Saturday, February 27, 2010

Snow Day In New York

My daughter took these photos
yesterday in Manhattan!
The beauty was short-lived
because today they had to
throw down the salt!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mr. Thornton left his hat.

Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
Last Sunday I made my way through the crowded Veterans Stadium. The weather was obviously on the cool and cloudy side. I was thinking about England and then my gaze fell upon this hat!

Tea Towel of the Month: February

Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
During the summer of '97 my daughter and I spent 8 weeks in London while I worked on my masters thesis! We were waiting for a train on the Bakerloo Line and an old one just like this pulled into the station. I remember telling my daughter that this might be our only opportunity to ride on such an old train! I scored this tea towel from that cute blonde German lady who sells at the long Beach and Torrance markets! I even talked her down two bucks!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Collection Envy...Slideshow This!

Originally uploaded by fingerspitzengef├╝hl has a sweet composite of this tray collection that she shared from would love to have a tray collection like this one by fingerspitzengefuhl, but honestly, I am too old and live on the wrong continent!

Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Time for Some Retro Czech Design

Glass clock
Originally uploaded by retroczechs
Wow! I am immediately drawn to anything designed by the Czechs. I remember that apartment in the late Metropolitan Home that was so "drop dead gorgeous"!

De kuji vam Retro Czechs!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Flickr Cure (I'm sick)

North Hinksey
Originally uploaded by elizabeth moriarty
Elizabeth Moriarty has a delicious little set of streamline modern houses on flickr. I cringe at the word tear-down and salute these Brits who care to restore these gems.

As a child, each time I visited my Aunt Audrey in Canon's Park in I noted the gradual disappearance of these sugar cube houses. One beautiful house on Chestnut Avenue was replaced with a "french country" styled house.

Happy Birthday ...

Happy Birthday to the CEO of Chez Dave!
From your number one fan!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Castellana: A visit to the past.

This is a photo from the house that we lived in previously.
As you can see, it is quite different from
Hodge Podge Lodge.
See the orange painting by Daniel Askten.

Differrence and Repetition: Inaugural Exhibition at CB1 Gallery

Detail of untitled painting by HK Zamani installed at home not at CB1.

My better half HK Zamani is half of the two person inaugural exhibition at CB1 Gallery founded and directed by Clyde Beswick.

Difference and Repetition
Daniel Aksten
HK Zamani
February 11 - March 14, 2010
Saturday, Feb. 13, 5-8
207 W. 5th St.
LA, CA 90013

Friday, February 12, 2010


$3.90 Refund from ELLE DECOR

I rang up this morning to cancel the ELLE DECOR that replaced Metropolitan Home and was told that I may expect one to two more issues and a cash refund of $ 3.90.

This is what was printed on the post card that was sent to me

"ELLE DECOR, published 10 times a year, is the leading interior design magazine in the world. A guide to the best the words of design and architecture have to offer, it showcases inspiring homes, smart ideas, cool objects, fascinating people, and useful entertaining ideas-plus where to travel, what to look for, and where to stay, dine, shop.

We deeply regret any inconvenience, and we hope you enjoy ELLE DECOR."

This magazine needs a big reality check!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

No More High End Inspiration From Met Home...

Met Home of the Month for July/August 2009 by designer Amy Lau.

I got the postcard today. My December Met Home was my last. I must be the last to know on the planet. I searched Met Home on Apartment Therapy and sure enough, yup, it was announced early in November. I was "in production" at work! I am glad that I didn't know.

I will be getting Elle Decor instead. I will look at them but will probably pass them on to the youngsters! I plan to re-read all my old issues of Met Home! Good thing I save all of the issues!

The only way for me to feel a little better is to visit the Mid Century Neighborhoods Pool on the flickr slide show and visit Retro Renovation!
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