Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Living Traditions

The location:  Manhattan.  The date:  late 1970's.  A nervous young man sits before the portfolio review board at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Hands are gesturing wildly; lots of huffing and puffing.  The young man thinks to himself,  “Maybe I should have taken that flight attendant job I just applied for after all.” 
We’re so glad he didn’t.  That young man grew into the almost too-talented designer, Matthew Patrick Smyth.  Mr. Smyth’s new book, “Living Traditions: Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth” is full of mouth-watering reasons why we’re thankful he chose a career more suited to his artistic desires.  At Bubble & Squeak, we celebrate life through fine living and Mr. Smyth embodies our ethos wholeheartedly.  Antiques, gilt bronze, rock crystal, flame mahogany, tufted velvet...Don't even get us started!  Having studied at FIT, and later mentored by the legendary designer David Easton for several years, Smyth developed his own unique visual vocabulary rooted in classical design principles with a contemporary elegance.  Never skimping on quality, Smyth chooses materials that are lasting and furniture that is classic...another Bubble & Squeak mantra.  Aside from the book's sumptuous photos, Smyth also shares his “rules” for design…which, as far as we’re concerned, should be engraved into stone tablets and hung in every design office in the world.  Following are some of our favorite Smyth rules for design, and just a sample of the mouth-watering photos from the book.  Thank you for the visual feast Mr. Smyth!  

*If a room’s background—the paint job or the woodwork—is not perfect, everything will look second-rate.

*Consider the view:  if it’s good, open it up; if it’s bad, cover it up.

*Horizontal lines are restful.  Vertical lines support structure.

*Never invest in a trend.  If the must-have look is not banished when its fifteen minutes of fame are up, the home and everyone in it will look sadly out of date.

*It’s important to choose pieces that are as well-made as possible whether they are fine art or folk art. 

*Too little is always, always, always better than too much.

<---Click Matthew's book to purchase your copy of "Living Traditions:  Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth".

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Family Secrets

With our trip to St. Louis this past holiday weekend came one of our favorite Southern delights, lemon meringue pie!!  We begged Grandma to share her legendary recipe with Bubble & Squeak's readers, however, she was not about to expose her secrets to the world.  While we try and wear her down, we found a killer recipe from our friends at Gourmet Magazine that is sure to please.  Bon App├ętit!
  Gourmet Magazine's lemon meringue pie recipe

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Making Lemonade

Hello Readers!  So, we're sure you've noticed that we've been M.I.A. for some time.  Our internet has been down at home for over three weeks and we're going bananas!!!  We were only able to publish this post because we spent the 4th of July weekend with family and they were nice enough to share their Wi-Fi.  When life gives us lemons, however, we make lemonade. Or rather, we post about lemons.  Either way, we've been inspired by one of our favorite summer colors, YELLOW!  Until we're back up and running at home, we hope you'll enjoy a glass of our lemonade.   
2.  Sellwood rain slicker, J. Crew
3.  Vintage Stripe Folding Umbrella, Barney's New York
4.  Elwynn Bench, Currey & Co.
2.  zigzag rug, West Elm
1.  American Reflector and Lighting Co. pendant, c. 1920, Remains Lighting
2.  Francis Elkins Daybed, c. 1930
3.  Hickoree's Hard Goods special edition bag
1.  19th century French Majolica lemon charger
1.  Mexican hand-hammered and abalone parrot pitcher, c. 1960
2.  Picnic blanket, Twine Fabric

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