Living in New York is amazing because you can find almost anything you’d want in the world here, but one thing I always find myself missing is trees. Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a good park, greenery is a bit hard to come by. Even if you do live near a park, being able to enjoy that park between the months of October and March without turning into a human popsicle is a concern. (This winter has been mild, knock on wood, but I always feel like the other shoe is about to drop. If NYC can sneak another freak snowstorm in before spring, it will.) Which is all a roundabout way to say that I like these tree tables by Estudio Nomada very much.
Created for the cafe in Galicia, Spain’s City of Culture building, the sweetly sparse oak braches and long communal tables impart a feeling of community. And oddly enough, the space reminds me of all The Great Hall dining scenes in the Harry Potter films. I guess being able to eat under a canopy of trees in the dead of winter seems magical to me! Estudio Nomada, please bring your enchanted forest to my concrete jungle?
With early registration open for Pottermore this week, I had to feature this mysterious wooden object. I’ll give you a hint: It doesn’t unleash superpowers, and I’d say it’s perfectly fitting for the Harry Potter wedding inspiration board from Karli’s Pottermore design post.
Put on your sorting hat for this one, and tell us your best guess in the comment area below.
Does Harry Potter die? What horcrux is next on Harry’s list? The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 buzz in anticipation of the premiere is skyrocketing. Are you ready for the final film extravaganza? For you Potterheads and Muggles so filled with breathless anticipation that you can’t sleep tonight, make the most of your HP insomnia by crafting some Gryffindor handmade goodies. We love this easy, adorable handmade apron (and instant costume to wear for the opening weekend) from blogger Bakingdom.
Hopefully, you’re also whittling away at a wand or knitting the last row of a Hogwarts’ House scarf. Nothing like DIY projects to work off all that nervous and excited energy.
If you’re hosting a HP7.1 viewing party before the 7.2 premiere, why not whip up some of Darla at Bakingdom’s cauldron cakes? She also has a fabulous recipe for butterbeer. (Yes, really!) I wonder if Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be trying any wizarding world delicacies tonight?
What are your special plans for the premiere of the final HP film? Flying a broom to the showing? Or have you already given a room in your home an HP style makeover? (Karli included awesome photos in her Harry Potter design post about the soon-to-come, interactive reading site Pottermore.) Here at HGTV, there are a number of us preparing for the big event with temporary dark mark tattoos (not to point anybody out, Kayla and Karli).
We’d love to hear from you. Let your HP-nerdiness shine through in the comment area below.
The 2011 Academy Award nominations were announced today. Consequently, everyone’s talking about the snubs and surprises, mostly in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. But what I want to talk about is Art Direction (aka Set Design).
Who do you think Oscar overlooked? Which of the five nominations are dead on?
The King's Speech - The Weinstein Company
These are the nominees:
- Alice in Wonderland - Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
- Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design); Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)
- The King’s Speech – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
- True Grit – Jess Gonchor (Production Design); Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)
I was excited to see this comment in The Washington Post: Sammy 328 – “Am I the only one surprised that Black Swan didn’t get a nomination for art direction?” I totally agree Sammy. I’m also disappointed not to see The Kids Are All Right and Julie Berghoff among the nominees, though not surprised. No shocker that The King’s Speech made the cut. This post from Curbed got me thinking The Social Network was overlooked. (And hopefully with the nod to Inception, Guy Henrix Dyas will reveal the location of the Arts & Crafts bungalow featured in the film. I want to live there. Or at least tour it.)
What movies do you think deserved more love from Oscar in Art Direction?