I first discovered Nest, a quirky quarterly interior design magazine in the Fall of 2000 at Border’s. The bright yellow exterior grabbed my attention and when I flipped through the issue (which was housed in a plastic zippered pouch), I was hooked. Instead of focusing on conventionally beautiful interiors, Nest zoomed in on the weird and outrageous. As Wikipedia notes, “During its run, Nest showed the room of a 40-year-old diaper lover, the lair of an Indonesian bird that decorates with colored stones and vomit, the final resting place of Napoleon’s penis, the quarters of Navy seamen and a barbed-wire-trimmed bed that doubled as a tank.”
I made a point to pick up an issue every time I spotted it on the newsstand until it abruptly ended its publishing run in 2004. One of my personal favorites was issue 11 which featured a cross burned through each page, cover to cover. Each issue of Nest had a completely unique theme that was always a welcome surprise.
Read more about Nest:
• A Truly Great Magazine Says Farewell
• Nest Magazine Closes
• A Champion Of the Quirky Writes Finis
I tend to split my outfits during the week equally between skirts and pants. And when it comes to pants, I usually stick to skinny black jeans to make getting dresses and accessorizing as simple as possible. Though, every once in awhile, I want to add a bright burst of color to my basics and these paid pants are my new favorite wardrobe addition.
Plaid Pants, Tripp NYC (Asos)
Sweater, Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Stud bracelet, H&M
Bow, Forever 21
Boots, Proenza Schouler
Readers: What’s your current favorite wardrobe obsession?
A sneak peek at the most magical dress in the entire universe. It will be fully revealed in Vegas later this month!
Over the weekend, I paid a visit to Roadside Attraction to catch up with my dad and grandparents. Enclosed and complete with a fire pit and foliage, it feels like a secret sanctuary in the middle of the city.
Afterwards, we stopped by a bar that’s next door to a former mechanic that my grandpa worked at over 50 years ago. My grandparents are amazing; at 80 years young they like to unwind by gambling and having a few drinks.
With a great coffee mug and my trusty Pantone notebook, I’m up for whatever the day throws at me.
I love the colors of the Hawthorne location of Cha! Cha! Cha! So cheerful!
I spent Thursday hanging out in my natural habitat wearing my favorite Topshop sweater.
During a break between projects, I picked up Surface for some visual inspiration.
It’s okay having dirty dishes sitting around my office if they look good, right?
I found these plaid pants on sale at ASOS. They’re my new favorite wardrobe staple and liven everything up. And with that, I’m off to relax. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Daisy Lowe by Will Davidson for Oyster.
• Photographer (and Nubbytwiglet.com client) Luke Copping just got multiple stamps made of his branding and they look awesome. Now I want to get a set of my own…
• If you’re a design student that’s about to graduate, this advice is short, sweet and helpful.
• Album covers minus their now deceased members.
• What are your thoughts on JC Penney’s new branding? I think it’s completely appropriate for the market they’re going after.
• The ultimate Alt Summit roundup on Pinterest.
• Kern & Burn is an online and print publication that curates discussions, interviews and essays. And, it is beautifully designed.
• Five tips for shooting great outdoor photos!
• If it wasn’t already obvious, Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day” took place on January 20, 1992.
• I really want the Computer Arts Collection of design guides. They’re so beautifully designed!
• I’m totally in love with the F. Troupe branding!
• What does it mean to declare social bankruptcy?
Photo by Juliane Berry.
I normally don’t post about interviews I’ve done on the front page of my blog (instead, the links go here) but I wanted to make a special exception for this interview that Kat of Rock n Roll Bride just shared. It’s probably the most thorough, in-depth interview I’ve done to date and touches upon how my business name transpired, my attitude towards handling criticism and how I first got started with blogging. I love Kat’s energy and unique questions — please take a look!
This collage contains two of my favorite things, lace and stripes done up in fail-safe black and white. Oh so chic and Parisian! View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
Late last year, one of my dreams came true when Joey built me a shoe closet. It’s one of my favorite parts of the house now and here’s how it came to be:
Like most older homes, Wolfgang Manor has some major quirks. There are four full-sized doors just in our small-ish bedroom alone. FOUR! When we moved in, two of those doors led to attic spaces, bare rafters and all. Joey transformed the larger of the two into an all-white art studio last year but that still left another free. I’d been wanting a designated place to store all my shoes because I ain’t gonna lie, I have a lot of them. They’d slowly started taking over my home office, filling up a book shelf and creeping across the floor. In my world, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind and the shoes needed a new home.
The soon-to-be shoe closet was a dead space with exposed rafters, doing nothing but storing a pile of miscellaneous clutter. I wish we had some good ‘before’ photos because it was really dark and creepy. Since it was upstairs, it peaked with the angles of the roof and was an odd shape. Joey had to first frame and drywall the space, then tape, spackle and sand, then prime and paint. Once the space was complete, we found these great ornate, oversized brackets at Home Depot along with a slab of pine that Joey cut for the shelf and painted white.
All in all, the transformation cost only $150.00 at most from beginning to end, mostly because the labor was free (thanks, Joey!) and we had the flooring left over from his studio remodel. The back wall was wallpapered with a scrap of Cole & Son Woods, which we had left from our dining room.
Shoes have always been my ‘thing.’ I’m big on only collecting objects that I can use all the time. When I was really young, my mom had stilettos in every color of the rainbow (this was the mid-80s) and she’d pay me a few dollars every once in awhile to arrange them in her closet. I think even back then, I was doing it by color. As I got older, my first few retail jobs in college were at shoe stores. I guess I’ve always viewed footwear differently than most people. Shoes to me are like wearable art. What can I say? I love shoes.