I love books. Not just reading, but actually the books themselves. I buy books everywhere and keep them forever…even my grandmother’s 1953 Encyclopedia Brittanica collection. Growing up we had 2 massive bookshelves in our family room and my mom was an avid reader. As a teenager I preferred laying on the rug under the […]
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15 years ago we bought the ugly duckling house on the beautiful block. All we saw was the charm and potential of our little Victorian. Based on what little bit of research I’ve done, our house was probably built in the 1880s by two young Irish brothers named McElnay. The original footprint was a single […]
I cannot imagine a better person on a project team than someone with synesthesia. As a designer and a writer it’s always my goal to engage as many senses as possible in whatever experience I’m trying to create. So someone whose senses are already intertwined would be an awesome asset. Do you know a synesthete? […]
Elizabeth Gilbert gave this moving TED talk a few years ago about creativity and ideas and where they come from. She posits that, in order to protect the person from what comes after a great burst of creativity, we might better view creativity in ways similar to the views of those who came before the […]
The newest addition to the Radisson Blu group in the US, the Radisson Blue Warwick Hotel, just opened in Philadelphia. They utilized one of my favorite design elements to engage their guests: words. The project, created by Scotland based Graven Images, uses words on the lobby carpet to express the historical role that Philadelphia played […]
If you’ve been reading Parti* Notes (my newsletter and blog) for any length of time you know that I’m a bit of a Daniel Patterson groupie. I’ve eaten at his restaurants, bought his cookbook, follow him around when he speaks, and scavenge the restaurant rags for any item pertaining to the esteemed DP. Steve and […]
I think that most of us want to be happy and successful (whatever our version of success is), and some of us aspire to wealth as well. So the lists I’ve posted over the last few days share the wisdom (hopefully) of others’ research into the habits we need to develop to get there. The […]
Before I could begin the search for a list of habits of successful people, I had to define for myself what success is. My definition of success, at least for this purpose, is from the free online dictionary: the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. So here we are in this life trying to […]
George Carlin says that trying to be happy by accumulating things is like trying to conquer hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body. Love that quote. Of course it’s full of truth that I sometimes neglect when walking by the shoe department. There is an actual psychology of happiness and doctors who have been […]
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. Actually I am….I feel kind of creepy. My parents were both depression era babies so I grew up in a home that was very thrifty, where happiness was based on things that had nothing to do with the things that money can buy. Although we were […]
Have you discovered colourlovers yet? So cool. Load a photo and pull a color palette or twenty. Then create patterns that use your palette. One of my new favorite color tools to play with (and by new I mean I barely know what I’m doing yet but it is a great way to waste several […]
My whole life I’ve been teased that I have expensive taste. Maybe it’s partly true, but what is more true is that I like things in my world that are well designed. I like to use things that work well and effortlessly. Like my iPhone….my husband bought a ‘not iPhone’ (I won’t mention any names) […]
At the core I am a story teller. I've been designing commercial interiors for over twenty years and writing for much longer than that.
When I'm not working on a project I'm creating note cards, jewelry, a better way to get through daily chores, my own stories both true and not so much, a new garden, furniture, recipes. And most importantly relationships....with family, friends and clients. I live near San Francisco with hubby, one small dog and five chickens and spend a great deal of time texting my children who are away at college.