Tuesday, November 30, 2010


It's color forecast season...here is what Mythic Paint predicts for the new year!

Which color do you like? I'm a turquoise girl at heart, but that coral has me thinking about Spring decor (and it's not even officially Winter yet).


Almost ever morning on my drive to work I put the iPod away and listen into NPR's Morning Edition. I don't get the newspaper, and most of my time online is spent...well...doing this, so it's my time to catch up. This morning in between supreme court cases, medical discoveries and climate change was an article about Paul Burns, the owner of FireClay Tile in Northern California. After many failed attempts to try to buy old pocelian toilets from landfills, he finally found one who accepted his proposal to dig through the trash and collect toilets to use for his new porcelain tile line. 

It truly is amazing that we can take dirty old toilets, tubs, and vanities and turn them into gorgeous decorative tiles.  

Toilets are not the only recycled material Paul uses. He has used recycled glass bottles, sludge from sandblasting water pipes (whatever that is) and granite dust from a local quarry. Although he recently passed up an offer to reuse the yeast from a Budweiser plant due to an intense, unworkable odor, but I'm sure he's constantly experimenting with new dumpster finds. 

Monday, November 29, 2010


As one holiday passes, two more are upon us and it always seems to be a struggle to keep healthy eating habits in check. Perhaps reminders such as these jars by Jonathan Adler would keep us from reaching for seconds around the holidays...

...but who wants to feel bad while biting into a delicious homemade treat? Not me! However, I do think they are fabulously clever, and just as it's hard to resist another chocolate chip, I'm trying to show some shoppers restraint.

"C" is for calories cookie...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Some day (far in the future) I'm sure I'll host Thanksgiving dinner, but for now I'm perfectly happy going to my parents with the rest of the extended family (and I know I wouldn't be trusted with a turkey). My mom will be getting in touch with her inner "Martha" and I'm sure the place will look fantastic. However, I couldn't help but dream up my own tabletop decorations for this year's day of thanks. 

I can't remember a holiday where I didn't think metallics were a must, so splashes of silver and golds would mix with cranberry and plums, and natural wood and feathered accessories would add a rustic elegance. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Just thought I would share a few pops of turquoise today...


For more turquoise check out this turquoise lovers blog...

Monday, November 22, 2010


The last 24 hours I've been waiting for the second issue of RUE magazine to go live. It's a new online design magazine created by Crystal of Plush Palette and Anne of City Sage. It's beautifully designed, it's inspiring, it's progressive and environmentally friendly. Now if only I could stuff the issue into my purse or save a copy to put on my book shelf. I guess this is the first excuse I've come up with that I might need an iPad. It got me thinking about our future and what technology is doing to change the way we live. With the Kindle and iPad we can now access anything at anytime (almost). We can download books and magazines, and for half the price of what a book would cost. So does this mean books are becoming extinct? Will I still be designing built-in bookcase for my clients in 5 years, or docking stations for their electronics? It's exciting and scary at the same time. Books add so much personality to design that I would hate to see them disappear. However, the way I dissect magazines and leave the remains in the recycling bin, maybe this online access isn't such a bad idea...but here are a few rooms that would miss the books. 

Would you miss them?

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Last Wednesday I took my mom all over town and shared with her some of my favorite thrift stores and hidden treasures. It was a very successful day to say the least! I came home with a 3 pieces of furniture, my mom bought a new vintage couch, and I gave her a wicker trunk and red lamp shade. That's the trick...keep recycling so you don't become a hoarder. I'd like to introduce to you my favorite piece from On a Whim Consignment...my new parlor chair!

And because I can't get Marimekko fabrics out of my mind, in a few days my new fabric will cover the seat of this parlor chair (and another parlor chair I already own). I know it's not my usual vibrant choice, but I have so many bright colors throughout the apartment that I thought this would be a nice addition. 

Stayed tuned for the after pictures and photos of the two chairs I'll be selling to make room for the parlors. Now it needs a table to live at...see how there is never an end to this madness?

Friday, November 19, 2010


I came across these collages by Peggy Wolf yesterday on the always fabulous Teacups and Couture site...I've done my fair share of collages, but nothing as beautiful and fun as these!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I'm so thankful I have my laptop with me as I sit in the waiting room of the Honda dealership waiting for my car (airbag recall). I'm struggling to block out the sound of Kathy Lee Gifford's voice pouring out of the enormous flat screen as I search for waiting rooms with a little lot more personality then this place. Here is what I found...

Ok...this waiting area is officially getting weird! Kathy Lee is putting underwear on her head, Bon Jovi is playing in the background, someone is vacuuming, and I have definitely not had enough coffee today to handle this! Please get me out of here!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Last month I attended a figure drawing class at the Northampton Center for the Arts. It was my first art class since my college days, and it made me realize how much I enjoy taking time to myself to draw or paint. I've always struggled with figure drawing and I thought this would be a nice challenge. These were quick poses; the first one under 1 minute, the rest under 5 minutes. Notice how none of the figures have hands, feet, or faces? I've never been very good at drawing or painting people so I usually avoid it. Anyway...here are a few of the drawings from that class paired up with "Photoshopped" versions of each...I couldn't resist adding some color! 

Stay tuned for some more artwork...I'm on a painting binge right now!


Saturday, November 13, 2010


I've been meaning to add some pop art to my life lately and I finally came to a decision. The runner-ups were Andy Warhol's Pink Cow and Knives... 

...which are suitable for my fluorescent mood lately. 
I would even sport this outfit if I could get away with it...

...but I think I'll leave that to Nichole Richie.

So I went for the classic Andy Warhol, Marylin Monroe print with some pops of fluorescent pink. The 11" x 14" print fit perfectly in my new high gloss black frame from Michaels. I love the new addition to the apartment!

Now if only we could find a place for it to live. 

"It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."
-Andy Warhol