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new apartment, new ideas

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Isaac and I are moving to a new apartment soon. We wanted to just stay where we were till we moved to our house, but eh: what can I say: things like building a house take a long time and doing laundry at the laundromat sucks. So!

We’ve lived together for 12 years now and we want to make some actual changes in this next apartments, because things like our books, art and furniture don’t change move to move, and this is a good chance to mix things up as opposed to reinstalling our life in a bigger apartment with a laundry room.

Change 1.

No. More. Malm.

We bought it because it was simply designed and affordable, but I think I have scars on my shin from our Malm bed. And it’s huge! So, we are ditching the bed, and having a low mattress…but not in the way I used to (simplicity in youth looks a little slovenly, now that I think about it). We’ll go for something a little more like this:

Change 2. House Plants everywhere (and alive). I‘ll put in the effort to water, I swear!

I’m emotionally ready to have a ton of plants indoors: trees, philodendron, and some little ones for texture.

Change 3. Get low.

Our current apartment is so small that I always looked up: our dressers and bookshelves are tall to preserve precious square feet.

However, this next apartment is bigger, and has windows on three sides (four if you count the surprising and somewhat creepy ‘building hole’ window), and want to keep it looking wide open. We’ll be making low bookshelves and dressers throughout the house.

all images and their respective links on my Fifth From The Top Pinterest board.

 

Totally in love

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

with my Tomo navy leather sac from This Is Ground.

It’s for your tech, but it’s a casual-but-still-a-bit-luxe (amazing leather) update to the rectangular clutch I’ve been carrying for years.

Jody Rogac

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I met Jody Rogac last week on the set of the movie I was working on.

She was shooting behind the scenes and taking portraits. Her work is calm but intense, striking yet casual, honest and beautiful, quiet but memorable. I really love it.

Here are some of my favorite shots of hers, and so many more are on her website.

(love love LOVE this picture of our mutual friend Nancy)

you can buy her recent book, In Between, at Alldayeveryday’s online shop.

LA ART BOOK FAIR

Friday, January 31st, 2014

started yesterday. see you this weekend.

Movie business

Monday, January 27th, 2014

I just finished up a segment of the film I’m doing the costumes for: Austin Lynch’s Grey House.

It was a really cool experience.

Austin was so calm and awesome, the star of this segment, the incredible Aurore Clement was wonderful, and I feel like I understand the “movie business” a little (teeny tiny) bit more now.

 

 

 

Sea Change

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I haven’t written in a bit for a couple reasons.

Mostly, I’ve been busy: I’m working a lot, stepping in with lines when they need fresh ideas and new ideas. I like the work and I like working a lot.

But, the real reason is that I’ve been….a bit bummed out maybe?

Lately I feel that some of the movements in design that I was excited, interested, and literally a producing part of, have become the same system of status that I’ve….been proud to not be a part of.

I went to a holiday sales event in LA that a couple of my extremely talented friends had a presence at. Their work is great. A lot of the work there was great. Their work is expensive, and has value: I know first-hand that making a small line and collection means that the product is expensive. There is value: and then, there is expensive.

A lot of the scene has become a checklist of status: get this ring, these shoes, this bag, this hat, yada yada: and now you look great: you look confident, you look like you aren’t playing the game: yet….you are playing the game: and you bought your way in. The same women who would perhaps mock a  Dior bag, marc jacobs bag, or rebecca minkoff bag, lined up in droves to buy a [fill in the blank] bag (and no, I’m not talking about a bag, really]: and we all look at our bag and their bags the same way the women eyeing their marc by marc or their neighbor’s marc by marc bag do.

The issue is not about money or the expensiveness of an object. It would be fantastic if everyone was ready to pay for quality of handmade and locally made objects. Quality, innovation, idea and product are worth a lot of money. A handmade piece where the money goes to the makers, and the item lasts for as long as it possibly can is priceless.

Buying status to me, however, has always seemed cheap.

That’s one part of my bum-out, the other part is about individuality from the point of the consumer, something I’ve always attributed to, loved about, and worn the flag of for small lines: it’s not about following a checklist to fit in.

The other issue is about individuality from the point of the producer. I understand these issues too. If everyone is doing indigo, soft leather, natural fabrics, moroccan rugs, and ceramics, and if you want to make a living: and you truly feel the pull of these themes: what do you do?

I’m feeling a little anti-everything right now. Going to this sales event made me want glass, plastic, tech, clean lines, hard fabrics (kidding, kidding, but also: not, not).

And yes, I know fashion pays for my entire life: and that status chasing is a part of what pays for fashion. Maybe I’m too idealistic. Or maybe this is what happens in your early 30s: movements seems to come from, and be for, you and your cohort. But maybe it’s always the same: everything is for sale: these items or ideas are just in your price range, your age range, etc.

Regardless: I’m feeling a bit ready for a sea-change.


 

 

Echo Park Crafts Fair

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I went to the Echo Park Craft Fair today (and I’ll have more on that later), and was happy to see NancyStellaSoto‘s awesome pieces

and Julie’s fantastic Object and Totem ceramics

and I was really happy to see for the first time: Kieley Kimmel’s line of beautiful knits and cool silks.

 

Project Room for Xmas

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

If you haven’t gotten everything on your list for everyone on your list, you still can get great gifts on our home goods site, Project Room. Order by Monday and it’s guaranteed to be under your tree:)

Clashist

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Check out this clever holiday video for Clashist’s Kickstarter…and maybe get a James franco tee or two for a crush of your own. Heather and I worked on developing the concept for this line and I’m really excited to see it moving forward!

 

One Kings Lane + Crafting Community + Project Room

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

We are super excited that Project Room is included in Karen Kimmel’s curated group of LA artists and designers for a special One Kings Lane sale.

Here’s a sneak peak of our Project Room pieces, launching tomorrow on One Kings Lane.