Designing the Senses

Working nationally to create charming and sophisticated spaces – Live a well-designed life. Designing the Senses is about the well-designed life; awakening the senses and creating beauty through sight, sound, taste, aroma and touch.

{Taste} Cindy’s Chimichangas

Recipe: 1 chuck roast – slow-cooked until it can be easily shredded with a fork. You can bake with a little water, slow cook or boil – shred the meat and take off all fat. Chuck roast has a lot of flavor and can be very lean if fat is extracted prior to shredding. sauté…

{Taste} Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This past October I visited my parents at one of their homes located near Bandon, Oregon. My mother and I were out shopping and site seeing on a beautiful fall day when I saw cranberry bogs left and right of Hwy 101 (the beautiful coastal scenic road) being harvested – she told me that the Ocean Spray…

Psychology of Interior Spaces

  People don’t realize how much of an effect their interior environments have on their everyday lives. When I design, I like to take into consideration the basic aspects of the person who lives or works within the space.   The experience of personal space transformation goes beyond simply reflecting a sense of personal style…

{Taste} Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

My recipe below continues to get comments and great reviews from individuals all over the world! Sticky Toffee Pudding is a British steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, drizzled with a luscious warm toffee sauce (caramel) and topped with cool whipped sweet cream. Enjoy this dessert that will compliment any special meal,…

{Taste} Designing a Summer Salad

SOUTHWESTERN SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING SALAD 1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped 2 finely chopped green onions 2 ears of fresh corn – husked, cooked/grilled, cut off the cob 1-2 C. halved cherry tomatoes (any variety) 1-2 avocados – sliced for garnish or incorporate into salad 1/2 C. Jalapeños, chopped finely (optional) 1 C….

{TASTE} Fresh Strawberry Tarts

 Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Strawberry Glaze & fresh whipped cream 4 – 5 C fresh strawberries 3 T Cornstarch 1/2 C – 1 C sugar Put 2C of fresh (washed) strawberries in a blender (stems/greens removed) or food processor and pulse until smooth, add sugar (to taste) and cornstarch blend until mixed and smooth. Cook over medium heat…

{TASTE} Decadent Truffles and Sipping Chocolate Recipes

One of my favorite indulgences is chocolate. While traveling Europe recently I discovered a very rich drink that had captured my heart. Ultimately this drink sent me on a quest to figure out how to make such a decadent treat. Sipping chocolate – a rich, slightly thick smooth chocolate that is prepared simply with chocolate…

Designing With You in Mind

Valentine’ Day is just around the corner so this year I am going to talk about designing with you in mind.  Romantic designing in a home for sale in Wayzata, MN is capturing buyer’s hearts to see how elegant a home can be without being pretentious.  I chose a soft cream palette with a monochromatic…

VIDEO: Cindy’s Apple Turnovers

Apple mixture 5 – 10 apples (Cortland, Harlson, or Granny Smith) 1 cup white sugar dash cinnamon Peel and cut all apples into 1/8ths Sauté in skillet until soft. Mix/Blend together, then add sugar to taste along with cinnamon. Allow to cool before filling pastries. Pastry 8 oz (1 C) butter 8 oz pkg of…