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Jane’s carousel

Jane’s carousel

October 18, 2011 |  Category:   art + design nyc

Just another Saturday in Dumbo visiting the new Jane’s carousel right on the waterfront. It’s a beauty, yes? You can read more about the restoration and installation here.… CONTINUE READING

heat, savage beauty, a morning off

heat, savage beauty, a morning off

July 22, 2011 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

I was waiting for the elevator at the Met Museum and the gentleman that was manning the elevator door that goes up to the roof garden asked me if I was alone. A bit thrown off, I answered “yes”. He then pressed further asking, “you’re not here with friends? Or your husband?”. I said, no. I was here alone, the husband was working and the kids were at camp. He wasn’t being creepy or anything, just making conversation. He then smiled and said, “Oh, you’re having some alone time. Some time off. I hear that.” I can’t remember the last time I went to a museum alone. Usually it’s been with the family, or with friends, or as a chaperone… CONTINUE READING

storm king again. in the summer.

storm king again. in the summer.

May 26, 2011 |  Category:   art + design life outings

Miraculously, the rain ended on the day we took our bi-annual Storm King field trip with our preschool. If Fall was all about the leaves and the wild autumnal colors, then late May is all about the rambling green hills, made more lush by the recent rain, I’m sure (most of these shots were taken from a moving tram). The thing that hit me most about our trip this time was the smell. It hit you, strongly, the minute you stepped out of the car. It smelled like freshly cut grass, like sun, like green, like summer. (ps…the Storm King website I redesigned is now live. pps…it’s meant to be a “temp placeholder” site until a bigger redesign can properly… CONTINUE READING

a visit to odette

a visit to odette

April 21, 2011 |  Category:   art + design friends happy purchases life

I first met Jennifer, jewelry designer and owner of Odette New York, at the very first Brooklyn Flea 3 years ago. We were both vendors. We had just started our business and that day was our first time selling our products to any customers. Jennifer had started her jewelry line 2 years before, but we all bonded as first time vendors at the opening day in early April, in the cold outdoors, shivering, but excited to be part of this new thing called the Flea. While her stint at the Flea didn’t go beyond the first year, we’ve kept in touch and it’s been a pleasure to see her business flourish over the years. When asked what I wanted for… CONTINUE READING

rain. balance. art.

rain. balance. art.

March 17, 2011 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings parenting

God, I was cold yesterday. Didn’t think I would be since the forecast said it would be around 55 degrees. I didn’t know that it was so rainy outside, so the girls were under prepared for the wet weather. I went with Claudine on her class field trip to MoMA and as we were walking the 10 or so blocks to the train station, her little feet got wet inside her non-waterproof boots. I kept thinking about how uncomfortable and cold she must be wearing wet tights all day inside her boots. When we did finally get home, her feet were cold and wrinkled. Taking 14 preschoolers to MoMA is a good idea in theory, but the museum was super… CONTINUE READING

can i get a side of confidence with that?

can i get a side of confidence with that?

January 20, 2011 |  Category:   art + design life

Something sort of weird is happening as I get older. I’m becoming less confident as a designer. Shouldn’t the opposite be happening? I know that some of my friends are totally rolling their eyes at me. I know because I’ve seen you do it, but I’m totally dead serious when I say that it’s become an issue to the point that it sometimes feels crippling. I don’t know if it’s because there are so many younger, more talented and more creative designers out there, or if it’s because I always felt like I reluctantly fell into this career and never had my heart in it, or if it’s because I feel a bit out of touch with what’s going on… CONTINUE READING

storm king. in the fall. omg.

storm king. in the fall. omg.

November 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design life outings

Have you ever seen anything more wonderous than this display of Fall glory? I’m telling you, this is exactly what makes New England famous for its Fall foliage (although New York isn’t technically considered New England, is it? Eh, technicalities). You might remember our first trip to Storm King when Mia was in preschool 2 years ago. We vowed to go back soon, but we didn’t make it back until the kids’ preschool took their annual Storm King field trip, this time with Claudine as a student. Yeah, it was pretty cold out, but the leaves, oh the leaves! I would gladly suffer through the chill to be surrounded by these leaves again. I think this time it trumped the… CONTINUE READING

there’s also this

there’s also this

October 10, 2010 |  Category:   art + design the biz

A calendar. And wow. Thanks so much for all your positive feedback. You guys are the best and I so appreciate all of your support and kind words. I was a bit ambivalent about putting it out there (especially the calendar – are designers ever completely happy with their work?), but you’ve given me the encouragement to continue to pursue some other ideas in the series…there are more ideas, but in time…I’m not the fastest at pushing new stuff out. 8.5″ x 11″s of the kitchen conversion posters are up in the shop and I’m working on getting a few more colors up too. busy busy.… CONTINUE READING

new

new

October 8, 2010 |  Category:   art + design the biz

I’ve been working on a few new things. These kitchen conversion posters, for one. If you like them, you can get them here (oh yeah…that shop. I kinda forgot about it too). And if I get it together, they will also be turned into kitchen towels. These posters are 13×19. Would they be useful in 8×10? There’s also a blue version in the shop. What other colors would you like to see them in?… CONTINUE READING

art and popsicles

art and popsicles

August 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design dining out life outings

And this was our Saturday: Another perfect 82 degree, low humidity day (seriously, did Bill Clinton negotiate with the weather gods to have this perfect day for Chelsea’s wedding? I don’t know. He was able to bring those 2 women back from North Korea, so…) A drive to Dia in Beacon. The first time I went to Dia was when they first opened their doors 7 years ago. We were visiting a client who had just moved there, to learn more about this Smithsonian Photography project which we would later design and we got a tour of the town and a visit to some of the art studios that were being renovated. Beacon was supposed to be the next big… CONTINUE READING

art on governors island

art on governors island

July 28, 2010 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

There are a lot of abandoned buildings and houses on Governors island, including churches, a fort and even a castle, but the examples of Colonial and Greek Revival architecture, particularly the yellow wood frame houses that were used as military housing, have been the ones that I’m most curious about (I have an interest in abandoned buildings). I don’t recall any of the houses being open to the public last year, but this year a not-for-profit group called No Longer Empty have curated site specific installations by a dozen and a half artists inside the houses of Colonel Row. Thank god for art. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by how increasingly commercial and crowded the island… CONTINUE READING

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