Archive for April, 2010

My Backyard (In My Dreams)

April 23rd, 2010

Behold, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Waz that? The name turns you off? WHO CARES. Just look at this amazing marriage of horticulture, science and math. Charles Jencks, along with his late wife Maggie Keswick, designed this garden starting in 1989. Where else can you explore the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and fractals while gazing at the DNA helix come to life as a cool sculpture?

And it’s in Scotland and only open one day a year to the public.

I’m going to speculate how long it would take me to hitchhike to Scotland…

(Photo Credit:  Paulus Maximus )

(Photo Credit:  Paulus Maximus)

(Photo Credit: Paulus Maximus)

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(Photo Credit: wikimedia commons)

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Laughter Needed

April 14th, 2010

Today was one of those days when all you can do is laugh or cry. I choose to laugh because it covers the pain and effortlessly shoves it down into the nether regions of my psyche, never to be heard from again (or until I’ve had enough wine.) I kid, I kid. Laughter is the best medicine and, after the pool-size pile of crap that landed on my head today, I need it. So I looked at this picture and LAUGHED.

There are almost TOO many captions possible.

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April 9th, 2010

Alright, I am momentarily stepping away from my love of all things modern and clean and showing you that I am a well-rounded lover of design. The juxtaposition of the voluminous drapes around this bed against the stark, industrialized look of the exposed brick and beams makes me swoon. Swoon, I say!  This is a perfect example of the secret to designing unique, yet, cohesive interiors: carefully combining different styles with an eye to proportion, balance and color. In other words, I encourage you to not open the JCPenney catalog and buy drapes that match your bedspread and furniture pieces that come in a “suite”. (Oh snap! Kidding, Mom. Love you and your matching drapes!)

Although the practical part of me (yes, there is one buried deep, deep down) can only think how dirty those lovely cream drapes will be. I had an apartment in NYC that had exposed brick and that bad boy was so dusty I could write on any exposed smooth surfaces with just my finger. Saved alot of trees, but it was bothersome.

(Photo: Ochs Design)

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Cheap(er) Chic

April 6th, 2010

Blog?  Waz dat?  From the lack of posts, it seems I have forgotten I even had one.  But never fear, my legions of fans (all 10 of you) for I am back!  Here is my cheap(er) chic item o’ the week:

Here’s the pricier version at $1299, courtesy of Room & Board:

Less expensive $818 version from

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