Since starting this blog a few months ago, I have been so lucky to have a bevy of very talented interior designers and design experts among my followers: Natalie, Patricia, and fara beth, you know who you are! And now that it looks like we’re moving into a new place next month, I’m probably going to be posting way more on interior design than anything else as I try to create a new home.

Though the place we’re looking to rent is lovely, it has beige carpet in both bedrooms (one will be an office). I’ve already started thinking of ways we might liven it up, and one method I discovered in my online searching was the use of area rugs over carpet. Though I’ve found a blog post here and there on the subject, I have only found a handful of photos that really inspire me. So, talented interior designer friends, what do you think about putting rugs over carpet? Any thoughts or tips?

{source: Accessorize and Organize, via House*Tweaking}



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)}


The windstorm a few months back left my neighborhood – and yard – strewn with branches from all kinds of trees. A pine tree down the street was one of the many local casualties, though we benefited from this loss in the form of a lovely new pinewood bench for our garden.

{source: my fiancé’s considerable talent}


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}


Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder paintings evoke the smokiness of stoneware, the swirl of marble, and the splash of spilled ink – like all the earth’s elements in one. I really need to drag myself to MOCA to see these in person. I’ve heard such great things about the show.

{source: Cai Guo-Qiang, Sky Ladder Exhibition, at LA I’m Yours}