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Trudie Mooney

Trudie Mooney, who lives and works in Donegal, is one of my favourite still life artists (I previously blogged about her here). You can see an extensive range of her work on Coloured Rain, but the greyish blue groups are my favourite. And the palette of the top painting has all my favourite colours from this post.

Dove grey

Of all the pastels around this season, the most likely to make it into my wardrobe is something in a very pale lilac / dove grey. I saw the dress below from Brora last week and thought it charming. The Phillip Lim one is way too glamorous for me, but I know just who this would look gorgeous on (Alice!). The Humanoid dress in the centre is another example of the perfect material and shade, and - like everything from this company - gives me love spins.


Left to right: Brora / Humanoid / 3.1 Phillip Lim from Net-a-Porter

Inspiring women: Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell's approach to her abstract expressionist works set her apart from the brooding machismo of deKooning or Rothko (artistso I also love).

While they were primarily introspective, Mitchell's work is more sensitive to her surroundings and the outer world. It poses an interesting question about the difference between a masculine and feminine approach (one that I don't think is necessarily demarcated down gender lines).


Mitchell dropped out of art school and travelled to Europe. Within years she had established herself as a leading artist and married Barney Rosset (who was Beckett's American publisher) and Beckett and Mitchell were also close. Later, she married Jean-Paul Riopelle (a favourite Canadian artist).

I'm normally not interested in the social mores of my inspiring women, but of course anything that touches on Beckett's life interests me. More than that though, I tend to visualize artists as islands and it's good reminder that a creative group of people can fuel and inspire each other.

In her later work, Mitchell's canvases became darker, more dense with paint and primordial in their expression. But it's her bright, early work that appeals to me most. Mitchell died in 1992 near Giverny France.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation
Film: Joan Mitchell: Portrait of An Abstract Painter
Book: The Paintings of Joan Mitchell

Image credits: Untitled from Sunflower Series via Photo of Joan Mitchell via Hausert & Wirth Gallery, Art House Films Online.

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Spring-cleaning

As mentioned, I spring-cleaned a little on the weekend and on Sunday I snapped a few pictures. My little Dundee marmalade jar seems to be my vase of choice these days. You can usually find a few from various vintage stores on Etsy, but you'll probably get a better price from a thrift store.


I treated myself to the Saipua Saltwater soap last week. I adore the packaging and the fragrance is just what it promises; full of ocean saltiness. I should have really bought two because I'm going to have a hard time breaking into this packaging. (And, hey, whatever happened to Saipua candles?!) My agave plant is one of my happiest succulents. He loves my bathroom and sprouts new leaves every week.


And this is a view of my open shelf. The Royal Tara china was my granny's and, though I didn't initially love the pattern, I actually use it all the time. I emptied and washed all my shelves and polished my glassware too. Rows of sparkling crystal bring me untold joy!

B.D.Baggies

I'm not normally one to wish away spring - high summer is usually a little too much for me. But when I saw this collection from B.D. Baggies, I wasn't thinking about summer in the city at all. I was thinking about rock-pools and ice cream cones, toes in sand and sea salt on my lips. That brand of summer, I can get behind.

Sponsor introduction: The Cottage Farm

The Cottage Farm is an amazing vintage Etsy store, with gorgeous product photography. The merchandise is right up my alley and I hope yours too. Krissy arranges her vintage finds into thematic collections, often with literary associations. After a little break to refresh her inventory, Krissy has two new collections coming this week.


The Hunt Collection: I think I'm so deep inside my love of all things sea-related that I don't even notice my home is full of little nods to the sea. From sea pebbles and shells to driftwood and glass floats, I do it without noticing. Of course, I'm a Cancerian, so I think it's part of my make-up by both nature and nuture! So, The Hunt Collection, named after the Cape Cod writer Peter Hunt, deeply appeals to me, conjuring both sea-faring voyages and relaxed beach days.


The Zola Collection: Named after Emile Zola, the concept for the Zola collection is the haberdashery of the Ladies Paradise: Lush textures, enticing patterns and a bit of the exotic - all well worn and comfortable with a dash of the thrill of the bazaar. I'm really quite smitten with the chandelier!

Visit Cottage Farm here and, read the Cottage Farm blog and follow Krissy on Twitter here for store updates and more!


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Sunday best: Working

I'm doing two sorts of work at home today and, thankfully, I rather like both. The first is housework. I started spring-cleaning yesterday. Yes, I literally scrubbed my bathroom with a toothbrush (obsess much?) and I hope to finish up the kitchen today.

I'll also take down all the pictures on my big wall. I think I need to live with a blank slate for a while before I start rehanging. The wall, of course, will need to spackle and paint; always an annoying undertaking on my crumbling 1930's walls.


The other work in online. I have a column to edit and submit, invoices to send and, of course, blogging to do for the week ahead. And I hope to take a few snaps too and upload them to Flickr - I picked up some roses in the sweetest colours yesterday while I was gallivanting and they deserve a picture or two.

My antiquing Saturday was good research, but didn't turn up anything. Still, I have other neighbourhoods on my list. And I'm also starting to think about where I want to spend or splurge, where I want to buy antique and where new.

And although the skies are clear here in Toronto and the light is lovely pouring in, it's c-c-c-cold out still and there's snow on the ground since Thursday. So, I'm happy to throw on my comfiest old jeans and softest tee and spend the day indoors. I'm completely addicted to sanguinello (I prefer saying that to "blood orange"!) right now, so I'll be chomping on them all day!

Happy Sunday!

Products: Black Toast Mug from Emma Bridgewater / Drapey stripe tee from J.Crew / Sanguinello via / Apple Cinnamon tea from Stash Tea / Notebook & pen - my own photo / Hitching Post Belt from Anthropologie / Slim boy jean in beach comb wash from J.Crew / Macbook Air / Nikon D5000 / Pale Pink Women's Cordones from Toms

Friday!

Thank you for all of your comments yesterday! I was so interested in everybody's thoughts (and replied to a lot in the post). I found it interesting how many people are absolutely not in favour of constructive criticism. I know that both in my studies and as a writer, I've had to handle criticism. Unless it's vitriol, I always assume the goal is to make me better, to hone my ideas or craft, so I really value the process. And sometimes, I feel that kind of criticism is missing from what we do here and I think other bloggers, small Etsy sellers and so forth could all benefit from a community that offers constructive criticism rather than platitudes of positivity.


But now, here is my dose of positivity! From around the blogosphere: I saw divine the new Hetterson collection on a few blogs this week, but first on Chelsea's. Both the photography and the clothes conjure a perfect summer day. Katy tweeted a link to this "How to make a Terrarium" tutorial (I want to try!) and she also shared some stunning photos of the Boston Flower & Garden Show on her own blog. Meanwhile, Catherine blogged about The Agrarian Kitchen. I'm sure there must be some equivalent outside Toronto (I would love to take a class like this with Jamie Kennedy!)

I rejigged some deadlines this week to give myself more breathing room. I had a mild panic attack early in the week about having so many balls in the air! But the day after I rearranged things, I found out I have to get my wisdom teeth removed and so now I'm feeling time-crunches again. Thankfully, it’s not urgent and my dentist has given me a 12-month window. But my urge is to get it out of the way as soon as my schedule allows.

I’m planning a little antique-scouting this weekend. I want to see if I can find a round dining table that fits with my Georgian leanings. In the same vein, I’m going to start rearranging my picture wall and likely edit some stuff out of my apartment too. But I've also got some freelance writing to do too, so I'll be trying to keep the ole balance.

Have a great weekend!

Flickr image credits: 1. Los habitantes del muro..., 2. x, 3. :: february 26 ::, 4. bunting

Constructive criticism

In the last few weeks, I have wondered at what point the ‘nice to be nice’ blog corner we’re part of becomes a negative thing. I think it’s when people stop speaking their minds in a constructive way because they don’t want to be that one negative voice on the scene (and don’t want to jeopardize advertising or press, or risk a huge alienating backlash).

And I think that leads to all kinds of behind-the-scenes conversations that readers never know about. Of course, every industry has this. But I’m not just talking about bloggers talking about blogging, I’m talking about the stuff readers might be interested in. It makes me think there’s a lack of editorial integrity if people are not prepared to say what they really think. I
sn’t the blogosphere supposed to be more transparent, more honest than that?

For example, this week I noticed that the prices of one handmade seller have more than doubled in the last two years (and I don't think they were under-priced in the first place). I bought many pieces from her at the beginning, but I would not now. I feel that my only option is to no longer blog about her products; if I’m not prepared to buy something, I’m not going to blog about it.

But I wonder if that’s enough? In the parade of product cheerleading - from Etsy sellers to big box stores - there’s very little constructive criticism of price, product, service or integrity. (If there’s any, it tends to take on the obvious big retail targets). And I wonder if, by omitting what we think, we’re really part of a shiny happy deception; creating a medium that peddles only in ringing endorsements – advertorials even – rather than real reflective discussion.

But look, it’s not like I want my blog to become a catalogue of complaints or criticism. And I’m not talking about bitchy mud-slinging either. But right now I feel that there are two streams of dialogue in blogging: There’s the positive, ra-ra blog voice. And then there’s the more discerning and constructive voice of the person, who occasionally thinks, hey that was a disappointing purchase, or jeez, that doesn't seem all it's cracked up to be.

And I wonder if praise is really more meaningful when it’s in a context of reflective and reinforced discernment rather than repetitive oozing positivity.

I wonder which one you would rather read.

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Unique Home Stays

I've blogged about holiday homes available through Unique Home Stays before (gorgeous options here and here) but I'm definitely hankering for a vacation this week. I've hit a wall on one project, more mental than anything. I know it just needs a final push, but my energy is sapped. I really would like a weekend away from it to just recharge and clear my head.

If I'm failing on any aspect of my "Healthy March" initiative, it's the work/life balance. It's always a huge challenge for me. But 15 hour days really take their toll after a few weeks and my inability to say "no" will be my downfall yet! So, when I received the Unique Home Stays newsletter featuring this home, I instantly swooned. The idea of getting away for a weekend is pretty tempting and my trip home in September / October is just too far away. I need a mini break, I think!



Images used with permission from Unique Home Stays.

Inspiring women: Rachel Ruysch

When somebody says "Old Master", I instantly think of a whole slew of artists, but - guess what? - all men. Indeed, it's nearly startling to think of a woman belonging under that category. But Rachel Ruysch (along with Maria van Oosterwijk and Judith Leyster) was a significant painter in the Dutch Golden Age.


At fifteen, Ruysch (1664-1750) apprenticed with a prominent Delft painter. And at 29, she married a portrait painter, with whom she ten children. In 1701, she was inducted to the painters' guild in the Hague and she worked as a court painter in Dusseldorf. And although she won the lottery in 1723, she kept painting for her prominent clients.

Ruysch lived to the ripe age of 85 and her dated works establish that she painted from the time she was a young woman until she was an octogenarian. There's something about Ruysch's life that strikes me as thoroughly modern, without qualifications of time or geography. And, of course, I'm thoroughly inspired by the flower arrangements and dark backgrounds in her work.

Image credits: Rachel Ruysch painting via / Rachel Ruysch portrait via

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Georgian style

I spent a lot of the weekend researching Georgian homes. It’s my favourite period in terms of architecture and design. And because Georgian architecture is ubiquitous in Ireland, I’ve absorbed a lot of that aesthetic growing up. When I talk about wanting to merge my Irish and North American style, I mostly am talking about merging Georgian with 20th century modern, or Georgian with Shaker style.


And although I’ve carried an intuitive grasp of what that means, I decided to do some real research into Georgian style. It was the Golden Age of Furniture and many of the designs at this time were produced in Ireland too. There are four styles / major designers within the Georgian period: Chippendale, Adam, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. I like my Georgian light on neoclassical elements. I need to research more, but I think Hepplewhite is my favourite

And when I look at my Tricia Foley (aka my new design mentor) I see a lot of these styles incorporated in her designs. I’ve been really inspired to strip my place back and make some top-down decisions about what I’ve bought and will buy in future. Although Georgian style may seem more traditional and formal than you’re used to seeing from me, for me, it really feels like home to me and it’s an era I’m happy to have found my way back to.


And so, some concrete things this will mean: Mahogany is the wood of choice (I will temper this with white painted wood, as in this dining room here from Tricia Foley), overall symmetry in room arrangements, not a tremendous amount of fuss, but some details, especially fluted legs and a subtle swag detail here and there. And what this will mean for my place right now: Bye, bye teak desk and midcentury details (I’ll be selling these), display the Waterford, Wedgewood that I brought here from home (yay Mum!)

One project I can take on right away is working on my main wall (you can see it as it stands right now here). I’m going to take down the salon-style hanging and replace it with a more symmetrical group of Bartlett engravings I’ve collected.

I talked last week about feeling more confident about my personal style right now. I do feel that. But, I also know that this is not at all a hip or Domino-esque direction to go in, so it doesn’t necessarily jive with the popular mood of the moment. But, to me, it does feel very authentic, that it’s a style that belongs to me. And, although I’ve shown some modern reproduction options above, I hope I can have some fun antiquing pieces for this plan too.

Antiques: Georgian Mahogany Dumbwaiter / Georgian Style Double Shield Back Mahogany Settee / Georgian Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers England / Georgian Style Arm Chair / 18th Century Mahogany Tilt Top Table / Malplaquet replica chair - all from 1stDibs    My inspiration: Bartlett prints from Martin 2001 / Jada sconce from Oly / Newport bowfront chest from Ethan Allen / Black Basalt Traditional Teapot from Wedgewood / At Home with Wedgewood by Tricia Foley / Newport Hansen dining table from Ethan Allen / Harry Chair by Sarah Richardson

Hoss Intropia

As always, gorgeous clothes and images from the Hoss Intropia collection, photographed in Copenhagen by Helena Christensen.

Three random things

You know how it happens: You're on your merry way through a magazine or your blog reader and you come across something and like it instantly. So, you bookmark it or star it or pull out the page, whatever your way of saving stuff is. With the amount of information we consume, it's rare a day goes by without something calling out to me in this way. And if I read a magazine without getting up at least 2-3 times to google a new brand, I consider my time wasted.

But, while love at first sight is a beautiful thing, most of those links and tearsheets lose their allure after a little while, or even fall from memory altogether. But these are three random things I've looked at a bazillion more times and loved more and more deeply. And sometimes I think it's a good thing I don't have deep pockets, because I would buy things quickly and may never know the difference.


1. Frances Palmer Pottery
2. Den chair by Howe London
3. Bag 12 by a.b.k.

Sunday best: Strolling

After a winter of strategically planned outings and careful footsteps, Spring brings the freedom to wander at length outdoors, to stride even. And although the days are chill, the paths are clear and the light is stretching, so it's nice to be out in the world.

Today, I'm planning a long stroll through the local neighbourhoods. I'll no doubt pop into shops and maybe even stop for a cup of tea and to read my book. But, the idea is to just walk and be out in the air.


Last night, I ordered a solar shade for my front window. It's one of those pragmatic purchases I'm not really enthused about. But the sunlight is hard on my furniture and fabrics and heats up my laptop too much. I know it will be much better once I get this installed. I guess it's one of those purchases I need to rationalize because it's so unexciting.

On more exciting thoughts, I'm thinking of some decor changes to my apartment too. Even though I'm dreaming of a home purchase, it's a few years away and I definitely don't want to 'give up' on my apartment in the meantime. So, I'll be mulling that as I stroll.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday!

Products: Vintage cotton raglan tee from J.Crew / Bruce II Roll Up Shirt from La Garconne / Small Flower Stud Earrings from Shana Astrachan / Bo Jacket from Toast / Mimi S/S 11 Little Peggy from Mimi Berry / Kissing Bird Ring from Odette / Rag & Bone High Rise Skinny Jean from La Garconne / The Biker Boot from Madewell from

Friday!

This week, like you, I cried as I watched footage of Japan. I felt numb when I read the stories. There aren't words. I don't think any human watches these things untouched. We all put ourselves in those shoes and try to fathom the unfathomable. It's terrible.

Heath did it for Haiti and now they're doing it again - offering to donate 25% of online sales to Architecture for Humanity's relief efforts in Japan. I jumped at the opportunity to add to my Heath collection and while it wasn't a planned purchase, it's one I feel no guilt about. I'm glad there are companies like this in the world, along with the many artists, Etsians and other companies making similar efforts (Melis did a great round-up if you're looking more).


And I took yesterday off work, a welcome break from the constant flow of news updates in our office and e-mail. I worked on some photography and just tried to be calm in my space, to put my energy into something tangible and hopeful. The weather here has been so warm and lovely; the snow is almost gone completely. And difficult as the time change made mornings, at 5pm every evening I was happy and eager to be out in the world, soaking up the light.

Many bloggers are not posting today, marking a day of silence to help awareness for Japan. I respect that a lot. And my post does not represent an indifference to what's happening, either in Japan or Libya or anywhere else there's suffering in our world. But, I don't believe in silence or prayers when people are in pain. And I also don't like blogging about my charitable giving or trying to influence what other people do. I know the people who visit me here are good people and don't need that from me.

So, here's what I do hope you do: Don't feel guilty for moments of comfort or happiness. Public self-flagellating doesn't help anybody. Make it a beautiful weekend.

Flickr image credits: 1. Untitled, 2. ton-sur-ton, 3. Untitled, 4. Struvor

American Vintage

We had some days approximating Spring this week and the snow is nearly all melted. And the time change, while painful to adjust to, meant leaving work in bright sunshine. So, I'm finally starting to imagine days without heavy coats and cold fingertips. These looks from American Vintage make me so happy.

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Green and Gorgeous

There are certain things I would love to take advantage of if (when) I move out of the city. Gardening is the obvious one and, as well as growing veggies, I have dreams of growing a wide assortment of flowers and plants and basically never buying florist's imported flowers again. It's something I feel bad about every time I visit the flower market. And although I still buy flowers it would be nice to not have that guilty conscience.


I came across this English flower company, Green & Gorgeous, in a recent House & Garden and was immediately inspired. They believe that naturally gorgeous flowers come from a real garden and locally grow traditional English flowers without chemicals and then freshly pick them to arrange into gorgeous bouquets.


Oh man, the shots of sweet pea rows just melt my heart - they're my absolute favourite flower and impossible to find in markets here. And, of course, florist's roses have absolutely nothing on garden ones. Obviously, Canadian climates are less temperate than those in the UK, but still I'll happily take what's on offer here and make it work.

Inspiring women: Present-day gardening girls

I love classic gardener style. The mix of country style and utilitarian accessories brings me untold joy. I think Monty Don would be my style icon if I were a man. But he will just have to serve as a mega-crush instead. Thankfully, I also adore the style of these three female gardeners too.

I've included gardeners (like Valerie Finnis) in this series, but it's nice to include some present-day, not-far-from-my-age inspiration. And, of course, there's a real fantasy here about having a beautiful garden to putter around in and getting soil under my nails.


1. Alice Bowe
Alice Bowe is a garden designer, garden shop owner and blogger. And, like so many of my inspiring women, she deviated from her original training (in Fine Art) and studied garden design at Oxford College. Of course, one informs the other and I think her painterly eye shows through in her garden designs.


2. Sarah Price
Sarah Price designs public and private spaces but she also works on community projects. This photo of her by Andrew Montgomery for House & Garden made it into my permanent fashion inspiration files. I adore her designs, but this one for a secret garden in Wales send me on wild flights of fantasy.


3. Alys Fowler
I blogged before (here) about Alys Fowler's book, Garden Anywhere, which is my most inspiring gardening book and one that I learned a lot from. I adore her style and her pragmatic tone throughout.

This post was inspired by the March 2011 House & Garden, which features two of the three gardeners listed above.

Image credits: Photos (cropped) of Sarah Price and Alice Bowe by Andrew Montgomery, from House & Garden. Other images: Alice Bowe (website & shop). Sarah Price (website). Alys Fowler, from Garden Anywhere, photographed by Simon Wheeler. Alys Fowler in striped top photographed by Jason Ingram/BBC Birmingham, via Guardian.

Tricia Foley & Rose Uniacke

Last week, Margot Austin blogged about the importance of having a design mentor. It's something I've never really pinned down for myself, preferring a less studied approach. But, recent efforts to discipline my aesthetic have me thinking about choosing somebody whose portfolio can act as some kind of guiding principle for me.


Tricia Foley and Rose Uniacke really seem to hit the nail on the head for me. And I like that Rose is from my old side of the pond and Tricia is from my newer side of the pond, because I often feel like I'm struggling to reconcile those two forces. And, now I think of it, it's interesting that my other favourite (Ochre / Canvas) represents a joining of British and US forces too. I always want to see something that harks back to where I came from, but also to move forward and embrace a new and fresh approach too.


Of course, I could geek out all day thinking about this stuff. And then I'll come home and hate all my purchases up until now. I'm definitely over my mid-century phase and even my sweet little desk is falling out of favour with me these days. But, I'm also excited about starting afresh with some things. The strangest part is when I look back at my blog archives, I see that style was there all along anyway. I suppose I just wasn't listening too well when I made certain decisions. Or maybe I misheard my own voice.


But we're supposed to change and evolve too and I wouldn't want to be stuck or "finished" either. So, all of this is exciting and invigorating. And I can feel I'm more confident now, less likely to be distracted or worried about what everybody else is doing and that's a lovely feeling. But, I'm intrigued to think more about these style mentors and to burrow down deeper into this idea. Do you have one?


Images: Tricia Foley, photograph by Marili Forastieri / Tricia Foley, photograph by by Jeff McNamara / Rose Uniacke shop / Rose Uniacke portfolio

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Book report: Sunset Park

What a treat to read two new books from two of my favourite living authors back-to-back. Paul Auster is perhaps a more philosophical writer than Tóibín. His stories can be brain-bending, both personal and abstract and he plays constantly with structure.

I always feel Auster's own hand in his characters, in how he wields the story. And there are times I feel that he winks at us, the reader. Auster has written a reference to Beckett in most of the novels I've read and I always take that personally and feel it's our little moment. I know that's silly, but that's the sense of intimacy he gives me as a reader.


I deeply identify with stories of familial estrangement. And I understand how insufficient any explanation can be. As such, I loved Sunset Park and all it left unsaid or insufficiently explained. I adored the structure, how the novel zoomed in on its hero for the first section and then zoomed out to the world around him in the second. Auster managed to convey the dependencies and relational complexities between this strange cast of characters all the while giving them each their own autonomous voice.

And reading this book after Tóibín was fortuitous. It too features characters on that threshold between adolescent potential and adult reality. The characters try to kick start their lives, but they end up blandly failing. The psychology of those failures is not investigated by Auster. I thought the facile voices of these characters, the dull tautologies and hyperbolic conclusions were deliberate on Auster's part. And they seemed real. I truly flinch when I think of some of my twenty-something cocksureness.

But I've read reviews of this book where the reviewer understood these as failings on Auster's part, and clumsiness in his writing. I guess I don't trust my own impartiality when it comes to Auster. So, I would love to hear what you think, if you've read it.

Where we blog from: Andrea Despot

Andrea Despot is a great photographer-blogger. She maintains two blogs; The Lighthouse Keeper, where she blogs more general inspiration and her own professional photography blog, Andrea Despot. She also has an Etsy store where you can purchase prints of some of her photographs. I'm especially fond of her black and white shots and in general I'm really feeling the pull of black and white these days. This is where Andrea blogs from and what she has to say about it...

I've been following Where We Blog From since the beginning and I was secretly hoping to be featured someday. Thanks so much for asking me, Jane!


Welcome to my little office - the corner in my bedroom where I blog from. (To be honest, I do most of my blogging during my spare moments at work during the day. But I don't think anyone really wants to see a dark, carpet-walled cubicle.)


I graduated from college in 2007 and moved back home to work and save money. So, I still inhabit the same bedroom I've had for the past 13 years. I have the same desk, the same chair, the same mirror leaning against the wall. The bare bones of the room have remained the same, but everything else has changed as I've grown over the years. The walls are no longer blue and purple stars, but now a more grown-up brown (though it wouldn't have been my first choice - it was my mom's doing).



I'm a self-professed neat freak, probably a bit obsessive compulsive (seriously). So this is honestly what my desk looks like at all times (give or take an item or two). I like things clean and simple, with only a few knickknacks on my desk.



My inspirations change a lot, so I'm constantly switching out postcards, photographs, polaroids and magazine cutouts in the mirror above my desk. I'm a photographer so I love having art surrounding me at all times. I also read a lot and am addicted to buying books with pretty covers. I have one bookshelf at the moment, but it's already full and I'm in desperate need of another!



I have a bunch of framed artwork on every wall around my bedroom. It's a bit overwhelming at the moment, but they'll already be done and ready to hang when I have my own apartment someday! (The black and white pyramid photo is by my fiancé's brother, Brian Krummel; the portrait illustration is by Peggy Wolf; the aurora painting is by me; and the black and white photograph below it is by Margaret Durow.)


Thanks for having me!

Thanks Andrea!