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Gingerbread houses à la moderne

You might recall that last year I was swept up in the Pinterest graham cracker gingerbread house frenzy and made my first house ever. It was a solid first attempt, but I realized afterwards that given my inclination for more modern design, I could probably create something more interesting in future iterations. Fast forward a year and here we are, smack in the middle of the 2015 holiday season. A close friend and her children came to spend the weekend with us and we decided to make gingerbread houses with the kids. Real ones, with legit gingerbread and a modern twist. We made a larger one for the kids to decorate and then I made a smaller one with crazier angles that I could tinker with. The larger house was just a design I rough-sketched just before cutting and shaping, with basic straight sides and a sloping roof. The kids were quite enthusiastic in the decoration so it’s hard to see some of my painstaking attention to architectural details, but that’s part of the fun, …

The design-conscious gastronome

While we’re globetrotting and talking about accommodations that stimulate the design spirit, I’d be remiss not to share a WSJ article that talks about the confluence of design and gastronomy, and in particular, the architecture and design of restaurants. I was pretty keen on this article as I started reading and glanced over the first two striking photos of restaurants in Fez and Strasbourg. But then I started to think about some of the restaurants I consider beautiful and, well, I felt the need to respond (albeit in my own way in the little-trafficked and barely charted territory of texturedmodern.com). In general, the author’s description of the way design comes into play in restaurants resonated: “the décor carries the same weight as the quality of the food and the service. The most wonderful environments are aesthetically pleasing, reflect the style of the cooking, offer a strong sense of place…”. But the preface to the above sentence threw me a little: it starts with, “At top-tier restaurants, the décor carries the same weight…” and I sort of mentally tripped up. I’ve been …

Those little gingerbread houses on Pinterest

I succumbed to the pressure of Pinterest this weekend and decided to make those little ginger bread houses that have been showing up in everyone’s Pinterest feed. I thought that since they’re really graham cracker houses that it would be a pretty straightforward project for me and the kid to try while we had four days of fun without the husband.  It certainly wasn’t as straightforward as I anticipated (boiling sugar syrup isn’t exactly super toddler friendly) but on balance it was really enjoyable and an entirely worthwhile project. We ended up making a whole village, but alas I only have two of the houses left to share with you since a large furry natural disaster (read: our big friendly Akita) made a meal of the rest of the village when our backs were turned. Anyway, as I created gummy bear wall patterns and tiled roofs with twizzlers, it dawned on me that with a little imagination I could have been making modern masterpieces à la Dwell Magazine. I’m pretty excited about the prospect and while it might just …