Category: art


from a corner to a dining room….

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Finally took some decent pictures of a recent job…. This is a little dining room I created out of wierdly neglected corner in one of my clients homes. He is a single guy so he was perfectly happy to eat on his sofa while watching football, or basketball, or sports center, etc. It took some convincing  but he eventually let me  design an area where he could eat, work, etc. and now, he uses it all the time.


the Plan:



Custom Banquette, Frank Ebert painting on the wall, Pillows:  Geo/Metric 18″ Pillow in Maize – Thomas Paul Rhino 18″ Pillow in Charcoal – Thomas Paul, and Zig Zag Needlepoint Pillow in Blue – Trina Turk, Chairs are a Craigslist find, reupholstered, Tinga Table from Thomas Hayes Gallery, Ocean Rug from Second Studio, David Trubridge Coral Pendant Light, Restoration Hardware vintage balls.

Credit: Joshua White via LA Times Blog

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder at MOCA Geffen


Photography: Joshua White/  Images from a test explosion at MOCA Geffen


This was my 2 year olds reaction to Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder at MOCA Geffen this weekend. After waiting in line as patiently as a 2 year old  and running wild around the viewing areas for about a half an hour, our minds were blown by Cai Guo-Qiang’s Mystery Circle: Explosion Project for MOCA, Los Angeles.

“Mystery Circle, a site-specific work created for MOCA, will contain four stages of special pyrotechnics. At the moment of ignition, 40,000 firework rockets will form a string of crop circles and launch perpendicular to MOCA’s north wall, toward Temple Street, before falling onto the ground. Amidst a curtain of smoke, approximately 100 spinning pyrotechnic UFOs will sporadically appear from the parking lot grounds, while an imaginary alien-god figure on the left side of the wall is outlined from bottom to top by gunpowder fuses. When the burned fuses reach the “halo” of the figure, mini Titanium Salute rockets will shoot into the air followed by a grand finale. The rockets will create a burned imprint on the museum wall, leaving an outdoor drawing. While Cai’s signature explosion events, Project for Extraterrestrials, have been dedicated to creatures from outer space, his new project at MOCA will be the first time an imaginary alien figure actually appears.”

- from the MOCA blog




Credit: Joshua White via LA Times Blog
Credit: Joshua White via LA Times Blog



This is the first show of his work I ever saw in person in 2008 at the Guggenheim in NYC. It was an amazing show and the architecture of the Guggenheim seemed particularly well suited to displaying the dizzying impact of his work. It was both terribly energetic and deeply moving experience. Cai Guo-Qiang seems to be able to employ the power of  spectacle while still creating incredibly thoughtful and transcendental work. The gunpowder drawings are sublime and his installations with animals (fake)  are both powerful and slightly terrifying. His work embodies the true definition of awesome.

Because I had the kiddo with me on Saturday we weren’t able to stay for the opening party and see the whole show, but I can’t wait, and now my kid is so terribly enthralled with this work we are both excited to get back downtown and check it out later this week. Buster hasn’t been able to stop talking about what he saw, and it totally over shadowed the Easter Egg hunt we had gone to earlier in the day. Everyone he sees gets asked “Remember the museum? With the fire and the boom and the fireman with the firetruck and the ladder? Remember? The BOOM!!? ‘member??”

If you are in or near LA any time soon I highly suggest you make the trip to see this show. Cai Guo-Qiang is a true master artist.

Here are a few more videos of his explosion works.

Black Ceremony

Black Ceremony- Rainbow

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder on


quick snaps / sneak peeks

I couldn’t help myself. I just finished installing the gallery wall in a client’s bed room. I love it. I’m still not done with the room, there was an issue with the new bed… (sigh). So, I haven’t properly photographed the room yet but I snapped a few quick pics after I finished hanging the wall so I thought I’d share.

The client is a professional golfer so I made 31 prints from satellite images of some of the best golf courses from around the world. It was a lot of work but it was also really interesting. Spending a lot of time looking at satellite images of the earth is really awe inspiring. We live in a really beautiful place.

See the snow drift-like bowron rug peeking out of the bottom corner? (oh and – please ignore the lamp behind the chair – it’s being replaced shortly)

Oh, and this is the dining area – which is done but hasn’t been photographed yet -but since we are sneak peeking:

You can see a bit of the Frank Ebert painting on the wall, the custom banquette and a couple of pillows from Burkedecor Geo/Metric 18″ Pillow in Maize – Thomas Paul Rhino 18″ Pillow in Charcoal – Thomas Paul, and Zig Zag Needlepoint Pillow in Blue – Trina Turk



alt. the altitude design summit

Aparently if you’re obsessed with lifestyle, food and fashion blogs (CHECK!,) fantastic images (CHECK!,) smart ideas and great design inside and outside — all wrapped up with a social media bow (CHECK!) — Altitude Design Summit is the place to be. Well then looks like I’ll have to go in 2013!

If you are wondering what is so special about this four day design summit held in Salt Lake City and why I am adding it to my things to do in the next 365, take a look at (just) some of the key note speakers…













Clockwise starting straight up at twelve;




Anne Sage (SF) of Rue Magazine (and apparently of TheCitySage, a blog I need to start following,)

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy or more commonly known as the ‘apartment therapist,’

Emily Henderson (LA) of the HGTV show Secrets from a Stylist, only the prize for winning season five of Design Star,

-Victoria Smith (SF) of sfgirlbythebay, my idol who propped my creative eye open to the world of blogging (and where I first heard of this summit,)

Grace Booney of Design*Sponge who was actually my first blogger crush(sorry Victoria :( and who’s book I still need to buy Design*Sponge at Home,)

Ben Silbermann (Palo Alto) co-founder of Pinerest a  r a d  online pinboard that organizes & shares things that inspire you,

- (and last but certainly not least) Amy Butler (Central Ohio) a creative designer with a signature fabric print (search her stuff on BURKEDECOR!!)


Note to self:

- Put alt. on the calander for next year (NO MATTER WHAT!)

I might as well DO IT NOW, right Elise?!!






Swatch Art!

Alright… I’m offically obsessed with ‘A Beautiful Mess.’  It’s a blog that presented an idea I have had in such an appealing way.




Maybe the fact that my swatches, or paint chips, are still piled high in my craft closet is why the girls at ‘A Beautiful Mess’ made this great idea look so good!




If you have  the time, enough swatches and a wall in your home or office that needs a punch of color… this is the D.Y.I. project for you.


7 2 7 4 4 t h w a l k t h u r

finally got out to Oakland to see the Buechler’s new home.  such a sweet suprise to see their vintage finds in a cozier space.  you may remember their Oakland Loft i shared with you a few months ago.




it was the first ‘walk-thru’ i ever featured on the BD Blog.  liz & zephyr Buechler are still in oakland but off the W MacArthur exit.  it’s getting gentrified as we speak and has more outdoor space to play with. (i’ll document their front and backyard projects soon.)


the polaroids you see on the picture rail are from their wedding, they circle the entire room.  love!  their books have such a bigger impression in this home.  so glad i caught some of the the left over holiday cheer.




mi casa walk thru

So this afternoon while Wy-guy was taking an unexpected loooong nap I photographed some of my favorite moments en mi casa.


Starting in my bedroom is a Stanley Boxer we inherited after Ryan did the tile at a local gallery/ frame shop Smith Anderson North in San Anselmo, Ca.

Second photo is of our Eames splint. Our first artsie investment. Photographed next to our Ed Moses, another Northern Cali artist.

Our antler plate makes me smile. Those straw flowers are amazing. A treat from my local Farmers Market from months ago. Once they pass their prime in the vase just trim the buds off & use them as a slash of color on a dish or a mason jar.

The Christmas star ended up in our Dead Meadow psychedelic poster. No tree :(

The frig.

Ryan is a tile setter & this was his first home project. A backsplash that went counter to ceiling & sprawled over two walls.

Things I love; Anthology magazine, tulips (courtesy of Lizzle new years day

This Masion jar was used to house flowers on my family wedding table. My friend Sheri Paladino, of SF flower girl. This particular mason jar means a lot to me because Sheri cut up her jeweled wedding purse to decorate it. Sharing her love. The cake stand & pie crust mold was from my besties potluck wedding desert table. It was so good a donut tower, Bepa’s famous wedding cookies, Tartine macaroons, to share a few.

josey wales style

Watched Clint Eastwood’s western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, last night.

Felt inspired by the anti-war old western garb. From the floppy brimmed hat worn by Laura Lee to the leather belt- gun holster worn by Josey.











Here is my stlye board, done on Kaboodle, for this outlaw rebel josey wales look!

Michael & Brooke’s NY place through the eyes of Todd Selby

I love Todd Selby. I was first introduced to Todd’s first book, The Selby is In Your Place, in May 2010 when it showed up on the shelves of Anthropologie where I work. I couldn’t put the thing down. I am not a big book buyer but if the books every flipping page is glorious and full on potential inspiration I may splurge.


His recent home tour of Michael Haney’s house was up so I brought you some clips.


Michael Hainey (writer-artist-editor) and Brooke Cundiff (director of merchandise for Park and Bond) have a way of displaying their vintage goods. I mean the glass shoe case. Perfection!

Now back to my obsession: Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail. The Selby began in June 2008 as a website,, where Todd posted photo shoots he did of his friends in their homes. Requests quickly began coming in daily from viewers all over the world who wanted their homes to be featured on the site. The Selby’s website became very popular to say the least.

Before working on this project full time Todd worked as a translator and Tijuana tour guide to the International Brotherhood of Machinists, a researcher into the California strawberry industry, a Costa Rican cartographer, a consultant on political corruption to a Mexican Senator, an art director at a venture capital firm, an exotic flower wholesaler, a Japanese clothing designer, and a vermicomposting entrepreneur. Todd currently lives in New York City.