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Genes, memes, temes and decor

Genes, memes, temes and decor

Not to belabor talk of my new den, but I wasn’t kidding when I described the space as opinionated. It knows what it wants, and I’m just carrying out orders. Or at least I considered that idea after recently revisiting Susan Blackmore’s August 22nd New York Times blog post, The Third Replicator. Blackmore, a psychologist […]

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Guest Post: Rebekah Zaveloff on the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk

Guest Post: Rebekah Zaveloff on the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk

Thanks to my friend, KitchenLab and design in a bag’s Rebekah Zaveloff  for today’s guest post about the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk benefitting Designs 4 Dignity. ↔ When a friend first introduced me to Harbor Country® Michigan, I couldn’t believe I’d been living in Chicago for so long and had never driven the 90 […]

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Now what? My DIY Dilemma

Now what? My DIY Dilemma

Summer’s official end was the impetus I needed to finally tackle the thankless job of stripping two coats of paint from an old metal tanker desk I found on Craig’s List last year. The industrial-grade stripper is a nasty, highly flammable, probably cancer causing gel that burns to the touch. I’m just getting started, but […]

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The Tuesday Rant (topics include summer strolls, decor’s debt to cartography, wall-to-wall carpeting, tumblr and Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Tuesday Rant (topics include summer strolls, decor’s debt to cartography, wall-to-wall carpeting, tumblr and Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Warm evening strolls are one of life’s great pleasures. It was almost hot and definitely humid last night, but there was a hint of a cool breeze that made it pretty bearable. The neighborhood looks so different at night. Rather than focusing on the architecture and landscaping, my eyes were drawn to the illuminated windows […]

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Guest Post: Hillary Keech’s NYC Shopping Guide

Guest Post: Hillary Keech’s NYC Shopping Guide

Many thanks to Modest Designs founder Hillary Keech for contributing this excellent New York City shopping guide. A veteran of design firms such as Sills Huniford and Roman & Williams, Hillary understands that high design can be achieved on any budget, and I’m looking forward to visiting some of her selections during my next visit […]

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The Monday Roundup

The Monday Roundup

Thanks to the amazing Mariano Chavez (of Agent Gallery Chicago and New York) for introducing me to his very stylish, kind and interesting friend and customer Josh. When Josh’s girlfriend stumbled upon Agent Gallery’s Damen Avenue location, she rightly suspected her beau would love Mariano’s curated mix of salvaged finds and overall aesthetic. Sure enough, […]

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Guest Post: Albert Tanquero’s California Adventure (Pt. 2)

Guest Post: Albert Tanquero’s California Adventure (Pt. 2)

Thanks to Albert Tanquero for contributing the story of his California shopping trip, trawling antique stores in search of  strange and unusual vintage photos and other ephemera – inventory for his his thriving Ebay vintage photo store and inspiration for he and his partner Jim York’s innovative stationary company The Found. Check out their new […]

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