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Slide Show.

In See on July 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM

First let me say that summer is kicking my ass. I love the heat, but I should have started digging a pool the moment the snow started melting in January. Perhaps it is the weather or perhaps it is the attitude of the 3 (soon to turn 4) year old that inhabits every moment between sleeping and sleeping again, but I am spent. And so this week I have had nothing to give. My care cup is empty (a Gabe-ism for those in the know).  Lucky for me there are things like the NY Times Slide Show feature. I just spent the last half hour sitting hang-jaw clicking through the excellent archive and recommend you do the same.






A room of his own for Shanty Jr.

In Design, See on July 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM




metroshed modern shed cabana 9x13 20 lg


My husband (let’s call him Shanty Jr.) loves sheds. Growing up on a farm, he must have been around his fair share, and the appeal now grows stronger on a daily basis. Perhaps it is the need for one’s private rubber room, or the need to build something substantial in a short period of time that provides a lasting glow of satisfaction. Regardless, I support him on this venture as I know that it will be a beautiful structure in the end and so present these sheds as inspiration. I really like the first one that spins toward the sun.

These links via and


In Design, See on July 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I remember touring through the Georgia countryside on our weekly “Sunday Drive”, my brother and I in the backseat biding our time for the ice cream reward at the end, when my father turned off the road onto a red clay path. We were at the dump. As far as the eye could see, mountains of trash with none of the organization you might see at today’s recycling centers. A washer lying on it’s side, lid open welcoming the racoons. A stack of turquoise melamine dinner plates leaning Pisa-style near a pile of torn garbage bags. Bikes, broken ladders, tv ‘s, sofas, a lamp on a table. an armful of clothes still on the hanger as if just pulled from the closet and placed there for winter storage. The requisite tires, rags, and parts. Parts of all things, sizes and shapes. My brother’s mouth hung open, “Look at all that GOOD JUNK!”.

30 years later we still love the GOOD JUNK. We send each other websites, and when visiting each other’s cities, make it a point to tour all places salvage – scouting, admiring, sighing.

We are not alone. And because you, my lovely subscribers, deserve a special heads up, I will share one of my favorite destinations. Georgia’s very own Lakewood Flea Market. (Tip: the non-permanent vendors have the best stuff and swingin’ deals!)


You should also know that it looks like Crown Hill (Upper Ballard, here in Seattle) is having it’s area Garage Sale this Saturday 9-3. Last year we went to West Seattle’s and scorrrrred! I am sure there will be some good coverage after the sale from the Yard Sale Blood Bath gang.

And you should definitely bookmark this article from today’s NY Times detailing some sales that I would gladly plan a vacation around!


In Design, See, Taste on July 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM


Saturday night we went to the bookstore, looked for the most inspiring magazine we could find and went to Redfin for some delicious bites, a bottle of wine, and some very very tasty toasted coconut ice cream. It was all good.

P.S. One of the reasons that I like going to Redfin is that it is located in the Hotel Max, and on the way to the bathroom I often stand and covet the Kiki Smith print.

I wish I knew how to sew.

In Design, See on July 17, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Actually I wish that I had a couple of parallel lives running. One of me would know how to sew. One of me would definitely … . Anyway here are some of my favorite patterns from Spoonflower, where you can have fabric created from your designs.  So many tools available to customize and create. Blurb, Lulu, Shapeways… What are your favorite tools like this? I really want to know.







140 character stories by Arjun Basu

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2009 at 8:13 AM


There is this thing that people do on Twitter. Write stories, or snippets, in 140 characters. Here is a guy that is really popular for his stories. If you read through them you get a sense of his most recent fixations – sex, tension, bodily functions. More interesting then the usual twittery twit, and a peephole into the unedited/edited mind.

I wonder if there is a PHD candidate out there writing a paper on this type of reveal?

Hemingway’s shortest piece (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) is 29 characters. Less really can be more.

Art – Us and Them and then some.

In Design, See on July 8, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Growing up a printmaker, I love the poster, broadside etc.

Here are a few from Us and Them:



Aesthetic Apparatus

PrintAnd Hammer Press (my fellow KCAI alum Brady Vest)



In Design on July 2, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Working on an under the stair desk, officey place for one of my favorite clients. These pics are research and sadly I can’t remember where each came from:







I love lacquer.

In Design on July 1, 2009 at 10:31 AM




Please disregard the surrounding items. Focus on the table, shelf, table. All could be stunning in the right place!

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