PLAY ON GEOMETRY AND LIGHT

 This home in Vietnam designed by Block Architects is named "Old Meets New House." And, aptly so. Built in 2018, it has the most intriguing modern geometric shapes created through the placement of brickwork and the play on light they in turn relay onto all walls and surfaces. In contrast, the exterior feels traditional, almost even as if it is a tudor, and interior details nod to mid-century. 

IT ALL COMES TOGETHER IN SUCH A PERFECT BALANCE.

aerial view of modern brick home in Vietnam

front exterior view of modern brick home in Vietnam with archways

brick and metal combined to create a geometric modern wall

open floor plan with small square emerald green kitchen backsplash tiles, high windows that geometric grate that plays light onto brick walls, arch doorway

high arched ceiling with spaced brick and mid-century rectangular lights

spaced out bricks on metal grid and skylight

yellow painted arched doorway

vestibule hallway with spaced bricks to create playful light patterns in hallway, milk glass globe light

vestibule hallway with spaced bricks to create playful light patterns, milk glass globe light

mix of brick and wood paneling at head of bed

brick and metal combined to create a modern geometric exterior

spaced out brick to create a modern and geometric wall

upper aerial view of modern home in Vietnam

CRUDITE, CHEESE, AND CHARCUTERIE APPETIZER PLATTERS

For dinner, I often grab hummus, some veggies, olives, nuts, and some cheese (of course!) to make a quick and delish meal of random items in my fridge and pantry. It's such an easy way to sit down and eat a healthy meal after a long day with minimal prep. I've been to a number of events where a platter, or even a spread of them, were laid out in such a beautiful way. They most likely are not as easy as they appear, taking some artful skill to achieve balance and interest. So, I gathered some inspiration to model after. And, in turn, I am certainly inspired to add some different types and flavors of items to my repertoire! I was curious to know what the difference is between the different boards I was seeing. Turns out... 

CHARCUTERIE REFERS TO THE MEAT PORTION OF THE PLATTER, CRUDITES ARE THE CHOPPED VEGETABLES. AND, OF COURSE, A CHEESE PLATTER IS JUST THAT - MADE UP OF CHEESE. OF COURSE YOU COULD HAVE A MIX OF ALL OF THESE AS WELL - IN ADDITION TO JAMS, FRUITS, NUTS, ETC TO ADD COLOR, TEXTURE, AND FLAVOR!

Below are some of my favorites. The bright boards would be perfect for Summer and I love the assortments with deep hues and richer flavors for Fall! I also included a platter, which is technically a nicoise salad. This originated in France and is traditionally made with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives, anchovies or tuna, and dressed with olive oil. Additionally, there were some boards comprised of items that could be layered together to make fajitas or the like. The sky seems to be the limit! 



via Crowded Kitchen



via Always Order Dessert



via Anett Velsberg