Thursday, May 31, 2007

LUprints - sweet and simple textiles

Lisa over at LUprints sent me a nice email about their charming textiles. LU is short for Lisa (Komuro) and Ulla (Clark) both from Pemberton, British Columbia. LU Prints strives to create fun and fresh linens and clothing for modern everyday living.

Their website calls their collections "A little spice for the kitchen and closet!" These seem a little closer to "sugar and spice" to me! Love 'em!

DIY - Bathroom wall project

Eric over at Modern Self has been showcasing his great bathroom makeover project. His fabulous apartment was featured as part of Apartment Therapy's recent Smallest, Coolest contest. In this post, he showcases the amazing one of a kind striped walls in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing, Eric!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bill Gates - decorator?

A little start-up furniture comany called Microsoft unveiled a new product today called "Surfaces". It's a computer as coffee table.

Click here to read the full story and watch the video in Popular Mechanics as well. I'm pretty sure that a computer clad home wouldn't be my thing.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Room for Improvement - Taping

We're finally finished! Today was the day that the WHDH crew came out to film me putting the final touches on this master bedroom makeover and also my clients' reactions. What fun! The finished segment will air in a couple of weeks (official date to come) and will also be available to view online.

Here is a sneak peek of the bed all set up. Final room photos will wait till the show has its official airing on television! Stay tuned!

Click here to see all "Room for Improvement" posts.

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Women in Art


Get That Look - Down With Love - Rug search

Hi Linda,

I am looking for the rug that was used in David Hype Pearce’s apartment in Down with Love. I am enclosing 2 photos. Can you help? Please :)


I don't know, anyone out there have any suggestions?

Travel Tuesday - Boston

I was debating whether to hold off posting this until the week of July 4th, but Boston has so much to offer, that you might be inspired to book now to be here on July 4th! While we have a somewhat deserved reputation for being staid and old-fashioned, we do know something about good old elegance. Which isn't too bad, after all!

Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, overlooking Boston

This is the Oval Room - My parents wedding reception was held here in 1954
This is the Oak Room Bar - where we celebrated my parents 45th anniversary

Fifteen Beacon Hotel and Federalist Restaurant situated on Boston's Beacon Hill

Friday, May 25, 2007

Happy Memorial Day

The American Institute of Architects, celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, commissioned a Harris study of member architects and the general public to create a list of 150 of favorite buildings and other structures in the United States. Here are the top 5, plus a sampling of others...

#1 - Empire State Building

#2 White House
#3 Washington's National Cathedral#4 Thomas Jefferson Memorial

# 5 - Golden Gate Bridge

#7 - Lincoln Memorial
#10 - Vietnam War Memorial
#12 - Washington Monument

#19 - World Trade Center
#27 - Monticello#60 - Thorncrown Chapel, Arkansas

Their slide show of the top 150 lets visitors select their five favorite structures and shows a comparison to how other web visitors voted, plus the top five web visitor favorites. Which follow:

# 1 - Web visitor favorite - Falling Water

#2 Web visitor favorite - Chrysler Building
#3 Web visitor favorite - Empire State Building#4 Web visitor favorite - Guggenheim Museum
# 5 Web visitor favorite - Golden Gate Bridge (also #5 in the main study)

Of course, creating favorites lists is always tricky - we have favorites based on knowledge, personal choice and emotional reactions. Our buildings are symbols. And our favorites are symbolic. My favorite is not your favorite. The Twin Towers came up at #19. Is that an emotional vote? Structures memorializing wars and presidents are also popular. Is this because the designers themselves were so moved by their subjects as to come up with something great, or is it our reactions to what they symbolize?

Our architecture is symbolic, and it's real. Real places we can visit and touch. And they are symbolic of our history, our triumphs, our tragedies. Mostly, they are symbols of the American spirit, in all its forms.

As we fire up the grills this Memorial Day weekend, let's not forget those who have fought, and died, protecting these symbols, and everything they represent.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Looking for a snug little loft in the Chelsea section of New York City? Want something bigger? How about this lofty space - at a cool $7.5M, it's a 7,000 square foot, light filled contemporary dream. It's even pet friendly!

Get out your checkbook (real or imaginary) and click here.

The Money Pit?

I've been following a blog by Paul Brown and Alison Davis in the New York Times as this married couple goes about designing and building their dream vacation home on Anna Maria Island, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. It's both entertaining and highly frustrating to follow. For one, it's not really a blog - as it's not happening in real time. The land was purchased a couple of years ago and, as one might imagine, the process of hiring an architect and creating the design plan can be long and drawn out, with little happening on a daily basis. So, they've elected to "telescope" the process and create posts that feel like they are real-time, yet are actually recaps of what has apparently transpired.

It's almost like a reality tv show, but in written format. I give them credit for being willing to put it (almost) all out there. We see two high level, educated professionals (who own two homes already - one is in my town although I don't know the couple), make all the same thoughtless assumptions, leading to mistakes, as most people might. They've ended up with a too large house plan that is considerably (200%?) over their original budget, an architect who may or may not be listening to them, a builder who is putting up roadblocks and a tax code that has caught them up short. They seem befuddled by the process and clearly hadn't sufficiently worked out their personal needs and wants before diving in. It's a pretty good lecture on what not to do.

Anyway, I do think this will get more interesting once the building get's closer to happening. They claim they haven't broken ground yet and provide the actual address for people to check satellite images to confirm. Hopefully things will pick up before they lose their readership - there are a lot of irritated commenters following this project. Eventually, people may start to lose interest, which is something they should consider as they continue their posting.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Martha Stewart Crafts

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a big fan of Martha's and there aren't too many crafts I haven't taken up at some point or another. The nooks and cranny's of my house are filled with Martha's soap making supplies, Martha's cookie decorating supplies and hordes of big-ass copper cookie cutters, not to mention Martha's books on decorating for the holidays and home organization. I should own stock... oh, I did own stock. (note the past tense).

Anyhow, I was just at Michaels Arts and Crafts in Hanover, MA and was perusing the display of Martha Stewart: Crafts products. Actually, there wasn't much product left on the shelves; it was pretty well picked over. I commented to the sales lady that the products must be very popular, given the depleted inventory and she concurred. She said the only problem is that their in-store coupons can't be used on these products, so it's been a bit confusing to buyers.

Generally, I'm not a big fan of craft kits that come practically finished with only simple assembly required (unless you're under 6 or over 86). I think it's important to be able to put one's own stamp on a handmade item. It's kind of like making a packaged cake with ready-made icing. Still tasty, still "made by hand", still wonderful, but not truly original.

These aren't too bad:

I was just checking the Martha Stewart site and I don't see the soap making and cookie decorating kits. Maybe she's dropped them for the new line. Too bad.

On side note, while I was at the store, I overheard an elderly woman on the phone with AAA. She'd been waiting over 2 hours for them to come help her out - she'd locked herself out of her car. She sounded like an an older person to me and must have over the phone. They promised to send someone else. I brought her a water and told her that I would stop back after a couple of errands and if she was still waiting, I'd run her home to get her spare set of keys. When I got back about 20 minutes later, she'd just gotten into her car. But, all I could think of was - how could it take so long - nearly three hours and two tow companies - to get one older lady into her car and where was a juvenile delinquent when you need one ! Bad AAA!