Monday, March 25, 2013

Bathrooms for Alice

A reader said she was waiting for a post on bathrooms.
In my house bathrooms get pushed to the bottom of the list even though a well designed bathroom really excites me.

Here are some bathrooms I find to be fabulous.

They aren't fussy or cold with stone everywhere like the bathrooms built for orgies that you see
in Vegas.
They're simple and elegant and filled with personality.
Much like all rooms should be.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Last Saturday
 Client F, Hubs and I went to gander a midcentury modern dresser I'd been eyeing on eBay 
for F's office redo.
The seller lived close so it was a short jaunt to his house.
The guys house was unbelievable.
 First he let us roam about and said everything inside was for sale and no, he wasn't moving.
What the what?

There were lamps, art, furniture, vintage cameras, glass paper weights, the list goes on and on.
It was all stuff he'd bought from traveling the globe and shopping estate sales.
I was in heaven.

I got these two Indonesian bad gals who currently flank a bench in my entry.

And this Mexican ceramic pineapple which I'm infatuated with.
I think its insides hold the key to life's mysteries because I can't stop gazing at it.

We then followed the seller to a storage facility
where he had two lockers filled with midcentury modern furniture--
bed sets, side tables, desks, chairs, dressers.
Client F got the dresser pictured above and also three vintage cameras.

As for office updates,
yesterday I took these Ikea curtain panels to the tailor to have this trim sewn to them.

Shout out to Naomi at Design Manifest for the idea.
Sadly, I lack a talented seamstress in the family like she has. 
Lucky duck.

It's coming together.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Picasso and Chicago

I read in the Tribune some weeks ago of a Picasso exhibit coming to the Art Institute.
Hubs and I had a chance to check it out and I'm so glad we did.
The exhibit moved really well.
It followed a timeline of his different periods and displayed many lesser known works.

Line friend.

Ticket line wallpaper.

'Still Life'

'Man with a Pipe'

'Seated Female Nude'

'Nude Under a Pine Tree'

I wondered why they titled the show 'Picasso and Chicago' after hearing he'd never visited the city.
It turns out the Art Institute was the first museum in the country to showcase his work,
and that played a large role in America's acceptance of modern art.

In 1967 Picasso donated an untitled sculpture to the people of Chicago.
It sits in Daley Plaza and stands 50 feet high.

Monday, March 11, 2013


This office redo is kicking my ass.

Not only because I'm doing it while maintaining the job of caregiver to my household of six,
but also because I can't stop obsessing over it again and again and again.

I wake up to pee in the night...
I'm obsessing.
I'm drinking morning coffee...
I'm obsessing.
I'm driving in car to take kids here and there...
I'm obsessing.

I've spent many an hour obsessing over my home. 
Over the smallest tabletop accessory.
This is different because it's not for me or someone I know that well.
How do you tell a story {through said office} of someone you kind of know?
I'm finding out it's way hard.

I'm also figuring out that I love doing this more than anything I've ever done.
So there's that.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Project Office

Project Office for Client F is in full effect.

My goals for this office:
1.  give it style
2.  make it multifunctional
3.  tell who he is
4.  have the room be an experience to work in everyday

I'm starting from scratch which is awesome.
I'm keeping the wall color and also the desk which is basic and black.
Here are the befores.

Hiding super fug cords and boxes are always a dilemma in offices so I'm hoping this mirrored table
 from Target will do the job.

We've also bought these items from West Elm.

I'll keep you updated.