This desktop clutter is fairly representative of my life lately — I’ve been gathering up a lot of fun print materials here, there and well, everywhere as I work through a few big editorial projects. What does your desktop clutter say about you? Haha. Really though, this week has been about tough love of the best possible kind. I’ve become a better listener over time and instead of getting defensive about feedback on business endeavors and projects, I can now step back and ask myself what I can do better. There’s always room to improve. Maybe that’s something that’s easier learned with age.
As I was strolling through the West Hills over the weekend, I spotted what appeared to be spiderweb windows from a block away. How had I never seen this house before?! As I got closer, there were many webbed windows on one of the most oddly beautiful houses I’d ever seen. I couldn’t get the home out of my mind and after doing a little research, I realized that it’s the famed JO Frye House, by the very, very eccentric architect of the same name who also built the Canterbury Castle right down the road (now sadly demolished). I have a soft spot for eccentric old houses…probably because my house is one of them. It has some major quirks as well and sat vacant for a full year before we bought it.
I am still totally head over heels (ha) for this duo of vases which now welcome visitors in our living room window. Inviting, huh?
A little while back, Joey put in our new front lawn and it’s so lush and thick now that it’s bordering on carpet-like. Rocky would lay in it all day if he could. And as you know, I am all for eccentric shoes. Sometimes you need that extra kick in your step and that extra boost of confidence. I remember the time I found these, lonely and hanging out on the sale rack at 70% off and thought, “Ahhh, why not?!” They’ve served me well since.
Here’s another peek at the stunning JO Frye house. I imagine someone like Gala being right at home here with that intriguing mix of beauty and spookiness.
I hope you have a weekend full of exploration and relaxation — we’re still in full-on home repair mode over here (does it ever end???) and in between that, I’ll be knocking out those previously mentioned editorial projects and booking some plane tickets. Have a great one!