The Edgewater Hotel In Seattle

Last week my close and wonderful friend Ingrid took me to The Edgewater Hotel, situated in downtown Seattle. I have driven by it a zillion times, but had never had the pleasure of going inside. What a treat!

The Edgewater Hotel is nestled on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 67. (It is Seattle’s only waterfront hotel).  Built in 1962 as a temporary structure for the World’s Fair, The Edgewater has become a Seattle landmark and a beloved part of the city’s history. From here you have views of the  majestic Olympic Mountains and the waters of Elliott Bay and yet you are only within walking distance to all the downtown shops and the famous Pike’s Place Market.

Ingrid is one of my friend’s in Seattle that I babble design with all the time. And it has bonded us in a wonderful way. She has the most terrific eye for good design and I trust her taste immensely. As the big sister – to so many of my close friends (what is up with that anyway?!) – I have been pushing her hard to do something with her gift. And I purred like a content cat when she was offered the job as the buyer to The Edgewater’s swanky gift shop. Here she gets to use all her skills and her great taste and fill the shop with lovely things from all over the world.

How often do you find design items in a hotel gift shop? Knick-knacks yes, but things that you actually want to display in the heart of your own home? Well here you do! Bravo, Ingrid!

Here are The Edgewater’s famous foot stools (found in all the rooms). My little William and Ingrid’s little Molly had a blast re-organizing a whole corner of the shop!

See this necklace from the shop? It is made by a Swedish designer in Texas who makes the most fabulous jewelry. Her name is Åsa (Aasa). That is all you need to remember. A post on her is lined up as well as a very generous giveaway by her. Oh, I will remind you. You are not going to want to miss that!

Next time you visit Seattle, don’t forget to pay The Edgewater hotel a visit. And if you don’t want to sleep or shop then visit the swanky restaurant, Six Seven. It recently was recognized by Zagat in NY and received high marks for stunning views, excellent Pacific Northwest fare (by the Northwest’s wealth of organic and sustainable ingredients), and friendly service.

From beautiful Seattle to you (I love my city!) – enjoy the rest of the week, friends!

Hotel images via The Edgewater Hotel, gift shop images via Splendid Willow, Seattle skyline via Virtual Tourist, 2 last images via Flickr.

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A Home For Desserts

Oh how happy my desserts would be in an antique cupboard like this in our dining room. It would function as a buffet and it would be the center piece of the room. My guests would be served only Champagne (I go nuts for Champagne!) from simple, antique flutes together with the most decadent individual Pavlovas. Certain rooms in my home are definitely more modern, but I love my dining room old style with a lot of heart & warmth. (Also love the Magnolia branches in the gray vase. No need for masses of flowers).

I am so going to try to make my own Pavlovas (discs of meringue layered with organic whipped cream and fresh strawberries) this weekend.

I found the recipe (and these images,  from an old magazine) in Oprah At Home. Does this look heavenly or what? Here is the recipe.

And a little bit of history, folks:

Pavlova is a named after the Russian ballet dancer Ánna Pávlova. Colloquially referred to as “pav“, it is a cake of meringue with a crispy crust and soft, light inner. The dessert is believed to have been created to honour the dancer during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Where it was created and the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but research indicates New Zealand as the source.

I don’t blame them – I would fight hard for that dessert too!

Happy rest of the week, friends!

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Pencils Of Promise

My terrific blog friend Laura with Laura Casey Interiors alerted me to today’s blog support driven by the lovely blog La Dolce Vita. The effort is to generate awareness in the blogsphere for a worthy cause  – the wonderful charity called Pencils of Promise – that seeks to help end our global education crisis. I am definitely lending my support and my voice to the initiative.

Did you know that in this world there are 75 million children without access to even the most basic education? Pencils of Promise seeks to end that statistic by partnering with local communities and organizations to build early education schools in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children.

Through collaborative efforts of sustainable development, Pencils of Promise works to place a pencil in the hands of every child with the hope that it will be the first step towards self empowerment and an elevated quality of life.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

{The First Pencils of Promise Class Outside of their School}

The Blogger Collaborative Project will benefit the females students of Champet, a village in Laos that is home to the only high school in the area for surrounding villages. In order to attend this high school, the students must leave their families and homes to live in dormitories. These dormitories are worlds away from our Western boarding schools. These precious girls are living in unsafe dormitories which consists of make shift bamboo huts in order to get an education. 

The goal for Bloggers Taking Action today: To build safe, legitimate housing for the female children of Laos in order for them to have the opportunity to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of how dangerous the bamboo dormitory huts are. This dormitory Pencils of Promise hopes to build will accommodate about 200 Laotian girls.   

What can you do to help?                                                                     

Many of us often forget the very important task of giving back to those less fortunate. In the spirit of this holiday giving season, I hope that you will consider giving back by donating to Pencils of Promise. The donations collected through our initiative will go towards building a dormitory & library for a high school in Laos, which is the only secondary school in the area.

The dormitory will house 200 high-potential girls currently living in bamboo huts in Champhet, Laos. We have the opportunity to make an enormous impact if each of us donated just $1. And if you’re able to give more it would be greatly appreciated. ($35 will buy bookshelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for on year, $100 will pay a teacher’s salary for three months and so on). 

You can donate via paypal here or via this link. Every little bit helps and together we can make a difference! If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.

I made my donation today. And I hope you will do the same. Peace & love, Monika.

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10 Perfect Gifts For Younger Ones

I am running around like a holiday stressed otter right now and on top of everything our amazing and precious boy, 2 year old William, fell down and broke his arm yesterday, with 2 bones more or less sticking out. Needless to say, I am a distraugt and emotional wreck and should probably just pull the covers over my head now when my lovebug William is happily sleeping away. 

But I have a few moments so for a little personal downtime I’ll share some gift ideas with my wonderful & loyal readers. I mean, Christmas is literally around the corner! So, here are some gift ideas for younger ones. I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. (More gift ideas will be coming for  “Her” and “Him). Cyber hugs to you all!

1. Robeez Skating Penguin (Limited edition), 2. Labyrinth, 3. Recycling truck, 4. Animal Croquet, 5. National Geographic Globe, 6. Mini American Girl Doll, 7. Girl Mouse in a Matchbox, 8. Wooden Parking Garage, 9. Jelly Cat, 10. Book “The Gift Of Nothing“, 11. Maileg Brother & Sister, 12. “Animals of the world” Floor Puzzle

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Garden Table

You have heard me babble about a good table for my plants and orchids in the past. This image has been making its rounds in blog land but I simply can’t let go of it. Sigh! Let’s all go on a hunt for a perfect metal, industrial looking garden table, to bring inside for a unique plant display. So simple. So lovely. And the weathered pots too.

Via Apartment Therapy

Don’t forget this week’s giveaway! You can end up as a winner!

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