Kristin Donnelly’s Roasted Carrot Hummus

Kristin Donnelly’s Roasted Carrot Hummus

Roasted Carrot and Curry Hummus with Lime

I can’t remember the first time I tasted traditional hummus, but I’ve been hooked ever since, and, because I love tahini so much, I am always curious to try hummus-inspired variations. Food writer and recipe developer Kristin Donnelly developed a roasted vegetable variation on hummus, Roasted Carrot and Curry Hummus with Lime, as part of her new cookbook, Modern Potluck. In addition to being perfect for quick meals, hummus and its variations are ideal for gatherings and picnics because they can be made in advance and they travel well. This summer, it’s worth turning on the oven for this recipe, and that’s exactly what I will be doing this weekend after I return from the market with a fresh bunch of carrots! —Kristina

Why Kristin loves this recipe: Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables, because they’re widely available, versatile, and add a subtle sweetness to dishes. I think they’re one of the most popular ingredients in Modern Potluck! Roasting the carrots as well as the garlic concentrates their flavors and makes this hummus taste even more intriguing. I love the caramelized flavor of the carrots and garlic with sweet curry powder and bright fresh lime juice.

Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly

Food photography by Yossy Arefi, Portrait by Vince Camiolo

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Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

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All summer I’ve been slowly reintroducing myself to my old love of patterns, after preferring a more minimal look over the past few years. I’ve been clipping, dog-earing and pinning great patterned fabric, and today I’m excited to have some beautiful new styles to add to my wish list.

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This week Rifle Paper Co. launched its debut collection of fabric. In addition to their already booming collection of paper goods, wallpaper, prints and office accessories, Rifle is now offering a wide range of patterned textiles that will be printed on cotton, canvas and rayon so they’re suitable for all sorts of applications, from upholstery (yay!) to fashion.

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Rifle teamed up with Cotton + Steel to manufacture the collection (which is being screen printed in Japan) and this first series of patterns, called Les Fleurs, continues with Anna’s signature hand-painted flower style, as well as cityscape imagery. The fabrics will be available on Rifle’s website (as well as fabric sellers across the country) and range from $11.50 to $19.75 per yard. If you’re looking to upgrade a beloved piece of furniture or tackle your own sewing project, these would be a great place to start. Click here to check them all out online! xo, grace

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A Swiss Farmhouse Evolves For Family and Friends

Morgarten in context. "The view is breathtaking," says Philipp. "It’s not just being on one mountain and looking at another; it’s sequential: a hill, a valley, then further on, the snow-covered peaks." 

A Swiss Farmhouse Evolves For Family and Friends

There are few places in which the day-to-day reality matches the picture postcards. Switzerland is one of them. So much so, that I think the country’s next ad campaign should be, Switzerland: It looks just like that! Drive less than an hour from most cities, and you’ll find white mountains framed by valley walls sprinkled with rustic huts that would make Heidi rejoice.

Philipp Eisenring, an entrepreneur in a clean-tech startup, and his wife Nicole, a graphic designer, live in Zurich — but when they can, they pack up their two sons, Laurin, 8, and Junis, 4, and head for Morgarten, an 18th-century farmhouse that’s been in the Eisenring family for seven generations. It’s shared with Philipp’s brother Martin, wife Nadjma, and their kids Malik and Matilda, and over the course of the last 15 years, they’ve lovingly, slowly transitioned Morgarten from leased agricultural land into a sanctuary for relaxation, inspiration and spirited gatherings.

Named for a (possibly mythical) 14th-century battle, Morgarten is special inside and out. Any visitor there might be distracted from exploring architectural quirks accumulated over centuries of use by the ringing of cowbells that signal a visit from local goats and sheep grazing outside.

The house rewards those who like to linger at the kitchen table with views of neighboring mountain ridges and, on a clear day, the snowy Alps. Simplicity governs Morgarten’s aesthetic, due to both budget and a reverence for the structure’s history. Philipp and his brother began renovations when they were just students, and, he says, “the old stuff we just love too much and didn’t touch.”

Throughout the home, traditional Swiss furniture can be found thanks to Philipp’s mom, Katrin, and her passion for finding vintage treasures at flea markets around Bern, Switzerland’s capital. “She’s made Morgarten one of her projects, and we’re grateful for it!” Nicole shares. In total, the house can host up to 11 guests – a possibility on any given visit. “It’s great to be here with friends because it’s really laid-back,” Philipp says. “There’s nothing else to do but enjoy the hills and socialize with whoever comes along.” —Jess Holl

Photography by Jess Holl

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10 Must-See Musicians’ Homes

10 Must-See Musicians' Homes, on Design*Sponge

10 Must-See Musicians’ Homes

Whether styled mid-century, boho, or full of antiques, we’ve discovered that the homes of musicians tend to have one very important thing in common — they’ve all got soul. In addition to these 15 Gorgeous Pianos that Suit Their Spaces, we rounded up 10 new places that lend themselves to having beautiful music made within their walls. The acoustics, lighting, decor, and creative residents all contribute to their magical moods. Check out more of these spirited interiors. —Annie

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Fostering Therapy Through Art In A Colorful Santa Fe, NM Rental

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Fostering Therapy Through Art In A Colorful Santa Fe, NM Rental

In a time when we too often wake up to tragic news, many of us struggle with how to cope, how to create positive change, and how to express what we truly feel. The couple living in this Santa Fe, NM home are each going above and beyond to turn their careers into avenues of using creative expression as a form of therapy.

Currently in pursuit of her dual masters in art therapy and counseling, Angie Restrepo-Dunton has found a way to combine a love of art with a deep understanding of how to use it to help others heal. In addition to her studies (she is set to graduate at the end of summer), Angie is involved in an art therapist internship and volunteers as an equine therapy instructor in her free time. Nathan Dunton spends part of his year working as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska, but he is first and foremost a musician, songwriter and composer for his band, The Ragtown Brothers. Also working as a music teacher with the Music Together program in Santa Fe and facilitating intergenerational music groups with children and elders for Life Songs, he, too, is using art to help heal and enrich lives.

You can see the influence of all of the things they love throughout the many details in their color-filled rental. This home is packed with little pockets of special collections — and items that truly reflect the love Angie and Nathan have for one another — as well as their passion to create art, inspire, and help others. Even though paint colors and furnishings aren’t usually life-changing in their own right, this couple’s home shows that art and design as a whole most certainly can be. —Megan

Photography by Angie Restrepo-Dunton

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17 Versatile Ways to Style a Space with Maps

In the Calgary home of photographer Jess Loraas, a historic map of Paris was custom-printed into a large wallpaper size to anchor the wall behind her bed.

17 Versatile Ways to Style a Space with Maps

In design, and in many other avenues of creative expression, trends or popular styles are cyclical — they have their moment, they fade into the background, and then eventually they can be the new hip thing again. But maps are one of those elements of interior design that have always been relevant (and often useful).

Their impact on a space will always be varied and eclectic given the multitude of places, time periods, and styles which they reflect, making maps uniquely unpredictable design elements. Given their detail or the cartographer’s stylistic personality — and chosen color gradients — you’d be hard-pressed to find a map that’s an unforgettable facet of a room. Black and white, neutral hues or the entire color spectrum; immensely detailed or minimally outlined; hundreds of years old or fresh off the printing press: these countless variables make maps ever the versatile styling piece. Let’s look at how they work in 17 different spaces. —Kelli

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DIY Paper Icelandic Poppies

DIY Paper Icelandic Poppies

Paper poppy tutorial by Kate Alarcón for Design*Sponge.com

There’s a particular kind of lady-slipper orchid that I have made and remade and adjusted and readjusted.  I’ve probably made a hundred little green orchid slipper prototypes, and each try is more frustrating than the last. At this point, I suspect that the minute I finally do figure out this orchid, I’ll make it and then crumple it up, just to vent my irritation.

Paper poppy tutorial by Kate Alarcón for Design*Sponge.com

The Icelandic poppy is another flower that I feel like I’ve never completely nailed down. I’ve been tinkering with this version for over a year now. But unlike the lady-slipper, just about every attempt at this poppy has been really fun. I think it’s because poppies — with their wrinkled petals and hairy, spindly, crooked stems — are gloriously awkward. My practice poppies could carry off every little eccentricity I inflicted on them with rumpled panache.

I hope you’ll make your own awkwardly glorious bouquet of poppies and stick them in a vase and fuss with them as they tilt their blooms at weird angles, and lean all over the place, being disagreeable. And just when you’re about to throw up your hands, you’ll step back and realize that it’s all come together. You’ll want to make more.

The crinkle technique I describe below is adapted from Livia Cetti’s gorgeous and essential book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers.

Special thanks to the phenomenally talented Lynn Dolan (@lmdolan75 on Instagram) for her generous advice on this project! —Kate

Paper poppy tutorial by Kate Alarcón for Design*Sponge.com

Photography by Kate Alarcón

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11 Key Elements of Modern Nautical Style

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11 Key Elements of Modern Nautical Style

Nautical interiors are popular any season of the year, but they really explode when the weather’s warm and more people spend time by the ocean. Instilling that carefree, coastal lifestyle into an interior can often boil down to the color palette and materials used in the room, and there are some essentials to stick by when it comes to this look. From blue and white to rope accents, each element has its inspiration in the sailing tradition of large ships, and can easily translate when it comes to home decor. My favorite elements might be the subtle lines of shiplap walls and the combination of striped patterns, but it all looks good when it comes to beachside living, really! What are your favorite nautical decor essentials? —Kevin

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Studio Tour: Sally Nixon

These large windows look out onto a community garden and a small violin shop across the street. "I've rearranged the space so many times, but this is by far my favorite place to have my drawing table," Sally shares.

Studio Tour: Sally Nixon

On the second floor of a quaint 1910 apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas, you’ll find illustrator Sally Nixon plugging away in her studio, her dog Sookie resting on the chair in the corner. For Sally, who was raised in Pine Bluff, AR as the youngest of five girls, happiness comes from life’s simpler pleasures. So when she was hunting for a space to call her own, her humble must-haves list only included the following: must be located on a quiet street, must offer a nice view, and must be close to a dog park. This 1,100-square-foot space not only checked off all of those boxes, but a few extras as well, offering her a dedicated studio off the living space and close proximity to the Arkansas Arts Center.

While she admits that, at times, she’s guilty of working from her bed or on the living room couch when Little Rock’s temperatures reach extremes, nothing beats having a dedicated sunroom studio with ample light streaming in at almost all hours. “It’s a very pleasant atmosphere to draw in,” she begins, “The view is the best. My neighborhood is gorgeous, with lots of trees and beautiful old houses.”

As a renter, she didn’t have many options when it came to designing the space, but she was showered in passed-down pieces from various family members and friends, all of which combined to create a naturally eclectic space that’s anything but fussy — which suits Sally just fine. As she explains, “I move things around a lot, and rearranging my space usually helps me break through creative blocks… When I was a kid, I would rearrange my room about once every few months just for fun.”

And while Sally’s penchant for curation brings her joy inside, it’s really what’s outside of her walls that inspires her. “Downtown Little Rock is gorgeous,” she shares, “It’s mostly houses and apartment buildings built in the early- to mid-1900s.” And with affordable rent to boot, Sally is perfectly happy spending her days and nights drawing from this little room that she loves so dearly. –Sabrina

Photography by Sally Nixon

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An Artful Retreat in Berlin, Germany

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An Artful Retreat in Berlin, Germany

Elif Kücük is a historian, photographer/videographer, and blogger who lives in Berlin, Germany with her partner, novelist Senthuran Varatharajah. When they were submitting the application for this apartment, the couple knew it would be a long shot. They had been immediately attracted to the high ceilings, elegant bifold doors, and airy brightness — and so was a crowd of about 50 other people, all eagerly filling out their own applications.

Much to their surprise, they got it! “It was a miracle,” Elif shares. The early-20th century apartment in the quiet Schöneberg neighborhood was a welcome retreat from the bustling nightlife of Berlin. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The landlord had done a spotty job renovating the place. Right from the start, the couple had to contend with peeling wallpaper, finicky floors, and troublesome doors and windows — all detracting from the natural beauty of the space. Add to that their limited budget as students, and they faced an uphill battle molding the apartment to their liking. Instead of a move-in-ready design, they had to be patient and flexible with their space and budget.

But Elif and Senthuran embraced the challenge, and discovered that, for them, a successful design is one that is constantly changing. After four years, their apartment is still a work in progress, as they continually and lovingly redesign it according to their changing aesthetics. They’ve been able to integrate old and new, updating the Art Nouveau structure with clean, modern elements, and with great care for the details. Click through to see Elif’s photographs of this Berlin beauty! —Hanh

Photography by Elif Kücük

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Studio Tour: Artist Marcy Lally

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Studio Tour: Artist Marcy Lally

After years of working in the floral industry amping up the atmospheres of weddings and countless events, Marcy Lally decided it was time to make a change. She adored flowers and natural elements, that much she knew, but floral design simply wasn’t inspiring her as it once had. Marcy had a hunger to pursue something different, something a bit riskier. She wanted to become an artist. And with the help of family and friends, that’s exactly what she did.

To get started, Marcy rented a studio in Kansas City, MO’s Hobbs building. A kitchen, lounge and enough room to really spread out and create have made the studio perfect for the growing artist. On any given day, you can open the doors to Marcy’s place and find her sculpting and firing flowers to attach to porcelain figurines. Into the wee hours of the morning she mounts these floral creations onto found, naturally-shed animal skulls, each piece honoring the cycle of nature — from bloom to death to bloom again. After around 30 hours of work, the completed piece is then hung proudly on the studio’s walls. They each shine as a testament to Marcy’s fortitude and how fearlessly she took the leap to follow her dreams.

While she’s shifted her creative focus away from snipping and arranging flowers, Marcy loves how her new gig still keeps her closely tied to nature. The difference is now she’s no longer simply making pretty things out of earth’s bounty. She’s creating art with a message and a point of view that honors the natural world, and that’s something she couldn’t be more thrilled about. Click through to take a peek at the space where all of her beautiful creations come to life. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Kelly Kruse Creative

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Mixing Eras In an Arizona Adobe

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Mixing Eras In an Arizona Adobe

Downsizing: a word that can often strike worry into the hearts of homeowners and renters alike. Even as a self-proclaimed “purge” professional, the thought of downsizing leaves me feeling awfully sentimental about the deepest corners of my junk drawer. This is not the case for Salima Boufelfel and Roberto Cowan, co-owners of Desert Vintage.

Two years ago, Salima and Roberto stopped by an estate sale in Central Tucson, AZ. They were on the hunt for vintage clothing to fill their shop, but in a strange twist ended up buying the entire home and all the mid-century modern furniture that filled its 2,000 square feet. “The previous owner had great taste,” Salima attests, though her and Roberto’s homeownership was short-lived. After one year, the couple decided to box up their seemingly palatial, four-bedroom home and move into the smallest place they had ever lived with one thing in mind: “What are 10 things we absolutely love?” With this as their mission statement, Roberto and Salima filled their adobe brick home in historic Barrio Viejo with an eclectic yet refined collection of modern furniture, contemporary art and a few necessities.

Barrio Viejo is one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods. The streets are narrow, front doors belly-up to the road, and facades sparse of windows lend an air of mystery to the blocks of colorful mud brick homes. Roberto and Salima live right in the center of a bright blue block, in a one-bedroom Row House built in the 1890s. Originally, the house was built as a temporary stay for Southern Pacific Railroad workers and consisted of a single room with a cast iron stove that served as a heater and cooking range. The stove still warms the house through the winter months, but more rooms, a kitchen, master bedroom and indoor bathroom were added as time necessitated — and in that order.

Square footage does not make a house a home, and perhaps you, too, love the corners of your junk drawer. But you’ll see how the timeless form and functionality of adobe brick, a swamp cooler, and Roberto and Salima’s favorite belongings make 600 square feet the perfect fit. —Brittany

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These 10 Painters’ Homes Are Top-Notch

These 10 Painters' Homes Are Top Notch, Design*Sponge

These 10 Painters’ Homes Are Top-Notch

When I was in high school, I painted all the time. I’d even skip lunch on occasion to finish up a piece. I mainly painted because I loved the creative process, but the art studio was also a haven for me. It was one of the places where my worries about fitting in or saying the right or wrong thing simply faded away. I could show up, and there my work would be, ready and waiting as my quiet, nonjudgmental companion.

Because of my own time in the studio, I have a deep admiration for those that stuck with it and have made a career out of painting. That takes guts. It takes a leap of faith. It takes being bold and confident. Unfortunately, in today’s tech-centric world, these risk-takers don’t always get the credit they deserve for all the prettiness their brushstrokes bring to the world. Their analog talent is too often overshadowed by pixels and flash — but not today. To pay tribute to these inspirational creatives, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 Painters’ Homes. Each one is as unique as the artwork its owner creates, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have them in the Design*Sponge archives. Click through to take a peek. Enjoy! —Garrett

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10 Ways To Give Your Bathroom Summer Style

This stylish London loo feels like a tropical jungle with the addition of the classic Cole & Sons Palm Jungle wallpaper.

10 Ways To Give Your Bathroom Summer Style

For me, summer brings a brighter color palette and a liveliness to the air with the abundance of sunshine and trees full of leaves. There’s a fresh energy to the season that translates well to interior refreshes, whether it’s moving the furniture around or planning a full redecoration. When it comes to summery bathrooms, many feature warmer palettes, like pops of yellow or sunny orange hues, or the crisp contrast of black and white that feels appropriate for the breezy summer air. One of the surest ways to achieve a year-round summer look is with a bold wallpaper choice, like the ocean wallpaper shown in slide seven or the blue palms in slide nine. From changing up your bathroom’s color palette to adding fresh decor, here are some ideas for bringing summer vibes to your powder room. —Kevin

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Clove & Creek Tour + Best of the Web

"The top shelf features work from local ceramist, Ben Suga, including a best-seller of ours that he calls a 'spirit guardian'," Scott explains. "All of his work is free-thrown, earthy and natural, working with either porcelain or earthenware from his studio in Saugerties. Also shown are pieces for the home bar -- both new and vintage -- and the entire line of Jack Rudy cocktail mixers made in Charleston, SC."

Clove & Creek Tour + Best of the Web

This time last year, Grace and I were embarking on a whirlwind summer of photo shoots for In the Company of Women. We had just planned the whole book’s production at Grace’s kitchen table in her Upstate New York home, and that trip was my first taste of the Ulster County area. We were busy booking more than 80 photo shoots, so the productive visit was short but sweet, and ever since last summer I’ve been wanting to go back.

Had I the chance to explore the area again, Kingston would be my first stop — especially with the recent installment of Clove & Creek. Using the natural beauty of Upstate NY to inform their collection of home goods and gifts, Scott Neild and Michael Cook opened the doors to their new mercantile a few months ago. Their thoughtful selection of earthy, comfortable and gorgeous wares — and a coffee bar in-house, to boot — makes for a shop I’d likely pop into frequently if I lived nearby, even just to chat and gather inspiration.

I spoke with Scott to learn more about Clove & Creek’s beginnings, the goods they carefully select to sell, and their desire to connect with the local community. Check out our Q&A after the jump, and click through the slide show to tour their lovely space. Here’s wishing everyone a fun and relaxing weekend. —Kelli

Photography by Christian Harder

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  • Musical Empowerment: This Pitchfork Q&A with Chicana punk and feminist icon Alice Bag about how certain music taught her to accept herself — from David Bowie to the Mulan Soundtrack — is moving and raw.
  • Plant Shrine: Turn your (perhaps unorganized) affinity for plants into an organic design moment with this Bookcase Vertical Garden DIY from Justina Blakeney.
  • Tomato Crush: I’m dreaming of this beautiful tomato jam Charles Hunter III (aka The Salted Table) posted on Instagram. Grab the recipe here.
  • Small but Striking: These graphite drawings by Mateo Pizarro are about the size of a matchstick and packed with remarkable detail.
  • Stop Knock-offs: Our very own Adam J. Kurtz is spearheading Shop Art Theft, which supports independent artists by highlighting their works that have been apparently copied by global fashion retailer ZARA.
  • Ice Cream Airbnb: Ever wish you could stay in a space designed by uber-talented Jersey Ice Cream Co.Now you can!

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