrooms.
06/ Calorie-free (wooden) cakes from David Baerwalde.
07/ I don’t own one yet, but the Yves Béhar designed Jawbone UP3 has me one step closer.
08/ Lucie Libotte incorporates the beauty of dust into ceramics.
09/ Old Masters explores those 80+ in age who reign instead of retire.
10/ Minimal tatttoos lovingly created in exchange for thoughtful acts.
This week on Design Crush:
Eight prints that caught my eye in November.
Try these four tasty hassle-free cocktails, then make sure and enter our giveaway with Vitafrute – $1,000 and another $500 towards a Kitchensurfing experience this holiday season!
Lovely textured paintings from Brenna Giessen.
Waggo has expanded beyond pet accessories and is now Waggo Home!
Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s 2014 fall collection is killer.
Transition too a cool weather carry-all with one of these eight leather totes.
You’ll never guess what Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his colorful art.
‘Tis the season for 2015 calendars, take a peek at part 1 of many to come.
Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s fall 2014 collection is top-notch, full of quirky hand-drawn patterns and hashtags. I’d love nothing more than to cover my dresser top with each and every vessel and put my jewelry collection right on display to appreciate.
It’s been so much fun to watch Waggo evolve over the past few years from being pet-centric to home-centric. As they say, Waggo Home‘s goal is to create happy products for you, your home, and your pet. That same modern aesthetic that permeated their original pet line has poured over into all the things that are sure to make your space lovely.