Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Domino R.I.P

We all knew this was coming... but today it became official on Women's Wear Daily:

As the economy slumps more and more design magazines are stopping production. (I know, captain obvious right?) Aesthetics aren't as important when people are losing jobs, homes, life savings, 401K's, retirement accounts and many many other precious items. It looks like it is going to take a long time for everything/everyone to rebound. I guess all the decor freaks out there, myself included, will just have to live off old magazine stashes (we all have them), ripped pictures for magazines/catalogues, inspiration boards, flickr searches, interior designer portfolios and of course, BLOGS.

I hope that Domino will still live on in blog form. It would be incredibly crushing to have it just vanish.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Best Notepads EVER


Most people think post-it's, maybe some lined paper in the office and that's it. Bland paper to write lists, notes and other necessities. Other people have an appreciation of paper quality, color, texture, weight, design, etc. etc. I have a slight stationary addiction. I've been coveting these notepads for well over a year now. When I first saw them they were sold in a wonderful set:

I don't remember the exact price but I clearly remember thinking that was an outrageous price for some paper that wasn't even custom or cardstock! Sigh. I still want them. A year later and I still want cute pads of paper with quotes on them.

At the current time they are sold in packs of 8, by quote. On the up side, they come with chic little bamboo pens and the have printed new quotes! Unfortunately I think these sweet little bits of paper will have to continue to party at the Townhouse a little longer. Like the rest of the world I'm trying to not throw my money away. These days I can't justify spending that much on paper even though the pricing has decreased. (Scratch that -- the pricing was really just altered since you now only get one design, in a smaller pack. Who knows if the actual price per item has decreased!) I'll continue to lust from afar....


The first real snow of the season started about 7am. As it continues to fall I become and more and more like a cat:


Friday, January 23, 2009

Carine Roitfeld.

As seen in Paris at the Dior show. Photo taken by the Sartorialist.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I was looking for inspiration and found this:

Paper love.

I've always loved stationary... cards, journals, notepads, thank you-notes. I love them all. I'm attracted to bright colors, bold designs, patterns and chic quotes ( CharlotteMoss, hello!)

In the last few months I've decided to try my own. What brought about the idea? Simple enough - I got engaged, starting looking at letterpress invitation suites and knew there was no way I could afford that. Seems like I have expensive taste! After looking at lots of graphic items I decided that I would try my hand at the design process. So far it's interesting but my lack of design tools is proving to be a bit frustrating. I am using 3 (yes, THREE) programs to create/edit my creations. I don't have Illustrator. Ugh. I'm wondering if it's worth the investment.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

fun little quote....

Image from


I decided to check Apartment Therapy today and noticed a quote posting:

"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours." -- Noam Chomsky

Hmm... it's got me thinking about my life lately. I used to be so much more of an optimist. I think somewhere along the way of "entering the real world" I sort of lost that idealist vivacious hope. I am still optimistic about some things but less so about others. I think that's where the idealism comes in. There's optimism and then there is blind hope.

I relate to the last two lines in particular, "If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours." I think that now, for the first time in a while, I'm confronted with my own expectations versus those around me. Have you ever felt like that before? How do you decide which road to take? I think I'm reaching a point where I need to shake up my life again. The main decision seems to be which path to take... the optimistic/ idealistic one, with no clear road signs, or the easy, fall-in-line marching order. How do you manage optimism without being short-sighted or idealistic?

Monday, January 19, 2009


Lately I've been thinking about resolutions. It's still early enough in the year to be a major buzz word. On other blogs I've seen some/read some postings about New Years Resolutions. What can I say? That's not me. I am not really a "resolver"... is that even a word? I don't want to make resolutions for several reasons....

1. I don't make promises I can't keep. I like to think that my word is worth something and I try to keep it that way. I'm not going to make a promise (even to myself) that I know I won't or can't keep.

2. Sure, there are things that I would LIKE to work on so that my daily quality of life is better. That being said, there is nothing that I really need to resolve to do. Sure, I need to save more money and treat myself better but hey, I can work on that.

3. I'm stubborn and very much live by the "all or nothing" philosophy. As straight-edge as I normally tend to be there is something in me that has always hated rules. This is only really evident when I'm told "no" or "you can't do that" because that is at the point that I find myself thinking "just watch me..." It is a mindset that works well with challenging expectations but not so much with resolutions.

This year, I'm hoping for love, excitement, laughter... good things.
Image from flickr, EleganceisRefusal.