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June 21, 2009

A short tribute to a wonderful dad. ¬†Dad, I am keeping it short, not because you do not deserve a much lengthier post, but because I can already hear you saying…”ok, ok, wrap it up! ” (you know my ability to ramble-on all too well) ūüôā


I have always loved this picture of you. So groovy + cool.

Dad, I am thankful for so many things you taught me throughout my life.  You helped me become the person I am today and your guidance and love will always be with me as I trip, stumble and fly through this crazy life.

You taught me that being happy comes from being true to myself.

You helped me realize that I am smarter and stronger than I usually believe I am.

You taught me to look beyond my comfort zone of where I lived and who I was to experience different cultures and beliefs in this beautiful world we live in.  Because of this, I have lived in so many wonderful places and met even more amazing people.

You taught me not to be afraid to make mistakes. ¬†You would say, “Everybody makes mistakes. Use your head. Do the best you can. If you make a bad decision, learn from it and move on. It is just a little piece of the big picture. Just don’t be stupid and do it again.” ūüôā

You taught me and encouraged me to follow my dreams, to create my own life.

Most importantly, you truly believed in me.  By doing so, you taught me to believe in myself.

All of this you taught me in your easy-going, light-hearted, fun-loving manner.

I am sure that raising three very independent girls was no small task.

Selfishly, it makes me sad that I cannot come to you for guidance anymore, but I know you have already given me more than I could ever need.

Thank you, Dad. I love you.

Happy Father’s Day!

I love you!


new seat for a stylish old ride | part 3

June 13, 2009



This is the third and final post of the “new seat for stylish old ride” design mini series. ¬†It’s been quite a fun little project. ¬†If you missed parts 1 & 2 you can see them here and here.

So the custom bench is now finished and in full use. yay! As I mentioned before. My friend Matt decided on sketch #1. The concept behind the design was to incorporate Matt’s initials (MMW) into the bench in way that correlated with the aesthetic and¬†detailing¬†of the truck itself and was easy to fabricate. ¬†I chose to use the chevron form (visible on the hood and sides of the truck) to create somewhat of a double M ¬†that when strung together form a W.


The colors selected by Matt were two shades of gray.  The idea was to have the M / W graphic to be in the darker gray and the rest of the bench to be a lighter gray.  Here are some pictures of the finished bench.  




All in all I think it turned out great!  I would have liked to see a bit more contrast between the two grays and some double stitching to emphasize the M/W form, but overall I think the upholsterer did a great job interpreting the design from the sketch.  As I mentioned in part 2, the upholsterer Matt decided to use [Javier, at a Bill Dunn’s Auto Upholstery] interprets/stitches his work by hand.

Here’s a picture of Matt with his awesome Powerwagon looking pensive, yet satisfied. (He’s also in the first picture but inside the cab). ¬†I just love the images of the truck in front of the beautiful graffiti.




i loves me a good design film, or three

May 29, 2009

I have always LOVED independent and documentary films (well, depending on the subject, I suppose). I was SO spoiled having lived out in Los Angeles and New York for a total of about 11 years where there were always several local theaters showing these films on a regular basis.  

Moving to Florida about six years ago was a bit of a culture shock. ¬†I spent my first year in Sarasota and have spent the past 5 years in Tampa. ¬†Each place has ONE lovely theatre that shows independent films. ¬†Both theaters are great: Burns Court Cinema (Sarasota) and, Tampa Theatre (in, well….Tampa) ¬†(which I love).¬†Unfortunately¬†Tampa Theatre has only one beautiful (and it is quite lovely) theater and has limited showtimes so the number of films and opportunities are slim.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to complain, really… I mean it. It’s just that within the past couple months there have been quite a few great looking documentary films that I have come across that have left me wishing little ole Tampa had just a bit more exposure to the indie film scene. ¬†I have posted all of these on Twitter but was feeling the need to start a running list.

I am hoping to eventually see these films and maybe even in a theater ūüôā ¬†but I thought if I can’t watch them just yet, I’d blog about them and share them with all you lovely people who happen to stumble upon my little blog.

So here goes, three films I wish I could see NOW and their trailers to wet your appetites ūüôā

OBJECTIFIED by Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit who also is responsible for “Helvetica” a great film about the best typeface ever has recently released “Objectified” a film looking at the design and use of the everyday objects in our lives and the people who designed them. ¬†You can read about it here

VISUAL ACOUSTICS: The Modernism of Julius Shulman by Eric Bricker

This film, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, is a tribute to the life and work of famed photographer of modern architecture, Julius Shulman (love him!). ¬†The film not only provides an in depth look into the life and work of Shulman, but also has a great compilation of interviews with “architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch and writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award – nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti, and a host of others”. ¬†Sounds amazing, right?!! ¬†You can read more about the film “Visual Accoustics” and Julius Shulman at the film’s site¬†here. ¬†There is also a great interview/article from Dwell’s blog about the film here


 [Click image to watch the trailer]

COAST MODERN: Open Space, Open Mind by Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome

A multi-generational look into the modernist movement along the West Coast of America from the 1920’s through present day. Mmmmmm modernism!! You can read about it more here ¬†¬†They also have a great blog


Ok, so those are the three on my current must see list….any other recommendations?? Thanks!

a new seat for a stylish old ride | part 2

May 19, 2009

I just received some progress photos of the bench for my friend’s Dodge Power Wagon designed in my previous¬†post and I thought it would be fun to have this be a three part post.¬†¬†I always love seeing the fabrication process and thought you may like to see it as well.


As you can tell by the pictures below, sketch #1 was the winner. ¬†In the pictures you can see my friend Matt talking to the upholsterer, Javier, at a Bill Dunn’s Auto Upholstery shop in Santa Monica, CA. ¬†The shop is well-known for its custom upholstery. (It has actually been featured on TLC’s Overhaulin’). Matt and Javier are reviewing Javier’s interpretation of my sketch which is marked out on the foam of the bench.




One modification to the foam sketch: we are having them taper the chevrons more at the top. This was the intent of my sketch and is also truer to the chevron form.  

The chevrons will be in a dark graphite grey and the rest of the bench will be in a lighter graphite grey.  The stitching will be a dark grey as well.

The bench should be complete in a couple days! ¬†I will post the pics when it’s finished. ūüôā

a new seat for a stylish old ride | part 1

May 14, 2009

Who says interior design has to be limited to buildings? ¬†I just worked on a quick little design project for a good friend out in California and thought I’d share it with you here. ¬†I just love designing outside of my typical realm. ¬†I find it so inspiring and fun.¬†

My friend Matt  just bought this fabulous 1957 Dodge Powerwagon.  He plans on giving it a face-lift and asked me to design a custom bench seat for the cab. How could I refuse?!  How fun!



For design direction, he asked me to draw from some of beautiful graphic details of the truck as well as possibly incorporating his initials “MMW”. ¬†I found that translating some of these to upholstery to be a bit challenging but all part of the fun.


He plans on using an anthracite grey leather for the bench with black stitching and possibly painting the exterior of the truck anthracite as well while keeping the interior the teal color.

Here are the quick concept sketches I came up with:


powerwagon1powerwagon2powerwagon3powerwagon4¬†I just got off the phone with Matt and I think number 1 may be the winner. ¬†Number 3 was also a favorite, but may prove to be to expensive to fabricate since the upholsterer will be fabricating this by hand. ¬† I can’t wait to see the final product! I will post a picture of it when it is finished.¬†

peace outside my window

May 1, 2009
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I don’t know about you guys, but my life has been caught up in quite a whirlwind lately. ¬†Not necessarily bad, actually, things are good. ¬†They are just spinning in five thousand directions. ¬†While I tend to usually enjoy and welcome unpredicted paths keeping things interesting, sometimes I need a little grounding to find center. (that’s the yoga talking)

Life is a funny thing:  the next chain of events really caught my attention.  Maybe its just me searching for things, but check this out:

I was on the phone for hours last night, talking to a few good friends and my mom. ¬†We talked about a bunch of things, one of which was me saying over and over I sure would welcome some peace and direction in my life right now. (wouldn’t we all?)

Well, later last night when I should have been sleeping, I decided to play around on-line instead and made a little mellow mix tape on 8tracks to share with some friends and also to help me chill. 

One of the songs on the mix is by one of my new favorite artists Patrick Watson. ¬†His music is just so soothing to me lately. ¬†The song I chose for the mix is called Big Bird in a Small Cage. ¬†A lovely song. ¬†Don’t worry, I wont try to sing it for you! ¬†Ha! go have a listen though ūüôā ¬†I’m not sure if this song fits in with my story, but it calmed me last night and just happens to be about a bird.

This morning as I struggled to get out of bed having already hit snooze on my alarm twice and sent the Goose away twice, I awoke to the sweet sound of the cooing of a beautiful little mourning dove.  I had my blinds on my windows closed so I had no idea where outside it was coming from.  

The Goose was very¬†interested¬†as any good cat would be in a bird. ¬†I opened the blinds, and looked at ¬†the nearby branches but there was no dove in sight. So I dismissed it and went into the kitchen for much needed coffee. ūüôā

A few seconds later, I heard the dove again. ¬†As the Goose and I walked slowly toward the window I saw that the little dove was sitting right on my sill and didn’t even flinch when I walked right up to the window. ¬†It was most likely there before but I just didn’t know where to look. (hmmmm….) It just sat there and looked at me for a long time and continued to coo.

It eventually turned around and flew away only to return a few minutes later.  This time with a friend.  So now there are two doves calmly sitting on my window sill.  

I know a little bit about birds, and doves actually and think that these are probably two males  preparing to nest or at least checking out my window sill as a probably nest. 

Anyway, there is so much symbolism in the dove and being visited by a dove.  I do not always go for the symbolism in things, but this morning it brings me peace so how can I turn it away?  Doves have been known throuhout history to be a symbol of peace, renewal of life, new beginnings. 

Yay! Just what I need right now! So that long story aside, check out the pictures I quickly snapped to remind that peace is right outside my window ūüôā





wednesday daydreaming in sunday school

April 15, 2009

My poor little blog. I am working on my next post, a book review of an awesome design book, but first, I have to find the time to read it. (minor detail)

So here’s a meaningless post. (yay!) The view from my desk as I daydream out the windows of my apartment today. The building I live in is a renovated Church + Sunday school. ¬†I am in the Sunday school. (My entire family finds this funny for some reason) ¬†Suddenly it feels appropriate that I often daydream out these awesome windows. (I have four of them!!!) ¬†ūüôā