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 … More February Books: Dorothy Draper and Wyoming’s Red Desert

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 … More January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman

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 … More December Obsessions: Clay Totems, Jonathan Strange and Seveneves

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

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

August Obsessions: Pale Wood, Monbento Boxes and Leon Bridges

Light, Rustic Wood:  “Dark, distressed wood” – I write this loose description out quite a lot as a design element for clients (and yes, it’s the title of my upcoming thriller).  However, I keep seeing light, rustic wood popping out in different places and I am all in.  One thing I’ve noticed recently in terms of Denver … More August Obsessions: Pale Wood, Monbento Boxes and Leon Bridges