Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Would You Love a Telescoping Window Perch?

IMAGE CREDIT: 
ALDANA FERRER GARCIA

How amazing is this new concept by Aldana Ferrer Garcia for a telescoping window perch?  For tiny-apartment dwellers, this could almost add some significant square footage... or at least, reduce feelings of claustrophobia.  It's still just in concept phase, awaiting rigorous safety testing and approval - but we can dream!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Highlighting a Favorite Chicago Artist: Josh Moulton



The Chicago Theater, Josh Moulton
Someday I'll Join You, Josh Moulton

I hope Josh Moulton isn't creeped out by how much I love his paintings.  We crossed paths in a class with our children several years ago, but I had no idea what a wonderful artist he was until recently.  He is a photorealistic painter focusing on landscapes and cityscapes.  He also does commissioned pieces depicting almost anything, but especially people's favorite homes and landscapes. 

Here are a few representative pieces from his collection.  His gallery is located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, and he sells original paintings as well as prints. 

Wouldn't these be equally wonderful in a home or a corporate setting?  Imagine having him capture the beauty of your family home before your parents move out (something admittedly on my mind recently.)  His portfolio online is quite prolific - check it out here!



Chicago River Bridges, Josh Moulton
Lincoln Square House, Josh Moulton
Rented Field, Josh Moulton


Mayfair District London, Josh Moulton


Next Stop, Josh Moulton






Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Maybe the Coolest. Bed. Ever



Love this super-tall headboard on the bed at Hickory Chair.  I'm a sucker for nailheads and dramatic upholstery - what can I say?











Friday, April 12, 2013

Ooh La Lalique



The Merchandise Mart here in Chicago has overhauled its interior design showrooms, consolidating them onto two floors and in the process updating, upgrading and renovating most of them.  It's a wonderful experience to walk around one floor and see showroom after showroom with new pieces, new layouts, and inspirational furnishings.

One new face in the Mart is the Lalique showroom on the sixth floor.  I knew of Lalique's collectibles and tabletop accessories like vases, but I didn't know they had a full line of tables, lighting, and other furnishings.  The sumptuous lines of their Art Deco crystal-ornamented pieces, inspired by nature, are almost too beautiful to imagine owning in one's own home.  (And let's be honest - at this price point, that's not something most of us have to worry about.)  But they're truly a feast for the eyes.  Enjoy!

Raisins Bed

Femme Bras Lev├ęs Bar

Amber Cactus Console Table

Fish Table and Mossi Vase

Joueur de Pipeau Bar

Fish Fountain


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Miss Representation


I really enjoyed the screening I saw the other night of the moving documentary, Miss Representation.  I posted at my other blog about it and I'll copy it here, because I feel the message is very important...

This is a different kind of post.  It's not an interview, but it's something I think my readers will appreciate.  The other night, I was lucky enough to attend a screening of the moving documentary, Miss Representation.  Here's part of the description from their website:

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

If you can find a screening near you, I highly recommend going.  The statistics and commentary were so thought provoking.  I went in with a somewhat defensive mindset, thinking to myself, "Look - women have been valued for their looks throughout history.  How can we expect to change human nature?  Men's appearances matter too (albeit admittedly less.)  Let's grow a thicker skin and just stick it out.  Women can succeed if they just try hard enough."  
But after watching the film, I was swayed by just how pervasive the conscious or subconscious war on women is - and I'm not talking about what's been in the media recently regarding healthcare choices and coverage etc.  Women are depicted in all forms of media as beings whose worth and accomplishment are inseparable from their appearances.  
One memorable montage showed a cavalcade of female newscasters and pundits - people who are supposed to be delivering intelligent information and analysis - in progressively skimpier outfits more appropriate for a 21 year old to wear to a bar.  And let's not forget the 2008 election when Hilary (let's start with the lack of respect displayed even by just calling her by her first name, something we'd never do to a male politician) vs. Sarah Palin was shorthanded by countless media outlets into "bitch vs. slut."
The difference between past generations and this one is that the media presence now is so insidious and inescapable.  As an adult who grew up without a cell phone until after college graduation, I have the capacity to enjoy screen-free time and I recall school days and nights without screen presence or even any interaction with my peers while I was doing homework isolated in my room.  I feel it's important to raise our kids with this same ability to disconnect periodically, but I understand it's not the reality for most kids and teenagers.  They're going to be surrounded if not with their own tablets, phones, and computers, then by their peers'.  
And the proliferation of catty celebrity tabloids with daily or even hourly updates on female celebrities' appearances is mind-boggling.  I may have fun reading a shared paper copy of a celebrity weekly once or twice a week at the gym or nail salon, but kids don't have the brain development to tune this stuff out.  Their filters aren't advanced enough to fight what the media's conveying through every surface they see throughout the day - TV, websites, even supposed "News" channels.  When even female supreme court judicial candidates, politicians and newscasters are judged by their appearances before their intellect, think about that message.
All of this contributes not only to a lack of self esteem and role models for girls, but to the dangerous perception by males of all ages that females deserve less in every way - less respect, less money, and less value.  We've created a monster and thoughtful discourse and action are needed to counteract it.  Seeing the film is a first step in raising awareness.  
Aside from accomplishing as much as possible in the workplace, women can vote with our wallets by not supporting media networks and advertisers who use male-targeted advertising or programming that belittles women.  That's challenging, and many times it's unavoidable.  Try to support women-helmed movies and companies.  The more vocal people are - both men and women - about their feelings on these issues, the more change we might see.
P.S. - If you see an offensive or demeaning ad depicting women, you can use the Twitter hashtag #NotBuyingIt.  Here's a compilation of some #NotBuyingIt items other members have posted.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

If You Like This Blog, You May Love My Other One!

While I will always love designing and sharing my wonderful finds with followers and new visitors on this blog, I have also started a new endeavor called "Women's Work" where I'm profiling/interviewing all sorts of women about their jobs and transcribing the interviews.

If you're like me and ever find yourself running out of intriguing reading material while you're eating lunch or commuting (not by car!), or you simply like to learn the minute details of other people's lives and jobs, you'll love reading Women's Work.

As the catalog of interviews builds, I intend for it to function as a resource for career-changers or anyone interested in learning about different fields.

Recent interviewees include a high-profile celebrity reporter, a health and wellness journalist, a young entrepreneur with an award-winning editing service, and a licensed nutritionist with a national diet company.  I'm always looking for engaging, enthusiastic people to interview so please give me a heads up if you or someone you know may be interested.

Thanks in advance for heading over to Women's Work and becoming a follower!

Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY Fun


So, it's been a while but I just came across one of the best posts about DIY projects ever.  Buzzfeed compiled 31 projects ranging from fashion to home decor that look so easy, just about anyone could find one that fits their skill level or lack thereof.

A few special favorites:


Necklace holder


Framed Chalkboards (Could also make into corkboards relatively easily)


Braided Hex Nut Bracelet