It’s official: we’re going to start looking for a bigger place. And I’ve already decided that my new bedroom will look – or at least feel – like this:

{source: greige}



Musician, filmmaker, and artist Sami Sänpäkkilä created this site-specific installation for the Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo. The “stars” in the Starwall are holes drilled in a black wall and lit from behind by the sun during the day, and fluorescent lights in the evening, with the size of the holes corresponding to the brightness of the stars they represent.

Sänpäkkilä writes: “For the gallery space Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Japan I have chosen the exact middle of the exhibition as the alignment point which is 25th July 2012 at 16.00. This is when the real stars will align with the fake stars drilled on the wall.”

{Sami Sänpäkkilä, Starwall (Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, Japan edition)}


I recently went to visit Andrea Zittel’s home/workspace in Joshua Tree, A-Z West, which articulates a fascinating collision between making, working, and living. I was particularly struck by the shelving she creates out of shipping boxes, layered with plastered gauze and strong enough to hold up huge stacks of books.


{source: A-Z West blog}


Though I have at times denied it, I am – and always will be – a Jersey girl at heart. When given the option, I will often pass up an opportunity for a meal or an event in New York City for a chance to chow down on Jersey-style grub (diner food, sliders, and eggplant parmesan are prime examples) and hang out with my brother.

One of the places we like to go is a restaurant called Marco & Pepe in Jersey City, which features an antique tin ceiling, artfully faded plaster walls, and amazing desserts. If the weather’s nice, they have lovely blue outdoor tables overlooking…the courthouse.

Jersey: you gotta love it.

{source: Marco & Pepe}


I know I’ve been quiet for a few days, but I have a good reason: a family get-together in Maryland, where it already feels like early summer. After a four-mile walk along a creek today, we feasted on grilled thin crust pizza with olives and thick slices of Port Salut layered on apple slices while we traded stories about biking, skiing, and even riding Segways into near-disaster. All in all, a lovely Sunday.

One thing I noticed on my walk today was that, among the stately brick homes lining the streets of my aunt’s town, there were a few particularly beautiful houses slathered in watery white paint. I know I’ve seen this before, but I had never really noticed how wonderful it looks again the lush trees and blooming greenery of April. I wish I’d taken pictures of some of the prettier ones, but in the meantime these will have to do:

White Wash
{source: bigcityal’s photostream}

{source: Superette}


We have always been modern.

LACMA’s current exhibition on midcentury California design includes design objects ranging from teapots to cars – as well as some images and articles from the long-defunct Arts & Architecture magazine, which documented that prolific era. Several covers for the magazine were designed by Charles and Ray Eames, along with other design masters, and looking at them makes it easy to see where a lot of our contemporary design ethos comes from.

{source: Southern California Architectural History}

{source: ULGC}