Friday, January 29, 2010


BENJAMIN BERGMANN Muhammad Ali, a mixed-media piece in "Presumed Reality" at the Milan gallery Otto Zoo. Photography: courtesy of the gallery.image via Interior Design
It is time for me to start my weekend {I know that was bad but it gave me a chuckle}!  Have a great one!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Passport to Portugal

I love when something pretty arrives in my inbox......please transport me to Portugal ASAP!
via J.Crew emailer

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yard Sail

I am still thinking about shade cover for spring|summer.  Here is an image from El Cosmico 2009.  The artist used old plastic Target bags to create these sails. Might be fun for a crawfish boil or two....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gimme Shelter

Our backyard has been rendered un-enjoyable during the summer months since we lost our shade tree last September.  I am always on the look-out for shade devices and keep coming back to the beautiful work of Ball-Nogues Studio.  Maybe these LA-based artists are headed to Houston sometime and would like to use our yard as a canvas for their first permanent structure?

All images via

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Every Night of the Year"

MyNameIsJohnMichael embarked on a project back in 2008 to write one song a week for the entire year, check out the website for the full story on this incredible project.  I can't wait to check them out during the second weekend of Jazz Fest.  Loving the brass, and upbeat percussions of ENOTY, enjoy...

Muchas gracias Roquel for giving us the tip!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jump start the weekend

Nowhere Man 4, Ivan Nevarro via Interior Design Magazine
I hope that you have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Sitting the bench"

love benches that are as much sculpture as they are seating.  Here a few of my favorites spotted this week: Site specific bench inspired by the herringbone floor by Max Lamb & Gemma Holt (via Wallpaper), Plexi Tate bench by Hudson, Large scale sculpture by Jorre van Ast & Damien Poulain (via Wallpaper), and concrete benches from Spirit Ridge (this image doesn't do justice to the beautiful  concrete work of Steve Dvorak).

All images via respective websites.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spectacular Upcycling: Stuart Haygarth

I have been admiring the taxonomy habits of Stuart Haygarth for a few years now. His current exhibition Found at the Haunch of Venison features new spectacle chandeliers that I hope we will get to see State-side real soon. Haygarth collects discarded objects and upcycles them into glorious chandeliers.

From Top: Tinted Optical, 2009, Urchins (Detail) and Urchins, 2009, photos by Peter Mallett via; Optical, 2007 and Spectacle, 2006 via

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

All because it Carnival Time...

For me the perfect Mardi Gras day starts with an early morning bike ride, Hail Bike-us, and a Bloody Mary from Pal's. Sadly we are not able to be in New Orleans for Fat Tuesday every year so I caught up with my friend Esther K. to give her my synopsis on Mardi Gras away from home. Check out her blog for some of my favorite New Orleans specialties {tunes, king cake and my favorite local tees}. Music is the most important aspect for me so be sure to check out my Mardi Gras playlist.
Tshirts: "Our Trees have Bling" from Dirty Coast and my so vintage 2004 "Tchoupitoulas" from Pooch.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Humid Dreams

If I've asked once, I've asked a million times....When do I get to go to Brazil? Loving these images from The Sartorialist.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Make it Rain

All this precipitation has me wanting to snatch up just a few more pairs of wellies {love my Hunter's}...check out these from Dav....and the great umbrellas!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shimmering Tapestries of El Anatsui

Photo: Jean-Pierre Gabriel
I really have to thank Axel Vervoordt for turning me onto El Anatsui by commissioning him to drape the the Museo Fortuny in metallic cloth during the 2007 Biennale di Venezia. I immediately loved everything about the above image shown in Interior Design August 2007: the tonal depth, the texture, the architectural detail. I can hardly contain my excitement for the luxuriousness of the cloth made from copper wire and aluminum! Anatsui's work will be installed at Rice Gallery from January 24-March 14, unfortunately we will not be transformed to medieval alleyways during the show but even draping these beauties on white gyp. board will be awe inspiring.
Images via October Gallery

Friday, January 8, 2010

"A Collection a Day"

I always thought I was opposed to collections {insert images of porcelain dolls, Christmas villages, or anything forced upon little girls of an impressionable age}. I am finding myself completely entertained by the new blog of Lisa Congdon, A Collection A Day 2010, her mission is to post each day either a photo or sketch on one of her myriad collections. I haven't been this jealous of art supplies since amassing my drafting supplies in college {more accurately my most recent trip to Texas Art}.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


As today is the first day of the Carnival Season, I would like to pass on a quote from David Rutledge in the Preface to Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? {a beautiful little book published right after the storm featuring short stories of raw emotion}
Now please pass the king cake....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Saint Cecilia

New Years day we drove over to Austin, to claim our much anticipated Christmas present, a night's stay at the hotel St. Cecilia. After checking-in, selecting our vinyl, and touring our two rooms, we decided to meet back on the patio. I knew that it was the beginning of a great friendship when the bartender, Garret, surprised me with a purple and gold potion {well the potion was purple and the glass was gold}. My adult beverage was Garret's version of an Aviation, my favorite, which features violet liquor, which contributes the color, with a splash of champagne, perfect for celebrating the new year! We spent the entire evening on the grounds of the beautiful hotel imbibing on the patio with the unofficial dog park under the live oaks and as the temperature dropped moved indoors to sip by the fire. The next morning we were good to go with a bloody mary bar and a stroll down South Congress.

It truly was a weekend of inspiration, and renewal. What a wonderful start to the new year and a new tradition!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Knocked my socks off...

Look at what came in the mail! After much discussion about how great knee socks are for galoshes, my friend Anna scooped up a really cute pair in San Fran and mailed them with some curious packaging. If my knee socks in grammar school would have been this cute, I would have rocked the uniform with pride. Thanks Anna, I love them!
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