Thursday, May 31, 2012

I just got word of a great show opening in Studio City this weekend (6 / 2 / 12). Henry Road, purveyors of well chosen home goods, textiles and art will be hosting, artist Matt Adrian's show, Murmuration. The show features 40 pieces of his new work.

"Also known as The Mincing Mockingbird, Matt creates lush acrylic paintings of birds from his home base on the central coast of California.   His work ranges from the beautiful and sweet to the intimidating and sinister and is collected worldwide.  Matt's paintings tend to fly off our walls.  "

Date:    Saturday June 2
Time:    5-8 pm
Location:   Henry Road, 3949 Laurel Grove Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


If it's true that idle hands are the devil's workshop, then busy, busy hands that create exquisitely detailed, time consuming embroidered masterpieces, must surely be the work of angels. Or at least some sort of conduit.


Ridiculous. The PATIENCE this must take. The exactitude of laying down each stitch. I tell you, in this day of quick, quick, immediate gratification, very few of us have what it requires to produce something like this.

Maricor & Maricar Manalo is the hand crafting design duo comprised of twin sisters who must be, simultaneously,  the most mellow and intense people on this earth. If you're not in too big of a rush, check out their website.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Window seat, please.

 Artist Jim Darling gives viewers of his, Windows series, a permanent place to gaze out on to the landscape below. Is this not such a brilliant idea? I want one.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

um, another for the book of, "why didn't I think of that" (or rather "why didn't I capitalize on that" ). Pretty smart, eh? Like cute socks for your Ikea furniture. Found here.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison.

I'm not usually a re-quoter, I don't think I've ever tweeted nor facebooked a platitude. But, as I was checking out these photos of Edison's beautiful, industrial lab where, in fact, the light bulb was invented, I started to read through the article and found some pretty amazing stuff that applies to the process of design, actually the process of really anything worthwhile.

Check it out if you want a little reality check to your, "Other side of Wednesday - it's almost Friday and you know what that means", part of the week. And how gorgeous is this lab. I'm such a sucker for this sort of thing. Knowing that it provided a space for intelligence + creativity to manifest itself, makes it that much more a thing of beauty.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In case you haven't seen this, it's that droll sort of chuckling to yourself sort of way. It's for anyone who ever has for a moment had that fantasy where they're being interviewed on Fresh Air. It gets funnier as you go along. Oh, and also, if by now you haven't done a Google image search on Terri Gross....Spoiler Alert at 0:21. Enjoy.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I sort of can't believe that I'm wearing neon again. But I am. In small doses I think it's the perfect bit of zing for a casual Spring outfit of jeans and a T. I'm particularly digging these oxfords with the neon yellow sole (my illustration above doesn't accurately convey how BRILLIANT the bottoms are). They're the perfect accompaniment slipped on with a neon jacket. Sort of like you stepped in a pile of Dandelions and then rolled in some Peonies. . .

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

By the way, there's an interesting interview with Kitchen designer Lyn Peterson about the, Frankfurt Kitchen which was designed by, Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky in the late 1920s. The kitchen is the original design recipe to how we layout and design a kitchen even now, in modern times. The MoMA had the actual kitchen on display but I believe the exhibit went down in March. In the mean time, have a listen to this quick interview: 

My youngest and I took a quick trip up to SF over the weekend to celebrate, with her Girl Scout Troop, the end to five years of selling thin mints, giving back to the community and learning all the good things that come with being part of the organization. It's also the 100 year anniversary for the Girl Scouts, if you're counting.

Before joining the others, we had a day to ourselves and I took my girl to the Exploratorium, which is such a cool, hands-on science lab/museum.  As you can see above, it has its share of all kinds of cool things including a floor of creepy crawly stuff (which I kind of like for it's yuck factor)

I mean, look at this guy's office. I don't even know what he does, but I bet it's fun most days. And it's divided by a partitioned wall from the rest of the museum (which by the way is currently housed in the beautiful and historic, Palace of Fine Arts building) How great is that?

Also, as seen above, they have a photo booth. Which, for years, we've always ended our visit with. It's a great place to experiment your : 'fake laugh', ' all business face ' and 'put on your best vermillion, over the shoulder pout'....all while wearing camouflage.


 Sunday morning rolled around and she reached into her pocket, pulling out a wadded up ten dollar bill (allowance money) announcing, that today, Mother's Day she would be treating me to breakfast. And so we made a visit to another SF institution, 'Sears Fine Food', where we had the best Mother's Day breakfast ever.

Monday, May 14, 2012

shut the front door.

The house in which I grew up, was your basic, traditional, Georgian Colonial.  Built in the early teens.  White, with black shutters. When people would ask for directions to our home we'd say, " when you get to the circle median, you'll see it. It's the one with the bright red door." And so it still is. The only house on the block or the neighborhood, for that matter,  that stands out for it's non-tradtional front door color choice.


So maybe this is why I have a special affinity for front doors painted any hue but the expected. Don't get me wrong, a glossy black door is one of my favorites, on the right door. Elegant and dressed to the nines - that look is. But take a gander at these gems and maybe think about this easy pick me up for your own home.


It's only paint after all. Live with it for the summer, I think you'll end up keeping it.

 This isn't a front door, but carrying this idea inside can make all the difference in a space.

Trust me, there's a little bit of pride that goes with living in the only house on the block with a little in-your-face personality trait.  


ok, and one more that has nothing to do with paint, but check these sliders out. Is this not the best?

*all photos are from pinterest. If you know to whom I should give credit, please let me know and I will gladly do so.

Friday, May 11, 2012

peace out

   It's been a week of dogs eating newly minted retainers (after FIVE years of braces for one child), replacement of said mauled retainers (not cheap), 5th grade friend issues, tests, iphones that forget to remind of majorly important meetings, missed appointments, missed parties for the Legends of La Cienega event (which makes me feel like the kid who's missing out on all of the fun everyone else is having) and skipping up to SF for the weekend. I've decided this: I'm strongly considering going into Orthodonti, cash being the motivator (see above)  and b. I'm ready to have nothing on my plate. Happy Mother's Day, all y'alls. I miss you mom. xoxo

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


completely disturbing?

 or completely beautiful?

either way, it's definitely not something you look at and then go back to eating your sandwich. 

 Provocative and eerily beautiful, is the unusual artistic collaboration of French artist Hubert Duprat and a group of caddis fly larvae....'larvae'. The word alone gives me heebies. But you have to admit it's fascinating.

" A small winged insect belonging to the order Trichoptera and closely related to the butterfly, caddis flies live near streams and ponds and produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing bodies by manufacturing shea­ths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substances—grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shell—readily available in their benthic ecosystem. The larvae are remarkably adaptable: if other suitable materials are introduced into their environment, they will often incorporate those as well. "

need more? look at it in action here

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

San Francisco


New York

What a great idea for anyone celebrating their couple hood - an anniversary, or wedding. Is Paris where you met during your Semester Abroad? Or was it that summer in  New York City when you fell madly in love as you ran around that place like you owned it? Cities, can hold for us, certain pivotal chapters in our lives and no matter how far we move or how suburbanized we become, we always hold that particular environ close to our hearts. Hand stitched by certified fair labor partners in India. Cray. Hand stitched, with some serious power eyesight. They're are a lot more soft map blankets with other cities (even baby blankets) check it out at Haptic Lab. 

Monday, May 7, 2012



Everyone in my entire family needs this stamp (oh yes, I'm talking to you) We're so bad that we call each other a month later and say things like, "hey! I didn't forget I'm just trying to make it a birthday month/season for you!" And really, because we're family, it's understood.

Speaking of family, my sister made a dress out of paper once. I don't really remember it, except from yellowed, old photos of her standing in the backyard. These are made from vintage maps and the dresses sell for a mere, $195.00 (new zealand) - which seems really low for something this unique and hand done. I'd frame this and hang it on a wall. There's more here.

Aren't these great? They would look great in a mid century designed living room corner. I see Womb Chairs and Danish case goods in this beauty's future. From Score + Solder (which, is such a great name )

Every time I see one of those Keep Calm posters, or any version of it, I need to speak the above words to myself.  I crown it as officially 'over'. I think this might be the new, banner of affirmation to have. Designed by Ashley of , 'Secret Holiday & Co.' (again, the name. so great.) This, hand made, banner has been seen popping up in all kinds of photo shoots lately. Who doesn't need to be reminded that really, at the end of it's ok. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yellow + black + gray have been a strong chord in our color repertoire for the past few years. It's even gone main stream, taking the place of the pale blue + chocolate brown combo seen in practically every catalog for the past several years. While I think the latter is stale and needs to be relegated to a baby boy's rooms and polka-dots ...and only when you must,


 I think the y+b+g trinity has held its own because it's strong, graphic, classic, a-sexual, a-age..ual. It feels modern without out the chill. It complements architectural features, and in some cases creates some where there is none.


This all coming from someone who ranks yellow, low on a their favorite colors list. I'm sure one day, as with all trends, the triumvirate will be thrown into the bushel with avocado and gold and will no longer seem as current.

 But you have to admit, even in nature, this palette is reads fresh and harmonious.

(This little tangent was inspired by these beautiful photos and food shoot by stylist, dietlind wolf and photographer julia hoersch. ) 

By the way, Dietland Wolf's blog is a total time-suck - in the best way a good blog knows how to be. If you like food and beautiful photography, you're gonna get yanked in so deep. Warning you. Just so you know.

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