Interior Therapy…

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I am spending more time indoors, writing my blog. Taking mental breaks to stimulate my mind, I wander around our apartments…no more houses. I had 2500 square feet in San Francisco. I know that because everyone in California asks what make car do you drive and what is the square footage of your home…I prefer diamond sizes because I can compete, but alas, real estate is at a premium in NYC and Santa Monica so my square footage can be compared to a man with small hands.

If you have a knack or a love for decorating, you can make something out of nothing. For instance, have a few hard cover books hangin’ around the house?…uncover the volumes, stack them, find an interesting bookend or knick knack to accent the book tower and voila, you have an engaging  focal point.

The above photo depicts a papier mache sculpture that I was instantly drawn to. The Gemsbok looked lost on the wall without its’ herd so I found what in actuality is a standing candle holder and decided to paint the wall silver and hang the holder…now, the Gemsbok has something to “graze” upon.

I found a chair that excited me and David was comfy in, stripped it of the unimpressive covering, found a better match at Mood (Project Runway fame), bought an end table with a bit of panache, a vase with texture, branches which inexpensively add visual interest and height and a lamp that looks sleek and  illuminates the room. The lampshade was pedestrian so I found a heavy linen edgy color and had my go-to guy, Saul, who I met at the Melrose Trading Post, recover the shade and now I have a lovely seating area. In Cape Town, I found this wicked good pillow cover and that completed me…just like in, “Jerry Maguire.”

My NY apartment has some amazing items, but I will save that for another post. By the way, if you are in the market for a decorator who has great taste, the ability and resources to re-create verrrry expensive furniture and designs lighting fixtures that are not only works of art, but will brighten and enhance any room, check out Elizabeth Polish Interiors at elizabethpolishdesign.com. Elizabeth attended Pratt and teaches interior architectural detailing at the Art Institute of NY in Tribeca. I met her when she was working at Armani Casa interior design studio in NYC. She went off on her own in 2008 and established Elizabeth Polish Design. The table, banquette and bench she designed for our NYC apartment is amazing with all the bells and whistles one needs to multi-task and function in Manhattan.

If you are in a domestic interior rut and are just plain bored with your surroundings, head out to Bloomingdale’s furnishings floor, West Elm, CB2, Barney’s, TJ Max, Ikea, Cost Plus….and find a few items to change your world.

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While you are feeding your eyes, here’s a recipe to feed your stomach…

  • Hankerin’ for Halibut
  • 1 lb. of fresh halibut (have the fishmonger cut the pound into 3 fillets…feeds 3)
  • Panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Fat free half and half
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.  Pat dry the halibut fillets. Dredge in egg and half and half beaten mixture. Let stand for several minutes so the fish softens and absorbs the batter. Dip fillets in panko crumbs and cover both sides. Heat cast iron skillet for 10 minutes in oven. Remove and place on high flame. Cover bottom of skillet with EVOO, kosher salt and pepper. Saute for 4 minutes on each side. Fillets should be golden brown. Cover the skillet with silver foil to prevent splattering.
  • Compliment with fresh sweet corn which should be cooked in a frying pan filled half way with boiling water. The secret ingredient is sugar. Add 1 tbsp. sugar to the boiling water. Cook on each side for 1 minute only. Turn after 30 seconds.

Yummy. Place on a lovely plate and sit in your dining room, kitchen or on your fabulous sofa and enjoy!

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