Book Club

Summer of Reading: Top 5 Books on My Summer Reading List

I don't read any differently in the Summer than I do in other seasons so my title is a little misleading.  I think book publishers imagine readers setting aside their copies of Proust with a sigh and turning to James Patterson and the like once the temperatures get above 80, but I kind of doubt… Continue reading Summer of Reading: Top 5 Books on My Summer Reading List

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February Books: Dorothy Draper and Wyoming’s Red Desert

Dorothy Draper:  A few years ago my mom gave me a first edition of Dorothy Draper's 1939 book "Decorating is Fun!"  I'm just now diving into it and it's a fantastic read.  Lines like: "Doors are usually orphans - nobody pays any attention to them," and dramatic statements about color:  "It is the rock on which your… Continue reading February Books: Dorothy Draper and Wyoming’s Red Desert

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January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme on vinyl In the liner notes for A Love Supreme, Coltrane writes:  "In the year of 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening, which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life."  Earlier in 1957, Coltrane was addicted to heroin and alcohol, fired from Miles… Continue reading January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman

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December Obsessions: Clay Totems, Jonathan Strange and Seveneves

Making clay totems:  Sylvia and I have whiled away some enjoyable hours recently making clay totem pole inspired sculptures.  We were drawn to them first as a fun way to create a vertical sculpture with cute animals.  Before this, I didn't know much about the totem other than what I've gleaned from my years of watching Northern Exposure… Continue reading December Obsessions: Clay Totems, Jonathan Strange and Seveneves

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October Obsessions: Rustic Minimalism, Serge Mouille and In the Company of Women

1. Rustic Minimalism: I am increasingly drawn to a style that I would loosely call rustic minimalism. There's something so beautiful to me about simple materials plainly used.  For me, the take away from this style is that editing helps you see the space better.  Take away things - look at the envelope of your home; if… Continue reading October Obsessions: Rustic Minimalism, Serge Mouille and In the Company of Women

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September Obsessions: The photographer Kevin Russ, Giant Legos and Color Block Pillows

  Kevin Russ prints on Society 6: I've followed iPhone photographer Kevin Russ on Instagram for years now.  He's been on the road since 2012 and his images of traveling around this continent have been inspiring, enlightening and moving.   The people, stories and land he's encountered on his trek are rooted in Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck… Continue reading September Obsessions: The photographer Kevin Russ, Giant Legos and Color Block Pillows

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July Obsessions: Color, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Denver Artists

Here's my monthly round-up of trends and ideas floating around my Denver, Colorado Interior Design practice this month: Color: Color is creeping back in.  Although, if you're like a lot of Colorado - it never really left (see my post here).  It's coming back in the form of kitchen cabinets and other built-ins.  I've got a… Continue reading July Obsessions: Color, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Denver Artists

Book Club, Interiors

The Importance of Once Upon a Time

The writer Neil Gaiman gave an inspiring talk last week to a British reading organization (The Reading Agency) that I keep thinking about.  If you haven't read or heard it yet, you can listen and watch the talk on the Agency's link or read an excerpt from The Guardian here.  There's nothing shocking or exactly novel… Continue reading The Importance of Once Upon a Time