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Britta McCarthy
Boston, MA
Interior Designer specializing in sustainable, healthy home and lifestyles
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Aase's Danish Cinnamon Bread Ingredients: 5 - 5 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 pkg dry active yeast 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup margarine or butter 2 eggs 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1-2 tbsp melted butter Directions: Mix 1 3/4 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar and salt. Heat milk and 1/2 cup butter in saucepan to 110 degrees F. Combine dry and wet and beat 2 minutes. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour and mix in well. Add another 2 - 2 3/4 cup flour and knead well until smooth. Can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Aase's Danish Cinnamon Bread Ingredients: 5 - 5 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 pkg dry active yeast 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup margarine or butter 2 eggs 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1-2 tbsp melted butter Directions: Mix 1 3/4 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar and salt. Heat milk and 1/2 cup butter in saucepan to 110 degrees F. Combine dry and wet and beat 2 minutes. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour and mix in well. Add another 2 - 2 3/4 cup flour and knead well until smooth. Can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Dining at Hen of the Woods in Burlington VT is an experience to remember - for the food, the people, and the design. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Britta's Sustainabode
Silent Spring Institute study published - top 17 everyday chemicals that pose cancer risks. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Wallpaper isn't for everyone, but even I have to admit sometimes it's the perfect element for a space. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Britta's Sustainabode
California revises flame retardant laws after research confirms the toxic chemicals used in the process are linked to cancer. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Britta's Sustainabode
Co-Existence or No-Existence. ~ Piet Hein Danish Poet Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Britta's Sustainabode
Cleaning a soap dispenser - best solution. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Britta's Sustainabode
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By day and night Chania is both gorgeous and charming - considered by most the most beautiful city of Crete. Absolutely! Top: Sunset viewed from a fish taverna favored by locals on the waterfront. Middle: Creative wall in a lunch spot we found within the heart of the old port. Bottom: A typical villa in the old city, with the ubiquitous motorcycle parked out front. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Great view and wonderful ventilation from this fun circle window in our hotel on the beach. Georgioupolis is a resort town on the north coast of Crete a short drive east of Chania. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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A few days without wi-fi and trying to conserve on international data usage and I'm now behind on blogging. Sorry folks. Time away from iPhone hasn't been that bad though either! We are now in Georgioupolis, Crete and enjoying the infinite shades of aqua, teal, and blue of the Mediterranean. Here's an example of lighting I'm seeing in a number of the hotels we've visited. Combination of low voltage sconces and recessed using fluorescent lamps - shown here around cool wood paneled "alcove" headboard. When turned on the recessed fluorescents display the light source right at ceiling surface, kind of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Dinner at The Red Bicycle Restaurant in Oia was marvelous. By now we are used to and enjoying the late night dining starting sometime around 9pm. Unique menu, risotto with crab and asparagus (that Aidan said rivaled Jeff's seafood risotto), romantic setting and gorgeous view, finished with a decadent custard dessert made with mastic. Mastic is a resin from the lentis shrub found on the island of Chios, the only place the resin solidifies naturally. It is used today for chewing gum and liqueur but was once prized for paints and varnishes as well as cosmetics and medicine. At 11pm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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We have arrived! View of the caldera from our cave villa at Filotera Villas in Oia. Sun is setting and we are enjoying the local wine of Santorini. The convergence of a felicitous climate and soil to produce an excellent local white wine of which our innkeeper Nikolas has generously provided us a bottle from his own organic vineyard. The vines grow in a low spiral pattern adapting to the winds on the island. This is the life. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Pictured are bronze Anthemia from the upper ends of tripods. 6th - 1st half of 5th c. BC. These are pieces of votive offerings by the pilgrims found at the Sanctuary of Olympia and now on display in the museum at Ancient Olympia. Beautiful design created thousands of years ago, remains inspirational today. This scalloped motif is repeated today in terra-cotta on traditional tile rooftops throughout Greece. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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2nd photo of same bathroom Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Many know that I have a thing about taking pictures of bathrooms all over the world. Why should Greece be any different? Isn't this beautiful?! Love the use of pebbles on the wall instead of floor. Much less work to maintain all that grout. Lovely combination of materials, contrasts and textures. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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This is our view - dining by sunset at the Best Western hotel in Ancient Olympia. Yes, I said Best Western. For Americans, forget everything you know about this hotel chain if you plan to visit Ancient Olympia. This is an absolutely wonderful family run place to stay and eat. We had the apartment suite with two rooms. Great view of valley and pool. Pool was delightful with bar service for refreshing drinks. The restaurant was amazing. Had reserved table for best view and everything we ordered was delicious. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Not to be forgotten and worth noting for other travelers in need of a good meal in Delphi, is the Taverna Iniochos. Highly recommended by National Geographic guide book, this is a rare find in a town with not-so-great tourist fare. We were there in the early afternoon and had a quiet table with beautiful view and lovely breezes. The service and food were excellent! Shown are Greek specialties of baked eggplant and shrimp cooked with tomatoes and cheese. Nothing was left over. Heavenly. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Shannon and Aidan by the sea in the town of Itea, Greece. Restaurant recommended is Maistrali and we bypass the tourist menu. Waiter takes us into kitchen to see tray of fresh fish. For 10 euros each, Ed and I enjoy the name-unknown fish grilled whole with a delicious lemon herb sauce. Mosquitos bite us off the beach soon after. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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The Tholos of Delphi - 4th Century BC - three columns still standing - supposedly built as a shrine to the earth goddess Gaia Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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A very hot day in Delphi. Pictured here is the most complete building remaining on the site - the Treasury of Athens erected to display the spoils and trophies of their victories. The site is not as accessible as it was when we visited almost 20 years ago, but it is no less spectacular. A group of theatre students from the University of Florida spontaneously reenact a piece of Oedipus Rex in the amphitheater ruins which helps bring the setting to life. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Exploring old and new in Athens - delightful contrasts in architecture - we ramble around the ancient Parthenon and marvel at the pieces of structure and sculpture still standing - we pass by a beautifully carved pair of doors to someone's home installed over two thousand years later - and tour the stunning new museum devoted to preserving and presenting the remains and history of the Acropolis. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
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GREECE LIVING Our tour has begun and first stop is wonderful example of life Mediterranean style. View of the sea, sliding glass doors to open up and let the strong breezes flow through the house, and a short climb down the cliff steps to a refreshing swim. Following breakfast al fresco we are ready for a new day. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Britta's Sustainabode
Integration of design and systems by architects, designers and builders needs to break the mold of conventional fractured residential design and construction process. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Britta's Sustainabode
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Composting Toilets and Stunning Views in Ecuador Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Britta's Sustainabode