January 17, 2012
We just popped this adorable fixture into a client’s proposal. It’s for their daughter’s room, and it’s so fricken’ cute. I totally want one of my own. “From the Parisian atelier of Mathieu Challières comes the whimsical Volière collection of feathered menagerie lighting. Each piece is made by hand from strong copper wiring and decorative birds with real feathers. ” Good news! These pendants are on sale right now at the Conran Shop.
Outside of the PDC on Melrose (where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately), there’s a collection of strange yet totally awesome sculptures. I took a photo of a few of them a few days ago. I researched the random pieces of public art and found out they were created by Miranda July.
I love her “Eleven Heavy Things” project (the sculptures outside the PDC), as they were designed for interaction and photography. There are basically 11 witty photo opportunities. You should totally check out the front lawn of the PDC if you are in the area.
From July’s website:
“…Though the work begins as sculpture, it becomes a performance that is only complete when these tourist photos are uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails — at which point the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.”
Production of this work has been supported by Deitch Projects
July 24, 2011
I just came across IdeaPaint. I’ve seen blackboard paint, and have even used it at clients used blackboard paint at client’s homes–but I really love this dry erase formula. You don’t have to worry about chalk dust! Apparently, the paint has been out for a couple of years now.
I’d love to paint the wall next to my front door with IdeaPaint. It would be so much easier than trying to go through the random sticky note reminders I have on the back of the door. I’d also love to have an office with one wall covered in this stuff.
From the website:
“Millions of worn out and unwanted whiteboards and blackboards end up in landfills each year. With IdeaPaint, there’s nothing to throw out. You apply it directly over the existing wall or surface in your home. When you’re ready for something new, just paint over it. IdeaPaint can even restore your old whiteboards and add years to their life. “
IdeaPaint is so great that it won a bunch of awards. It was created by some college kids
”The ‘idea”’for IdeaPaint came out of a brainstorming session in the e-tower, a dorm for entrepreneurs at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). True to the entrepreneurial spirit of the school, the students decided to cover their walls in large sheets of paper to write down their ideas. As their ideas grew the paper became filled with writing and had to be torn down and replaced– writing on the walls was great, but there had to be a better way! e-tower founder Andrew Foley suggested and looked for a paint that could turn every wall in their dorm into a dry erase writing surface. Surprised to find this paint didn’t already exist, John and friend William Gioielli set out to find one while Andrew began working on the business plan and created the name. When students and visitors from across campus began stopping by to write on the wall the team knew they were on to something!”
Here’s some more cool IdeaPaint rooms:
May 8, 2011
I’m at my parent’s house for Mother’s Day Weekend, and I came across a box of my old toys. My mom told me “My Little Ponies” are super hot collectibles right now-especially the 1st generation-1982-1983-Hasbro. But, that doesn’t really matter to me. I just remember all the fun I had with them. I can never forget the aroma of opening a brand new MLP. They still smell faintly like the 80s- and evoke those great memories.
I was very creative as a child. I once told my parent’s friends not to walk in my room, because there was lots of MLP poop all over the floor, and they would step in it. I guess I wasn’t really into using these:
Here’s some more photos of my collection. I was obsessed:
I think I had every MLP stable/building ever made
This one had fluttering wings.
1980s color inspiration!
April 3, 2011
April 1, 2011
Tomorrow is International Pillow Fight Day!
Here are the rules:
“Bring a pillow. Preferably feather.
Yes, it makes a mess, but we’ll do our best to clean up afterwards.
Leaving no trace would be awesome
ONLY HIT PEOPLE WITH PILLOWS—-my favorite
DO NOT HIT PEOPLE Carrying CAMERAS
Here are the FAQS:
Will it cost me anything? - No
Where will we meet? - Pershing Square
When does the fight start? - When you hear the air horn
What time will that be? - 2pm Sharp
Can I help clean up? - Yes
Do you have permits? - No
Do you need permits - No
Will I get arrested? - No
Who is in charge? - No one is in charge”
More about the Urban Playground Movement here.
*Photo and info via LAist.com and pillowfightlosangeles.com
February 20, 2011
My friend Ariel and I took a trip to Ikea this weekend. I hadn’t been for about a year. I like Ikea a lot—there are so many great deals. I like mix and match their accessories with more upscale products. And, Ikea has amazing picture frames and very useful storage solutions. (I love the folding racks I got there—perfect for my darkroom chemical trays.)
Here are a few things that caught my eye this weekend at the Ikea in Burbank:
These $3.99 flatwoven rugs are so IN right now.
And, look at some of the stylish fabric Ikea has (by the yard):
Most of the fabrics are $2.99-$8.99 a yard. That’s a great deal!
And here’s a cool pendant lamp (Ikea PS Maskros) that projects a decorative pattern on the walls and ceilings. At $89.99 it’s much less inexpensive than a lot of pendant lighting that large (approx 16″W)
I’m loving this “Ransby” bedding, but I couldn’t find it on the Ikea website.
As I was leaving the marketplace, I saw this cool table. The chair backs are shaped to the corners-perfect for small space. Fusion set: $299.
If there’s not an Ikea near you–make sure to check out the website. It’s not quite as fun as going to the store….but you get to avoid the crowds, crying babies, and long lines. Then again, the people watching at Ikea is pretty top-notch: