Cute online tool for doodling, then watching scribbler render your sketch.  I couldn’t figure out how to save the result, but you can screen print and save that way.  Seriously, check it out here.  I can’t remember where I discovered this, so I apologize for not properly crediting the source.

I only spent 5 minutes. promise.  and it was during my break. a hard earned break.

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words and image by:  jana

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all images by jana  

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I didn’t realize how much ducks were upon us this week, but I am a believer in going with it, come as it may. This blog is very new, and I decided to just learn as I go, letting my newness be visible.  I have wanted to blog for 2 years now, hesitating for many reasons, don’t know PS, don’t know WP, digi camera challenged, am not a writer.   In the end, this IS the journey, and I am enjoying it.

Oh, yes, back to the topic, I hope you’re cool with bits if unrelated jabber in your reading cuz it’s my nature but I’ll do my best to stay focused.  Recently, a reader was kind enough to send over an inspirational color palette following one of my earlier posts on the subject.  He’s retired, and from the look of things, has a few spare minutes in his days.   He snapped the lil birds from the back deck of the Tahoe house that we all love(d) and miss.  I don’t know if he’s taking new client’s but if you’re interested, send me an email or comment here and I’ll pass the information along to him. From what I gather, he leans toward the deconstructed fowl look.

It’s uncanny how much my duck resembles the female (top duck) in this color palette.  I’m beginning to wonder where these visitors came from… (does Uncle Steve need a little blog love?).

In case you were wondering, I did find the family of my lone subject from Friday’s visitor.  I was relieved to know she wasn’t traveling solo, and I’m noticing her penchant for being photographed, I like that in a girl.

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This week has been particularly beautiful following our recent bout the rain.  I’ve been taking a few pictures each morning with our lil point and shoot which has been really fun.  Today has been busier than I had expected with client calls, emails, and general admin stuff. I had hoped to feature two artists today but unfortunately I didn’t allocate enough time for that.  I hope to be more on task with the blog but I won’t promise—I hope you know how it is being self employed or the jack of all jills or however the saying goes.  I feel very blessed having connected with so many warm people since I started writing here.  Thank you for making this so fun for me.

This lil friend was kickin it in our driveway when I returned from taking AJ & G to daycare (they would have been so happy to greet her).  She hung out for a while, and I consider myself lucky for it.

Wishing each of you a wondrous weekend filled with all that you wish for and all that you need.

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I have been bookmarking incredibly photography and photo stylist sites for over two years.  Interior design and photography/photo styling have a lot in common, yes, but being good at design doesn’t mean you can take a photo to support your work, nope, not in the least.  I will confess, here in print, that one of my tremendous weaknesses in this business is photographing my finished work.  I have had the privilege of working on hundreds of design projects during that time.  I literally have less than 20 photographs to show my work, none of which were well taken (me of course).  This is a very unprofessional aspect of my business life that I have to shore up and improve on.  I can however, show you hundreds upon hundred of photos of my children and other random musings.

I’m hoping that this blog, will be like therapy for me.  You know how in therapy once you own something, and let it be real, you have an opportunity to change it?  I can change this; I can photograph my work or build  professional photography into the design budget.  I have a handful of friends that are really good at taking pictures, either for pleasure or as a profession.  There really is no excuse for this oversight.  I will say that my attention span has gotten shorter and shorter the longer I am in a creative professional (rationalizing now).  Feel free to hold me accountable along the way by asking me how I am doing with this.

What does this have to do with the price of bean in Wasco (my mom’s phrase)?  Well, some of my favorite photographers (the ones I do not personally know) seem to get featured online, in H Magazine. which I know very little about. I do know that I dig these.

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Photos clockwise as follows:  original type light found here from d*s (slightly altered for this post).  Floral by: jana, lotus illustration by: jana, girls art museum via flickr photo sharing here.

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The moon. last nite. breathtaking.  Looked at it at least 15 times.  Showed AJ.  God was there. I told her he made it.  We thanked him.  She wondered why he wasn’t saying you’re welcome.  He was, but she couldn’t hear him… yet.

photo by:  jana

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Just popping in to give you a taste of an artist (well, two really) I’ll be featuring here in the next couple of days. 


I know, shivery good.

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I’d like to think I am woman of substance, but sometimes, that includes mind numbing, funny, light hearted reality TV.  For me, it is a better alternative to nightly crime drama.  I really enjoyed 24, season 1, but my nervous system can’t tolerate the aspect of ever-escalating suspense.  Last season, I found myself watching the Rachel Zoe Project. There was a lot about the show that I enjoyed.  One of her signature phrases from season 1 was “I die.”  She used this phrase when one of her clients hit her fashion mark, when she uncovered a vintage must have on one of her shopping sprees, or when viewing new pieces from one of her favorite designers.  I think she has literally trademarked the phrase or something along those lines, so let’s hope I don’t get sued.  But, today, I die.

B&B Italia is a world famous Italian label of modern furniture and decor.  They are known for their mastery of clean lined Italian design.  The sunshine brings with it an inkling for an outdoor furnishings fix. We will be redoing the back portion of the studio this spring, and although we aren’t in a position to invest in this level of product, their cleaned line pieces are worthy of review.  I did not remember how phenomenal some of the more recent works were.  Again, I die.

This Crinoline line was designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2008. Born in Spain, she now works out of her studio in Milan and has designed for huge international labels such and Kartell, Moroso, Boffi, Molteni, and Knoll are among them.  This line of arm chairs and seats vary in scale and height, each shape is distinctively modern. The black and bronze or black and white dual colored frame weaves are offset so well against the natural fiber or bronze string.  One of my more current crushes involves cut out details in just about anything for furnishing and decor and these pieces are no exception.

Another collection of Patricia’s is the Ravel collection.  Similar construction techniques, materials and color options result in extraordinary texture and balance.  I am loving the black/bronze marriage of the frame materials. (as shown).

The dying doesn’t stop there.  Can you die more than once in a day?  A self professed sucker for texture, white lacquer and the shores of Big Sir, imagine my gasp upon seeing these little numbers.  These outdoor “reels” are comprised of polyester coated aluminum frames wrapped in rope.  The simple yet intricate nature of the work and it’s sophistication amazes me.  

My final B & B Italia outdoor feature for today is The White Collection, designed by Marcel Wanders.  These are larger scale outdoor glazed ceramic pieces with the perfect balance of clean and sexy.  Marcel is best known for his Happy House Chandelier launch.  His studio also designs for many of the top international design houses, including, Bisazza, Flos, Vitra and the like.

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