Monthly Archives: May 2011

LA Street Art: Destroy All Design

Dear LA Street Artists/Sticker Enthusiasts,
For some reason there’s tons of street art all over Los Angeles and I always find it a delightful surprise to come across a new piece. Recently, I saw this piece across the street from my (soon to be adorable) apartment:


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Whut Glamour: HRC Benefit Sale & Auction

Dear HRC,

Thanks for hosting that glamorous auction/sale at LDC Home the other night. It was an honor to have my paintings shown alongside all the beautiful works selected for the exhibition. The night was filled with snobby designers, gay hotties, and a luxurious supply of appetizers and cocktails. Here are some of the things I saw:

This installation of great antique pieces by Adam Straus served as the entry to the event.

Who doesn’t love horse art?

This collection of small drawings was by far my favorite piece in the show. I found out later it was done by my friend Johnny. I think I’m going to buy one or two of these. They are filled with so much love, tenderness, and humor (kind of like me).

This photo/chandelier moment was too ridiculous to pass up.

I liked this artist a lot, but most of his work was too NSFW to post on this site, which I like to imagine is being read as bedtime stories to little tykes everywhere.



And here are a few of my contributions (I forgot to get installation pics).

It was a glamourous night, filled with some of my favorite people in Los Angeles. The evening raised thousands for HRC and served as a great get together for the LA design community. Fun.



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Why ‘The Shining’ Is The Scariest Movie Ever (Hint: It Has Something To Do With Interior Design).

Dear Stanley Kubrick,

I went to a screening of your film The Shining at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery recently and it scared me. A lot. I’ve seen the movie a million times but it remains at the top of my list of scary movies. I think the main reason it scares me so much is that I grew up playing in a hotel just like the one in the film. The Ahwahnee Hotel (located in my hometown Yosemite National Park) served as the inspiration for many of the film’s interiors. Because I lived in the woods and there was little to do aside from playing in the forest, my friends and I would go to the Ahwahnee and play tricks on tourists. Our favorite trick was to dress up in preppy clothes and stand in the elevator pretending to be the elevator operator. Tourists always found this unnerving because we were clearly just weird 7 year olds but for us it was a hoot. You can imagine my horror when I saw the elevator scene in the Kubrick film:

Not exactly what I remember happening in the Ahwahnee’s elevator that I used to (and sometimes still do) play in:

Striking similarity, right? I’m scared.

This is Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel, which is actually The Timberline Hotel in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

The exterior of the Ahwahnee looks nothing like The Overlook and doesn’t get nearly as much snow.

The lounge from the film is strikingly reminiscent of the one I grew up with. Here’s the one from the movie:

And here’s the lobby at the Ahwahnee:

None of the fancy Ahwahnee parties I went to had scary ladies with baseball bats like The Overlook:

…MOMMY! The rest of the interiors from the film are pretty amazing. One of the reasons the film is so scary is that it is so stark and beautiful. Emptiness, apparently, is absolutely terrifying.

The hallways in ‘The Shining’ have carpet that is distractingly awesome.

The service corridors of the Ahwahnee (and most older hotels I’d imagine) look much like these from the Overlook hotel.

And the bathroom is so great. Totally designer, yet somehow totally lonely.

Anyway, I love ‘The Shining’ because it hits so close to home for me (literally, the Ahwahnee is about a mile from the house I grew up in). Someday, I want to get married (to Brad Goreski) there, and I’m sure throughout the whole ceremony I’ll be expecting some scary little girls to appear and ask me to play with them. AHHHHHH!



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Fashiontimez: YSL Shoe Video

Dear Diary,

Check out this completely gorgeous video made to advertise the Yves Saint Laurent 2011 Spring/Summer Sneaker Collection. It kind of makes me want to be a shirtless 20-year-old boy with -3% body fat. Famished glamour.


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Do It Yourself: Shadowbox Artwork

Dear Mr. Chris (My Colleague From SFAS),

You’re awesome, you can make anything, and that’s why we’re friends. You recently made this fun shadowbox for a recent episode and it turned out, like, totally cool.

Here’s how you make it:

1. Make a frame using 1″ x 2″ pine. Nail or screw together using wood glue.

2. Cut two pieces of plywood, one the size of the artwork to be mounted the other 16″ larger in both directions so that there is space around the image. This will leave an 8″ border on all sides (you can choose whatever border size you want).

3. Glue, nail, or screw the smaller piece of plywood to the larger one so that there is equal spacing on all sides.

4. Stain or paint the wood and allow it to dry.

5. Apply hanging hardware to back of frame.

6. Adhere the artwork to the smaller piece of plywood with spray glue or finishing nails.

7. Hang on wall and admire forever.

This is how ours turned out. Super pretty, right?


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Glamourtimez: The Melrose Project

Dear Matthew Lanphier,
Thank you for inviting Emily and me to that glamourous opening at The Melrose Project over the weekend. The evening was filled with delightful designers, inspirational interiors, and ample appetizers. I especially liked all the great ideas I got from wandering around. Nothing better than a lovely design-filled night, a nice glass of wine on a spring evening, and the company of my talented friends. The event was in honor of the current exhibition of furniture, art, and objects at The Melrose Project. My favorite piece was this “Heaven” light sculpture.

It was a fun treat when Emily showed up. I posed with our new potteryhead friend (center).

This is my friend Ryan. Hi Ryan.

I love this lighting solution. Creates a great big impact with not a lot of money but still looks chic. Would look awesome over a big dining table.

Spools of thread make a super pretty (giant) piece of wall art.

This head makes me feel happy inside.

This little house would make the perfect home for my collection of 100 hamsters.

This wall collection is so pretty and SO Emily Henderson.

I have a soft spot for octopi. And octomoms. Not really.

My handsome friend Matthew, a talented interior designer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

A pretty photo I liked.

Aerial view.

These fun painted out globes were everywhere. I’m totally going to try this at home with some of the globes I have lying around. It really only works with flat globes (no topography) but would be pretty to do with glossy acrylic paint.

I love this cute painted on carpet idea. I’m totally a sucker for floor painting.

Another pretty collection of art hung in a wonderful curvy stairway.

Totally fun wall sconce collection.

Emily and I getting totally inspired. (By you).

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Fake Joan Didion Quote of the Week: Merry Maid!

“I looked in the pantry and there wasn’t any peanut butter. So I fired the maid! And then we laughed and laughed and laughed together because it was such a ridiculous reason for someone to lose her job. But I fired her anyway.” – Joan Didion

* Joan Didion never said this. But she has probably fired a housekeeper for a dumb reason at some point in her life.

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Los Angeles Living: Rooseveltimez!

Dear The Roosevelt Hotel,

I just love coming to your hotel, especially now that it’s getting warm outside and I can sit outside, luxuriating in the sun, drinking mojitos whilst staring a celebrities and glamourous European tourists. I took these pictures there the other day, while I was having a Sunday Funday. The afternoon turned from romantic and golden to mysterious and neon. Lovely.

The pool always makes me think of David Hockney. I love ye, Roosevelt.


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Fleamarketing With Emily: Long Beach!

Dear Diary,

Emily and I headed out to Long Beach on Sunday to revel in all the flea covered glory of the Long Beach Antique and Collectible Market (AKA the flea). Usually Long Beach is good but this week was especially amazing. Unlike Rose Bowl, where prices are generally higher, Long Beach was full of deals. For the second week in a row it was raining, but to be honest I love that kind of weather because it keeps it from getting to hot while we’re running around buying EVERYTHING (which we did). Here’s what we found:

This fun horse sculpture. Which will make a great conversation piece (and scare the children) when we find it a home. $75.

Emily pretty much screamed “MINE!” when she saw these tins. $10.

We were into this leather chair and ottoman. Until we realized it was totally ugly except for the aged leather. $400.

I bought this great 1960s architectural drawing to go in my dining area. It’s a painting of an old strip mall. A FunFact about me is that I love old strip malls (like the ones in ‘Edward Scissorhands’). $75.

“Hey Emily: See that drawing? That’s your boyfriend.” $10.

We’ve seen these wire sculptures at fancypants stores for $80, but we got ours for $20. They look great sitting next to a stack of books or on a bar. One thing I’ve learned working on the show is how hard it is to find accessories that read as masculine, so whenever we find them we snatch them up.

If I had to use one image to define my outlook on the world, it might be this one. It’s pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life (note the neon tube light on the lower portion). $1200.

We keep running into super cute dogs everywhere we go. And then we get all mad that we don’t have dogs. And then we realize that if we had dogs we’d be neglectful dogparents because we work too much to take care of anything. And then we hate ourselves for existing. And then we hug because we feel alone.

This headboard looks a little gross in this color, but we are going to customize it for a special client, changing the shape and using a superluxe fabric to make it the best headboard ever. Exciting. $60.

We didn’t buy any of this, but I couldn’t help but notice the totally OCD way the seller displayed everything. I love old Pyrex, especially when it’s displayed by someone as obsessive as I am.

This will make a nice vessel to stick some branches in. I’d put it on an outdoor dining table for a garden party (sidenote: I regret that I’m not at a garden party RIGHT NOW. Hurry, Summer, HURRY!). $40.

This dodo bird carving was stupid cheap. $30. We were all scared to ask because it looked like it would be $300.

Whenever Emily spots a horse sculpture, her eyes glaze over and she immediately walks over to it and buys it. The lady loves horse art, but who doesn’t? $60.

I am kinda sad we didn’t buy this guy. Such a pretty piece. $250.

Some fat little quails to add to our menagerie of birds. $30.

While Emily is an actual crazy cat lady, I just have a thing for insane cat paintings. Part of me wants to start a collection of them. Another part of me would prefer to not be single forever. Decisions, decisions! $100.

A pretty metal box. When you have to fill up shelves, coffee tables, and side tables every week, you can never have enough boxes. $20.

We totally scored on paintings. So many pretty, cracking landscapes and seascapes. $50.

Emily and our new friend Tiki. Who knew we’d ever be friends with someone like that? Tiki you so crazy! $40.

Rebecca, the art department treasurer, scored these rad chairs for her office. I was seething with envy. She’s going to reupholster them in something fancy. I think they’re cute as a button. $300.

Another pretty painting. It’s so romantic and enthralling in real life. Makes me want to run away to the mountains, make naturepaintings, and scowl at any human that comes near me, enjoying only the company of plants and animals. $125.

Emily never met a brass animal head she didn’t like. $20.

Ratty nature painting. Loveworn. $20.

Oh hi, fancyman in a tophat! Let’s be friends! $30.

Brass magnifying object thing. $20. Why not?


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Homme Videos: My Name Is Trouble

Dear Karen Ann,

I love this music video you made, complete with luxurious fashion and dancing boys.


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