December 28, 2009

December 23, 2009

Neighborhood LIGHT SHOW

Tucked away in a quiet NE Vancouver, WA neighborhood is a CHRISTMAS SPECTACLE to rival all Christmas spectacles.

Not only is every inch of the Assurety Senior Care Center's architectural and landscaping space chromatically illuminated, the carefully arranged light show flashes in sync with a medium-loud "We Wish you a Merry Christmas".

I love driving by and being jarred by such a sight, but I definitely wouldn't want to be a neighbor!

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December 15, 2009


I love this Stockholm side table from IKEA because of its whiteness and natural wood and glass components. The sliding glass top opens to a bit of a tray, but not large enough for even a magazine! At least my pens will fit.

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December 12, 2009

TUBE flop

SANUK has created a hybrid sock/flip flop, which is sold as a set.

Any takers?

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December 8, 2009

Silver Balls for Cookies - DRAGEES

I have always been fascinated by these supposedly non-edible COOKIE DECORATIONS. (The FDA says they have a minute amount of heavy metals.) It does seem strange to eat what looks like little balls of mercury. At least they are considered non-toxic?

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December 2, 2009


If I were to be a Faberge Egg, this is the one I would be.

Imperial Rose Trellis Egg (1907) by House of Fabergé and work master Henrik Wigström.

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November 27, 2009

BAGGAGE PILLIAR - Sacramento, CA Airport

Constructed of over 700 pieces of refurbished luggage of all shapes and sizes, this 23-foot tall pillar sculpture titled SAMSON, 1998, was created by artist BRIAN GOGGIN. It is one of two luggage pillars supporting the airport’s roof, and if they were rolled away, the roof might come cave in! The sculpture was commissioned by the Sacramento Arts Commission.

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November 23, 2009

Euro COFFEE Equivalent

I finally discovered the perfect STARBUCK'S concoction to replicate the density of cafe coffee in Europe: a triple short Americano.

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November 22, 2009


For anyone wondering what I would like for Christmas, this is it! (I thought I would save you hours of guesswork!)

These pencils come as a monthly 25-piece set and are sent from Japan over a 20-month period. Made in China (sent from Japan), these high-quality HB pencils have been created for the European market. They also come with a mounting kit. What a great functional interior design element!

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November 8, 2009

Fiestaware FLATWARE - Masquerade

Using this FIESTAWARE flatware would make eating dinner all the more entertaining.

I checked them out in person, and love the colored enamel. Their weighty appearance even seems substantial, and they aren't oversized like some flatware I see nowadays.

UPDATE: As of September 2010, they are still available at Macy's. Yippee!

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Fair Isle Sweater CLOCK - Anthropologie

A random, yet carefully-crafted Fair Isle SWEATER CLOCK from Anthropologie (a feminine paradise [store]) coddles time in cozy warmth.

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November 1, 2009

CONVERSATION - Christi Belcourt

Canadian artist Christi Belcourt created this dotted floral pattern painting on a black background symbolizing nineteenth-century Métis beadwork. From her Lessons from the Earth exhibition (2003) the central flower symbolizes her mentor, a woman who was a great connector.

As a fan of anything floral and decorative, this intricate piece is right down my alley: color, pattern, folk art-oriented and whimsy.

The Conversation, 2003
Acrylic on Canvas
52" x 52"

PATRICK BLANC's Vertical Gardens

How incredible are Patrick Blanc's vertical wall gardens?! I love the incorporation of nature into urban environments to create texture and color. The first image comes from the Caixa in Madrid Spain, the second from the Athenaeum in London, UK.
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October 19, 2009


I can't wait to see my ALLIUM in the spring! They're like a bouquet of bouffant poofs.

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October 16, 2009

PAINTED Overpass

In 2007, The Seattle PI asked readers to identify GINA. Still, no takers...but I LOVE the idea.

(This is painted on an unused portion of i-520 in Seattle,WA.)

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Liu Bolin is a internationally-known Chinese artist (b. 1973) who camouflages himself into settings or scenes.

Oh, the excellent and entertaining guesswork!

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October 12, 2009


A Roomba (a robot vacuum cleaner) is my answer to BLISS it comes to house cleaning! IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!! Every ARTIST should own one to allow more TIME for ART!

September 29, 2009

SLASH: Paper Under the Knife at NY Museum of Arts & Design

New York's Museum of Arts & Design (at Columbia Circle) hosts an exhibition devoted to art using paper - October 7, 2009 - April 4, 2010.

One artist's work in the exhibition, Ferry Staverman, creates cardboard constructions which are wonderfully whimsical, delicate in appearance and bio-decorative in feel. I love the grouped composition within this photograph thanks to the variety shape and size.

I would run, knees high, to see this exhibit if I were in NY.

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September 28, 2009

I found this background image on a DOVE website (the soap brand), and I love the graphics, particularly at the bottom.

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September 22, 2009


Nothing is more THRILLING having a ROLL of drawing PAPER on hand! Thanks Ikea for such a great idea.

(I use mine as a table runner on which to write/draw/doodle.)

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September 14, 2009

Topiary SOFA

This looks comfortable. Perhaps it would be better as simple yard sculpture. Beware of bugs!

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August 24, 2009

PUFFY Garden

Better Homes & Gardens' illustrated design for a deer-proof garden is soft, fuzzy and amoeba-like. (They suggest allium and daffodils.)

How else could an illustrator paint a bird's eye view of foliage successfully?

I'd like to see this image made into a 3-D stuffed decorative pillow.

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Luigi Colani's Rotor House is an awesomely self-contained 6 x 6 meter pod. With rotating bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, you could live in a tiny space sans issue.

I think I would trip in the dark trying to enter the bathroom.

I also love the how the house is stackable.

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Designer Rachel Hendricks creates divine and fabulous modified yearbook photos on
You will need to log into to see the work.

If you want to create your own, see

August 22, 2009


Here is my version of TOUGH & TENDER, thanks to inspiration from accessories designer, RJ GRAZIANO's leather and bead bracelet.

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August 18, 2009

Dinner Plate DAHLIA

Nothing can describe the sight of a HUGE dahlia blooming in full!

This is a "bonaventura" dahlia.

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August 3, 2009

South African CHANDELIER

I discovered this gem through the NY Times'

This South African Terracotta Mud CHANDELIER is sold through (

Its organic design creates a luxurious dripping effect. So DIVINE!

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August 1, 2009

Ballpoint DRAWING - IL LEE

IL Lee uses a ballpoint pen and gel medium to create LARGE and sublime compositions on paper using only one hue.

Doesn't his/her arm get tired?

Ballpoint pen on paper
117 x 75 inches

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July 29, 2009


I would like to give a medal to the person responsible for knitting this.

This image comes via an art car parade in Houston, Texas.

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July 24, 2009

Li XIAOFENG porcelain dress

Made from porcelain ware, Li Xiaofeng creates gorgeous dress and suit forms with a fragmented patchwork of shards.

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