Infinity Mirrors–Yayoi Kusama

I'm a huge fan of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and was stoked when I found out she was having a show at the Seattle art museum.   Her work is complex-- both cheerful and disturbing.  There's a a playful intensity to ALL THOSE DOTS.   Her mirror rooms are like walking into a giant kaleidoscope. And what a fascinating life ...

Georgia O’Keefe Museum

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Georgia O'Keefe museum today in Santa Fe.  She's one of those artists who is so famous that some of her work has become cliche. But her life's work was much more than just the evocative flowers we most associate with her.  The collection has a diverse sample of her work.  Here are some ...

Exploring Canyon Road– Santa Fe

I've been in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a work conference.  This afternoon I decided to  do a little touristing.  I visited the charming, art-filled and hot Canyon road.  You can imagine quitting your real life and opening up a little pottery studio up there. I was strictly window shopping, although  I did buy a little print at La Boheme ...

Matisse cutout inspired pillows

I love love love the cutouts of Henri Matisse. The paper shapes and compositions he made during the last decade of his life were at once colorful, abstract, organic and playful, and novel.  He called it "drawing with scissors. "  (This MoMA site describes his process--I love the picture of him in his studio surrounded by all the colorful paper detritus.) Last year ...

Summer bedroom reveal

So the table, quilt, and linen sheet set have arrived.  See the plan for details and sources.  We had to chop about 7 inches off the table legs and redo the top since it was a bit rough, but now it's looking pretty great.  Turns out the table top is made out of Saeple (an exotic wood that is used ...

Planning a room around a zebra rug

One of the best ways to plan a room is to choose an inspiration piece you love and build your furniture plan around it.  I put together a living room mood board based on a zebra rug from the terrific Charley Harper collection currently in the Land of Nod. (Why should children be the only ones to enjoy it?!). The ...

Summer bedroom plan

Weather's warming up here in Seattle (finally!) and it's time to replace my super heavy comforter with some lighter bedding.  I found a lovely cream quilt at West Elm to replace the turquoise linen duvet from H&M home.     I wanted to keep turquoise in the bedding mix, so I ordered some linen sheets and pillowcases from MagicLinen on ...

Dishtowel

I've had some gorgeous (and expensive) woven ikat fabric in my stash for several months.  The pattern is woven in, so that it's the same on both sides.    My original plan was to use it as trim and sleeves on a denim dress, but I realized that there wasn't enough material.   However, the material is soft and absorbent, ...

Featured Artist: Swanky Egg

When I was building the goattoman, I became pretty much obsessed with how to craft animal shapes.  Not being much of a sculptor myself, I achieved something goat-like by a ton of trial and error. In my research, I gained a lot of respect for the fabric artists out there who make imaginative critters.   Recently I came across the whimsical ...

How to store old paint

I live in a 740 square foot condo, without a garage or a lot of extra storage space.  After my most recent paint job (my dreamy aqua bedroom), I decided that I was going to have to store paint so that it was less likely to dry out, wouldn't take up all the room in my cupboard, and looked pretty. ...