As a graphic artists and photographer I am always looking at the power of fonts and images, in magazines, on buildings, menus, and brochures.  I can’t stop looking and analyzing what works, what doesn’t and what I might want to use.  Take for example the dreaded Papyrus font.  Even if you don’t know it, you know it.  It is everywhere, and as my husband can attest to, it drives me nuts.

Well, I was flipping though my March 2010 Vanity Fair the other night and just fell in love with this photo of two female Disney artists touching up a studio lot sign.  Aside from their impeccable dress and hair, I love love love the studio lot sign.  It is that same sanserif, modern font I have obsessed about in the past.  The article that follows, “Coloring the Kingdom”, is about the scores of female artists needed to ink and paint the hundreds of thousands of cells used to create full length animated features like Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia.  Basically, they were the cogs and wheels that made the Disney machine of 30’s and 40’s run.  The speed and detail demanded of them was amazing.  Definitely go check it out.


Art Deco Around Boston

While walking around downtown Boston with my camera the other day, and with the Vanity Fair article fresh in my head, I found myself drawn to more fabulous 30’s and 40’s Art Deco details that seemed to pop up all over.  The details in the buildings of that time period are wonderful.  Simple directional signs with shiny, gold style.  Just look at the craftsmanship!

Love how the “Push” sign is integrated in to the bar of the revolving door.

Sanserif stairway sign

Almost an organic feel here for the directory board.

The details kill me, these feel Egyptian inspired.

Look at this ridiculously gorgeous fan patterned air vent!  Too much.


Art Deco/Hollywood Regency interiors – modern interpretation

The famous interior designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her “Hollywood Regency” style of interior design which veers more into the 50’s, but is very much based on the Art Deco style of the 30’s and 40’s.  For Christmas, my wonderful sister-in-law gave me Kelly’s new book Hue and it is chalk full of her wonderful opulent style.  I love it.

True to the title, the interiors and photographs are arranged in hues, but not just any hues.  Hues like, cerulean, tourmaline and peridot.  No such thing as boring blue, green and turquoise for Kelly.

Here are some of my favorites.  I don’t know if I could live in them.  I am a little more minimal in my approach to interior design, but these are still fabulous and interesting spaces.

Great Vignettes

Bone flatware, creepy cool way to eat a meal.

Bergdorf’s dinning room…much more my way eat.

Scans and photos of the book by me.


February 18, 2010

GEEKS – Gorgeous Excellently Educated Kids

Isn’t that the best acronym?!?!  The darling and brilliant 11 year old daughter of a friend of mine made that up.  I love it.  So, bored and traveling for business I decided to geek out with my bad self and my different glasses.

Ray Ban



Still not totally comfy doing the self portraits, but am playing and trying to be brave on this blog.  Home tomorrow night, yay.  I have been doing a couple of really fun photo shoots, and I can’t wait to share.  Stay tuned.

Till then, how cute is this little Geek Chic number?

Photo: Tommy Ton street style for

Alexander McQueen

February 12, 2010

I had to do a quick post about the tragic loss of the brilliant designer Alexander McQueen.  So much has been said about him on the internet these past two days, and I don’t think I can add too much to the conversation that hasn’t already been said, but plain and simple; he was a true artist.  One only has to flip though the archives of his work on to see.

His designs were imaginative and amazing.  His woman was a warrior princess, a heroin from a Hitchcock film, or a futuristic alien.  I loved flipping through his runway show images each Fashion Week , and I loved popping into his store recently while I was in Vegas, as I talked about here.  The clothes in person were even more amazing than expected.  Here are some of my favorites of his designs over the years.

Images from

Fall 2006


Spring 2008


Fall 2008


Spring 2008


And my own, Alexander McQueen, perfect, classic, black pumps.  So comfortable and a fabulous find at another one of my favorite consignment shops, The Closet, on Newbury Street in Boston.

Definitely taking these out for a stroll this weekend.  RIP Alexander McQueen.

So I was looking over my Vegas post from the weekend and I realized that half of my post was missing!  I guess the computer gremlins came in the night and ate it.  (A much more plausible excuses than perhaps I had forgotten to save all my work.)  Anyway, I have fixed the post as I had originally envisioned.  Check is out here.  Sorry for the half-baked post that was published these last few days.

I’m Leaving Las Vegas

Magnolia Monday

February 8, 2010

Is it Spring yet?

I’m Leaving Las Vegas

February 6, 2010

I am sooooooooooooooooooo happy to be home and finished with my trips to Las Veags for the year.  Vegas for 6 days at a time and twice in three weeks is enough to make even the most avid fan long for “normal” life, and as someone who is not a huge Las Vegas fan, I am thirlled to be home to say the least.  A big part of my work for The QUIKRETE Companies over the past few years has been to design and help set the trade show booth for their national trade shows, and more often than not, these trade shows are held in Las Vegas.  It is great creative and rewarding work but also long and tiring.  This year I was determined to not let typical Vegas, trade show, stressful logistics get me down.  I decided to use my camera for more than just photographing the trade show goings ons and in turn I was able to look at the city in some different ways than previous years…meaning more that just stress and hate :)  (Although a quick weekend visit by my darling husband on my second trip also helped immensely.)



“I’m Leaving Las Vegas”


Not exactly Paris…


The Nevada Mountains


The Wynn Las Veags

Both business trips I stayed at the Wynn Las Vegas, and of all the placed I have stayed in Las Vegas over the years, it is my favorite.  It is the most “non-Vegas-like” casino or hotel.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still totally Vegas, but I think the whimsical, pop art feel of the place appeals to my artistic sensibilities.  No knights or pirates just some funky art installations.

A giant animatronic frog would appear 2-3 times a night overlooking the waterfall and “Lake of Dreams” (the Wynn’s name, not mine) The Frog would alternate singing Jimmy Durante and Garth Brooks.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  There were other performance type art shows like this through out each evening, some a little more trippy that others, but the frog was my favorite.

I think what made me enjoy my stay at the Wynn so much was the service.  Everyone who worked there was friendly and polite.  You got the feeling they actually enjoyed their job.  The woman whom I had spent about 2 hours on the phone with one day, changing and correcting over 40 room reservation for our group, had this amazing chocolate sculpture of the Wynn sent up upon my arrival.

Any my darling hubby came out for the weekend to keep me company and go out to dinner.  Friday night we went to dinner at the Daniel Boulud Brasserie in the hotel.  Since my Hermes post and watching hours upon hours of the HBO series Rome. I have been obsessed with braids.

Boston Proper dress in navy (Best packing dress ever!  Their stuff can be slightly cheesy and boobielicious but you can also find some great stuff there), YSL heals, Anthropologie Bib necklace, The Ruby Door earings.


I spend one entire evening popping in and out of all the drool worthy shops at the Wynn including Chanel, Dior, Cartier, and Alexander McQueen.

Look what I saw in the Alexander McQueen shop!

Doesn’t it look just like the red and black vintage fur I saw in Barcelona?  I wonder if Alexander McQueen himself had been to that shop and was inspired…


Trade Shows

So the real reason I was in Vegas for all those days and nights was to direct in the QUIRKETE booth set up for the International Builders’ Show and the World of Concrete.  Now, this blog is not meant to be about my commercial work with QUIRKETE.  In fact, this blog is meant to be a creative and inspirational outlet outside of that work, but the redesign of the booth and preparation for the shows has pretty much consumed me for the past three months, so I had to share a little bit of what I have been doing.


Filming some TV segments for HGTV



50% Recycled Material Concrete Mix – very cool to have been a part of the package design of this awesome product.

I just had to make a little concrete art.


And now home!  So glad!


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