Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Friday, April 24, 2009
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
By George Mendoza
Illustrated by Doris Susan Smith
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. In fact, it was this book that first triggered my interest in architecture and interior design at an early age. Without it maybe I'd now be a dentist or something! I was just thinking about it today and did a little googling - it looks like it may be out of print. My copy is still at my parents' house. I believe the book technically belongs to my sister, but she became a social worker and I’m the designer so it clearly had a much greater impact on me (and therefore really should be mine). It is the story of Henrietta Mouse - “a world-famous decorator” who designs homes for all her animal friends. The illustrations used to just fascinate me. If you can find a copy I highly recommend it.
Read the New York Times book review (from 1981!) here.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The sister and I tend to get a little lazy about hanging up our coats. We (okay, mostly me) also have a habit of dropping our bags on the floor in the front hall. I figured it was time to put this empty wall to better use. A few weeks ago I painted these trees and incorporated some hooks. I made the hooks from wooden spools that I painted black and put a screw through the middle. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and my stuff is off the floor. Now if I could just figure out what to do with all the shoes in front of the door...
Friday, April 17, 2009
Like so many other design buffs in blogland, I am an avid reader of Apartment Therapy. After following the Small Cool Contest for the last couple of years, I decided that this year I would bite the bullet and enter. It was just the extra incentive I needed to get my butt in gear and get my place in order.
I've been living in my condo for almost four years now. You would think that would be plenty of time to finish decorating. But no. I look around compiling mental lists of things I would add or change given the time and the money. I find myself with a lot of time right now - but pretty much no money. So it's time to get creative. Really, really, creative. I've got to make the best out of what I've got or can procure on the very, very, cheap. I have spent the last few weeks obsessively decorating, organizing, and rearranging. My sister (co-owner and roommate) comes home from work every day and we have a little game of "what has Tara changed in the apartment today?" Fun times. The place is still not done and there are still many things I'd like to change, but it's the best it's ever been and will most likely be for quite some time.
I sent the photos off to Apartment Therapy last weekend. I have now spent the week checking the blog a billion times a day to see if I've been posted. It's now Saturday. Nothing. Posts are done. I knew I wasn't going to win this thing - the goal was just to get posted and hopefully a respectable number of "thumbs up" and maybe a couple of nice comments. Oh, AT - why do you torture me like this? I am so disappointed. At least I now have some photos of my place I can post here. Stay tuned!