Makers | Anna Donlan


As I’ve gotten older I’d like to think I’ve gotten smarter about what I spend my money on. I’m trying to make lasting decisions when it comes to both my wardrobe and my home, and I’m slowly trying to invest in pieces that I will have (and love) for years.  Now that I’ve settled into my apartment a little, my attention has turned to finding a few pieces of art for both the living room and bedroom.

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Urban Design | Art + Play

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel made a press announcement today about the 77 new playgrounds going in this spring– I’ve been working like crazy on the designs for about half of them. In tandem with the mayoral announcement, here’s some recent inspiration for creative and playful urban spaces. Indian Boundary Nature Play Center (# 5), was an amazing first project to work on with the Park District last summer. It’s Chicago’s prototype for more adventurous parks.

1/ Timber Swing (Unbuilt), Ireland  2/ The Longest Bench, Sussex, UK  3/ Playground Crochet, Sapporo, Japan  4/ Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, UK  5/ Indian Boundary Nature Play Center, Chicago, IL  6/ Grosse Tete, Grigny, France  7/ Walker on the Green Minigolf, Minneapolis, MN   8/ Birds’ Nests, Vail, CO  9/ Slide Mantras, Sapporo, Japan

SHOP | Kitchen Wares

In the last five years I have moved seven times and called at least nine places home. Each time I uproot myself is more rewarding and each new space more inspiring than the last. I’ve always kept my belongings to an intentional minimum and then all at once a nesting instinct kicked in. Perhaps it’s falling in love with my new home, but then maybe it’s just the cold…

Kitchen wares for the nesting girl.

Griddle | Berry basket | French press | Muffin tin | Cookbook | Candlestick | Mixing bowls | Cutting board | Jars

Packing | Nordic Skiing

I may be alone on this one, but Winter is my favorite season to be outdoors. Good snow and pine trees are critical ingredients though! I’m getting ready to counter the freezing winter chill with a weekend Nordic skiing  in Door County on the shores of Lake Michigan.  [Reviews after the break.]

1/ The skis  2/ The best base layer  3/ Embracing the 70s (similar)  4/ Down  5/ The best ski sock  6/ Waterproof leggings (?!)  7/ Poles from Norway  8/ The best “bass” layer  9/ Not-your-7th-grade Fleece

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