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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wood and white are on my radar.

Excel double wall sconce from Ylighting

Eames molded plastic armchair in white. Winner every time.

Weego classic bunkbed option. Nice!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I love this excerpt from a book my friend, Becky's, mom sent me. It's about doing the mundane things that make you crazy, like laundry, but says embracing the mindless can give you mindfulness? Hmmm... I will never look at a basket of laundry the same.Thanks, Cook

Nothing is worth the measure we give it, because worth doesn't really exist. It is a figment of our judging minds, an imaginary yardstick to measure the imaginary value of imaginary distinctions-and one more way we withhold ourselves from the whole enchilada of life that lies before us.

If nothing is worth it, why cook? Why shop and chop, boil and toil, and clean up after? To engage yourself in the marvel of your own being. To see the priceless in the worthless. To find complete fulfillment in being unfilled. And to eat something other than your own inflated self-importance. That's what we empty when we empty the bowl, and a busy kitchen gives us the chance to empty ourselves many times a day.

PS. I still don't like laundry!

Lusher Sea-Lions!

Mathilda is on the Lusher swim team again this year and she is having a great time. Back is her stroke!

I love how they write things on each other. Eat my bubbles!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OMG!!! Rex Ray!!

I tell you, I died when I saw this new line of wallpaper from Flavor Paper. One of my favorite collage artists. I have one of his tiny pieces and love it! But look. You can now fill your whole wall with Rex Ray.

My must have. Timborana.

So fun for a little girls room!! Nazereno.

Family room's continued.

More from the design salon...meaning my guest room bed :)

The Joslyn  is a floor lamp. Mega!

Jonathan Adler's new Ulu table.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kippah for MJ.

I have been working on this needlepoint Kippah for Mathilda to wear on her Bat Mitzvah day. All done on my end, now Crafty Needle needs to block and line it.

I officially converted to Judaism on Friday and thought I would share my short speech. I was very emotional, but made it through without crying or throwing up.

Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.

When I was a kid, for many summers, I would spearhead a carnival in my front yard to benefit the Muscular Dystophy Association. I have a friend who has this disease. I vividly and happily remember the porch stage we set with sheets for the play, the balloons blown for popping, the swimming pool duck pluck and the little tickets we made and collected. I also remember standing in the middle of my town‘s main street with a smile and a can collecting change for Jerry’s Kids and enjoyed being a counselor at the MD camp for many summers. I did not know one Jewish person until I went to college. I had noticed then, that Jews were very kind, very confident and funny. And I adored every one I met.  So, when I met my husband Josh and married him, I knew I wanted to be Jewish, I knew it felt right for me, but I never really knew why, until I met the Mitzvah and the Tzedakah. I realized then that even if I didn’t have the history of the suffering of the Jews in my DNA or all the hoildays quite figured out yet. I did know about Mitzvah’s, I had started them early in my life and enjoyed every moment of the giving. And what I thought was especially amazing was I didn’t have to wait for some afterlife to feel the happiness or joy associated with it. That an anonymos act of giving or kindness in this life was a Jewish tradition I could call my own.  A reward that had no fear attached to it. The mitzvah to me, is what religion is all about. Now, I can’t quite remember which holiday is a Kugel holiday and I don’t get the yiddish words right at all. But I can organize a fundraiser and make sandwiches for the  homeless. And I do make a pretty tasty latke. And I want to be a Jew because my family is Jewish. Because I love the traditions and the sybolism and two zoo zim, of course. And because the tradition of Tzedakah is so powerful, I can’t think of a better way to teach my kids about caring and giving of oneselves and putting the other guy first, every day. I  love the belief that all earthly possessions belong to God and that one's worth is measured in mitzvot, not in material goods. I realized why I liked every Jew I met. Because they had Tzedakah in their homes and in their hearts from the beginning. They had a Josh and a Mose and a Mathilda and an Opa to help foster peace in the world and I am happy and honored to become one of them.  Shabbat Shalom.

Monday, September 19, 2011

What I'm loving today. Texture and motion.

Rocking sconce from Caleb-Siemon.

Cool spatter painted wall from Lonny Mag.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

LSU vs Oregon

We went over to Dallas for the LSU vs. Oregon game in the newish Dallas Cowboy Stadium. First of all, that stadium is amazing. Feels like you are outdoors in the daytime because of all the windows, also feels like you are on the field when you walk in. And the jumbo, megatron screens are just beast.

You may be wondering why Mose is not in Purple and Gold, but in Green Duck attire. He is an Oregon Ducks fan and has been for some time. You would have to ask him why? But, it has something to do with Jeremiah Missoli. We got these tickets from a Ducks fan, as well. But, as you all know my MJ and my Tigers prevailed and so the story ends for this week.

We had a great time hanging out in the sunny Dallas W hotel.

Saw some family, did what Dallas does and shopped, checked out the Genghis Khan exihibit in Irving, had Mexican food and most interestingly, went to Medieval Times. Ha! Crazy fun!

From my favorites folder.

Dying for this chair from Anthropologie. Although, already a gone pecan:(

Love the Juju headress.

For the perfect powder room. The Morphing Console by Kos.

So Mose needs a suit for MJ's Bat Mitzvah.

I don't think he likes this one :)