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March 30, 2009

Filed Under Miscellaneous

  • The NYT has an article today about DIY magazine publishing. Just as blogs have given millions of folks a voice, I love that it's so easy now to publish your own book (I like Blurb a lot) and magazines.
  • My latest obsession is Dynamo Donuts. I want one of their lemon pistachios right now, but have settled for a regular old-fashioned from the place near work. A poor substitute.
  • Jordan held her first-ever letterpress class this weekend and it was a lot of fun. I can't wait to get my fancy new cards! BTW, her studio space is awesome.
  • I think this tea rose belt from Anthropologie would make any outfit happier. And it's just $28.
  • How cool is this post that Maggie wrote last week in honor of her husband's 40th birthday? (The answer: very cool.)
  • We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at the Village Pub on Friday night. But I couldn't help noticing that the two young boys at the table near us spent most of the evening playing with their handheld devices. I've noticed this lately when we go out to eat — that the parents don't engage with the kids at all throughout the meal because they're too busy with their video games or text-messaging or whatever. I'm glad that my nieces and nephews don't do this at the dinner table! At home or in public.
  • Speaking of my nieces, one of them was admitted into the hospital late last week and had a really rough weekend. Little kids in pain = the worst. I hope she's feeling better this morning and recovers quickly.

March 27, 2009

Spring It On

One week into the spring season: the skies are blue, the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 70s here. Since the house is currently flooded with natural light, I'm trying to take photos for an upcoming mini-house tour (on a design blog that I am a big fan of).

Right now, one of my favorite things is walking through the front door and being greeted by fresh flowers:*


* Thank you, Trader Joe's, for your awesome $6.99 bunches of tulips!

These Two Things are Unrelated

• Wow. Ghost-Twittering for celebrities is an actual job. According to this Jezebel post, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Barack Obama don't write their own tweets. (Honestly, I'm OK with Barack letting someone Twitter on his behalf, since he's busy saving the country and all. But if that's the case, then I'd like more tweets, please.)

• I would like to officially put the Tesla Model S (an electric sedan) on my list of wants. I'm due for a new car in 2011, right?

March 24, 2009

It's Shoe Time

Some people like looking at bookshelves filled with colorful spines. Me? I like walking into my closet and seeing colorful shoes. They make me happy.

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(BTW, our bookshelves are a mess. The office/library is the most neglected room in our house.)

March 23, 2009

Write On

I was brunching yesterday with Christiana — who, as the proprietor of Hygge & West, has a pretty cool job. And she commented that *I* have a pretty cool job. Well, I have to admit: I feel really, really lucky to have my regular freelance gig with the SF Chronicle. In the coming weeks, I've got profiles running on a bunch of amazing interior designers. Such as:

P.S. Both Palmer and Matthew are participating in this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase (April 25-May 25). So if you're local and get a chance, I highly recommend checking it out. I saw the house — excuse me, mansion — a few weeks ago and it was a construction mess. So I'm super excited to view it once it's been completely transformed.

Public Displays

When it comes to in-store displays, Anthropologie has some of the best around. I snapped these photos at the Carmel location last weekend:


I collect matchbooks when I travel, so I might modify Anthropologie's above idea a bit. I'm thinking I could display a group of matchbooks from one trip — maybe this year's trip to Italy? — in a shadowbox. (I don't know if mine will be as color coordinated as theirs though!)

March 19, 2009

Print Media vs. Blogs

I've been following this discussion over on Apartment Therapy today. The NY Times wants AT to stop using their images — which basically means that AT probably won't be posting much about future NYT stories.

As a blog and newspaper writer — most of you know I was once a regular contributor to AT:SF — I can easily understand both sides here. But I tend to agree with AT commenter "18percentgrey":

Forget about the warm & fuzzies. It's not like you're not in business to make a profit here. It's business. They pay the reporters & expenses to create original content, and blogs take it, and post it, claiming it benefits the Times. ... Blogs that have their own advertising should pay for the content they take from other entities - plain and simple. Either legitimately license the material, or create your own original content.

When I was writing for AT:SF, one major concern was whether another AT city site might scoop me. Or, even worse, if a subject for a pending post was already covered ad nauseam by other design blogs. The only way to 100 percent avoid either scenario was to come up with completely original content: get out there and see what's in the local shops; track down people for house tours; interview people yourself, instead of excerpting another magazine/newspaper/website's interview; make contacts in the design community to stay on top of events.

And you know what? It wasn't such a bad thing. So maybe, in the end, losing the NYT content will make AT even stronger.

March 16, 2009

Good Buys

While most of our furniture purchases follow much deliberation, there are a couple of spontaneous buys in our house that I really love. Such as the "Boomerang" chaise by Romani e Saccani that we bought at DWR right before we moved into our first house (it was discontinued, so was on sale):

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And most recently, we picked up this vintage bench that was used in a school gym in London:

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The bench isn't very deep — less than 12" — so it fits perfectly in our entry area. I just can't decide whether or not to add cushions to it. Oh, and I also can't decide what to hang on the walls behind the chaise in the living room.

March 12, 2009

The (Impossible?) $300 Makeovers

The NY Times has an interesting series running today, chronicling the attempts of five designers to revamp one room each — for $300. Only one was successful; the others managed to stay under $500.


With the studio shown above, I'm surprised that they spent $54 (of the total $326) paying a handyman to install the bookshelves. The Long Island living room was one of the more expensive makeovers ($452) because a set designer and seamstress were hired to stencil the walls and sew pillows, respectively. Overall, I think the lessons learned here are: 1) paint and fabric can go a long way, and 2) doing things yourself will save you a bunch of cash.

March 11, 2009

Word Play

Four words-based prints by Mike Monteiro are now available at 20x200. I want this one:

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March 10, 2009

Erica Tanov House Tour

When I was in grad school, I worked part-time at a store on Berkeley's Fourth Street. During my breaks, I would often venture into Erica Tanov and gaze at all of the pretty things. (I couldn't afford any of it at the time!) I loved not only the clothing and accessories on the shelves and racks, but just the overall feel of the store. So it's no surprise that I am besotted with Tanov's home, featured today on AT's Re-Nest site.


March 04, 2009

Two-Speed Wallpaper

Pretty, right?


But check out the details: Bike wheels! Chains! Handlebars! I like this Two-Speed wallpaper by Flavor Paper.

(The price, however, I like a little less: $198/roll.)

March 02, 2009

Blog Love

Yay! Did you see that AB Chao is blogging again? And many recent posts are about her awesome house.

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A while back, AB was kind enough to let me write up a House Tour on her Louisiana abode for Apartment Therapy. It remains one of my favorites. I mean, how could you not love a place with a porch like this:

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