Enter to Win this Print from Jenn Ski!


The very talented graphic designer, illustrator, mid-century modern enthusiast and blogger Jenn Ski partnered with me to offer you this beautiful print! (Matted size: 8×10) I love her work and style — creating retro-modern digital collages with interesting textures and an amazing eye for color. She also blogs about her beautiful mid-century home.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the many prints she has available through her Etsy shop. She also has a shop dedicated to vintage finds and another (temporarily closed) shop for vinyl decals.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment tell me what city you’re from, just cuz I’m curious.
(If you don’t want to tell me, that’s fine, just say hi!)

Contest closes Friday night at 5pm CST. Only one entry per e-mail address please.

By the way, friends and family members are welcome to enter! You are probably 50% of my readers.

I Love Y’all!


It’s the week of Valentine’s Day and I just want to take this opportunity to tell you all how much I appreciate you. When I started this blog (like any other blogger I guess) I was talking to myself, then a few friends, then a few strangers and now there are a whole bunch of you who read. I am seriously so humbled that you take the time to visit this here little blog.

A week or two ago my post to comment ratio inverted. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal to you but I was pretty excited about it. I don’t ask for comments very often and not many of you comment. I don’t mind cuz I still know you’re there. I mean not specifically who you are or anything creeper like that, but I know the number of you that are out there on the other side of the screen. And truly, it means the world to me. I love you all!

In celebration of love and blogging and mid-century modern, I’m doing my first giveaway tomorrow!

Back to the Old


Last week I dug out my old backpack – the one I used from middle school through my second year of college when I discovered tote bags. As a commuter, totes where the best way to not have to carry 8 books around all day. I had my morning tote bag, my lunch bag and my afternoon tote bag (and occasionally some gigantic portfolio and art toolbox). They all resided in the car until called upon.

Back to the present. I carry my laptop to and from work in a neoprene sleeve in a tote back. This is the one I’ve been using recently:

The thing is, I’ve pulled or strained or twisted some muscles in my back or side 3x in the past couple of months. I think it’s from slinging in and lugging out the heavy tote from behind my driver’s seat.

Time for a change. So here I am with my new [old] backpack, ready for work and feeling like it’s the first day of school all over again.

What do you think – cute or nerdy? You can be honest. It won’t affect my decision to wear it (as evidenced by the pom-pom hat).

Phone Photo Friday


February rush hour at dusk. Dark blue and gray and lots of glowing red dots.

“It’s Lonely in the Modern World”


For all of you out there who think modern design is cold, impersonal, empty, lonely … here’s your confirmation.

Unhappy Hipsters. Very funny photo documentary blog. One of my recent favorites:

At the art opening, he’d been convinced the blank canvas symbolized endless possibilities. Back at home, it was just one more reminder of his own desperation.

(Photo: Raimund Koch; Dwell, April 2009)

Paint Decisions


We’re considering a few paint choices for the bathroom walls, each in the pale greenish bluish gray range. I saved this photo a while back because I thought Sherwin Williams Window Pane would be perfect with our teal blue and green shower tiles.

(sorry I can’t recall the source.)

But, it’s too light & bright:

Here’s Contented (below):

Rainwashed: (Fitting name.)

And our current top choice, Sea Salt:

Sea Salt actually looks—on the chip and in the above photoshop mock-up—like Window Pane in my inspiration photo, don’t you think?

(Sidenote: I think Sherwin Williams has the best colors. They also have a very cool, interactive Color Visualizer on their website. And they just opened a new store in our neighborhood. Yay!)

Which color do you think works best with our tile?

Bathroom Renovation Stage 9


The shower is DONE!!

Well, 95% done anyway. We’re eventually going to install a 2nd shower head—a rain shower mounted to the ceiling. But that’s a little further down the priority list. Most importantly, the shower is now functional.

Sunday we went shopping for shower curtains and it was SO much more fun than shopping for thin set and grout and tile sealer.

Since we don’t have the 2nd shower head yet, we have some plastic bags stuffed into the hole where the controls will go. Classy, huh?

Despite the plastic bags and the yet to be painted walls, that first long hot shower on Sunday night was so glorious!

Tomorrow you’re welcome to give your opinion on our paint color choices.

Catch up with our bathroom renovation progress:

Bathroom Renovation Stage 1

Bathroom Renovation Stage 2

Bathroom Renovation Stage 3

Bathroom Renovation Stage 4

Bathroom Renovation: Tiling!

Bathroom Renovation Stage 5

Bathroom Renovation Stage 6

Bathroom Renovation Stage 7

Bathroom Renovation Stage 8

Concrete Shower Pan Goes Down Smooth