You are all invited to my Pierre de Terre

November 16, 2010

 

I really enjoyed this CNN segment yesterday.

 This segment reminded me of another video I came across this summer. Genius!

I have a great fascination for efficient use of small spaces. I suppose it is because in my imaginary world I own many pierre de terres around the globe (Paris flat over looking the Pont des Arts bridge and Seine River, Prague flat in the Litte Quarter overlooking the Vltava  River, etc) Of course being pratical as I am and needing to stay on budget, these are naturally small flats. These videos provided some great tips that I plan on incorporating in my international spaces. I especially appreciate that both architects/owners maintained a lot of natural light given that they were short on wall space. 

This brings me to my European pierre de terres interiors.  I am furnishing them with this Italian firm. Brilliant!

 

 I will haunt the local antique shops and flea markets for a nice mix of modern and old.  As a special bonus to my devoted readers, you are all invited to vacation at my imaginary Prague flat!

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I’ve Been Framed!

September 11, 2010

Another design fantasy rolling around in my head is a frame wall.
I would love a giant family photograph on canvas to center this wall (10 1/2 wide by 12 tall).

I have tried for this last year to get a new family photo, but someone is always gone or else we were all only together while they were visiting me in my Cancer Party Suite in Seattle. If Jennifer and I are recovered enough (from childbirth and surgery respectively), then maybe a sitting can happen around Thanksgiving. I am playing with the idea of adding other frames and paintings after seeing this inspirational display at the Anthropologie @ at the University Mall this summer.


What do you think of the multiple frame idea and do you have any suggestions for how to pose 8 adults in a family photo besides lining us all up in a row? I am especially interested in Ms. Valori Boss’ answer to these two questions.

Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets

September 11, 2010

I need feedback on options for my master bedroom accent wall. I will need all three readers to weigh in.

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Lady Gaga’s Naked Nipples

August 12, 2010

I took advantage of my extended vacation in Seattle this spring by visiting many of the areas museums and galleries. I discovered local artist Stacey Rozich. Her paintings remind me of childhood picture books and yet are still very adult. I love her vivid colors and looking at them just plain makes me happy!

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Stacey Rozich studied Illustration at California College of Arts in San Francisco. Her work varies from bold folk art in watercolor and gouache, to simple pen and ink line drawings that is pattern and textile inspired. Featured in her work are tribal animal masks, witch doctors, optical designs and delicately brushed beasts.

“I’m working to create a narrative about an early culture and their relationship with nature and animals. Besides that, I like the viewer to come up with his or her own interpretation of my work. Usually it’s a very nostalgic reaction, a sense of these tales being long forgotten yet hauntingly familiar.”

Rozich’s inspirations include Yugoslav costumes and traditions, West African tribal masks, matryoshka dolls, early German woodblock prints, the human form by Paul Gauguin, Egon Shiele, and Klimt, Henri Rousseau’s lush jungles, Dan Clowes, Charley Harper, and her father John Rozich

Seattle Artist Stacey Rozich

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

August 12, 2010

The best videos on YouTube are the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series (TDCS). I appreciate the intimate stripped-down raw music literally played behind a desk in NPR’s headquarters in NYC. You can also watch all of the TDCS plus NPR’s SXSW videos on the http://www.npr.org/music. I currently have three favorites. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Rap

August 1, 2010

Last week I was complaining to Austin about the terrible rhyming in some of his rap music (made up words, forced lyrics, etc.) Then this week I was watching E Television  and someone was waxing on about how how rap was here to stay and is our modern day poetry. This got me thinking. I mean if we really must continue with this whole rap genre, then can we get some DECENT POETRY (lyrics) out of it? It might become bearable. I thought of my favorites poets and immediately Elizabeth Barrett Browning came to mind. I have always loved Sonnets from the Portuguese. I googled “Elizabeth Barrett Browning Rap” and suprisingly discovered that no one has set her (or other poets) to rap. So I am laying down a challenge. Form a girl band (other than Prostytutka) that puts great classic poetry to rap. Anyone up to the challenge?

How many copies of me are out there?

June 30, 2010

I came across this article today on Huffington Post called “Top Crazy Things About the Universe” and a it blew my mind. Look it up.

Out there in the universe there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies my Top 11 Crazy Things About the Universe

This is cosmology’s dirty little secret, the thing the scientists don’t like to tell you because, well, it’s embarrassing. But, according to the standard picture of our Universe combined with the standard picture of physics – quantum theory – there may be an infinite number of other domains like our Universe in which all possible histories are played out. It could be that there is something wrong with the standard picture of cosmology or physics or both. Or it could be that there really are an infinite number of copies of you out there in the Universe! If that doesn’t blow your mind, nothing will

Hey Kaeleigh look what I did!

June 28, 2010

I love cheap and chic

April 20, 2010

I am in love with a few decorating blogs I have discovered recently. Check this one out: http://www.copycatchic.com/

Let the party begin!

April 16, 2010

And so begins another experiment. Starting a blog is one of my many post-retirement projects. I am so clueless and yet  so type A, that I have put this off despite my great desire to share all my thoughts with probably no one.  Today is a baby step….