05 April 2015 | Comments Closed

NORTHBROOK NOTES, OUT AND ABOUT

EGGSTRAORDINARY!

Dyeing eggs can be a lot of fun, particularly when the opportunity to set several hours aside for experimenting with different techniques arises!

I looked up the history of decorating eggshells and learned that it is ancient, predating Christians. In Africa, decorated ostrich eggs have been found that that are 60,000 years old! Early on in Christianity, eggs were stained red to signify the blood of Christ. Over time the egg became a symbol of the resurrection. Today of course eggs are decorated for many reasons such as for Easter egg hunts, to adorn a dining table, to hang on trees.

Here are some eggs that were decorated in my home today. Happy Spring!

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VARIOUS TECHNIQUES

NECESSARY TOOLS

JAPANESE TAPE

PAINTERLY STYLE

SIMPLY PINK

CRAYONS & BLUE

VARIATION WITH TAPE

ANOTHER APPROACH

LAYERS OF BLUE

SANS TAPE

25 January 2015 | Comments Closed

NORTHBROOK NOTES, OUT AND ABOUT

BLUE BOTTLE

Over the summer of 2014, Yi-Ling joined Northbrook as an intern. She is studying interior architecture at UC Berkeley Extension. Her portfolio of school projects certainly impressed us, and her interest in specialty coffee is great fun.

Yi-Ling works at the Mint Plaza location of Blue Bottle in San Francisco. They are known for the buttery soft Belgium waffles and savory poached eggs dishes, as well as for freshly roasted coffee beans and unique seasonal pastries.

In addition to the basic espresso drinks and individual pour-overs, this Blue Bottle location also serves up the fascinating siphon coffee (you can see Yi-Ling captured in action). “Everyone always muses over how it looks like a science experiment”, she shares.

The cafe is housed inside a historical building. While the square footage is limited, the high ceiling and big windows and minimal decor create a great sense of space. The espresso house blend is called “17ft Ceiling.”

With Yi-Ling on the team, we have learned a lot about coffee. At the Northbrook Design off-site office retreat in December 2014, the gift exchange was coffee-themed!

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MINT PLAZA CAFE

17 FOOT CEILING

BOUNTIFUL BEANS

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

TULIPS FOR MACCHIATO

SOY LATTE ART

HUNGRY AT WORK

THE SCIENCE OF SIPHON

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

OUR OUTSIDE KIOSK

12 January 2015 | Comments Closed

NORTHBROOK NOTES, OUT AND ABOUT

RETREAT TIME

For the second year in a row, Northbrook Design had an off site retreat in December at the Ritz Carlton in nearby Half Moon Bay. We started with a walk along the ocean, and spent the day sharing ideas, setting strategy for 2015 and attending a presentation by Thom Bruce, a decorative painter and special finishes master.

Jody Harper, our business consultant, came down from Oregon to guide the team through the agenda and activities. She is so gifted at her work. We all learned a lot and had a great time.

The 2013 retreat was inspiring, and the 2014 retreat was even more so!

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW

COASTAL HIKE

COFFEE GIFTS FOR ALL

THE POPULAR CRAB SANDWICH

THE OCEAN

INSPIRING IDEA CARDS

THOM SHARING HIS CRAFT

JODY SHOWING OFF A SAMPLE

BEAUTIFUL SAMPLES

AMAZING GINGERBREAD HOUSES