Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Recipe + Improvisations

Last Saturday, interior designer Suzanne Shaker emailed us images of the Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble she was making at her wondrous Shelter Island home. The recipe is from Sally’s cookbook A New Way to Cook. On Sunday, Suzanne sent a follow-up email with a gluten-free improvisation she’d made on the basic recipe. We’re publishing the recipe, below, along with…

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Thank You to Our New Subscribers!!

It has been quite a couple of days since we LEAPT and launched our new Friends with Benefits subscription program. We’ve been knocked out by the generous outpouring of support in subscriptions, comments and emails sent. We are deeply touched and heartened. Thank you for being SO there. Photo via SF Girl By the Bay via…

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If We Never Tried, We’d Never Know… What’s Possible

All morning long we watched as Tinypass alerts came into Improvised Life’s inbox, announcing subscribers to our new Friends with Benefits subscription service. They landed like butterflies, from people inspired by IL to help it survive, “being there” as we risk, leap, try, see what happens…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake, an Unexpected Dinner Party Dessert

This image from Livet Hemma looks exactly like a Strawberry-Rhubarb Milkshake I devised years ago when I was monkeying around with rhubarb and strawberries, which are full-tilt right now. It got me hankering for one, and reminded me what an unexpected and delightful dessert they make for dinner parties.  So I thought I’d share how to make it…

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‘Things Come Apart’ will Teach You How Things Work

(Video link HERE.) Photographer Todd McLellan’s Things Come Apart is an expansion of his original Disassembly Series, and the focus of a book by that name. His images of deconstructed items that have, are, or will be in our everyday lives have a curious effect: They demystify their seeming complexity and afford a big leap in understanding how they…

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A Cheap, Easy Solution to Standing Desk Leg Fatigue

We know a lot of people who have created standing desks and love them (and we’ve posted over the years.) They generally feel energized because their bodies are, in effect, exercising just by standing as they work. They have, however, almost universally complained of one problem: leg fatigue. Standing for hours each day puts stress on…

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The Burning House: What are Your Most Essential Objects?

We’ve written about Foster Huntington’s love of simplicity before, but we’ve recently discovered another project of his: The Burning House. This one, makes us think about our Life Essentials by asking the question, “What would you take with you if your house was on fire?” We love that Huntington has taken this familiar question a step further by asking…

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How to Hide an Ugly Flat Screen TV

We’ve long wondered why we see so many ugly black flat-screen televisions proudly displayed on walls of living rooms. One of the best disguises we’ve seen for flat-screens is a painting or mirror that sits in front of the TV on special hinges that lift it up when you want to watch TV. An especially beautiful iteration of this idea is like a minimalist abstract painting, but is a panel made of antique Flemish linen.

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Trending at the Int’l Furniture Show: Faux Distressed Surfaces

Designer Laura Handler, whose Montana home we featured a while back, sent us a report of her vist to ICFF, the yearly International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.  Here’s the trend she spotted and her funny and insightful commentary : I did notice an interesting phenomenon. There seemed to be a growing trend of faux distressed…

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A Zennish Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Despite the idiotic title of the Times’ T Magazines recent piece about the Greenwich Hotel’s multi-million dollar penthouse suite renovation designed by Axel Vervoordt, the house tour yielded some lovely ideas, like this low table made of 4 pieces of wood. It reminds us of the alter-ish low diy-able tables/shelves we’ve seen in the past.

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A Surprising Micro-world Inside Our Tears

Rose-Lynn Fisher has found a fascinating world of differences inside the tears we weep—be they from joy, frustration, grief, or cutting into a pungent onion. In the tradition of Eadweard Muybridge‘s high-speed shots of everyday movements… —which startled the public upon release…or Wilson Bentley‘s fabulous snowflake photography, prior to which scientists assumed most snowflakes were probably alike––…

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