The Greenbrier

by Anh-Minh on July 6, 2015

greenbrier7While I’m not a golf fanatic, I do occasionally follow the sport, and this past weekend marked The Greenbrier Classic, an annual tournament held at the West Virginia resort. Some people are drawn to The Greenbrier for its golf and tennis amenities … and others, like me, to its decor, which can be traced back to Dorothy Draper. The noted interior designer “left the hotel with a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns to paint a picture that reflected the luxury of space, elegance, and sense of history in every detail.” (You can read more about her firm’s relationship with the resort here.)

The aesthetic might not work with the architecture of my own home, but I would love to spend a long weekend in one of these rooms and admire the talents of Draper as well as her protégé, Carleton Varney.

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Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

by Anh-Minh on July 3, 2015

greek_ice_creamA heat wave hit the Bay Area this week, and I basically woke up every morning seriously considering eating ice cream for breakfast. My go-to when the temperatures soar is the Greek Yogurt Ice Cream that San Francisco dessert-maker extraordinaire Caitlin Freeman shared in Issue No. 1 of Anthology. It’s super easy, delicious, and refreshing. I love it with a pile of plump berries or slices of perfectly ripened stone fruit, but for this weekend’s Fourth of July celebrations, I’m thinking of serving it with Melina Hammer’s Blueberry-Peach Crisp that we posted last week.

Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups, to serve 6

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

Combine the half-and-half and sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan and warm over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring about 3 minutes. Be careful to not let it come to a simmer. Pour into a small mixing bowl and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat yogurt on medium until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the cold half-and-half mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl midway through, mixing approximately 2 minutes until combined. Freeze according to the instructions on your ice-cream maker.

{ Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine. Recipe by Caitlin Freeman. }

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Sabine Finkenauer

by Kate on July 2, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artwork-sabinefinkenauer-1I’m usually immersed in the world of objects and spaces, so it’s really pleasant to step out of that world occasionally and stare at paintings. Some of you may be familiar with that feeling when you come across a s good painting, and you simply want to stare at it all day long? I feel this way about Sabine Fineknauer’s work.

Don’t get wrong: Her sculptural pieces are equally delightful, and it’s clear to see from many of her graphic collages, drawings, and paintings why she would be compelled to translate some of them into three dimensions. Her work offers a particularly romantic blend of visual treats: childlike colors and gestures, floral motifs, simple geometry, and decorative motifs. I’m hooked! Before you head out for the day, definitely take a look at her impressive body of work—I think it will put you in the right mood as we head into the long weekend.

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Brook Perdigon Textiles

by Nancy on July 1, 2015

AnthologyMag-blog-BrookPerdigon1When I’m out and about, I gravitate towards pillows and fabric because new textiles are the best way to change up a room with little risk. I have had some major regrets like painting entire rooms the wrong color and buying big pieces of furniture that don’t work well with the rest of my home, so I have become more careful when it comes to decorating. When I walked the West Coast Craft show a few weeks ago, a fabric-covered stool (pictured below), caught my eye and prompted me to take a closer look around.

The textiles in this booth were all created by Los Angeles-based artist Brook Perdigon. With a degree in printmaking and painting, Perdigon hand dyes, paints, and embroiders all of her material. In addition to the stool, there was also a cute lamp shade she covered in a fun triangle design. Her patterns have an organic yet modern feel to them, and are so versatile. The pillows and table runners would make a great addition to any room.

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anthologymag-blog-artwork-becoming-aerosolar-1I’ve been following Tomas Saraceno’s work for some time, yet sadly have yet to see it in person. His futuristic environments allow viewers to walk in the sky, wander inside an opalescent inflated dome, and tumble around on a continuously morphing plastic ground. In short, they are magical.

One of his most recent projects, entitled Becoming Aerosolar, is a continuation of his exploration into humanity’s environmental impact on the planet, and imagining more sustainable models for the future. These ethereal, airborne “vehicles” are created from recycled plastic bags, which are heated by the sun to a certain point. They then begin to float upwards. Becoming Aerosolar is currently on view at 21er Haus in Vienna until the end of the summer. If you ever get the chance to view his work in person, do not miss out! 

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