Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I was originally drawn to these two polaroids because they are stunning, but upon closer inspection, the wall decals that they advertise are pretty great too!

{via ffffound; images from harmonie interieure}

Monday, October 27, 2008

I do believe that it's quite unfair that when things go 'on sale' that they are still ridiculously expensive. {via better living through design}

If I had more than just some extra extra cash to blow, I'd probably buy these chairs, the Paulistano and the Maun Windsor.

Or .... I could buy a few more of these... my favorite.

Or I'd go here for vacation for a week.

I could go on and on with my wish list...
We are lucky to have a little resting and sitting area in our studio with tatami mats and some zaisu, Japanese chairs that have backs but no legs. Ours are made from beautiful bent wood and have a circle cutout for a little butt friction, though they are even more comfortable with cushions.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My sister is moving to Australia next week! I'm so excited for her... though selfishly also excited for myself and all the Australian magazines I'm going to make her send to me :)

Artichoke is one of my favorites.

Seriously though, after having lived and studied in Melbourne for only a measly 6 months, I fell in love with the city and the continent. I tried to travel through the country as much as I could in the little time that I had, and I still talk about how much my travels (particularly to Western Australia) changed me.

It really is a fascinating continent, geologically and culturally. The one thing that continues to blow my mind is that the population of the State of California is approximately 36 million people. The entire country of Australia (which is roughly the same size of, though a little smaller than, the United States) has about 21 million inhabitants.

That's my kind of place. Fewer people... more empty space.

{hmm... got a little side tracked there from the nice magazines, didn't I? Oh well.... to continue what I started off trying to say: Australia has got some great design going on and some fabulous publications to match...}

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

If someone lovely out there just wants to buy me a present, just for the heck of it, look no futher.

Bowls and plates from the New York Botanical Garden shop.


Someone... anyone?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I love my friends.

And I love it when they make things that I want :)
Case in point: Jessica with her latest project, baby slippers... as seen on her (and co-author Mindy's) blog, 3 day weekend.

{... actually, it was their blog that inspired me to finally get off my butt and start one of my own.}

What is it about teeny shoes? I love these slippers. All of them. They're so simple and sweet.
This morning the colors were stunning.
I cooked my breakfast outside... a wonderful way to start the day.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some colors from the studio... they all seem to fit into our unintended color scheme.

I've been so busy these last few weeks, it's crazy. Lack of sleep, lack of attention on too many things except work. I've hardly spent anytime in the studio at all, but soon, I will get a little break.

Things I am eargerly awaiting:
1. busting out the knitting needles and balls of yarn that have been taunting me and getting back to the beasts
2. fixing my grommet setter and finishing the calendar....
3. cooking a nice autumn meal
4. a trip to the desert

but for now, it's back to plans, elevations and furniture drawings...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The inspirations boards took over the {other} office a long time ago. And now we are so close to being finished with the house that I think I will miss these crazy boards. So many wonderful colors and images collected over the years.

The house, as a shell, has a very clear personality. Now I can't wait to see how each room comes together... how close (or far) they are the images in our heads and on boards.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

With the days getting shorter I find myself driving to work in the morning in the dark. Normally I am not so keen on this, but this morning... the moon! I cannot describe how gorgeous it was. Low in the sky and pure gold because of all the smoke from the wildfires hanging in the air.

Of course I do not recommend trying to take photos while driving at 6:15 a.m. going 70 miles an hour. But I do love these images, even if you can't quite make out the moon :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

It certainly was not our intention, but we have a nice collection of red and yellow chairs for our studio.

Tomorrow is our big party. Our muscles and brains are sore from all the construction and debates over paint colors and finishes.

Tomorrow champagne will taste better than ever.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Earlier this year I sent some beasts off to England to be part of a new shop, radici.co.uk, and the webshop finally launched today! Fiona and Jenneth have spent months gathering beautiful handcrafted items from all over the world and my wee beasts have made the cut :) There are some really lovely pieces, I'm so happy that my work is amongst it all! And not only are the goods beautiful, but so is the site's design. Elegant and clean, but also fun and whimiscal.

Also check out their blog, where you'll see Roscoe the Giraffe ushering in the big day... and also, Owen, the blog's lucky mascot.

A big congratulations to Fiona and Jenneth!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What a lovely weekend so far... good company, good shopping finds and good food.

First KC and I went to look for some light fixtures for the house on which we're working. Instead we got completely sidetracked by the vintage maps and vintage kimono stencils. Not that I'm complaining...

And then this morning: breakfast with friends outside. It's something that we do not do often enough and we took our time today. Lazy eating and laughing. Also, it rained yesterday and so this morning the air was so fresh and the sky so clean.

And tonight R and I are going to see Horse Feathers play. What a weekend, indeed.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

This little house by LASC studio is a breath of fresh air... via 2 or 3 things I know.
The same blue travels through the house... the bookshelf, the doors, the stairs, the bathroom tile... and there a nice strong yellow as well.