December 7, 2012

Into the blue

The Wikipedia says: Blue is the “Colour” of the clear sky and the deep sea.

On the optical spectrum, blue is located between violet and green. Indigo and ultramarine, closer to violet; pure blue, without any mixture of other; Cyan, which is midway on the spectrum between blue and green, and the other blue-greens turquoise, teal, and aquamarine.

Lapis lazuli, cobalt and azurite, were the originators of the blue pigments, and the plants woad, Indigofera tinctoria, true indigo were used to produce the blue dies.

The Blue Period of Pablo Picasso, the blue jeans, the blue Manolo Blahnik heels, or the Blue neon lighting are blues from different generations translated and implemented into everything and everywhere, accessible to all social classes, and all ages; it’s like somehow, we come together through a color. 

How can the blue be a state of mind and represent sadness? All the happy songs mention blue skies. In some places such as Thailand, blue is associated with Friday, the best day of the week, TGIF!!!

Blue stripes on a traditional Jewish tallit, Vishnu or the supreme god of Hinduism is often portrayed as being blue. The Bhaisajyaguru, Buddha of healing traditionally, holds a lapis lazuli jar of medicine. In the Islamic World, blue and turquoise tile traditionally decorates the facades and exteriors of mosques. In Catholicism, blue became the traditional “Colour” of the robes of the Virgin Mary in the 13th century.

What is your blue?

Blue is a very popular color among designers’ color schemes. Interiors with a little splash of color or a wild combination between vibrant primary colors are very popular in the interior design world. Living Rooms, kitchens, Bedrooms, baby nurseries, and bathrooms, the sky is the limited and the creativity goes above & beyond.

When using a large amount of a bright color blue, the dark accents are better off in a small scale or containing very thin lines.  

Blue is the "colour" of light between violet and green

Ultramarine, the most expensive blue during the Renaissance is a slightly violet-blue

The green and blue stripes add movement to the walls, creating a fun environment, perfect for the kids rooms.

Frequently used for painting skies, the Cerulean blue pigment was invented in 1805, but only marketed in 1860.

Chocolate & Blue

splash of color

French flavors, Pink Toile & blue
The headboard upholstered with a 16th century French pattern looks amazing with the blue wall. 
Who says girl’s room can’t be blue?


Bright colors = happy rooms

The nature & the blue, very sudden.

The new old fashion way

Baby Blue & Baby yellow

Perfect combination, there goes to show that patterns and colors don’t fight, this room has the right amount of both, with enough splash of blues throughout the space not even the dark color chevron pattern drapery, doesn't overpower the room. Everything in moderation is good, the same goes for your living room. 

Neutral colors, blue & red

Blue & Blue

Many blues...many hues

This is a great idea for rooms with a very long wall, it gives distinction between two adjacent spaces.

Dress it up your corridor with a beautiful wallpaper, large-scale patterns, such as damask and metallic accents are a great options. 

One piece of furniture in the room with a distressed finish can bring a little rustic flavor without overdoing it.

I hope your favorite is a very happy blue :)

June 7, 2012

Kitchen tools we love...

Corn Stripper.
OXO's ® corn striper not only zips corn smoothly off the cob, it neatly collects the results. Very simple to use, just push the stripper the length of the cob, rotating until all kernels have been removed. It has a soft, non-slip grip cushions hands during use; stainless steel blades

Top-rack dishwasher-safe
Dimensions: 2.75"Wx4.75"Dx2.5"H

Butter Spreader.
This butter spreader is design in stainless steel with an ergonomic curved shape to butter hot corn on the cob. Al you have to do its insert butter into the spreader, press the pusher, and butter spreads smoothly across the cob without the mess.

It contains a cover to keep remaining butter in the refrigerator until next time.

Dimensions: 1.75"sq.x3"H

Water Knife Sharpener
The Water Knife Sharpener is an amazing three-stage ceramic sharpener that puts a razor edge on dual-sided blades. 

Moscardino -Sporks
This contemporary design of a spork, the nicknamed for spoon-and-forks, are useful for hors d'oeuvres, picnics, or dining on-the-go.
100% biodegradable corn-based plastic.
Hand-wash only. 

Index Advance Chopping Boards
These four color-coded chopping boards are stored in a gunmetal-colored ABS plastic horizontal filing unit with a non-slip rubber bottom. With non-slip, grips are designed to avoid cross-contamination of various food types.
The boards Boards are dishwasher-safe.

Hand-wash case.
Kapoosh Stainless Steel Knife Block
For all knives, Kapoosh Stainless Steel Knife Block is versatile and can hold them all!
Dimention: 7 1/4" W x 10 3/4" L x 12 3/4" H.
Dishwasher safe.

Voile Spaghetti Measure
Voile measures spaghetti for one, two, or five portions.
18/10 stainless steel.
Hand-wash only.

Steel Pop Containers
Made by OXO these attractive space-saving transparent containers have stainless-steel lids with airtight seals for storing food. Pressing the button locks and unlocks the containers.
 Hand-wash only.

 Get back to coffee-brewing basics with the Chemex classic. Engineering in wood and glass produces pure drip coffee with less bitterness. Polished wood color with insulating leather tie is removable for cleaning. May also be used for tea, iced coffee and beverage infusions.
Lab-quality glass and wood safety collar with leather tie
Not for microwave, oven or stovetop use

Cuisinart® EasyPop™ Popcorn Maker - Red
Homemade Popcorn made it easier with the Cuisinart® EasyPop™ electric popcorn maker! All you have to do it is add the corn, oil, and salt.  The top can be can be flipped over and be used as a serving bowl. Bowl, lid and popping plate are all dishwasher safe.
Dimensions: 9.84" x 7.87" x 12.40". 

by Juliana Schiffer

March 7, 2012

Our love story has a GE profile

this is how it went down....

so we were almost finished with our kitchen remodeling, but have decided to wait a couple of months to  get  the new range...I went to a lunch and learn for work and I told Julien I would not be done until 1:30 maybe later then that ...he kept asking me to go to places for him...pan Dutch for cold cuts and then to Publix for milk, and I had told him I would be helping my Designer friend Cinda with some possibly wouldn't be home until 3:00pm...

so...I get home and he asks me to take the groceries to the kitchen... I walk into the kitchen and all I see is the most beautiful flower arrangement on top of the range...and my reaction was OMG its beautiful is it for me? 

meanwhile I didn't even realized that he had bought the new range and it was right in front of I looked again and I notice the new range, it was gorgeous and it was exactly the one he wanted and I was very excited, but I still didn't understand the flower arrangement at all...

so I approached the flowers one more time and the little card said “I love you Look inside” so I opened the first oven and it was empty ...
I was a little confused, I open the second oven and I found a frozen chicken, a piece of steak, hot dogs, and on top of everything a little clear box with a gorgeous  engagement ring...

and then... all know what happens next :))

I love to eat, Julien loves to cook, this special  moment, captures the essence of us, reflecting who we are…
Very creative and totally unexpected !

Juliana Schiffer - Interior Designer, passionate about food & Julien Craan - Software Engineer, passionate about cooking.

Miami FL
March 01 , 2012

January 10, 2012


Directly from Kittiland what's new in furniture design...meow...meow

Designers are putting more and more time and effort into producing fabulous and comfort furniture for the kitties. The new spoiled fur ball world is full of options, from elaborate scratch surfaces to fancy beds equivalent to the renowned Charles & Ray Eames design. Pet owners, around the globe don't spare the cash when it comes to acquire pieces that combined design and comfort for the kitties. These amazing sleek creations are nothing like the old style cat three, with new shapes and forms, it blends in with the Interior Design of the room.

Wowo cat bed by Vurv Design

This sleek and beautiful molded plywood bed by Vurv Design can be easily incorporated into any modern/contemporary home. Available in different veneers, including walnut, jatoba, and bamboo. 

Rondo by cat-interiors

Free standing or wall mounted this multi-functional scratch surface, bed, and climbing platform is available in natural wicker, or in various colors of felt or leather. The interior is fitted with two cushions, one on the back surface and a bed cushion on the bottom. Both cushions are removable brushed wool fleece covers that are machine washable. Separate scratch covers are available.

Cheeky Chaise

Marmalade Pet Care created this irresistible cardboard scratcher. Made from heavy-weight corrugated cardboard and hardboard outer walls. Available in two different shapes. Handcrafted in the US and made from renewable and recyclable materials. 

Cat Pod

Kitty Ball Bed - Bamboo

Recycled Suitcase

Recycled Suitcase Pet Bed with Handmade wood legs

Produced from recycled vintage suitcases, and handmade wood legs these charming sleepers are accessorized with a fluffy machine washable removable cushion.

Recycled TV bed by Atomic Attic

by Alessi

Kitty Meow by Studio Mango


all this typing made me exhausted...time for a nap