Tuesday, October 30, 2012

So you know how I paint sometimes?  Well, over the past few years, I've painted some portraits of some much loved pets. Some have been commissioned,  some as gifts and some commissioned for gifts. The first one that I did was for my, then, future husband. He'll tell you himself, it's pretty much what sealed the deal.  I recently painted 'Lucy',  for my sister and brother and law. After posting it on Instagram, I received several inquiring messages regarding special commissions.

With the holidays right around the corner, I've decided to open my studio for business. If you're interested in an original, acrylic on wood painting of you pet (not limited to dogs) drop me a line and I'll give you the details. 

* M

'George' the deal sealer



Monday, October 29, 2012

Although it's been the longest summer...ever. and those of us without air conditioning and an upstairs studio office, have sweat dripping down the backs of our legs by noon, the retail world is prepping us for the Holidays. Because, sweaty temps or not, they're right around the corner.

Coming up, I'm going to attempt to do a few posts featuring local boutiques in my 'hood that I think are worth visiting. I have to be honest, we in the beach cities have been starved for hip boutiques that offer interesting finds and design.  I'm happy to report that in the last few years, we've been lucky enough to have some really cool people who know what's-what, open up great boutiques. I blogged about one such boutique, Gum Tree, a few years ago when they first opened.

Gum Tree owner, Lori Ford was born and raised at the beach. She left her roots for NYC and returned with a talented Aussie chef/husband and an adorable daughter (and since, a son too)  Lucky for us she and her husband opened up Hermosa Beach's premiere boutique to shop and enjoy coffee or fresh organic food in the adjacent cafe. Lori's eye for design and knowledge of the lifestyle brands, has contributed to her unique and hip inventory.

It's hard to know where to start when you walk into the, turn of the century, beach house turned shop. I personally, like to start with  her jewelry. She always knows the best, independent designers of baubles.  Her home goods probably make up the bulk of her store, chandeliers, flatware, rugs, furniture, Gum Tree has a bit of everything. There's even a children's section.

I think above all, Gum Tree provides a spot for people to pick up a great hostess gift, a holiday gift for a friend or teacher or even a little something for yourself. And if you aren't in our area, they're now open for business on-line. Hop over and check out what you've been missing @ Gum Tree .

Here are a few of my favorite things...........

If you live in the beach cities, run on over to Gum Tree (238 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254) , have a bite to eat and check out the goods. For the rest of you, check out their new and beautiful website: http://www.gumtreela.com/

Friday, October 19, 2012

I almost ran this as my 'Peace Out' image. Until I enlarged it and realize that it probably would work better on another blog. Still, what water activity is this? It looks completely fun and scary and I want to do it too. Unfortunately, I think this was a men only trip.

So here we go, I have no one to assign photo credit  (tumblr)  It sort of looks like it was taken in my neck of the woods, what with the houses in the background having an early to mid 90s design, "moment". 

Happy weekend. If you're here in the L.A. area, stay cool in the literal sense (god, can you believe this nonsense heat??). For the rest of you, just stay cool.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I was researching one of my favorite, punchy paisley prints ( 'Henry' by Raoul Textiles )

and stumbled across this cheery approach to beach house decorating by Mona Ross Berman. You've gotta love a client who says yes to pattern, color, texture and really good fabrics and wallpapers.

I love the floor, of course, super fun but I love what she did to those ordinary closet doors. The placement of the knobs and the decortive detailing make such a difference.

(below) By using grasscloth only on the inside of this nook, an area that could have been a throw away space, suddenly becomes a room in itself.(again with the detail work on the cabinet doors, such a simple thing to do with a big diff. )

I'm not sure that this shot shows off how cool this room is. From the looks of things, it has a really fun pop art vibe happening. I wish we could see it from another angle. The art, that light fixture all good. That table definitely gives me ideas for a DIY project. Pair it with some different colored, Eames shell chairs and it could be really whacky.

 And I love a good lattice wallpaper and it looks great mixed with that little bit of black with the seat covered in 'Betwixt' (Schumacher)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Target's has no shame, knocking the shizzle out of just about any trend.  Yesterday, I noticed that this lamp by Arteriors (retailing at around $500.00 via amazon) is the most recent victim to  knock-off. I forgot what the clearance price is, and I can't read my iphone shot, but it's slashed to a crazy cheap clearance price ($12.00 maybe). I'm not sure how I feel promoting this, even though I've searched high and low for those Isabel wedge sneaker knock-offs that came and went in a blue light second. I thought I'd pass it along, just the same. It's a great looking lamp, for whatever it's worth.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Isabel Lopez-Quesada has such a fearless approach to pattern, texture and color. Every time I see her work, I want to stop and examine all of the intricacies - bold and subtle, there's a quietness to her palettes that without the playful patterns and interesting artifacts, could seem somber. Instead, it all seems very balanced and  calmed.

this is the interior of the above barn

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Your beloved city's underground transformed into graphic art. They also kind of remind me of dye being shot through arteries. If you're like me, you could create a whole modular wall with all of the cities you've lived, march them down a hallway or square them up  like above. Or if your kids were born somewhere besides where you live currently, one of these over their bed would be a great reminder of their 'roots'.  The bonus part of this is that they're on sale for cheap-cheap over on Fab.com for $16.00. From the design duo who comprise,  Lineposters.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Copacabana ano 70

Last night I had dinner with some incredible bloggers | tastemakers | creative geniuses | makers of *magic*. We are part of a, soon to be disclosed, concept that I can't wait to share with everyone (so exciting) But until then, check these folks out. I think you'll walk away feeling as inspired as I did by their work. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hello, I love you won't you tell me your name?

A few things I've fallen in love with this week from around these parts:


Oh, Tavi. Will it ever end? Will you? Or, more like, how will it end with you? I'm one of the millions that tunes in to watch. photo: Petra Collins for Oyster Magazine. For more go here


Shoe, I need you. I will check your webpage everyday, until you are back in stock. You are the perfect height for these beat-up runner's feet, and the perfect amount of bondage without looking too inspired by that certain piece of drek, called literature. 

I love this. It's weird and wonderful.... Jenny and the pets.  illustration: Jenny Keith-Hughes

The perfect L.A. fall, goin-out ensemble. Day or night chic. It's been like, 105 degrees or something stupid this week. I'm supposed to attend a cocktail thing tonight. This would be such a perfect fashion 'moment'. ( except, lose the tights. They're already making me sweat in unmentionable areas)

It's funny that I have no problem committing to a wallpaper for a client, but I'll spend a year or so, tacking samples to my own wall. If you're a wallpaper commitment phobe like me, try this: pull the image off of the internet (pinterest, or just google the image name) and upload it as your iphone wallpaper.

Most of you are probably getting ready to winterize your garden furniture. I'm still in the market and these by Cotswold based, Tredecim have me wrapped around their aluminum legs. I want to own.


Happy Humpday. And remember, if you have children over the age of let's say, 8, this is not ok to write next to a camel on your child's lunch bag or napkin. You will humiliate and quite possibly make them the social repellent of lunch hour because of it. True story.
Let's take paws, I mean pause, at the animated fabulousness of the Frits Henningsen high back armchair. Designed in the 1930s this iconic piece of furniture is always an eye-catcher. It's sculptural, it's curvilinear-ly perfection. Doesn't it look like it has paws? Or like it should be a character in Disney's Fantasia? So fantastic. Please gaze on the beauty of lasting design......

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