Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I just added thebrickhouse.com to "The List" over there on the right. Why? Awesome blog, that's why. 
THE BRICK HOUSE, lovingly written by Morgan Satterfield in Hemet, California is an online home renovation journal and DIY guide. 

I have every intention of tackling the Lindsey Adelman Chandelier project.

Photo props to Morgan Satterfield and thebrickhouse.com.

Photo props to Morgan Satterfield and thebrickhouse.com.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Houzz.com's  App for iPhone and iPad is my current favorite and  saves me the trouble of having to pretend I actually read the articles in Dwell (The New Masters Of Norwegian Parlor Furniture) instead of just looking at the pictures.

Described by CNN as the "Wikipedia of interior and exterior design". The simplicity of the App is addictive and I have spent hours just flipping through the pictures looking for design inspiration for my own home.

iPad Screenshot 2
iPad Screenshot 1

Sunday, June 3, 2012


(Note to reader: I intended to post this months ago but I must have gotten distracted by a kitten and a monkey who are BFFs on YouTube or a re-run of American Dad.)

aktiv (small A) is a prefab home tricked out with the best that Ikea has to offer and designed by Salem, Oregons Ideabox, makers of fine prefab residences.

The best part of the whole endevour is you don't have to assemble it your self and when you decided to move in 5 years you can just leave the whole thing out on the sidewalk.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Toddlers and Tiaras, Hoarders, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story. Each exhibits it's own particular brand of terror and I won't go into a long winded commentary as to why Toddlers leads off my list.

American Horror Story is a fun show to watch if you ignore the inconsistencies in detail and plot. One of which is how a Psychologist who's clientele consist mainly of the neurotic dead can afford to pay a mortgage on a home that would be on the market for $17,000,000. The spirits of the dead are probably not quick to pay their medical bills and I would think getting reimbursed even from the best PPO would be nearly impossible.

1120 Westchester Place, Los Angeles. For Sale $17,000,000


The 2011 Holidays came and went in a big blur. I imagine that happens to a lot of people and Janurary 1st arrives with feelings of optimism for the upcoming year as well as a guilty sigh of relief that they are all over and your life is yours again.

While trying to get my bearings and figuring out where I left off right before Thankgiving I looked at my poor neglected blogs and realized I hadn't posted anything since November 12. I sometimes have the same trouble with houseplants that I forget to water for weeks and realize to late that all the leaves had fallen off and nothing is left but a dried up stem.

So for my first post of the year I am going to backtrack to December and post some pictures I took, similar to the ones I posted here back in March of last year.

In my neighborhood during Christmas people decorate their homes brightly and with no pretensions. Refreshing in Los Angeles and reminds of me of Christmas in Virginia when I was kid. So, here is Our Lady Of Mt. Washington Part 2.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I wanted to mention 2 things I heard on the radio, both good for the Los Angeles economy and the environment.

The first was about Zipcar, the car sharing service, set to open a regional office here and expand their service in the city. Currently available in a limited area in Los Angeles and on the USC and UCLA campuses.

The other item was that electric car maker CODA has opened it's national headquarters here in L.A.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I was stopped at the light on Wilshire Blvd. yesterday and had a minute to really look at this building. I would image it would be like living in a giant modernist sculpture. Which would be a good thing.

Their website has some gorgeous photos.

The American Cement Building is located at 2404 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA. 90057

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Did you know that the unimaginatively named FASHION 21 here in Highland Park is the original store that was the beginning of the unimaginatively named international retailer FOREVER 21?

Now you do.

Monday, November 7, 2011


I saw this on notcot.org today and I'm going to try to resist the urge to purchase. It will end up on my bookshelf eventually.

Do It Yourself designer furniture, I mean c'mon, who could resist?

DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I'm a huge fan of mid 20th century furniture. Recently I "discovered" Sunbeam Vintage while searching for new vintage resources. Named after the Sunbeam Theater that occupied that corner until 1933, Sunbeam Vintage has a huge showroom space with a great, ever changing inventory.

Sunbeam Vintage is located at 106 S. Avenue 58 in Highland Park, 90042.