Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Mexican Profile

While I am preparing a few of my own Santa Fe shots for the blogosphere, I thought I would share my favorite piece from this weekend, again by Kumi Yamashita.  These images don't even convey the beauty of these resin pieces that each form a different profile of 40 New Mexicans.  The wonderful Fiestaware colors, the luminosity of the resin, and the subtle carving on the right edge to create the profiles....amazing!
Images via Kumi Yamashita....I was so tempted to snap a few of my own but decided to honor the museums no photo policy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


This is what I have been feeling like lately and therefore have not been brain is all over the place. Here are a few things I that I have seen and loved this week:
Kumi Yamashita's Amazing Shadow Sculptures
Wild and Woolly in Garden and Gun
  Rehab Vintage flat file coffee table

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Do you know the way to Santa Fe?

Rick Scibelli, Jr. for The New York Times
Any suggestions for sight seeing in Santa Fe...I've never been and we are headed there this weekend?

Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe? You Know, Tumbleweeds...Prairie Dogs...Yeah 

-Collins, Rent

Friday, March 19, 2010

Girls just wanna have fun

It is a girly-girl weekend here at Nola West with the usual all-female events:  bridal shower, bachelorette and ultimately a slumber party.  I think these image from Sandra Freij set the perfect tone for the weekend {coupled with the glamour shot invitation}.  Time for me to find my dancing shoes...
Images by Sandra Freij for Mixte.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mudder Birds

I love this Indie Rock Coloring Book and the proceeds go to charity and I am certain these would look so rockin' on your refrigerator....if I was a mudder bird I would scoop one up!

"In The Sun"

I love Zooey Deschanel, dancing in high school halls, and hula hoops.  And I love that She and Him "make music for an eternal springtime, when the temperature is warm enough to go riding with the top (or at least the windows) rolled down and the radio turned up."

She & Him - In The Sun from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Color Wheel

I wish my girlfriends could get their act together so that we can start our painting studio... ...{you know who you are!}  Color Wheel, color wheel spinning around... ...  ... Love this polaroid of a color wheel.  Via.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Are we there yet?

The title of this post has a double meaning for me after this weekend...First: Is it spring yet? Secondly: It took us 12 hours to get to New Orleans this weekend....normally a 5 hour drive from Houston but we had car problems and then before I knew it we had a new car.  We will have to get into that at another time.

The reason I am here this morning is to post these wonderful confetti egg pictures from this weekend.  Loving the color so I am going to dedicate this week to color!  All hail spring!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Peace and Stars...

Real Simple Screensaver

Just downloaded this screensaver from Real Simple and I love it.  As part of a 10th Anniversary celebration, Real Simple collaborated with several artist to commission clocks for their covers and this clock screen saver by Alan Dye.  You can find it here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Best (ad)dressed.

So officially awards season is over but I have one award to present...Best (Ad)dressed.  My heart goes pitter-patter whenever a familiar piece of penmanship arrives in the mail.  It seems that I also giggle every time something arrives in our mailbox from San Francisco as our friend Anna has a giddy time addressing envelopes.  Here are the two funniest envelopes that I have received in the mail in lately:
The top envelope enclosed my socks and Mardi Gras Mambo|Great State of Texas arrived exactly on Fat Tuesday. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Safety First!

While my RN mother might prefer that we stock our first aid box with hemostats, ointments, and bandages; we consider tonics and potions of another sort to be our first line of defense.  Will scored this first aid box from a trash pile on a construction site, and we decided what better use than as a guest minibar.  I still have a few modifications in mind but we are stocked and ready for service...
I think that our obsession with mini-bottles is a holdover from our time living in Charleston when any drink bought on a night out started with a pour from a mini-bottle.  Ordering a round of shots took a few math skills: I'll have three {insert liquor of choice} split five ways....or on a rowdy night five split three ways.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rebecca Ward Continued....

I just can't stand it....I have to post these additional images of Rebecca Ward's craft.  Happy Monday!
All images via

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rebecca and Kate + Tape

I L.O.V.E. Rebecca Ward's work for Kate Spade, it is just Brilliant {that's right, with a capital B!}  And then to celebrate this fabulous installation, Kate threw a Tape Party where invitees were able to create their own pink and yellow concoctions...Genius! 
Installation images via Rebecca Ward and Party images via Kate Spade.
In the infancy of our relationship, my husband declared his love for gaffer's tape.  A holdover from his technical theater days when there was nothing that couldn't be fixed or secured with gaff tape.  Now I too can share in his obsession...only my approach will be ornamental.   
Be sure to also check out the stop motion video of the installation.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I'm Sold!

I love Steve Lambert's style and humor in his art.  His anti-advertising signs are brilliant, sarcastic, and just good fun.

Steve Lambert solo show walkthrough from Steve Lambert on Vimeo.

All images via

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mission Statement

So you know how all companies have overly edited mission statements hanging in their lobbies and printed in employee handbooks.  Here at Nola West, we are officially adopting the following as our mission statement:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tea Time

Our teapot is leaking, I can never have enough linen, and after reading Clodagh's thoughts on tea cups, I think I need some new ones without handles {so I can inhale the tea}.  Here are my latest lusts for a tea party.

Fokus cups; Wedding Tea {my mother-in law gave me this tea on our wedding is so delicious}; Staub TeapotStrickly Business tea towel; 1943 Japan brass tray.  [Sidenote: the Strickly Business tea towel reminds me of Jason Schwartzman in Darjeeling Limited so I threw in a photo for fun, via.] 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Inside the Loop: guest blog

This week I am thrilled to be stepping in for the ever-original and adventurous Courtney over at Inside the Loop as she broadens all of our horizons and continues her journey through India and Nepal {can't imagine all the wonder and magic she is experiencing and that we will soon get to live vicariously through.}   To me Courtney is blogging royalty with an amazing community centered around her site and I am beyond honored to be featured this week.  

So if you are not already in the loop, follow me.
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