Thursday, May 2, 2013

Squid, Sardine and Coconut Jam

My husband Andrew recently moved into a new office with a nice big window, being a smart man he figured this was the perfect spot for a few plants. I would have been happy to fix him up with a fine selection (in fact I’d already bought a couple I thought he would like) but he had a vision of his own…

Which as it turns out is far cooler than anything I could have come up with.

First there's a Squid, in natural ink.

Which holds a Pachypodium.

The Sardine, in tomato sauce.

With an Aloe bowiea and a pair of Gasteria batesiana.

And finally the Coconut Jam.

With an Aloe divaricata.

Pretty darn cool I think. I wonder if I can get him to design another set for home?

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34 comments:

  1. Super, super cool. Also: I love coconut jam.

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    1. Seriously? You really eat that stuff? We should have saved it for you instead of tossing it.

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    2. I've never had it from a can but I've made my own. The coconut jam toasts at Ping are incredibly delicious.

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    3. If your cookies are any indication of your jam making skills then I'm sure your's probably is amazing.

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  2. Too cool for school(house!) Did he find the cans and make these himself or find them somewhere?

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    1. Shopped for the plants first, then the cans, and then designed the system for hanging them. I guess I should have mentioned that in the post!

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  3. fifi la fontaineMay 02, 2013

    So simple and elegant! Now I want to see a succulent mobile, a la Alexander Calder!

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    1. It kind of has a Calder feel doesn't it?

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  4. I'm glad to see you went with the "Fancy Quality" canned squid. Believe me, you don't want to go for the cheapest squid you can find. :)

    The next version of this design should be a mobile.

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    1. Interesting that you and Fifi think alike!

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  5. I want some coconut jam. I wonder if I can get some at Uwajimaya. Kudos to Andrew for coming up with a great hanging display.

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    1. I bet you can. We bought this selection at Fubon, a sort of local version of Uwajimaya.

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  6. Holy Smokes. That's cool.

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    1. I'll let him know you thought so!

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  7. That Andrew: kinky cool and creative. He "completes" you?

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    1. Kinky? You calling my husband kinky? (yes, he does)

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    2. I am so UNcool that I don't even associate the work "kinky" with its seamier side. Sorry, Andrew. I forced R to visit your blog to see these planters and now there is another fan.

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    3. I'm sure he wouldn't mind, either way!

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  8. You did not like the Kaya? I am addicted to the stuff! My boyfriend's mom sends bags full of it every time someone in the family comes up from Malaysia, and still I always run out of it.

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    1. In all honesty I was outside when he opened and emptied the containers so I didn't actually see or smell it. I can say that jams and jellies aren't my favorite things...

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  9. Awesome! I like how the Pachypodium is kind of squid shaped too.

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    1. He planned it that way and will be glad to know somebody commented on it!

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  10. A very cool idea - did he provide drainage or does he plant to water sparingly?

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    1. No drainage, he's using a teaspoon to water.

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  11. Is it the School House Electric building? I think I recognize the green house.

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    1. Wow good eye! Yes it is, how do you remember that green house?

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  12. Well done, Andrew! Amazing how level it hangs. Big fans of sardines in this house. Squids too. Great little table Andrew has too. And if this new office is a promotion, well done again, Andrew!

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    1. I was a little doubtful that he could get them to hang level, but of course he pulled it off. That table is the original that they based this one on (http://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/home-and-office/furniture/owen-steel-end-table.html) I think it's pretty cool too.

      (not a promotion just a reconfiguration of the existing office spaces...he had been sharing a large office with his department managers)

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  13. You guys are both so creative! You should open your own shop a la Potted or Flora Grubb, but in Portland. No! Make that Austin.

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    1. I've dreamt of doing that, but then the reality of retail comes flooding back to me.

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