September 28, 2009

The most recent window installation at Urban Indigo was all about going green.  I brought in my beach cruiser, hung corrugated cardboard with bags made out of post-consumer recycled material, and incorporated lots of fun products into the scene.  Here are some photographs :

Tomorrow our fall/autumn window is going up.  I’m looking forward to sharing more photographs with you soon!


Catching Up

September 21, 2009

Hey everybody!  Once again, I have not been the best at blogging, but I came down with something this last week, so we will just blame it on that.

Here are two shots from my last window – back to school.  It came out great.  I hung suspended rulers from the ceiling that had holes drilled in the ends and used old kindergarten-sized chairs for displays & props.

More window photos to come soon from my latest “Green” window installation (pun intended!).

Part One : Work Space

September 11, 2009

I recently decided that I wanted to re-decorate my room.  My mom wasn’t too happy when she found out about my plans because we had just painted it about three years before.  However, at the time when we painted it I knew nothing about color theory and had no idea that chartreuse wasn’t a good choice for a living space.  I’ve always been a fan of color, but after living in four walls of avocado green with a bedspread to match, I felt my days with bright colors were numbered.  I needed something peaceful, a place to relax and get things accomplished.  A place to breathe amidst life’s pandemonium.

I also wanted a space that reflected who I am now.  Many people know that between the years of fourteen to nineteen (give or take a few years), you change drastically.  Your taste, style, musical preferences, friends, views . . . (pretty much you name it and it can be included in this list) are constantly evolving.  Yes, I thought chartreuse was an excellent choice for a room color at the time.  And for a period of time, it was.

But things have changed.  & just like the premise of my blog, there is always room for change and change is good.  Within the next week or so, I will be posting little tidbits about what my new room looks like.  This first part is about my work space.

I wanted my desk to be a place where I could get things accomplished.  In the past, my desk has been a landing zone for all kinds things.  But I have realized that the key to diminishing clutter is finding a home for everything.

Let me introduce you to my furniture : My desk was used, but originally from Ikea, as well as my chair and the two frames.  The lamp and paper tray on my desk were both from Target.

Side Note : Beautiful fresh flowers from Grandma’s garden!

Just try and imagine what those green walls looked like before . . . Isn’t this refreshing?  I purchased all my paints from Kelly Moore in San Leandro.  I highly recommend them.  The staff is very helpful and knowledgable about the products.

Another new addition to my room is the bare wood floors.  My house was originally built in the 1800’s and I just love the character these floors possess.  They used to be covered by a jute rug from Ikea, but I am loving the new look.

My favorite thing about my work space now are the two Rex Ray prints that hang above my desk.  Rex Ray is one of my favorite pop artists, runner up to Andy, of course.  I had written in a previous post about how I wanted to incorporate bright pops of color into the room and these prints were the perfect fit.

These lamps are the best!  I purchased one from Target for Katy’s room in a brushed silver and was so impressed that I bought another in black chrome for myself.  They range from $40-50, but are totally worth the bucks.  Both Katy’s and my room are fairly dim, but these lamps illuminate very well and their versatility (you can move the individual shades) makes it well worth the price.

I know this photograph is similar to the other shot, but it includes one essential element that every work space should have in some form or another – a bulletin board!  I post my work schedule up here, receipts, notes & reminders . . it is so helpful in keeping my head on straight, rather than having a plethora of post-it notes scattered about my room (I speak from experience!).

I hope you enjoyed seeing this little part of me.  It took a lot of work, but I am pleased with how it turned out and I look forward to sharing more and more with you in the coming days.  Your thoughts are always welcome!

Shades & Spheres

September 10, 2009

I am in love with these rings from Joli Jewelry.  She designs them herself in New York & then a group of woman collaborate in her studio to make them by hand.

These rings “share the love and interest in original, old materials and the importance of reusing: ie., vintage glass, original plastics like celluloid and Bakelite, old metal findings, old French enamels and mother of pearl pieces. Found items such as buttons, buckles, trimming, perfume bottle top crystals, purse openers, fans and furniture handles are among the items used.”

I’m not sure where else you can find them, but I first fell in love when they arrived at the store I work at in Oakland, called Urban Indigo.  I love how many different shades & spheres there are incorporated into them.  I think that they would complement neutral colored garments well, being an accent piece that would really make the whole outfit pop.  Aren’t they gorgeous?


September 9, 2009

Awhile back, Sarah asked me to give a little facelift to her space.  After rummaging through her favorite things and discussing her personal aesthetic, these were some of the displays I came up with.  Her style is essentially feminine & scholarly, just like her, with a flair for all things vintage and beautiful.

She’s not a permanent resident, so we weren’t able to nail, paint, re-furnish or even move anything around, but I think that the look I gave to the room was fresh and inspiring for her.  My goal was to create little vignettes that showcased her personal style and displayed some of her favorite belongings in a clean, non-cluttered environment.

This was probably Sarah’s favorite change to the room.  I turned a CD holder onto its bottom, so that it could store her poetry journals.  I added old black and white photos of San Leandro to the front to make it a little more interesting and we put the old CD cases in storage.  It was an innovative way to take something boring and turn it into something interesting.  We both loved it!

It was so much fun to work with Sarah on her room.  Although she is my sister, it is always a challenge to define someone through their belongings and the way they are displayed.  However, one thing is for sure . . She is a real class-act!


September 2, 2009

Last weekend, James & I took a little trip down to Monterey to celebrate & cherish the last two years we have spent together.  Here are some photographs & moments from our special day.  I am always inspired by sea life and many of my favorite photos came from the Aquarium.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did.

We started out the day with lunch at Archie’s American Diner.  There were crayons, hamburgers, and lots of red & white checkered Americana decor.

Seeing the seahorse exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium was one of my favorite parts.  They are absolutely amazing creatures!  These little guys were a little less than one inch in size!

The jellyfish are always and have always been my favorite creatures at the museum.

After the aquarium, we went to a candy store and loaded up and then went out to Lover’s Point for some amazing views.

What an amazing day spent with my best friend.  I love you, James.