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jihyun ryou's food preservation

i've gotta tell ya, the smaller refrigerators in europe definitely challenge my americanness.  you know, the stock-up-because-i-don't-want-to-go-to-the-grocery-store-more-than-once-a-week-and-maybe-i'll-even-get-a-better-deal-that-way mentality.  jihyun ryou has some pretty innovative solutions to save space in your refrigerator and more importantly, her ideas save on energy.

the project is called 'save food from the fridge' and jihyun states that "through the research into the current situation of food preservation, i've learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator.  we don't observe the food any more and we don't understand how to treat it."

it's a bold statement, but i realize that i really don't know much about food preservation.  i definitely know about some basic nutritional stuff and what foods i like (and miss--for example in-n-out burger, sigh), but clearly i've got a lot left to learn.

apples emit a lot of ethylene gas and therefore speed up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept near them.  when stored with potatoes, however, apples prevent them from sprouting.

egss have millions of holes in their shells and absorb the odors and substances around them very easily.  this makes them taste off when stored in the fridge with other items.  this nifty shelf does the trick by providing a perfect place for eggs outside of the fridge.  also, the freshness of an egg can be tested in the glass of water perfectly integrated into the shelf.  the fresher the egg, the deeper it will sink.

zucchini and cucumber are actually fruits and by watering them every day, they will stay fresh outside of le fridge.

keeping roots in a vertical position keeps them fresher longer.  the sand serves to keep them upright as well as maintain proper humidity.

rice absorbs humidity very easily, so the space container with rice inside helps spices to stay dry and lump-free.

wowsers, i have learned so much!  thanks, jihyun!  

ruckstuhl rugs

i've been on the hunt for some cool, unique rugs lately and happened upon a little store in brig, switzerland right by the train station.  (somehow i ran in there so fast that i didn't even get the name!  sorry about that!  i fell victim to my own eagerness!  ***UPDATE!  got the name!  the store is called WohnDesign.)  it was at that beautiful, modern, nameless store (***nameless no longer) that i came across some ruckstuhl rugs.  and then, my heart began to melt.

i really love them all and could easily find a home for everyone, but the oddly-shaped frayed goldy completely wins my heart.  so do you have a favorite ruckstuhl rug or any rug for that matter that you're totally in love with?  is that a strange question?  how can i love a rug so much?!

happy day

i planned to keep this blog pretty professional and to not talk much about personal stuff, but the fact is that today i just can't resist.  today is my wedding anniversary, and i want to shout from the blogging rooftops that i married the most wonderful guy!  i am so in love, and life just gets better and better with each passing day and year.

happy anniversary, husband!  xoxo

10% discount for clev rev readers!

isn't it the best when someone is super nice on top of being talented?  i know, i think so too.  i met someone like that recently and her name is francesca lancisi.  you may recall that i did a feature on francesca back in the beginning of august and can i say that i just love her?  (clearly her work is beautiful and speaks for itself.  she has a simple, modern, organic style that ranges from slightly whimsical to a bit more serious.)

when i wrote that post i didn't know anything about her other than what i had seen in her etsy shop.  she happened upon my post about her and then sent me one of the kindest emails that my inbox has ever received.  since then we have corresponded back and forth a bit, and i want to help her and she wants to help clev rev readers, so she is offering a special 10% discount off of any purchase from her shop!  pretty cool, right?!  when ordering, just send her the discount code 'clevrev10' anytime from now until december 15th.  original artwork?  talk about a perfect christmas present!

she also recently launched a brand new website and is even hosting a contest there.  just post a comment for her by october 24th and you could win an item from her shop!  (for additional details, check out her website which is linked above).

congrats, francesca!  wishing you the best!

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i received an original francesca lancisi in the mail the other day and wanted to show it off!

the packaging was lovely, creative, and felt very personal.  the quality of the art and her printed materials is nice and professional, so i of course wanted you to be able to get a better look at it!
(btw, i was not endorsed to write this post nor any other post.  all of the products i review on this blog are simply because i dig them.)

neon is the new halogen

i have been crushing on neon lighting lately and wanted to share this super coolio bookshelf light by kairos studio for foscarini.
the bookshelf does triple duty--illuminating while being sculptural and functional.  and it is actually composed of pieces, so the configuration and size is changeable.  love that.  i'm a modular girl and i need a modular world (i feel a pop song coming on).  it's healthy to change things up in general as well as in our living spaces, not to mention that our tastes and needs change.  i think that your furniture should be as adaptable as possible, a philosophy that i consistently implement into my own designs.  this keeps things more cost effective and has less environmental impact.

james perse--not just clothing

so you know james perse?  he is a fashion designer known for his high quality, neutral and comfy basics.  his designs are simple and classic.  i have a few of his pieces in my closet and i would love to own many, many more--including this long skirt.  (please my husband, are you reading this?)

so mr. james has decided to venture out into furniture and product design, and he created a seriously perfect pool table.
isn't it perfection?  finally, no more green felt!  (husband, we have to buy this!)  the table is a limited edition piece that is constructed of environmentally farmed solid teak with a black wool surface.  you can also add functionality to it by ordering a top that will convert the table into a dining or conference table.  you can also order the limited edition ping pong table shown below:

i will say that of his furniture, the pool table and even the ping pong table far exceed his other furniture pieces for me, but below are a few other products of his that caught my eye.  

the bowl, not the dog (in case you were confused).

a matte black tricycle for the sophisticated 3 year old.

please tell me that there is a young family of 4 out there riding around your neighborhood in these matching bikes?  it's a little adams family, but that's what i love about it.