Monday, December 29, 2008

Color it Wonderful

I'm a big fan of bookshelves. I think they say a lot about a person if they are given any thought and this one, well I might be inclined to say "obsessive compulsive" but I'm also going to say "brilliant."

From a profile of the editors' workspaces at Martha Stewart Living (via January 2009's issue).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oh Gag Me

While partaking in the media gluttony that is watching tv and surfing the internet at the same time, I just left "Real Housewives of Orange County" out in the cold due to this scene:

(Shhh, Bravo, I'll be back next week, I'll get over it, but right now I want to throw up.)

Ode to Celerie

I've been pouring over Celerie Kemble's book "To Your Taste" and realized that I have a bit of a girl crush.

Celerie, your spaces are refreshing, your style and take on design -- inspired. I wanted to give you a big (straight) kiss when you acknowledged that there are no design emergencies, but yet still defended the profession and honored the place that good design has in people's lives. You seem to strike a balance that I find refreshing and I admire the pages where practicality takes center stage with inventive solutions.

Plus, let's face it, you rock a personal style that conjures up a more inspired Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Simple elegance, but slightly edged in prep school angst, like Carolyn if she hadn't been preoccupied with being all "Kennedy." I mean, photos of yourself in a marble bathtub? Balls man, balls.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It won't stop snowing

I'm starting to get cabin fever and our unexpected weather is cutting into my vacation time. Not only that, but I still need to do some Christmas shopping and a few of my packages are delayed. Looks like the family will be getting lovely printouts of the books that I bought them or a big card filled with "IOU." We're going on about 10" in Seattle and day 4 of ice and snow, and considering that Seattle has some of the worst drivers, it's not pretty. Perhaps you heard about the bus that almost nearly crashed through a guardrail onto the freeway like it was a scene from Speed? I thought so.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Little Duckies

I fell in love with three little ducks this morning courtesy of Vintage Konstglas made in Sweden -- I particularly love the blue color.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas is a Comin'

For me, it doesn't really feel like Christmas until I have gifts to wrap for people. Especially because I am a paper whore -- I love me a good wrapping paper and ribbon combination. Few things get me more me more excited at Christmas than the sight of presents and (honest, I swear) it's because of the wrappings. Now obviously this giddiness is not going to happen with just any old package and a roll of dancing santa paper, but watch out if you give me a present with some prettiness on the outside. I'm planning my 2009 collection and I came across this totally unrealistic but awesome idea courtesy of the queen of unrealistic awesome ideas, Martha Stewart.

As a side note, it's known in some circles that I'm bad at receiving presents, this might also contribute to my love of the adage "'better to give than receive."

David Collins

I recently saw a posting by Habitually Chic the other day that has got me thinking about success in the design industry.

There seems to be such a range of paths that a designer can take towards finding success in this profession and to me, David Collins seems to have taken talent and passion and turned it into a real, honest to goodness business. I know that we're all doing that, or trying to do it rather, but on a large, obvious scale, he has. I mean, not only has he built a style that he can own, but he's built a shrine to his vision , an empire -- one that is sought after and studied. I know that this might be an obvious post, but in an economic time when everyone is cutting back and layoffs are everywhere, having a lucrative business based on a unique vision is a combination that is harder for some to find than others.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I Want: The Perfect Holiday Jacket

It's tweed and sparkly. This little number would totally be rocked to all of the holiday parties this season. That is, if they hadn't all been canceled or turned into potlucks.

Thanks recession for not giving me reason to buy such a fabulous jacket.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oh, thank god

I Die. It might not be breaking news by now, but my excitement for the return of Rachel Zoe is huge. Without Rachel shutting it down and Taylor and Brad bitching in my ear, my Bravo hasn't been the same. Rodge & Taylor & Brad, oh my!

I do love how it's going to be freaking ages before it's back though since she has to get through awards season in order to have content worthy of viewing.

Still, I worship at the house of Zoe and I'm not ashamed to say it.

I feel kind of validated...

It's not a personal assault on plaid, I promise. Part of me kind of likes it, in fact I really don't mind it. But it's kind of like swear words. Sometimes they are so perfectly right for the situation and nothing can be better than an f-bomb, but coming from, let's say, someone you maybe don't like or someone who you aren't conviced actually knows real words, it becomes tacky and gratuitous.

That's how I feel about plaid. And clearly some people agree with me, here & here. I knew I liked them.

P.S. Domino, please try harder. I know you're better than this, and it's not that I'm mad, I'm disappointed.

Cullen Contemporary

I can't decide how I feel about the "Twilight" series, but I will admit I saw the movie and the one thing I can say for sure it that I love the house chosen for the Cullen family. While decidedly different from what the author described in the book, the production team went with a northwest contemporary design that pays homage to the region much better than what was originally envisioned by the author.