|Coffee Lego Block|
You know you drink way too much coffee when your toddler son brings you a Lego block with a picture of coffee on it and says, "This is for you, Mama!" I was, of course, sipping my morning cup of coffee when this happened.
The way I enjoy coffee has changed over time. When I was in my early 20s, I used to have my coffee black, then I started adding some milk like cafe au lait right around when I moved to NY. After my first pregnancy though, I couldn't have my coffee without both cream and sugar anymore.
But this has all changed yesterday when I was invited to a brunch at my brother- and sister-in-laws. My brother-in-law made amazing espresso using this. And I'm telling you, this freshly brewed espresso was the BEST thing ever!
|Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker|
The flavor of the coffee was so rich that I didn't want to add any cream or sugar to it to conceal the bitterness.
Today, I'm sharing the five things I have learned in February (can you believe it's almost March?), and my newly found love for espresso is the first one.
1. My new favorite way to drink coffee is freshly brewed espresso without cream or sugar.
2. Cut flowers can grow in a vase, even without much sunlight.
I brought home a fresh bouquet of tulips last Friday, and somehow they kept growing in a vase over the weekend. When I first arranged the flowers, only less than an inch of green stems were showing, and this is what you see today.
They grew at least a few inches since I put them in a vase. How is it possible for something to be growing and dying at the same time? Or is this something not that uncommon I just didn't know about?
3. I'm so bad at writing comments on blogs.
This is probably the main reason why I rarely left comments on blogs when I was just a reader. I wish I could leave witty and hilarious comments like Stephen Andrew does. At least something witty... or hilarious.
4. I've been working on refining my decorating style and this is what I found out this weekend (and I'm pretty excited about it): I enjoy various patterns and textures as in fabrics, rugs, and tiles, and I like layers of them. I also prefer warm tone over cool.
I asked Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home her process of refining her decorating style and this is what she said:
I'm a big fan of Lauren's design work, so I was excited to get her advice. Thank you, Lauren, for kindly answering my question!I'm always trying to analyze spaces I love to figure out why. Each time I have a little "aha" moment, I just sort of bank it for later.
I used the images from my Pinterest boards and went on analyzing what speaks to me.
|Mary Evelyn McKee|
|image via My Paradissi|
These rooms are full of patterns and textures and the soft green hues from natural elements make the rooms feel relaxed.
Look at this beautiful kitchen Loi Thai of Tone on Tone designed. I can't get enough of the Moroccan tiles he used for the backsplash. This kitchen is a work of art!
|Loi Thai, Tone on Tone|
I also enjoy simple, minimalistic interiors like this. I'll save this one for my future dream house.
Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, image via Veranda
Do you like the images you see here? If you do, you can follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration.
5. Art is part of who I am, and it's impossible to separate myself from it.
I seem to sleep and breathe art and design. That's pretty much all I think about throughout the day. I have visions of different shapes and colors with my eyelids still closed when I'm waking up in the morning.
I don't think I can work on oil painting right now just because I don't have a studio to paint (oil paints are stinky), but I'm going to explore other mediums like watercolor and acrylic.
In the meantime, if I come across any art projects that are easy to do, I would like to share them here. I think it's best when you can make your own artwork to decorate your home.
I think that's about it for today.
What did you learn in the month of February? I'd love to know!
* * *Today I'm linking up with Emily at chatting at the sky for her What We Learned in February.