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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Already Home

Even though I spent nearly three weeks in Poland (my second trip there this year) I only had three days off from my acting./movement/vocal workshop in the woods. So I'd venture in Wroclaw, the third largest city in Poland (I believe) and take in the local sights. Here are some things I noticed:

Great hand-printed wallcovering (or stenciling) at popular hostel Mleczarnia:


Awesome seahorse and mermaid chairs at the National Museum:


A detailed metal door in the City Hall:


A plaque outside the offices of Grotowski Institute, our local host:


Milk crate lights in a vegan cafe!


A lovely shade of green:

Someone not afraid of being an individual:

Awesome architecture and public art murals in a prewar department store/shopping center (Renoma):


Lady Liberty's Polish cousin on top of this old bank building..?


And Wroclaw's answer to London's ICA--the Contemporary Museum


And here was my home base for two-plus weeks. I made my bed and room feel as homey as I could!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I like the way this is going...

Wow, it's been a while. I was in Poland (AGAIN!) for a few weeks for an intense acting workshop and spent the past week or so regrouping and catching up on work here at home. Here's a post I meant to publish while I was in Wroclaw, but couldn't since I didn't have any WiFi or internet access (with very few exceptions--I wasn't going to use my three precious days off on blogging or any design work!)

Traveling really refreshes and energizes the soul. I love to surround my home with mementos of places we've been and always try to pick up something to commemorate a trip. So far the collection has been gathering in our kitchen, and I like the way it keeps growing:

And even though this new piece above our stove doesn't relate to any geographic location, it's a reminder to my partner and me that almost everything can be done (or faced) together, from the heart of our home.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Be your Lady Marmalade

Quick post this week as I'm off to Poland...AGAIN! This time it's solo (going with a theater company to work on/workshop our new production of Antigone) and spending the whole time in Wroclaw. Or just outside the city, in a converted barn in the woods. Wish me luck!

Maybe my freestylin' cooking skills will help, since we all have to pitch in and cook for each other during our stay. A few weeks ago I picked plums with help from some friends. I made some jam, which I totally overcooked and later had to add water to this caramelized plum tar--but in the end I saved it and it tastes great. One jar is already gone!

My friends also traded me some plums for some of their homegrown oranges. So I made marmalade with this easy recipe (and totally cheated, too--I didn't let it rest overnight. I just waited until nightfall to cook it down.)

Getting crafty...and eating the rewards!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back once again comes the Renegade Master...

My partner and I love going to the Renegade Craft Fair every year at Fort Mason. We've found a lot of fun artwork, quirky gifts, and many additions to our home's cast of characters. We nearly missed it this year--we didn't know it was happening until a friend told us (thanks again, Jen!)

Check out what was around this year:


Life-affirming cat tattoo art!


More cat t-shirts and art (you know I got that cat-driving-a-truck t-shirt, right? But I got it in gray instead of yellow.)

And I also got these great decoupage trays from Chicago vendor Why Girls Go Astray.

I look forward to it every year. Watch out, LA, Portland, and London--you're next on the Renegade Craft Fair schedule!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Who's zooming who?

Okay, I was bad and let last week slip away from me. I was on a roll, too, posting every week for a while there. I guess it's hard when you've got other things to do and the inspiration sometimes runs a little low. (What, am I supposed to keep traveling all the time to get inspired? Sure, once I win the lottery!)

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from CB2 announcing their new Fall collection. I was surprised to see the number of knockoffs reproductions pieces inspired by other designers.

The classic Serge Mouille sconce vs. CB2's Mantis sconce:


Or my favorite Ball Lights from Michael Anastassiades vs. CB2's Candlestick pendants:


I dunno, the scales can sometime be different, and the quality of these knockoffs pieces can vary, but you can find some cool, inexpensive things out there. It's still nice to know where the inspiration came from, of course ;-)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Faster Kill Pussycat

Speed design is always fun! The good folks at Homepolish assigned me a cool commercial client--a startup called Move Loot. They're a furniture consignment site that wanted to decorate their new office/warehouse in the Dogpatch district of SF. With a limited budget, they were really keen to use items already in their inventory. I turned their main office and two conference rooms into a series of showrooms, displaying pieces that are still for sale online.

Here's a link to the progress, with really good before-and-after photos. We did it all in about a week--talk about fast turnaround! Instant gratification like this is what keeps me going.

Before - the main office area.


After - homey and cozier by far, with framed company slogans and some urban wallpaper panels interspersed.

 Before - the casual conference room, mostly a place to chill out.


After - styled and even loungier than before!


And here's the "formal" conference room -  the place to impress clients.


It was great working with these guys. Check 'em out if you need to sell or buy some furniture--I've already added them to my arsenal!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

London loves

When I was just a starving student (and then starving graduate) in London, I used to daydream about how I'd decorate my first real flat. Sadly, all the bedsits and rooms I rented over the years there were already furnished, so I had to make due by plastering my bedroom walls with my Britpop posters, Ikea/Argos finds, and simple white bedding I stole from a hostel. Heal's was waaaaaay out of my league.

But not any more! While visiting last month I found a lot of inspiration and thought again about how I'd furnish a little London place if I ever had the chance. The big pieces came from the obvious sources--like Habitat and the aforementioned Heal's.

I mean, really. Who couldn't resist witty pieces like a clothespin coffee table, or an ombre bench?

Or fine, locally made British pieces like this table:

Or design classics like the tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen (which I had never seen in person before):

It was so great to finally see lighting by designers like Michael Anastassiades in person. I had specified some of them for Ye Olde Dayjobbe, but to see them in person really convinced me I wasn't crazy.

Throw it together with some wallpaper inspiration from the Zetter Townhouse...

 ...Or some Timorous Beasties urban toile wallpaper (seen at the Perseverance on Lambs Conduit Street)

...And it'd all look great in a dining room, along with some of these leather chairs I saw at Byron (a burger joint chain--these were in the Farringdon branch.)

Of course then you'd need a sofa...I liked this one from Habitat.

I'd pair it with this rope table from Dwell:

Or maybe a colorful and simple sofa from Muji (their European products are more varied than the US selection)

It'd be fun to pair one of those sofas with an ottoman like this...

Or some modular cocktail tables...

Of course you'd need an accent/lounge chair...


And a place to stash the TV...

Maybe a simple chest at the foot of the bed for blankets and such. This one from Lom Bok was a lovely unfinished raw wood...


Of course I would finish it all off with a crazy cat pillow (I actually bought this one and stuffed it in my suitcase!)

I'd finish it off with a stop at The Cloth Shop from my old 'hood, or even a department store like John Lewis for some other pillow textiles, but there you go. My kooky London flat!