Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday I'm in Love

More snow falling outside right now.... wheeeeeeeeeeee! Other than that, just putting in an offer on a house tonight, no big deal. !!!!! Time will tell. Here's what I've got this week:

Brunette Belgian Praline Spread

Last Sunday we had a light lunch at Le Pain Quotidien and went to an Open House, all the while talking about the jar of deliciously nutty, chocolaty spread that had been on our table at lunch, served with fresh bread. Before long, we were circling back to Le Pain Quotidien to buy a jar to take home with us, along with a walnut boule. This is that spread. It's called Brunette, and slathering it onto warm bread while sipping coffee turns a regular morning into something absolutely decadent. I want to say it blows Nutella away, but this great post by a local blogger has led me to believe that I've never tasted true Italian Nutella. I believe a taste-off is in order...

The Decemberists: The King is Dead

 I have a love-hate relationship with the Decemberists. I adored their '05 album Picaresque. I adored the single "O Valencia!" from the following album. But I actively disliked everything else they touched, for the next five years. That's a lot of songs and a lot of longwinded nerd mythologies to hate. Until now. The King is Dead is their new album, and it breathes new life into the Decemberists catalog for me. It's earthy and warm, gutsy and folksy, full of life and sound. It features Gillian Welch and REM's Peter Buck. Fewer pirate references, more Americana singalongs. Fewer allegories, more relatable moments. This is my kinda album. And I can't stop playing it.

Book-Printed Wallpaper

As I write this I'm staring at the wall in the home office/guest bedroom, which is completely lined with bookcases, which are spilling over with books. Trying to create the look of too many books is not a problem for me. But if it were, or if I decided the perfect accent in my perfect kitchen would be the look of books minus the flammable/keeping-them-clean concerns, I would own this wallpaper. And I would love it. Thanks, Remodelista - your post showcasing book-printed wallpaper made my dreamy morning eating Brunette, listening to the Decemberists, and watching the snow outside a little bit dreamier.


  1. How exciting - fingers crossed for your offer! I too am loving the new Decemberists album - perfect for a wintery day.

  2. Agreed! A taste-off is definitely in order. Thanks for the link!

  3. Good with the offer! So exciting. And that praline spread is ridiculously good.

  4. I'm a raving fan of the "Blondie" belgian white chocolate spread from LPQ, but the Brunette sounds amazing!
    And I agree that there must be a taste-off. With a few more requests, you could even write if off as "For the Public Good."

  5. Oh wow, that wallpaper is amazing! I've never seen anything like that - love it!

  6. I'm totally obsessed with that wallpaper. Getting ready to move to a new apartment, and that totally makes my decorating inspiration list!! love it.

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