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blog for digs : my childhood bedroom

I’m so excited to be doing this “My childhood bedroom was…” post for blog for digs! I saw the post that Victoria at sfgirlbybay put together, and I jumped at the chance to participate. It’s a project that is raising awareness for dwell with dignity, a non-profit organization geared towards helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design. Now, I’m no interior designer, but I did have a bedroom full of rainbows and shag carpet that I absolutely loved, so I guess that kind of qualifies me:

I shared a room with my younger sister until I turned eleven. It was a magical day in the 1980’s when I left the Holly Hobbie wallpapered room to forge my pre-teen independence… in the basement! I filled my new space with the most important logos of the day {ESPRIT, United Colors of Benetton, Swatch}, and as many rainbow-themed items as possible. Luckily for me, one entire wall {wall, not floor!} of my new room was completely covered in a weird patchwork of insanely colorful shag carpet. I kid you not.

Now, eleven is a strange age for girls. You really, really want to be a teenager, but you’re still very much a little girl – hence this eclectic mix: a heart-shaped lamp, a very sassy hot-lips phone, and a shelf full of ceramic unicorns… and don’t even get me started on the many hours I spent listening to mixtapes about true, undying, can’t live without it love. Sigh. Oh, and speaking of which:

… yes, Johnny and Baby, like totally changed my life. Forever.

Ah, memory lane! There are several other bloggers sharing their rooms today too… here is the full blog for digs schedule, and to support dwell with dignity, please visit their site.





i’m going to be jealous at alt summit!

I’m packing my bags, knitting myself a jaunty sweater, and heading to Utah! Yep… me, Brangelina, and a whole bunch of bloggers will be showing up in Salt Lake City this January. Ok, Brad and Angie are probably going to spend most of their time at the Sundance Film Festival, which just so happens to be on the same weekend, I however will be there for Alt Summit! The list of speakers is insane, and I could not be more thrilled to be on that list {I’m on a panel with three amazing women – an editor, a decorator, and a bride-turned-blogger}. I can’t wait to hear what some of my favorite writers have to say about the world of blogging, and I’m so excited to finally meet everyone in person, because, let’s be honest, witty twitter banter can only take a friendship so far, yes?

ps. you should come too… it’s gonna be fun! oh, and don’t forget your hand-knitted cap!





i’m jealous… and slightly addicted

Ok, I’m just going to say it. I’m addicted to Twitter – but it’s not my fault!! It’s because of them {…that’s right – you there, on that little list a few lines down}. Their witty 140 character quips make me click on shortened links to jealousy-inducing content at all hours of the day and night. So, how have I chosen to deal with my addiction? I’m not going to. I’ve decided to rope you in instead! Come on… just try it once. It’s not like you’re going to get hooked the first time or anything #famouslastwords

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october 9th ~ 10th

Last year, someone pointed me to The Beholder, an amazing online gallery based in San Francisco… and it was love at first click. So many fantastic artists all in one place! Leigh Wells, Martha Rich, Jennifer Sanchez, Jennifer Davis, Mike Monteiro… shall I go on?  Yep, that’s when I knew I was officially jealous of Suzanne Shade, Director & Curator of The Beholder. About five minutes after finding her site, I was writing a post about it. Not only does she have fabulous taste, but she’s also incredibly nice! Don’t you just love it when that happens?

Anyway, enough about really talented, super nice curators who make me jealous… here’s a curator that makes Suzanne jealous {I’ll let her add the adjectives}:

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I’m jealous of Folkert Gorter


When you think of what a curator does (and I’ve been thinking a lot of that recently) it’s pretty simple: you are drawn by something, and you want to share it with the world. And sometimes, happily, the act of sharing helps you to discover what about that thing made you love it in the first place.

The really hard part about curating is giving your audience not only what you think is good, but giving them a way to see something that they may not have seen on their own. Crafting that moment where a work becomes so vividly clear: Ahhh yes. I GET IT now.

Folkert Gorter is one of those curators who can do that to you every time. That’s where the jealous part comes in. Folkert helps run a blog called “But Does It Float?“  His method is simple. He marries a ‘title’ (pulled quotes from folks like Bertolt Brecht and Jan Tschichold) which often are illuminating in themselves. He pairs that with the work of a selected artist. As the images float onto the screen, you are lifted up… it’s so addicting to scroll down a whole page and have it happen time after time.

Folkert is a Dutch interaction designer living in Los Angeles, and besides being an amazing curator, he’s also one of the founding creators of Cargo Collective, a web tool that powers a variety of creative communities in the fields of Education, Design, Research, and Conceptual Art. He’s the designer behind a site called Space Collective: The Future of Everything, and also developed a publishing platform for Good Magazine.

Oh, and did I mention that he’s also totally adorable?

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Adorable. Damn, I wish I’d put that in my list of adjectives! I’ll add that to your list Suzanne ; )

Thanks so much for this amazing post!





september 25th ~ 26th

Some of you may know Brooklyn based writer Alison Feldmann because of her inspiring/funny/kinda dark personal blog, TeenAngster… or maybe you recognize her name because she also happens to be the editor of a little blog called The Storque {yeah, that’s right… Etsy’s blog!}. Yep, she’s a very busy gal, which is why I’m so happy she could spend the weekend with us. When I invited her over, I couldn’t wait to see who she’d bring along… I knew it’d be a good one, and boy, was I right:

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I am jealous of Julia Solis.

Julia Solis basically has my dream job: she explores and photographs forgotten, paint-chipped mental hospitals, ancient tunnels beneath the city streets, and the detritus left behind after institutions fall into disrepair and become obsolete. Basically, abandonment city — cue my sincere and hand-wringingly strong lust to join her on these journeys. Julia gains access to the kinds of places I only stare at from a distance, wishing I had the cojones to actually climb over a barbed wire fence and risk stigmata to my delicate paws.

She’s done more incredible work than I could ever show in one blog post, but these photos of abandoned theaters — the series is aptly titled “Stages of Decay” — made me lose my breath. To imagine all of the dramatic enterprise that once took place in those gilded, velvet lined amphitheaters, now hanging in tatters. The ghosts of former performances hang around, I’m sure, reliving their glory days.

For more of Julia’s work check out her website, Dark Passage, for a full portfolio of her travels. Her daily blog, Dark Passage Travelogue, explores the artistic artifacts found beneath the crumbling walls she scales. If you’re in New York, she frequently holds talks and sometimes accompanies the public on tours beneath the streets — but I may just be making this up. She’s rad.

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And so are you Alison! Thanks for coming by : )





i’m still jealous of lisa congdon’s stuff

I wrote about the ridiculously creative, San Francisco based artist Lisa Congdon and her blog, A Collection a Day, way back on day 10 of this 365 day project. Well, here we are with less than 100 days to go, and she’s still finding stuff to photograph every single day! Actually, Lisa has inspired me to start my own little collection… reasons for being jealous of this lovely project:

First of all, the idea is fantastic. Then of course, there’s the fact that she actually owns cupboards full of this weird & wonderful stuff {I especially love those doll hands!}. And finally, the most exciting development… this smart/simple little blog of hers is being turned into a book by Uppercase Gallery. It’s going to be beautiful, and it will definitely be added to another little collection of mine… art books that make me jealous!





september 18th ~ 19th

I first happened upon Sydney based interior designer Dana Hughes through a guest post that she did on sfgirlbybay. I was guest blogging that week too, and was quite happy with my contribution… until I read Dana’s. It was good. Really good. I immediately linked through to her lovely blog, and was hooked. If you’re looking for inspirational interiors, beautiful installations or stunning architecture then you owe yourself a visit to yellowtrace. But before you go, take a gander below this little dotted line to get a taste of the kind of amazing work that makes her jealous…

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I am jealous of Tokujin Yoshioka.


I am jealous of Tokujin Yoshioka. Why? First of all, he has a really cool name. And don’t even get me started on his incredible talent and his amazing mind. Tokujin’s work can’t easily be classified into any discipline – more of an artist than a designer, he is true magician of form, materiality and innovation.

His studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design, was established in 2000 and since then he has done countless projects with Issey Miyake, Hermes, Toyota, BMW, KDDI, Swarowski, Cartier, Camper… ah the list is endless. Some of his most important works are displayed in permanent collections in the world’s best known museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.

I am in complete awe of Tokujin’s mind and the way he talks about his pieces. He creates interiors, installations and architecture where people can feel the light with all their senses. He explores beauty born out of coincidence and beyond human imagination; his work echoes the beauty of nature with its ever-changing expression, giving the idea “that the design doesn’t even exist”.

Oh Mr Yoshioka, how I worship you and envy your talent all the same time.

x dana

{Image Credits: 1. Sensing Nature / Snow / Exhibition
Mori Art Museum / Japan 2010 / www.mori.art.museum;  2. Design Miami / Designer of the Year / Exhibition
USA 2007 / www.designmiami.com; 3. Museum Beyond Museum / Rainbow Church / Exhibition
Korea 2006-2010 / www.beyondmuseum.com;  4. WATERFALL / Museum Beyond Museum / Table
Korea 2010 /www.beyondmuseum.com;  5. Moroso / Tokujin x Moroso / Installation
Italy 2007 / www.moroso.it;  6. MOROSO / MEMORY / Chair
Italy 2010 / www.moroso.it}

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Sigh. So beautiful. Ok, now go to yellowtrace… a tonne of inspirational interiors await!

Thanks so much Dana! xx





i’m jealous on etsy!

I have to admit, when the editor of Etsy’s blog {who also happens to be the blogger known as teenangster} asked me to do a guest post, I was absolutely thrilled, but sort of stunned. “Just throw out a theme to get the ball rolling” she said. Um, have you seen Etsy? Do you know how many thousands of amazing things are on there every single day?! Oh the possibilities! Anyway, after writing back to casually say, “Sure, no problem, this will be fun”, I had a zillion ideas racing through my head, so I decided to sleep on it… and had some very weird dreams by the way. Luckily I woke up with an idea that I was really happy with! A gallery soiree, complete with champagne {well, kinda}. Turns out it was no problem, and a whole lotta fun ; )

{The lead image in the post, seen above, is a collage by Hollie Chastain.}





august 14th ~ 15th

Talk about jealous! I could not be more jealous of Victoria Smith. Why you ask? Well, it all started when I found her photography series, Sunday in the City, featured on Poppytalk. I just figured she was an amazing photographer, until of course I followed the images back to her blog. Ahh, her blog. sfgirlbybay quickly became one of my daily reads. With a background in interior design, she writes inspirational posts on design, style, art, food… everything you need for a fabulous life really. Victoria, and her lovely home, {which I’m also jealous of by the way} have been featured in several design magazines. But wait, there’s more! She is a huge part of the blogging community… speaking at conferences, creating projects like blog it forward, and hosting various guest bloggers every week {including me, which I could not be more thrilled about!}. Anyway, it turns out I’m not the only one who’s jealous… Victoria is jealous of someone too:

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I’m jealous of Maira Kalman

I can never get enough of Ms. Kalman, an American illustrator, author, artist, and designer, originally born in Tel Aviv and transplanted to New York at the age of four. I get a sense that Ms. Kalman embraces her New York home whole-heartily…she walks the city streets and documents her travels consistently. She’s been known to say, “the best way to see the country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot.”  It is that which I greedily envy. Her prolific illustrations poke mild fun at the absurd people she meets along her journeys, never mean-spirited, just with a keen eye and wry observation that I thoroughly enjoy.

She’s illustrated numerous New Yorker covers, and is the author of like over a dozen children’s books, including Stay Up Late (from the song by David Byrne – another person I’m very jealous of, but we’ll save that for another day), and Swami on Rye (see, just there, you can tell she has a silly sense of humor). She’s also written and illustrated two of my very, very favorite ‘grown-up’s’ books, The Elements of Style (and her little film of the same name), and her very charming and moving book, The Principles of Uncertainty, in which she asks the deep, existential questions such as ‘What is Happiness?”. But mostly, I’m just really jealous of her pictures. ; )

Maira Kalman is currently showing her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, should you be out for a stroll this way.

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I’m putting on my shoes right now! Thanks for spending the weekend Victoria! Come back any time : )





i’m jealous of these ‘little drifters’

Ahhh, I can almost smell the sweet summer air! Jeff Hamada {of Booooooom!} is the man behind this lovely art project called Little Drifters. He invited anyone who wanted to participate to make a boat completely of out natural elements. Once the twigs, flowers, leaves, and snails were in place, everyone got together and set their creations adrift. So beautiful… and I have to say, I’m looking at pine cones in a whole new light!