neon tape

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


Got a chance to catch up with Jon and Tyke (god, I just love them) in their new home this morning. They aren’t finished with the new place so I backed off on shooting every nook and cranny but couldn’t pass up the great hits of neon pink they used to hang up artwork.

It’s japanese masking tape (you can find something similar here) and it’ perfectly haphazard, fun and design-y all at once. The flower photo is one that Tyke took and the elk is from Debbie Carlos.

from the desk of lola

Friday, April 15th, 2011





Just got the chance to meet Alexandra, the creative mastermind behind From the Desk of Lola. Am totally loving the way she blends folk touches in pattern and textiles with modern interiors and keeps them approachable and, dare I say it, fun. Also how she makes hot pink work is genius. Considering a redesign of my minimal bedroom. Or stripes in the kitchen. (Also how great is her logo?).

Happy Weekend Everyone!

commune

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I am a total fan of commune. Saw them speak last week at west week about their new rugs. I just love them and Gerard O’Brien.

(Picture above is firm principal roman alonso’s echo park place and was featured in House Beautiful last year)

nadia geller

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I spent most of 2009 working with Nadia. Not only did we nail a bunch of projects for the Kor Group together (see here, here and here) but it was also the year that Nadia had her baby Sasha. I was really happy to be a part of such a big year for her. I also learned so so much about getting spaces together fast, on a deadline, on budget and awesome.

We worked out of her home office, a cabin in the hills with a great history (more on that soon), a wonderful energy, and nadia’s style–a little mid century, a little gingerbread house, lots of pattern, a dash of betty crocker, a little regency, and fun.

Nadia was also someone who had really pushed me to do photography (I had been informally shooting our installs). So it all came together last week when I shot her home (they bought a house and are moving at the end of the month). Stay tuned for a full house tour on Apartment Therapy to reveal the whole house (just wait until you see the fireplace!).

The Big Reveal

Thursday, October 21st, 2010


There is nothing like the thrill of pulling an almost all-nighter getting a space together. Great team, great boss, great mid century house. 4 hours of sleep, a night spent at a seedy local motel and a great ‘big reveal’ this morning for the homeowners and the cameras. They cried. And I want to live in the space we put together for them in just 5 days. Thanks to Morgan and Heather and Mike and Mark. I’ll let you know when the show is on air. I’m glad we have another episode to do together. And I like the idea of BIG REVEALS.

Apartment Therapy Offices

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I finally made it to the new AT offices to meet some of my blogging compatriots face to face. It was great. I got sandwiches with managing editor Aaron and Sarah C and even had a chance to visit with Maxwell before he jetted off to Brazil!

The office is exactly what you would expect: it feels clean and organized (it was so quiet too with everyone tap tap tapping!) and there is great light, a great view and even plants.



(this one was an experiment with a new tilt shift app for the iPhone).

I Heart Merchandising

Friday, September 10th, 2010


Happy Friday Everyone! My week ended up being packed with a lot more than I thought it would be, including helping my friend merchandise her storefront. I only have this crappy iPhone picture but we had so much fun rearranging the space and I had forgotten how much I love physically putting rooms together (and not just photographing them). It was a nice change of pace (to not be glued to my chair in front of a computer and photoshopping all night long).

Next month there will be an official launch of the showroom so I’ll keep you posted so that you can go there, too.

I also nailed down plans to go to New York for the launch of Rue Magazine (did you see the latest sneak peek on coco and kelly?) and get some East Coast in me before the long hard California winter. Also, before I turn thirty one. Yes. Thirty. One. Sigh.

Also, have you guys seen what Morgan has been up to? Yes, she is finally officially offering design services. Hit her up, she will school you (in a nice way, I promise, she’s really very nice).

And for those of you obsessed with tomatoes (I mean, who isn’t?) check out Emma’s gorgeous post on the subject.

Happy Weekend Everyone, stay out of trouble!

Before Photos

Saturday, August 14th, 2010





I have a soft spot for the mundane, the broken down, the empty and slightly sad in photographs. So it isn’t really any surprise that I love these before pictures from a mid century remodel. They’re a little Judy Fiskin , a little Bill Eggleston, a little Candida Hofer. They speak volumes about the history of the house. And though the finished house is basically a dream house (my dream house, even) the before pictures are so rich in texture and history that I have trouble looking away.

More images from Alaska are on their way, in a twist of the time/space continuum I’m actually going back up for a couple of days (leaving tonight) there right now, camping with my cousins.

Refreshed Interiors

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Wow, I haven’t had such a refreshing weekend in a long time. It somehow felt really long and I could luxuriate in hanging out with family, getting some work done, celebrating fathers day and generally feeling ready for what is sure to be a crazy week at Dwell on Design.

I also ran across this great blog that isn’t in English (Swedish is what I’m guessing and I’m too lazy to google translate it). But I love the two versions of this room with that amazing fireplace. Both are crisp and modern but they have such different feels. Love them both. The blog, highway design is a great find, full of inspiring interiors, almost like a little sister to emma’s designblogg.

Won’t be blogging much this week, but follow me on twitter for some behind the scenes looks at the Dwell on Design Install.

The Marion House Book

Thursday, June 10th, 2010



I just can’t get enough of this house and the stylish family behind it. The Marion House Book is a Canadian blog chronicling the ever changing interior design of an old Victorian Home. I love that it’s modern, but still full of textures. It’s getting me inspired to readdress this old house’s decor.

Check out the blog (complete with recipe for root beer bundt cake). Found it via Bloesom.