Friday, May 28, 2010

Dupont Underground

What used to be this

Will turn into this
and this

I made it! I'm here in CA with the fam. Somehow all 6 of us are here for the summer, which hasn't happened since 2000. Will be interesting...especially with Cait's recovery from her hip replacement. From her room she signals us for help with a recorder, which I didn't know, so I was completely confused when I heard Hot Cross Buns echoing through the house at 12:30am. Also, because of the surgery she grew an inch. She's now 5'11 1/2. The lucky duck.

ANYWHOO, I know I've been off the design horse this week, but I just had to mention the efforts of the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground Coalition. Breeze did an excellent job speaking about it at last week's Capital Pecha Kucha. They're taking the old trolley terminal at Dupont and transforming it into a 100,000 sq. ft art exhibition, performance, and gallery space. It's going to be incredible and needs help to get it going. Read more about the project here. And please support it! I wish I was there to see the transformation. Can't wait to see it!
photo from DC Modern Luxury
Oh, and here's Louise (visiting from Denmark via NYC), Cramer, and I at Pecha Kucha. More photos here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

OK to NM to AZ

Two time zones, 3 states, 1 day. I marvel at this here US of A. The Home of the Brave is pretty incredible. We started our journey in Weatherford, Oklahoma, land of, well, Comfort Inn and Conoco, and ended up passing through the Cherokee Nation of New Mexico, pines of Flagstaff, and finally cactus of Phoenix. On the way we passed this dinosaur eating a human. Quaint. OK was everything I thought it would be: yellow fields, water towers, farmlands, with a dab of OK City, and I don't mean just mediocre. NM, beautiful. Slept through a good chunk. AZ, you amaze me. On the way we ate foods that I haven't touched in some time like Nachos Supreme from Taco Bell. I mean, I think the last time was the days of Taco Bell Tuesdays with Kami from 2nd to 5th grade on our way to Miss Lucy's recorder class. Well, time to put the pedal to the metal. See you soon CA.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


We didn't quite make it to the Lone Star State. Bummer too, for I was so hoping for a chance to mix and mingle with you Texans. Alas...we'll have to save that for another trip another day. BUT, we did get to make a couple of pit stops in Memphis before arriving in Weatherford, OK. Lorraine Motel where MLK Jr. was shot and Graceland, which is pretty much State Street Orem with a fancy house to the left.

On another note, my dear sister, Caitlin, went in for a hip replacement yesterday. She's getting a ceramic on metal piece. I say this not because I expect you to know what that means, but because I'm glad it's not a ceramic on ceramic piece because otherwise it creates squeaky hips like this. The plus side to that would be that we'd always know where she is...hope you're doing well Cait!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Door of the Week: Nashville

So, Jeff B and I are road tripping back to CA and we made a pit stop in Nashville to visit Jeff R. This place is amazing. More some good stories already...tomorrow...Texas.

Monday, May 24, 2010

for now

Guys, the speech is done, we've graduated, I dropped my parents off at the airport, my car is packed...and now well, I'm off. I hate good-byes so I'll just say, ta ta for now.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Door of the Week: Hillwood

Have you been to the Hillwood? Because it'll knock your French/Russian-decorative-socks off. Melinda and I visited last week and I haven't been this pleased with DC in a little while. Thank you Ms. Merriweather Post.

Side note...I'm selling some stuff before I pack it all into my car. Check it out here. I'll be adding to it I'm sure.

Darling Clementine: Woodland

The ladies of Darling Clementine, Tonje and Ingrid, have done it again. Remember when Ivisited them in Oslo last year? They kicked off my whirlwind Scandinavian home tour. Thank you! What a treat it was. Well, they've just come out with their new Woodland series...Scandinavian folk to the core. I can't wait to become a part of it when I move there in September. Well done ladies! Shop them here.

On another much going on: thesis reception, Pecha Kucha last night (more later!), in the process of packing up my life for my big move back home to CA for the summer on Monday, Louise is visiting, parents coming into town, graduation, final cello performance at church on Sunday...eeeek!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Final Presentations

Guys, we're done. Fini. C'est tout. If I could say it in Danish I would. Final presentations were quite impressive. All of a sudden my talented classmates whipped out beautiful models and perspectives and I was floored. Well done! All I had to do was use projectors and provide a little mood lighting and talk about Write My Thesis and Baker Street. oooooo. Here are a few highlights. I think I got shots of everyone which I'll have to post on Facebook of something.
Michelle's sweet husband tried to keep these puppies secret. Michelle, I love him already.
Joseph's model of an amphitheater in SW DC.
Meredith with her Storied Stables.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Still in final presentations...Ari's rocking it. I just presented and am feeling the relief. The sweaty pits too. So, last night we had our graduate awards ceremony. I was absolutely stunned when I was presented with this beauty. Cramer had worked for months with Heidi from Poppy on P Street in Georgetown in creating this ode to Arne Jacobsen with the Egg chair. I was nearly in tears at the thought and sincere gift. The funny thing is, I was just there on Friday deciding what piece from Poppy I was going to purchase and finally had to leave because I just wanted it all. My sincerest thanks to all my dear ASID friends and especially Cramer. You totally outdid yourself.

ICFF 2010

Ok, I'm sitting in the final presentations and Dipti's up (good job, Dip!). But I had to just mention this blast from the past from d*s' review of ICFF. Is this not beauty? From Wang Jinsheng's Studio. Oh, how I wish I could be there now!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


This past semester a talented bunch from school designed an installation in the lobby of the Washington Ballet. The Ballet was called "Shoogie, the Tale of my Weiner Dog" written by Septime Weber.* Each student in the class designed a concept of the installation and Septime chose the winner. As a group they brought it to life. The winning design was based on a concept of perception and reality. A Norman Rockwell painting was displayed in sections as you walk into the lobby and a Redneck version of this painting was displayed on the way out. It was broken down into an area which was "paint-by-number" for kids. Love the look of the sections. Reminds me of how the Corcoran flags (pre-roof renovation) are divided into sections spelling out the name. Well done guys!

*I have absolutely no idea what weiner dogs have to do with ballet, but it sounds fascinating.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Moving: Step one

So many things to say...I wish I was in Copenhagen right now. Sigh. BUT, being in NYC ain't bad either. I'm here for less than 24 hours to drop off Mr. Clifford to a saintly aero-friendly friend so that he can be whisked away to his new Danish home. I hope the trip goes smoothly. I certainly haven't had much luck in the past flying with a cello. First time, he came back beaten and cracked. Second time, 4 inch crack in the side of the body. Not cool. Anywhoo, I'm very trusting of my new option. Crossed fingers.

I traveled up with the delightful Melinda and now I'm here with my former roommies and Danish Louise. Remember her? She's in the states for a few months and is now living in the room that I occupied two years ago. Full circle. Love it. Anywhoo, we're off for a couple of hours of exploration before it's back to full-status moving.

One more thing, three words...National Stationery Show. Right here. Right now. I'm missing it! Boo! Why do they charge $50 to get in? Confession: I love Rifle Paper Co. and I want nothing more than to see their beautiful new creations, which I'm sure to ooo and awwww over. Oh, NYC, can't you come with me?

all images from Rifle.

Friday, May 14, 2010

commencement speech

Oh hi guys. Umm, so I kind of need a commencement speech in less than 3 hours. Any takers? I'll be speaking with this here artist, James Rosenquist. You know, Pop Art founder. Whatevs. Ummm, really though, anyone got some good material? This is not a request. It's a plea. I'm on my knees. The only inspiration I've got is this.


Beautiful. perfection. via Design Decor Style

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Door of the Week: Takoma Park

How could this place not get photographed?!

Robin and Lucienne Day

Elaine was kind enough to let me know about the documentary featuring Robin and Lucienne Day called Contemporary Days: Robin and Lucienne Day Design the UK. Confession-I had never heard of Robin and Lucienne Day. Eeeek. But, after looking at some of their stuff and reading more into the movie, I'm thinking, how could I NOT have known about them and could they possibly be new heroes of mine? Time will tell on Saturday when it premiers at the National Geographic Museum at 7:30 with a chat with the director after. Go here for more details and let them know if you're a Corcoran student.

Here's the duo.
Fantastic textiles right?!

ALSO, I have some exciting news...won't share just yet. (is that evil to do?) AND ALSO, I turned in my thesis paper. Yay! It's in. It's done, well as done as it's gonna be. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Samantha House. Love.

When Lauren showed her sister's jewelry line I nearly flipped. Well, no, let me back track. First, she gave me the above bracelet (I forget the name of the stone, dipped in fool's gold) and that's when I initially flipped. Flipped as in I wore it for a solid week. And then she showed me the rest of Samantha House collection and I was put in fool's gold heaven. Look at these beauties. I am quite the proud owner. AND THEN, she informed me that she's gonna start selling here in DC at Wink in Georgetown. You know, just a 2 minute walk from my house. Yes, you better believe I'll be taking some trips. Well done ladies. Just gorgeous. I'm sorry the photo doesn't do it the justice it deserves.

Long communal tables

Guys, I'm feeling like I'm inching my way towards freedom...done with one class! Long live Revit. Though, it wasn't as painful as I thought it was going to be. I even found it to be rather, do I dare say it, fun? One class to go (THESIS, turning in my paper today!), a commencement speech to write, a cello to take up to NYC, and everything else that comes along with graduation and moving.

BUT, enough about I can start focusing on other matters. Say, a wedding. I think I might try a wedding idea post a week mostly because it'll help me gather my thoughts to The Young Mom. Feel free to contribute as well. I'm thinking long communal tables are awfully nice.

This one I saw on d*s awhile back where this group goes from city to city setting up dinner groups and making meals from local gardens. Can't remember the name...Isn't the scenery just lovely?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Copenhagen city guide from d*s

I have to admit, I found myself entirely overly possessive when I saw today's d*s Copenhagen city guide. "But, how dare they give out its secrets," "why I never." But it's a great list. And there will be even more once I move there permanently come September.

walkable bookshelf

Perfect for the single lady who can't move a heavy bookshelf on her own. Plus, it's always nice to be surrounded by the things you love, right? Via Strangely Beautiful Things

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kindle, well done on your new stop-motion videos. In fact, I've never been tempted to become a fan until now. Guess I'm a sucker for cute advertising and know what? I'm not ashamed to admit it. There's a girl and a boy version.

Thanks for putting it on your blog Andrew. PS-this video is also pretty funny. How much do you love Bill Murray? ALSO, Mom just sent me some Betsy Johnson darling videos. That lady is a nut. A good nut. (Betsy, not my mom.) And that's exactly why I love my mom.

Baker Street launch party preview

A HUGE thanks to everyone who came to the launch party on Friday. Thank you for taking time out from finals and busy schedules. And thank you to those who came, but couldn't find a parking spot. You're not alone! I'm going to venture and say that the evening was a success. Wonderful people, a great host (Joff is the best!), and good times. Poor Joff had to put up with my spontaneous antics when I asked him to give us a tour of his amazing art collection. What a champ. More pics to come.

Mutha's day

This clown has no idea how lucky he is! Happy Mother's Day. I love you!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Swedish ambassador residence

I realized I never posted about Martin's going away party at the Swedish ambassador's residence. Martin is the ambassador's chef. Yes, you can call him the Swedish Chef and yes, I still get a chuckle out of it. Well, Martin recently moved back to Stockholm to start a new project...very exciting. And I most excited to go visit!
What I found most interesting is the house choice. Totally Spanish! The interiors were quite traditional until you got to one wing where it opened up into a modernism retreat.

Cher was in for the weekend. Yay! Hi Cramer and Breeze eating delightful Swedish creations. More pics on Baker Street.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

messy room

Times this image by 5 and you have the current state of affairs. I'm just getting ready for my thesis launch party for Baker Street tomorrow and have gotten a paper cut or two (or three or four) from these little paper airplane guys. Guys, it's going to be good and Joff is a champion for hosting the event. I have some pretty stellar friends who have been so kind to help me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! In other news, can you see the glimpse of my new rug above? I've been searching for the perfect rug for 4 years now and finally found one 3 weeks before I move (THREE weeks?!). Oh the irony. Alright, back to business. Got some mad decorating to do!

Domicidal Haven

I posted DC design blogger, Scott Fazzini's lovely house on Baker Street (and inadvertently got a self-portrait while I was at it) . Check it out here. Exquisite!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Fact: Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico. Festas primarily take place just in the US and the state of Pueblo (thanks Wikipedia). AND, for all of you dying to know because I sure was clueless, the holiday was created to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Well, I guess that explains no reason why we celebrate it, but hey, any excuse for a par-tay right? Speaking of parties, paper airplane making is in full throttle. Watch out!

Above, Zapotec Mexican wool rug detail from. Gorgeous colors. Below, personalized Mexican papel picado banners both from Etsy. LOVE!