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17 Jan
2011

Calling Don Draper (ahem, to my Mad Men office)

I’ve been craving a Mad Men style office for a couple of years now, but since Mr. Comma Happy is the one with the wood paneled office, I’ve been secretly planning a design coup to overhaul his space.

After a Mad Men watching marathon this weekend I finally put together my stash of photos and inspiration into a mood board. Here’s my inspiration:

mad men office

And here’s a modern take on a Mad Men inspired home office:

Sources and progress to follow in an upcoming post, but most things are from IKEA, Crate and Barrel, Overstock and Amazon.

10 Things Loved in December

This very well may transition into a “10 Things Loved” blog, although I do have a 2011 goal of more regular posting (don’t we all). Until then, here are 10 things that closed out my year with a smile.

10 Things Loved in December

1. DIY Christmas decorations – I wanted to do something new for the mantle this year, so I wrapped three frames in brown kraft paper, stuck a cranberry pick in each one, and then hung them with a black ribbon. Then I made a long garland of DIY tinsel with strips of black tissue paper and pages from an old economics book. I am really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

2. Bow making – Let the craftiness continue! I was googling and youtubing up a storm trying to find a bow making tutorial that I could actually follow. After I had my fill of Southern belles telling me how easy it is to “simply loop and twist and loop and twist” and “there, a perfect holiday boooooow” I found one that actually worked. I would share, but I can’t find it now.

3. Christmas at the coast – Spending Christmas at the beach is a gift unto itself.

4. “Long live vintage” handbags – I love Fossil’s line of vintage-style bags. I picked up a purse and lunch bag at 50 percent off.

5. Eureka Springs, Arkansas – Who knew this little Arkansas town would be so beautiful and inspiring. I’m in love, and I’ll be back next year!

6. Broder – Aebleskivers, please. Broder is a great Swedish restaurant in Portland that serves up a delicious breakfast, and they have many covetable items on their walls.

7. Seattle – Perhaps this is appearing on my list too frequently, but I enjoyed flying into Seattle at night and seeing the Space Needle and twinkling city lights.

8. Deep fried cheese curds – Heaven help me. I’ve been traveling a bit more for work and I stumbled upon deep fried cheese curds in Wisconsin. OMG, they are to die for, and I’m so glad we don’t have these on menus in Oregon. (And if we do, I don’t want to know about it!) P.S. –  Please don’t tell Tillamook Cheese that I’ve been cheating on them.

9. Just Dance game – I got this Nintendo Wii game for Christmas and it is a riot! Now I suppose I could eat deep fried cheese curds on a daily basis.

10. Eames rocker – Look who finally got an Eames molded plastic rocker? Me! I’m proud to say it’s a knockoff from Overstock, which I scored for $99. I know I’ll never spend $500 on a real Eames rocker, so I may as well enjoy the look.

3 Dec
2010

10 Things Loved in November

10 Things Loved November

1. Notebook paper tea towel – I got this from the WonderThunder Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot. Delightful.

2. Snowshoeing – We ventured out to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. Bring on winter.

3. Portland Chinese Garden – The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a little pocket of beauty in Old Town.

4. Mad Men – I am in love with this show! Perfect style and inspiration, and who could resist Don Draper at this price? I’m still planning a Mad Men inspired office. Stay tuned.

5. Tao of Tea – The teahouse at the Portland Chinese Garden is the perfect remedy for a rainy day.

6. EXPEDIT bookcase – I finally got an Expedit! I’m converting part of the family room into an office and crafty room, so I paired the 5×5 cube Expedit with a 2×4 cube on its side, and added the Expedit desk attachment.

7. ClarkLewis – I have been wanting to try this restaurant since, oh, the day it opened in 2004. Well, finally!

8. Ravenna chair at World Market – A great print, and perfect mix of new and old.

9. Thanksgiving dinner for two – Part New Seasons deli, part home cooked. Yum!

10. My new job – Yes, I did just get a new job five months ago. Same company, new position. This is great opportunity and what I’m calling “my big girl job.” (Jumps up and down, clapping.)

 

22 Nov
2010

10 Things Loved in October

I’m happy to say I spent 18 of the 31 days of October in Greece and Turkey. This month’s 10 things loved list is going to reflect that.

1. Greek yoghurt – I could live on this stuff. I’ve always loved Greek yogurt, but there’s nothing like going straight to the source. Topped with honey, nuts, fruit – you name it. Love, love love. And isn’t it fun to spell yoghurt with an ‘h’?

2. Traveling with an iPhone – Pre-iPhone, I never imagined how fun this would be. There’s Facebook, Skype and e-mail on the go, but the biggest bonus was the camera. We brought our point and shoot Canon but we ended up using our iPhones during the day for most shots. Now I’m starting to think the perfect travel combination would be an iPhone for daily travel and busy city shots, and a nice SLR for the artsy, good shots. We also enjoyed hooking up to Wifi hotspots all over Greece and Turkey, and the GPS with Google Maps for directions.

3. Packing light – I contemplated taking just a large purse on the trip, a la the “No Baggage Challenge” guy … but I settled on this small Columbia backpack. I am always delighted by people’s reactions when they find out I’m traveling for 2-3 weeks with a tiny bag. And it’s totally worth it to take only the things you love, pack clothing that plays well in multiple outfits, and be able to hike around with your own stuff.

4. Santorini – Quite possibly the most romantic destination on the planet. We spent three days here – we stayed in Imerovigli and it was amazing. We hiked to Oia, relaxed by the pool, watched the sunset over the caldera, ate wonderful food, visited wineries, spent a day at the beach… We could have stayed for a week or two.

5. Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir Turkish delights – They’ve been making these lokum (Turkish Delights) since 1777. They are to DIE for. I regret just buying one box. We finished them before we even left Istanbul. The shop is on Istiklal Street, just south of Taksim Square. Must go back soon!

6. Going to a Hamam – I’ve wanted to go to a Turkish bath for years and knew I couldn’t leave Istanbul without crossing this off the list. Since I was traveling with my husband, we decided to go to a coed hamam. We chose Suleymaniye, which is housed in a historic building that was designed by the same architect who designed the Suleymaniye Mosque. It was a great experience and very relaxing … part sauna, part bath, part massage. Next time we’re in Istanbul we’ll hit the hamam when we arrive and the day before we leave!

7. Tulu – I have been drooling over items in the Tulu Textiles online shop for the past year or so and was so excited to go here. The designer, Elizabeth Hewitt, is an American, but the pieces have a great global feel… although I think many of her products are sourced in India. Unfortunately, It didn’t quite live up to the hype, mostly because the shop workers wouldn’t allow photos in the store (and proceeded to follow us around which was uncomfortable)! Needless to say, not the experience I had dreamed about, but still some amazing eye candy. The fabrics and colors are quite inspiring. I purchased a set of $80 napkins and a beautiful marble flower tray. Overall, beautiful store, hold the attitude. Tears.

8. Egyptian Spice Market – What an amazing source of inspiration. So many luscious colors and scents. I was completely taken with the variety of teas here. The jasmine blossoms were probably my favorite.

9. Sanborns – Our first restaurant breakfast back home in Portland was at Sanborns. We come here every few months anyway, but it was a great welcome home.

10. Portland Police – Really? Yes! We arrived home to the news that the people who burglarized our home during our last vacation were caught! That’s why I finally felt like I had some closure on my housing issue. Ah, sweet justice! Thanks, Portland Police. 🙂

muhiddin haci bekir Turkish delights
10 Nov
2010

That Ikea frame, these flashcards — I smell synergy!

DIY-art-ikea-ribba-frame-corporate-flashcards

“Looking pretty is my core competency,” she says. Well, learning the lingo is half the battle.

A long time fan of KnockKnock’s corporate flashcards, I decided it was time for them to shine on a daily basis. Paired with an IKEA Ribba frame they make cheap, DIY art. And the bonus is I can easily swap out flashcards whenever I feel like it (you might call it plug-and-play). Ah, I’m such an envisioneer.

Office art – check. The first step in my mini-home office goal!