Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I've never been into cooking, but we've been cooking a lot lately *. Tried out pizza recipes from Jean Kelley's beautiful cookbook Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes the other night - tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil; mushroom, chives and added truffle oil; brie, prosciutto, and arugula - delicious and so much fun. It's a great book for a beginner cook like myself who is familiar with flavors, but had no idea how to get them! I've been having ah-ha moments with flavor, having tasted them at restaurants and then all of a sudden creating them at home. Also made her seriously perfect chocolate chip cookies, which has made me very popular :) and butternut squash soup.

ornament adventures

Also got handmade ornament adventures from Jon. He was inspired by the wonderful pieces of Samma at Maryam Nassir Zadeh via one of my favorite blogs Ermie. Ahh, fluorescent yellow...

Monday, December 28, 2009

dinner at jon's

dinner at jon's...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

card making at the DWC

Spent the morning making cards with the ladies today. Met a lovely lady named Christina. Wishing her a happy and prosperous new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


beautiful mess of leaves after a windy day! Not so common here in L.A. :)

Monday, December 21, 2009


"Bruise" by Mike Mills. Available here.

Tom Ford

The lovely Tom Ford at a debut screening of his brilliant new movie "A Single Man."

happy herringbone floor!

Happiness in my new herringbone floor!

3"x6" recycled porcelaine tiles laid out in a herringbone pattern; my inspirations here and here; busy pattern takes attention away from the odd floorplan; eternally grateful to the contractors whose knees were beat after installation!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

out and about

Rug at Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Decor at the back bar of Palate.

Yuka's daybed with pillows she made from Mamimekko dish towels by Sanna Annukka.

breakfast at Elements

Polenta, poached egg, and prosciutto breakfast at Elements Cafe - my kind of meal!! They'll be opening a restaurant and bar in the plaza of the Pasadena Playhouse a block away from our Laemmle Theater very soon. Perfect date night. Purple glass sidewalk jewels around the corner of the cafe.

Eley Kishimoto and Anthropologie

Love this dress. Collaboration between Eley Kishimoto and Anthropologie.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

palm tree leaf

palm tree leaves are HUGE
taller than me for sure
but they look so small looking from below

Monday, October 19, 2009

designer/maker & smart hands

Bag maker S. Stein describes the concept of designer/maker and smart hands in the recent October newsletter interview by Heath Ceramics....

Tell us about the importance of the designer/maker tradition — why producing in the US is so important to you and how you found the craftspeople you work with... Regarding US labor, it's not easy but it's the right thing to do if you can make a go of it — as in, compete in a market largely priced using offshore labor. When you experience, first hand, the work a small business provides to the people in your community, it reinforces these ideals more than anything ever could. I've managed to find people in New Mexico who actually love having their hands on their work. My stitcher crafts each piece from start to finish, which I believe contributes to the great pride and deep sense of satisfaction she feels for her work. We make a point of stopping to admire each completed bag — I feel this admiration, more than anything, makes craftspeople into the people they are.

What inspires you? Until I learned about a school in the Netherlands that describes a phenomenon known as 'smart hands' I really didn't know how to put words to my experience as a designer/maker — my hands actually know what to do once they hit the material. That concept alone drives my obsession to create stuff — a desire that I've had ever since I can remember. Today, I'm inspired by vintage everything, Art in America, black and white photography, Monument Valley and the combination of good materials and craftsmanship is simply irresistible to me.

images from S. Stein.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Nadine Light

Nadine, the latest laser cut masterpiece from a collection called Future Flora by Tord Boontje. Check out the little video on how it opens up here.

“ Although I started by looking very closely at flowers, it became a project from memory, to imagine shapes which are like flowers but not exactly, a new kind of species – a flower and light hybrid.” — Tord Boontje

Monday, October 12, 2009

bits of the weekend

dusk view from my kitchen window; combo of my hand's shadow, my book, an old glass window and a sunny corner of the brand art library; halfway through gocco-ing a wedding invitation...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

baggage claim yellow

Virgin America has taken over this side of baggage claim at LAX and has already painted red swatches on parts of the tile. This means all this pretty 1960's yellow will soon be gone. Decided to bond with it in the 20 minutes we waited for my brother in law's flight to arrive.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


two tone drywall, wood, concrete, tar paper, yellow electrical wire, symmetry, and lightness and dark.

Bill Clinton

Last night we had the privilege of seeing and older, more relaxed Bill Clinton speak at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. He is part of a lecture series called Distinguished Speakers. What a great speaker armed with facts, genuinely passionate about his message, and always injecting just the right amount of humor make everyone feel comfortable. Admittedly long winded, he spoke for an hour and a half hardly looking at notes.

He spoke most about helping us create a framework from which to build an opinion about the overwhelming issues we hear about every day. It can also be a framework by which to make decisions about how we choose to live. This framework means understanding three things - that there is a lot of inequality in the world, that the world is interdependent, and the world is unsustainable.

There are people dying from malaria, tuberculosis. 80% of the people that die of these dirty water born diseases are children. This is inequality in an age where our country will hardly see the effects of these diseases. I've heard Bill Gates talk about this in regard to his efforts with his Gates Foundation. There are many countries who's citizens still live on two dollars a day. And regarding health care in our country, we are the only wealthy country who spends 17% of our incomes on health care without being able to insure everyone, most other wealthy nations only spend 10-11%.

Our actions affect everyone, prime example - the domino effect of last year's economic crisis.

We already know that the way we are using our natural resources is unsustainable. But did you know that the world's most energy efficient countries - Denmark, Sweden and Germany - became more prosperous by solving their issues of energy efficiency. Not only did fixing these problems save money and resources, it created more jobs lowering the unemployment rate, something our current president in pushing. The Kyoto Treaty also committed 44 countries to cut emissions to 1990 levels by (I forget what date), but only 4 of these countries will reach that goal.

Bill Clinton is also one of those amazing storytellers who transported us to a conversation he had with a man who survived Rwanda genocide. Of the 300,000 people who were brutally killed within a span of 90 days, 73 of them where part of his family up to first cousins. He talked about the part he played in the release of the journalists imprisoned and released in North Korea, and even showed compassion for Sarah Palin saying that she was placed in an impossible position when she was asked to debate in a national election.

Overall, excellent evening. Not enough young people though... Really felt like we got to know a former president more personally.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Plumes of smoke from the 134 fwy of the Station fire.

Recently got to know a local firefighter. I asked what we could do to show our gratitude. He simply said to say thanks.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

inspiration and aunthenticity

I've been hearing a lot about authenticity lately. Read this great quote by filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch about stealing or being inspired to find authenticity from Jon's post about his favorite things at Decor8's blog...

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

Yo Yo Ma

Seemed like everyone had been to the Hollywood Bowl this summer but us. Well, finally, last night, we made it to see celloist Yo Yo Ma who was a guest of Placido Domingo and the LA Philharmonic. It was brilliant. I've always wanted to see Yo Yo Ma live. His music is so vibrant and captivating. He himself was just charismatic, always engaging the orchestra and the audience. The encore that brought the young 10 year old musicians next to us to a standing ovation saying "Bravo, bravo!" was a solo piece from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and then a duet with Placido singing opera.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Washington DC

Spent an August week in DC. The hot and humid weather was brutal, but boy do I feel quite patriotic.

The first thing I noticed in the city - the Evacuation Route signage (little blue sign) all along Pennsylvania Avenue. This immediately put things in perspective about where I was, especially with this administration. Damn.

The first museum to hit was the National Archives to find the original Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Constitution (above you can see "We the People..."), Bill of Rights (freedom of speech...), Emanciption Proclamation that abolished slavery, and the document that gave women the right to vote. Being the product of immigrant parents, if suffices me to say that we are absolutely so privileged here.

My side project was to check out weaving books at the Library of Congress. Got my own library card, found the books I wanted from the online card catalog, submitted the catalog numbers using these sort of old school carbon tickets, got some lunch, and came back 45 minutes later to pick up my books. The Library of Congress is not a lending library so you could only go through your books at a desk in a reading room. I sat at desk #682. I checked out about 13 books that I looked at over the course of two afternoons. The myth is that they have every book ever published, but this is not true.

Super refreshing gin and cucumber cocktail at Vegetate in the Adams Morgan area.

Foods that Meso American Indians ate - hominy, rice, and grilled corn with cojita cheese at the Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. They also had bison and wild salmon grilled over a fire the way the indians used to do it.

Subway Tunnel/Bomb Shelter deep under the city.

My nephew with Eva from the Wall E movie. He was so happy he happened to be pointing at the plant inside Eva :)

As close as we were going to get to the White House. Kids around me kept asking if Obama was in there. I had read in the paper that morning that he was visiting Yellowstone. It was still a rock start moment for all of us standing there.

Standing at the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument... realizing that this is where Martin Luther King did his I Have a Dream speech. Pretty cool. I caught the monument glowing from the sun for a brief moment.

One of the seating areas in the Donovan House lobby. It's a floral pattern cut from wood adheared on glass to make it appear as if it is floating. I love hotel lobbies.

Sunset on the Potomac River that connects Virginia, Maryland, and DC.