Night at the museum

When it comes to Mid-century modernism, I was an early convert. Last night, I was treated to some major design porn at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (“Jewseum” if you use their Twitter handle) here in San Francisco. It was my first time there, and I’m not sure why I waited this long.

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Well, hello there!

When does it end? You know, that seemingly incurable urge to possess more and more material things? I’m convinced that I’ll take it to my grave. Until then, my wish list is constantly evolving for the hotties that I want but refuse to acquire due to dangerous hoarding tendencies and my quest for material detachment. (Those who know me personally, I can see you rolling your eyes and laughing. It ain’t helping.)

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And the winner is….

Hooray for Hollywood! It’s Oscars Sunday! While the world waits eagerly to see the winners of the most highly coveted awards in the American film industry, and Ellen DeGeneres picks out yet another dark pantsuit in prep for her spotlight role, I thought I’d round up my nominees for Best Picture this year.

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Falling for fall, re-visiting posts from Christmas past, and brass is BACK

Contrary to what you may think, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth completely….yet. I’ve just been caught up in something called real life.

All craziness aside, when did it suddenly become fall?

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Love is in the urban air

The amount of talent in this city is mind-blowing. And nowhere is this more evident than here — a vibrant gathering of local artists and designers.

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Several times a year, the Urban Air Market brings together local talent in the San Francisco Bay Area to showcase and sell their wares and promote all the really cool, responsible, and sustainable stuff they’re doing.

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Snippets from the Southwest

My guest blogger today is none other than my brother, Ming. I can’t tell you how excited I am for him to be contributing to my blog. Aside from the fact that we share the same mom and dad, I think he’s a pretty fab writer and his vast knowledge of the world exceeds that of anyone else I know. He just returned from an eye-opening road trip around the American Southwest and shares some of his thoughts and images about its unique architectural history. Enjoy! 

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in Mesa Verde, Colorado and I’m standing among the ruins of Long House, the last of several ancient cliff dwellings that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over the last couple of days in this amazing national park. Continue reading

Color me great: hot combinations to change up your space

There’s a widespread phobia among the masses that cling to safe neutrals and avoid the use of bold colors. Here’s to the end of that.

Mama always told me: Spruce up your life with color! It’ll change your luck and bring new energy to the mundane. So I’m making a special dedication to the most influential woman in my life with this post. Let’s cover the color combinations that mom and I love — some may surprise you. Continue reading

Richard Neutra’s Coveney house for sale

Don’t get too excited. It’s in Pennsylvania.

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Not that there’s anything wrong with living in Pennsylvania, especially in a Richard Neutra house. Red door + mid century + respect to environment = major drool. Do I sound like a teenager? I’m not offended. This kind of architecture makes me talk the talk. It’s like, wow. Continue reading

Modern takes on Shaker furniture

I thought I’d shake things up a little today.

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Can I get a collective “WANT!!” from the audience? Contrary to popular belief, I admire more than just mid century modern design. My love for Shaker furniture dates back to the early 90’s — a time in my life when I visited New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania regularly. One of my favorite things to do was to browse the goods at the New Hope Flea Market, where I got acquainted with Shaker furniture. Continue reading