Tag Archives: Inspiration

Detroit is for Artists

22nd June 2009

Image by Kevin Bauman is available for purchase.

Detroit is ripe for artist takeover. You can buy a house there for almost nothing, you can live there for almost nothing, and everywhere you turn it’s a surreal landscape of inspiration. If you’re an artist in need of a place to create, I humbly suggest Detroit.

Have a look at these 100 Abandoned Houses before you hit the real estate listings.

Via kirtsy.

Congrats, Jaime and Henning! Congrats, Meg and Rahul!

13th October 2008

We had a wedding-marathon weekend with two rehearsal dinners on Friday night, and two ceremonies on Saturday. For the morning ceremony, Bryan officiated Bond-style (in German, Mandarin and English — only one of which he speaks), and I made the flowers.

Of course, when we went to pick up the flowers we’d ordered, the florist didn’t have them. Had not ordered them.

So, instead of keening and rending our garments, the bride and I acted calm while we shopped for new-and-improved flowers. Here’s how they turned out:

Bridal bouquet

Bridesmaid bouquet


Hair piece

Mighty Love: Oh Joy!

2nd September 2008

Oh Joy is written by Designer Joy Deangdeelert Cho, who worked on Cynthia Rowley’s product line for Target, and runs her own stationery shop Nantaka Joy. She lives in Philadelphia, and has a great eye for gorgeous handmade objects, like these:

Sculped Wooden Animals from Romp

Bouttonieres from Laurie Cinotto

Hand-stitched birds by Emily Sutton

Julis Rothman and Caitlin Keegan at Rare Device

11th July 2008

My fun thing for yesterday was stopping by the Julia Rothman/Caitlin Keegan opening at Rare Device. There were so many women there who I’ve admired at a distance online but had never met in person, and every one of them was exactly as charming as I’d imagined them to be. Strange, no? You’d expect at least one of them to surprisingly catty, or awkwardly silent, or falling over drunk — something. But no! They were just fun, and well scrubbed, and generally happy with life. It was nice.

Among the pleasant run ins was Elizabeth from Browner Brown and Apartment Therapy San Francisco, Natalie who makes beautiful things for her shop Miss Natalie, and Evany who always makes everything better than it was before she got there.

I was especially thrilled to see Grace of DesignSponge, who was out from Brooklyn for the show. I’ve been wanting to meet her for years, and it turns out she’s aptly named. I refrained from grabbing her by the shoulders and cheering, because I’m so excited about everything she’s done in building her business. I held back mostly because I was wearing shoes that made me four feet taller than her, and I thought yelping in her face might be a little much on first meeting. Perhaps next time.

I also ran into Shoshana, the founding editor of ReadyMade Magazine, whom I’d never met — despite working on the ReadyMade blog, exchanging emails about cool old houses for sale, and having lots of friends in common. We started talking because I was making faces at her baby, and it took us a few minutes to figure out that we already knew each other.

All that, and I was in bed by 10:30. What a great night.