This week we shout out the sounds of the Golden State and give it to all the great tunes California has inspired. From Laurel Canyon to the Record Plant, up the PCH, over the Golden Gate, and beyond, let’s do some California Dreamin’ alongside our wildly popular design Decked PW James.
DJ Principal drops his holiday mix just in time for windows down, coffee by late morning light, the buzz of bats and bugs as the sun dips and the breeze freshens. Enjoy some time with someone and/or something you love and take a FEW days off from your OBSESSION WITH TAMARIAN RUGS!
I re-seasoned my cast iron pan a few months ago and have really been playing with it during the Covid Malaise. Its an incredible pan for its versatility and longevity. You can use cast iron on the stove top or in the oven and if properly cared for these pans last 100’s of years. I love the high heat sear you can get that I can’t duplicate with my non stick cookware. Cast iron retains heat greater than steel and aluminum because of it’s thickness and irons heat retaining properties.
It was my goal to get that REAL CRUST on my cornbread and my newly seasoned cast iron skillet signaled that THIS WAS THE DAY. Here we go!
Cornbread assembly at the ready!
There are many cast iron skillet recipes on the internet. Most are very similar. I settled on one from the food network.
1 1/4 cups coarsely ground cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place a 9-inch cast iron skillet inside to heat while you make the batter.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Whisk in the milk, buttermilk, and eggs.
Whisk in almost all of the melted butter, reserving about 1 tablespoon for the skillet later on.
3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet with the remaining butter. Pour the batter into the skillet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until the center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes and serve.
A pat of butter to taste…
Be sure to keep an eye out for the next tummy-rumbling post from Chris and scroll down to view our rug pairings for this culinary inspiration.
Buttery hues can be found in several of our palettes including “Blue Mantis” and “Haze”, shown below in several stocked designs with MANY more available styles here.
Enjoy this month’s Tamarian Social Playlist with artists all born in June! An eclectic mix from a wide range of Junebugs, this mix pairs AWFULLY well with the equally as diverse CAGE design. This design marries two wildly popular designs, Planke and Inception, resulting in a textural and atmospheric play in fine wool and silk. Available READY SHIP in standard rug sizes and endless custom possibilities.
Our newly designed website is now LIVE and and will be evolving throughout the next several months with enhanced features for both Tamarian Dealers and interested buyers alike! Let’s take a quick tour of some of the premier features available now…
The Homepage offers links to featured product, but a quick click on Collections will reveal more powerful filtering tools, like selecting “current line” under “categories” to see our running line of actively stocked designs.
Links to our various social media accounts allow you to access all our content and follow the stories of our rugs. Be sure to follow @tamariansocial and subscribe to our feeds including a Spotify Playlist and Podcast!
Stock and Custom rugs
A click on a rug will reveal the stock position showing; individual pieces available in the various standard sizes, approximate delivery ETA, and a link to add a specific piece to your shopping cart to keep track of your selections.
Thumbnail links to alternate color ways for a given design are shown alongside the main image. You can also click the “customize” link to use our virtual custom tools.
Customization features include adjustments to materials, knotting techniques, and pile heights. But the most powerful feature is our 1200 color virtual pom box that is the springboard to creating the perfect palette for your next custom rug.
The color changes with a click and allows you to download your work as a rendering and submit to Tamarian so we can assist with the next steps.
Features will continue to be added, enhanced, and NEW RUGS will post so be sure to check back often!
NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist – Tamarian presents NEDtalks
Creating the design from a single image.
Adjusting to desired color palette
A palette of 14 colors was created to allow for shading, outlining, and other techniques that give the design dimension. Tamarian can build these palettes from a simpler color story, even a single color concept, so designers and end users don’t have to tax themselves with all the work!
This project started with the design concept and later introduced the desired color palettes, the size and scale also evolved from the initial concept and placement/function in the room became a consideration as noted on the CADS below.
The final CAD is produced and approved to begin knotting!
A strike-off sample is produced to check colors and create a “control” to help ensure consistency.
Be sure to check back to see the progress of this and other exciting custom projects we are currently working on. And be sure to contact us or your local Tamarian dealer to begin YOUR custom rug project today!
“Memories light the corners of my mind, Misty water-colored memories of the way we were, Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were.” Here’s our take on tunes that light the corners of our mind. Paired with a detail of our rug Shaman Blue.
Tamarian Social Playlist #6- It’s Warm Out! This week’s @spotify playlist celebrates the return of SUMMER WEATHER and provide a soundtrack for chillin’ and grillin’, sunning and funning, or the LATEST craze, outdoor Zoom meetings! Our paired rug is Florence TK Multi; an Impressionist’s palette of color with a pleasing floral motif. Available in stock in standard sizes up to 13’x18′, runners, and endless custom possibilities!
The 2nd episode of the NED TALKS #podcast is now streaming! We talk to @mougalianrugs about rugging in Portland Maine and are joined by designer and Mougalian client @tylerelizabethkaru to share insights on their working dynamic. BONUS feature is our NEW segment MAILBAG! @tamariansocial invited their own Jesse Kohler to share his expert advice on proper Trade Show footwear, NOT to be missed!