Monday, May 31, 2010

"Lost" and...

....found....the coolest posters! I don't know about you but I am going to miss "Lost". Yes, it was confusing at times and slow to develop at others. There were too many relationships to keep track of and I have no idea what the ending meant, but I loved the characters and the intersecting story lines. So when I ran across these posters online I just had to order one. They were created by Ty Mattson, a graphic designer and branding specialist out of  Irvine California. They are meaningful enough for the hard core "Lost" enthusiast and the simple graphics and bright colors should appeal to a casual watcher or anyone who just wants a cool art poster. The hard part was choosing which one to get, they are all way cool....but Blue it is, and my Mom had a VW like that when I was a kid, so there you go, easy choice!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Thanks Lori!!

Deja Vu all over again.

I was thumbing through the latest ELLE Decor and came across this advertisement for The Rug Company. I love the old doors, the awesome modern lamp, the brilliant green rug and the groovy brass and glass end table....wait, why does that little table look so familiar?....

....because it is so reminiscent of the 2 groovy end tables my sister and I got last week at Goodwill. I love it when my decorating risks are validated by an expensive advertisement, in a high end design magazine, by a big name international decor company! Go me!

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Now what are the kids going to get you for Fathers Day?"

That is one pretty smokin' grillin' bbq machine! My husbands new toy! The best part? I don't have to cook!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Girls just want to have....

What words can you spell out with the letters: CDFGHIJKMNOPQSUWX? Because thats all they have left on clearence at Anthropology. $7.99 each.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fearless and Fun

I really wanted to dislike these people and declare them and their designs pretentious, pompous and over done. But darn, I really like them, and their designs and their 7 kids! They really seem to love what they do and each other. They are Robert and Cortney Novogratz the stars of Bravos "9 by Design" and they are are fearless and fun decorators that take big risks and have big budgets. Its fun to watch them spend other peoples money with such abandon. The design lesson to take from this is to be fearless in your own small ways, don't over think, go with the gut, listen to that voice in the back of your head telling you to go ahead and break out that can of pink spray paint! Their aesthetic is not for everyone, its a bit too groovy sometimes, but I love it. The season finale is next Tuesday at 10:00 and their website is:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"What are you going to do with those?".....

....asked the lady I bought these from at the Salvation Army Boutique...well I don't know just yet!! They are big ol' chess pieces from an incomplete set, that look just like little statues. It was half price Monday so they were only 6 bucks. There were a few, sort of mottled brown ones, that I decided not to bring home with me. They were pretty ugly, like something you would find in a gigantic box of Lipton tea or on display at the bottom of a fish the 80's. But for some reason I love these little regal guys (and gal) and know I will find just the right place for them!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hello (Again) Kitty

I think its time to break out my daughters "Hello Kitty" sewing machine again. These little poufs are irresistible and a great vehicle for some groovy fabric.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thank You Henry Mancini

My youngest son had his piano recital today and rocked the theme from "Pink Panther"! Just but another proud moment for this mother!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Super Groovy Brass & Glass End Tables

Call me crazy...and I know some of you will (and I know who you are...)...but I LOVE these brass and glass end tables my sister Mary and I got at Goodwill today for $7.99 each. They are just so stylish and simple. More on the super cool place these will end up later!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Pretty Little Scarecrow

I get to see my beautiful baby girl play the scarecrow this week in her school play. I am the proudest Mom ever!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Seeking Inspiration

With a few cans of this yellow lacquer.....
...and a little inspiration...

... or a big inspiration... ....or this perfect medium sized inspiration!!!

I could transform this little side table I got at Goodwill for $9.99..

....from this ugly duckling into a pretty yellow swan.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Designer Math

Take this image from the April-May 2010 Lonny Magazine .....
.....and combine it with this photo from Emily Gilbert via .....

...and you just might come up with this familiar scene from my youngest sons room!!!

Reiner Tiangco is Brilliant!

I think this is just so brilliant! It is a sort of do-it-yourself poster by Reiner Tiangco. On opening up the package your hands get smudged with a powdered pigment, that you then rub over the surface of the treated paper to reveal this awesome quote: "The Future Belongs to the Few of Us Still Willing to Get Our Hands Dirty" How cool is that?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

So today is the day we get to state, that we alone (except of course for our siblings whom we have had to share everything with, dammit!) have the "Worlds Greatest Mom." The claim is every where, from greeting cards to coffee mugs to not very attractive t-shirts embellished with lace, rhinestones and puffy hearts. But how can that be? We can't all have the "Worlds Greatest Mom", its logistically impossible! Well, I am here to tell you that I (and the aforementioned greedy siblings), do indeed have the W.G.M. She is beautiful, generous and loving. She is stylish with out being trendy, she is strong without being a battle axe, gentle but not a pushover. She is the best friend to kids and dogs and an amazing artist and gardener! She is conservative in many of her beliefs but accepting of people and their flaws with such kindness and grace. She has the most open heart of anyone I know! I love her so much and I hope I am just like her when I grow up!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Can you judge a book by its cover?

I got this book today at Borders. Its about the art scene in L.A. from 1955-1985. (Duh!) It is heavy and thick and the cover is really cool and graphic. There's some pretty groovy stuff inside too! Everything you could want in a coffee table book that almost no one looks at! The original price was $50.00 but was marked down to $4.99! Love this!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sneak Peek

I'm finished with the little dresser and it turned out so great! I used some wallpaper I had left over from my salon project. It was $10.00 a roll at Lowe's a couple of years ago. I wish I would have bought it all. Its so pretty. I'm still working out the styling for the top of the dresser, and which pictures or art to hang above it. This may include re-painting a whole wall or maybe even the entire room! One thing leads to another!! More pictures to come.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Your response to the Census Bureau is required by law."

Another relaxing weekend on Silver Lake. My husband is out on the deck smoking ribs. The kids are alternating between watching "Gilligans Island" on DVD and running outside in between rain clouds to play with the dog. I took a walk earlier to look at houses and check the mail, where I found 3 notices from the Census Bureau! Whoops! I better get that out!