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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Lately I've really been into home design and decor. That means day dreaming about what my business card would look like as a sought-after Interior Designer in Los Angeles, deciding I need to save up money for a decent sewing machine, and realizing how badly I want my own place so that I am forced to decorate the whole thing myself. I love my roommates and don't want to bother them with my unique, but admittedly sorta weird-unique, "style" ...

One of my favorite places to find awesome home decor

Interior design has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. In the sixth grade we were told to write a descriptive paper about our bedroom, and with immense joy, I remember filling up at least seven pages about my "girlie antique" style room. I drew roses around the paper as a border and I wouldn't be surprised if I actually wrote the thing on parchment paper so it matched the 18th century style I was SO into.... and god, the enthusiasm in my voice as I read it all to the class. I just have to remind myself and let you know...I was in Gifted & Talented... so, yeah.

Well, the obsession with home design and decor is sort of back (and thankfully evolved from my 6th grade preferences) so I wanted to write a quick note about one of the most inspiring artists of the field - Kelly Wearstler. Quite possibly the Queen of the field. While at Powell's Bookstore today I took the time to look for her newest book, Hue, and after I sat down and started looking through it I was so lit up that I felt like my head would explode. Like I had just sucked down six cherry slurpees followed by a giant thing of sour skittles and then licked up every bit of sour powder left in the bottom of the bag. This girl has major talent. And it's the bold, unusual, how-in-the-world-did-she-make-this-work kind of talent that pretty much blows your mind.

As you'll see below, she sums it up best:

"Beautiful things happen when you break the rules and go for it" - KW

Thursday, January 27, 2011

i want it SO BAD

"It’s constantly evolving, constantly changing [...]
I think that is the mark of a good apartment;
you can never really be done"
- Lauren Santo Domingo, Vogue contributing editor

This living room? I'm drooling.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Music -> Decor : Passion Pit

Isn't music so amazing? It gives me ridiculous amounts of pleasure. And that Pandora... pretty effin cool. Lately I've been switching back and forth between the nostalgic, grungy 90s alt station, the androgynous but very sexy La Roux and the classic love-him-to-death or it-all-sounds-the-same DMB. It doesn't all sound the same though, it really doesn't. Pandora even got me into Country for the first time in my life - all because of the Taylor Swift station. Pretty sneaky - I thought she was Pop!

Gotta interrupt to say that as I'm writing this, I'm listening to Third Eye Blind and godddddddddddd. So good. I will never tire of Stephan Jenkin's voice. I still can't believe he dated Vanessa Carlton.

Anyway, not too long ago, I was having the Best Day Ever at work, all because I was listening to Passion Pit and it just sounded so freakin good to me at that moment. I think it was Little Secrets, or maybe Sleepyhead, but I was just like "wow." I even gmailed my friend Hannah about it - more specifically, I was wondering if she thought they could pull off a Christmas album. And if so, how amazing would that be? Music is awesome.

Then I thought.... it would be so cool to be able to style a room so that it gives you the same kind of feeling a certain piece of music does. So this is going to be a recurring blog topic - music translated to home decor.

And I'll begin with Passion Pit.

Below are the photos from an Apartment Therapy "House Call" in Paris.
3 ways to describe the music and this home? Playful, bright and a bit overwhelming. You're smiling, aren't you?