Obsessions

Essentialism and Alligators

I scheduled this post to publish last Wednesday but, clearly, it was sitting in my drafts when I got back from vacation.  I am holding onto some of the residual vacation vibe as of 11:18 on Monday and I'm hoping to keep it for a few days more. We went to a magical part of… Continue reading Essentialism and Alligators

Obsessions

#OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

REI's retail decision to #OptOutside again (3rd year in a row) and be closed for Black Friday still resonates with me.  I've posted this blog post on the week of Thanksgiving for the past two years and my feeling is the same so I will run it again.  I am currently in Tuscon, Arizona enjoying… Continue reading #OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

Interiors, Obsessions

Minimal Interiors: Busy Living, Nostalgia and Proust

Hi there - how has your week been?  My experience with time this week has been like I got on the fast train on Monday and still haven't arrived at the destination.  My daughter started middle school and that has unexpectedly thrown my mind for a loop.  I'm trying to appreciate each moment as it… Continue reading Minimal Interiors: Busy Living, Nostalgia and Proust

Obsessions, Trends

Craving Comfortable Interiors

How have you been?  I've been incredibly busy the past 4 weeks and I'm pretty sure this blog is reflecting it!  Does it annoy you when other people go on about how busy they are?  It kind of does me, so pretend I didn't just say that to you.  I'm trying to slow things down… Continue reading Craving Comfortable Interiors

Book Club, Obsessions

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

Book Club, Obsessions

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

Obsessions

New Year and a New Resolve

Do you guys create New Years resolutions?  I wasn't raised by parents who did - I have a feeling they think it's silly and that you should try to be the best person you can be every day, not just when a new year rolls around, but I've never confirmed this with them.  When I… Continue reading New Year and a New Resolve

Book Club, Obsessions

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

Book Club, Obsessions

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

Book Club, Obsessions

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