The Cool House: December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Green Guest Bedroom

New roman blinds and pillows brought to life by The Awesome Designer.

Arts and crafts inspired, uniquely modern Robert Allen fabric - Celtic Knot in a lovely green colourway called Kelp.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snowy view from behind the cooktop...

Pretty - if you aren't traveling in or out of NY area airports

Sunday, December 26, 2010


December 26 2010 - pretty, if you're not waiting for a plane...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Black & Grey with a Touch of Pink

Verity's room recived a mini makeoever this fall - new grey hex patterned rug, black and cream drapes and a new pink Tribeca pillow by Designers Guild. I'm still searching for the right duvet cover to replace the Marimekko one so we can call this room done.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hi-tech Cat

I don't believe in buying presents for the animals at holiday tie - frankly their lives are pretty much one big treat - but when I saw Unplugged's Holiday Tech Gift List for Naughty and Nice Pets featuring Eero the cat staring at the laptop I rethought my position. There is one animal here who deserves a techie-ish gift

the one who isn't happy until he's had his morning dose of snark

or played a round of his favourite iPad game

Jefke will be getting Angry Birds Seasons in HD. Because I know he'll appreciate it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Hidden away in the back of a drawer, a slice of someone else's life

Monday, December 13, 2010

Festivus Art

Saturday afternoon was spent at the much anticipated "Festivus- Affordable Art for the Rest of Us" show by Nadine Bouler and Louise Millmann at Ripe Art Gallery. Here's just a small selection of the work:

Nadine Bouler's Angry Landscapes

Louise Millmann's collages.

Besides the great art on the walls there was some serious design going on: Nadine Bouler's cloche for example. There were so many pieces we loved it was difficult to choose what to bring home. None of the pieces we picked is in these shots but if you wander over to Nadine's site you'll find them. I'm not going to be more specific until they arrive at The Cool House!

The show attracted an eclectic crowd including this angel. I'm as much freaked out by angels as I am by clowns so it was only the power of the art that kept me from running out screaming when this incarnation wandered in and began her performance. You can catch the show - minus the angel - until January 8 at 67A Broadway, Greenlawn NY 11740 Tel: (631) 239 1805.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Andrew Geller Watercolor

Andrew Geller Watercolor 1994

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sneak peek: Den Rug

Linky black links on a beige background. Soft and warm. Cat approved.

Friday, December 03, 2010


This is how I feel most mornings

The Eye Clock by Suck UK via Moss $40

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Raccoon update

Whatever shall we do with Rocky? I hope he/she's not another distemper case.

After the storm

After this blew in I thought we might have lost a few branches, but it was a little bit more than that...

the tree top. all 15' of it came down

leaving a piece 6' long stuck in the Magnolia

which may account for this...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Today was techie Wednesday, the day when, after six long years of living in the Incorporated Village with no cell phone service, we finally found a partial solution to our out-of-touch problem: Bluetooth. From today I can make and receive cell calls via new VTech cordless handsets that we have on a VoIP system. We still won't be able to use the home handset and the cell simultaneously but we can put one or the other on hold while we answer a call and conference between the two. And we can pair two cell phones with the base station and import the address books too.

Secondly we upgraded the home network to stream music, videos and photos from my computer to the den. I waited a long time for AppleTV to get to a price point that I felt comfotable with - and enough applications to become available - so I could play music from my iTunes on the flatscreen in the den. Now that Airplay for iPad is here I get all that, as well as a bunch of radio stations, photos from Flickr, youtube videos and a few other apps that never worked smoothly as widgets via the awkward Samsung dongle. AppleTV also proved much easier to set up than the previous wifi system. I had all my accounts, flickr, itunes, youtube, programmed in less than 10 minutes. If the iHome Airplay wifi speakers ever become available we'll have a whole house music system again but this time it will be fully integrated. I can't wait!

I also signed up for Netflix, a feature that wasn't offered on the Samsung 7000 LED last year (although video downloads from Amazon and Blockbuster were) so we now have instant movies on demand showing on the iMac, iPad and the TV! This should be a big help when the entire family descends for the Holidays.