Street Photography I love street photography and this caught my eye recently by Denver photographer Kevin Mohatt. I am fascinated by an unplanned, un-staged moment caught in time. The great photographer and artist William Klein once said, “Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even if it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” Great advice in general, not just street photography.
Still Obsessed with this Echo Park Cabin: Leanne Ford, I can’t quit you. Lana Del Rey recently bought the designer’s rustic, vintage, perfectly imperfect cabin in California. I feel like I have spent years looking at this and it’s still not old. One other weird detail with my designer crush is that I have yet to watch an episode of her show – Restored by the Fords. In general, I don’t like decorating shows but I may have to make an exception.
Simplicity in Design: I struggle a little bit with clients on this. Most people want me to add more: more accent walls, more accent tile, more decorative stuff – it doesn’t matter what it is, it’s the word “adding” that gets me. The more you concentrate on the bones of the room, the less stuff you need to add. Small strips of decorative material and pillows that match the drapes are not all they’re cracked up to be.
Small amounts of clear, crisp COLOR: As a nation, we had a collective navy blue moment that really reached it stride in 2015 and is still lingering. I am tired of navy blue in the way that a child gets tired of brussel sprouts. Navy blue paired with other colors? Yes, bring it on! I know that green is haled as the new navy and I’m afraid that will just turn into another brussel sprout for me. As a design nation, I think we need to learn to mix colors. But, maybe that doesn’t sell pillows and paint.
I think design and decorating are easily overthought and it can turn into a space that’s overly precious or a space with absolutely nothing in it because you’re paralyzed by indecision. Some people need a “Just do it!” mantra and others need a “Don’t do it!” mantra.
Health Insurance for Small Business Owners: I have nothing nice to say here so I shouldn’t say anything at all BUT I just spent over an hour on hold and also speaking with various schedulers and insurance providers and it’s a mess and it’s somewhat humiliating. In order to take care of yourself you have to be incredibly persistent. I worry about those who just give up on it altogether.
Scratch-Off Posters: Have you seen these? I just saw these posters this week and had to laugh at the Women of Letters Scratch-Off Chart. I would like to hear from the woman who diligently scratches these off!
“If teardrops could be bottled
There’d be swimming pools filled by models” – Billie Eilish, “idontwannabeyouanymore“