if shoes could talk


The "shoes" in shoes and interiors to match is not only a literal use of the word, but also a metaphor for the places we go and things we do in our shoes. We work,  go to school, volunteer, shop, walk, run, drive, take care of our families, stomp our feet in protest (maybe that's just me) and our shoes go along for the ride. I wanted to dedicate this entry to all the women who have come before us. Those who marched, carried signs, and fought for our right to vote and our rights as women. We must never forget those women who walked on our behalf.  In heels no less.

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote. It was not until 1848 that the movement for women's rights launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women's rights movement.  After a 70-year battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.


Planned Parenthood dates its beginnings to 1916 when Margaret Sanger, her sister, and a friend open America's first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. In this time in America, women cannot vote, sign contracts, have bank accounts, or divorce abusive husbands. They cannot control the number of children they have or obtain information about birth control, because in the 1870s a series of draconian measures, called the Comstock laws, made contraception illegal and declared information about family planning and contraception "obscene."

By the 1960s, Planned Parenthood is a respected and powerful voice in the movement for women's rights, fighting successfully for increased access to birth control, pushing for the creation and funding of domestic and international family planning programs, and playing a crucial role in the development of the pill and IUD. Let's keep Planned Parenthood up and running. It's up to us now.

March On.

pop art

 What is pop art anyway? There is some debate about whether the pop art movement began in Great Britain or the United States, but the consensus is that in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, pop art marked a distinctive developmental period in the art world. In an almost defiant way, artists began incorporating everyday elements and icons drawn directly from popular culture into their artworks.

Robert Rauschenberg
Everything from advertising to cartoons and popular celebrities became fair game. Originally, the pop art movement was a type of rebellion. By turning common items and images into “art,” these artists were clearly debunking the elitist stereotype that previously dominated the art world. These pop artists made their art accessible and attractive to everyone. It was an artistic celebration of contemporary life and targeted a wider audience than the art world ever had before. As a group, pop artists succeeded in bringing fine art into the mainstream of American culture. 

Roy Lichtenstein
Andy Warhol
Jasper Johns

David Hockney 

The artist Xiumei is located in Chicago and does some really cool pop art. The piece above is a painting. but she has prints of her work as well.  Her website is listed on "sites worth the click" here on my blog. Check her out! LOVE.

sticks and stones

I love natural stone. Stone has movement. I see faces, figures, and trees in many of the slabs I choose for clients. Not everyone sees it the way I do. How about you? What do you see?

Do you see a face?

It’s amazing how little it takes for people to see a human face — a tendency sometimes referred to as pareidolia.
In 1757, David Hume described the propensity this way:
“There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious. We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice or good- will to every thing, that hurts or pleases us.”

let there be light

A light fixture is an electrical device used to create artificial light and/or illumination. A luminaire is a lighting fixture complete with the light source or lamp, the reflector for directing the light, an aperture (with or without a lens), the outer shell or housing for lamp alignment.
There are some wonderful lighting companies around, you can find lots of options at any lighting store. Some of my favorites are Curry, Visual Comfort, and Hudson. But, my all time favorite fixtures are vintage. They usually need to be rewired, but otherwise are very cool and have  history . I also love artist who design light fixtures, and Ikea is always a great source as evidenced below. Have fun with lighting, it can illuminate and also be fabulous to look at.
Shine on.

Ikea Daisy fixture.

found the perfect sphere at a clearance sale at the merchandise mart.

folk art fixture found in a funky shop

Two crystal star busts were found at a consignment shop, hanging above a kitchen island. I love the formal look of these.

my lighting assistant makes a video


    • a sheltered and secluded place 
    • corner: an interior angle formed by two meeting walls


    My nook is located in the library – a comfy velvet chair, a sweet pink lamp, lots of magazines, a radio, and pictures transform my little spot into a very restful  place.
    A quote by Fran Lebowitz  sums it up for me.   "Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs". Well said.


    Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

    inspiration board

    Did he say, "Marvelous pigs in satin"? No, dear lady. Marvelous things will happen.

     james and the giant peach