Blu Dot Photography

I picked up the Blu Dot catalog at NYC mecca ABC Carpet and Home a few weeks ago, and am completely bowled over by the styling, photography, and overall atmosphere:





This interplay and dialog between high brow and low brow, color and camp, simplicity, the post modern, and the exuberant joy of visual aesthetics, all these things to me are really smart, really inspiring, and really makes me interested in Blu Dot. If you get a chance, get their catalog. The scans don't do the originals justice. Plus some of the best shots were spreads, and my scanner is on the wee side.


More Styling with Amber

Amber Marlow Blatt, who is awesome and involved in such cool projects, has been shooting with me over the past few weeks for our portfolios. Here are a couple of my favorite shots:


Shortly after, these tacos were in my belly. El Fagon, you are great New York Mexican food. And clearly, you clean up nice!


I'm wishing now that bowl had just a peek of cereal in it, but I still think it's lovely.


Knitted iPad sleeve for theoretical craft story.

The middle shot is definitely my favorite of the entire extravaganza of the project, despite the lack of cereal. All in all though things went so well and we had such a great time working together, we're going to brainstorm ideas for another go-round. More pics from this session to come sometime later...

What Kind of Chariot

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What Kind of Chariot, new 8Track here. With Dusty Brown, Memory House, Bird and the Bee, Tiny Vipers, The Postmarks, the Beatles, Hope Sandoval and Elika.


Oh Blog

I've missed you. It's been a tough summer. Maybe someday I'll share the details, but for now, things are still head-down, pushing forward, and moving ahead as best as manageable.

Anyhow, here is a peek at a shot from some testing I did for my styling portfolio, with hopefully lots more to share in the coming weeks:

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My hand's here aren't really supposed to be there, but I agree with
Amber, that I kind of like it in an accidentally cute way...


DIY Geometry Painting

I'm not gonna lie. I'm one of those. I can't pass a pile of furniture or junk or anything interesting looking on the street without contemplating how I could repair/reupholster/repaint or otherwise salvage any kind of street find. I've taken dressers, coffee tables, even a severely traumatized Herman Miller Shell Chair.

Also, I'm only going to be able to bring this up once. I've never told anyone. But. One time. Not that long ago. In the West Village. There was a vintage HM surfboard coffee table. In white. ON. THE. SIDEWALK. I had somewhere I HAD to be, with my boyfriend, who was with me. The MoFo (the table) was also HEAVY. I was tempted to ditch the BF and take the sucker home, but it was way too heavy, and try as I might, I couldn't convince the BF to show up at a semi-business semi-social function with an enormous and heavy surfboard size designer coffee table in tow. I gave it a quick pet, like an adorable ragamuffin puppy in a Central American alleyway, turned my back--thought again if I might be able to manage to hobble to the train, but knew that it was woefully impossible--and KEPT WALKING.

Whew. Now that that story is out of the way and WILL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN, here is something I found abandoned right down the hallway of our mega loft building:


I went, "Hrmm..." at the big fat NYC reference (um, really? someone must have bought this within 2 months of living in NYC, because the last place, in all of NYC that I want to think about being in when I'm at home--THE LAST PLACE, okay, maybe not Brownsville--is Times Square). Of course, I began brainstorming what I could paint over on the nice big pre-framed surface. Going through my Tumblr, which is soooo satisfying to recount all the loved images I've loved, I came upon this:


Gorgeous, right? Amazing. AND, kinda perfect for my growing attraction to black and white and vaguely graphic. But I nixed the feather and the wheel. Those would be the parts I would just eff up. Stick to geometry. Which turned out to be harder than I thought...

After a good few white coats:


And some strategic painters tape:


And figuring out how the triangles are actually made from bisected squares, so that determined the squares height and width, and then the circle's radius was equivalent to the length of one side of the square, with half of its circumference round, and then the length of the extended "arms" going as far as to be in line with where the top most circle circumference would be. I got pretty darn good grades in high school, but I think I came close to a D or something in geometry. Bah. I got my painting out though dammit; I conquered:



Final cost: ZERO. I already had the paint and brushes and tape. Way hotter than taxis in Times Square. But I still love you Ikea. Sometimes. But not more than Herman. Sigh.




At Home







Sorry, no new arrivals, no big news, just some happy tweaking and tooling around the house lately, in minor, minor ways. But there is something that makes me happy about moving things around slightly, leaving them for a day, and revisiting and making judgment. Who knows. Tomorrow, things will look different, but today, my home was something like this, in spaces and negatives. Strange how things have gone very minimal and neutral from this.


Vintage Summer Songs

I'll be damned if these aren't some of the cutest boys I've ever seen...




With this incredible heat, can you blame me for thinking towards fall?

Available at No. 6 Store.



Brendan Perry Happy Time

It's a happy time inside my mind.