Life of Pi was visually stunning. The Indian zoo, the haunting sea life, the tropical island…these were extraordinary, and all the more so in 3D. But I was also very drawn to the comparatively ordinary scenes set in a Montreal kitchen and living room. For the home decor, obv.
It’s not especially exciting, but it’s cozy and soothing and warm. I love the wood, and the light blues and greens in the kitchen, the books, and…just everything. How normal it is. Lovely, but normal.
I couldn’t find better pictures! But it’s worth looking at the details behind this guy!
Side note: I just remembered today that one of my other favorite visual delights of a film, Eat Drink Man Woman, was also directed by Ang Lee.
Also, while mildly participating in an Apartment Therapy “Cure” right now, I’ve decided one project to tackle in the next month is to have cushions made for the retro chair I bought on Craigslist in, oh, September 2009. I am thinking something like these:
Because not only do I really like the look, but my bigger, comfier armchair, a more recent Craigslist find, is also gray and tufted.
My other goal is to semi-restore some of my vintage wood furniture, like my dresser, using this method.
Other current inspirations are health related:
My workout last night went really well, even chasing away a headache. And I heard (yet another) compelling piece on the perils of eating too much sugar on NPR: “It’s supposed to be a treat eaten once a week, not a diet staple, eaten once a meal”–paraphrasing some author. So I’m really trying to focus more on wellness. In addition to cutting back my excessive cheese intake, I am also trying to reduce my added sugar intake. And when faced with the horror of eating fewer of my favorite tasty things, I’m exploring new stuff at the grocery store. To keep things fun. Apple butter, cashew butter, loose leaf tea, fancy oats (rolled and steel cut), muesli (I also made some of my own without realizing it was a thing), pomegranate arils, Bragg liquid aminos. Fun, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still been eating plenty of “normal” food like pizza, but with a little preparation, I can do better. (Like tonight, I packed a bag full of stuff to choose from for snacks tomorrow – celery, carrots, all-natural hummus, apples, raw almond butter, and clementines–and that doesn’t include a fruit/nut/oat breakfast or hardy kale salad for lunch.) I look forward to returning to this vegan, sugar-free challenge I came across today for recipes.
It’s a good thing when I get into the spirit of healthier eating because on the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve been known to eat more than my fair share of pasta, butter, cheese, chips, and M&M ice cream cookie sandwiches. My number one driving factor in really shifting those items (and my daily creamy, sugary coffee) from staples to occasional treats is that I want to prevent preventable disease. Bear with me.