How to Find the Best Artwork in Unexpected Places

My favorite part of our house cost me only 25 cents. It’s a framed print, on our kitchen wall, of leeks, partially chopped and strewn on a cutting board, the colors luscious and rich: from deep sage at the ends to the delicate pale green and creamy whi…

My favorite part of our house cost me only 25 cents. It’s a framed print, on our kitchen wall, of leeks, partially chopped and strewn on a cutting board, the colors luscious and rich: from deep sage at the ends to the delicate pale green and creamy white of the root. The photographer had an eye for beauty: it captures such an ordinary cooking moment, but elevates it to art.

The print is from an old food magazine, one I bought at the used book cottage run by the local library in our little town. The front porch of the cottage holds piles and piles of donated magazines all costing a mere quarter each—dusty and dating back decades. I’ve spent hours there sifting through the stacks. I push past copies of The New Yorker and Architectural Digest and Popular Woodworking to find copies of Gourmet from the 1950s and a trove of Cook’s Illustrated, complete with pretty culinary illustrations on the backs.

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The Artistry of Jacques Pépin

This story appeared in Serendipity Magazine’s October/November 2020 issue, and we’re excited to share it with our readers.”

Jacques Pépin has a confession: “I am not a morning person,” he says. “I get up at the crack of 9 a.m. When you’re a restaurant…

This story appeared in Serendipity Magazine's October/November 2020 issue, and we're excited to share it with our readers."

Jacques Pépin has a confession: “I am not a morning person,” he says. “I get up at the crack of 9 a.m. When you’re a restaurant person you never go to bed before 12 o’clock.” Still, it’s hard to believe the French master chef, who will be 85 this December, allows himself any downtime, even for sleep. How else would he have accomplished such a monumental amount in his life to date?

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4 Quick & Stunning Alternatives to Framed Art

If you’ve ever purchased an art print, then perhaps you already know the work that goes into affixing said print to a wall in your home. First, you must frame this piece of paper you already paid money to own. This requires that you either buy a frame,…

If you’ve ever purchased an art print, then perhaps you already know the work that goes into affixing said print to a wall in your home. First, you must frame this piece of paper you already paid money to own. This requires that you either buy a frame, and either you're resourceful enough to frame it yourself, or you hand off your precious cargo to a professional framer who will do the work expertly, but for a considerable price. Next, you need to measure, sometimes level, and definitely hammer at least one nail into the wall to hang your framed art.

If you’re anything like me, you will procrastinate each step of the way, leaving your print lying gathering dust somewhere in your apartment, until you can muster the energy to complete these daunting, and often expensive, tasks.

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9 Relaxing Art Projects to Recharge Your Inner Battery

In 1990, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow”—the state of happiness we reach when wholly absorbed in an activity. Like a cook chopping onions or a painter filling a blank canvas, time and place drift away. Our internal reel of a…

In 1990, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow”—the state of happiness we reach when wholly absorbed in an activity. Like a cook chopping onions or a painter filling a blank canvas, time and place drift away. Our internal reel of anxieties slows to a halt. We might even forget to eat lunch.

If your flow state feels increasingly hard to achieve, take heart: you’re not alone. With news updates and message pings jockeying for our attention, the idea of concentrating on just one thing seems overambitious at best. But just as the most delicious meals usually require some forethought, the path to flow is smoother with a game plan—a few ideas for getting into your creative zone.

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20 Easter Egg Ideas—Because We All Need Something to Look Forward To

Decorating Easter eggs is a quintessential holiday activity—we look forward to it with as much as excitement as we do pumpkin carving in the fall. Whether you want to dye eggs with your whole family or do it as a relaxing solo activity, why not take yo…

Decorating Easter eggs is a quintessential holiday activity—we look forward to it with as much as excitement as we do pumpkin carving in the fall. Whether you want to dye eggs with your whole family or do it as a relaxing solo activity, why not take your Easter decorations to the next level this year?

There are lots of ways you can decorate Easter eggs aside from the traditional, nostalgia-inducing food-coloring kits. Some of the tactics are pretty unexpected and surprising, but all of them yield amazingly unique, beautiful eggs.

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Is This the Most Clever Decorating Tool Ever?

Buying art is thrilling. But that’s where the fun ends for me.

The next step—choosing a frame for the art—is an exercise wrought with agonizing indecision (comparable to when I have to pick, say, between two ridiculously good taquerias). Read More &gt…

Buying art is thrilling. But that’s where the fun ends for me.

The next step—choosing a frame for the art—is an exercise wrought with agonizing indecision (comparable to when I have to pick, say, between two ridiculously good taquerias).

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