Monday, October 31, 2011

motel mondays: part one

so this halloween weekend has been pretty great! it started with an early saturday morning darting around town starting at 6 am sharp with a good friend... ya see, we were on a mission to snap photos of some of the coolest (in our opinion) vintage motel signs around town! we needed to be up in time for the perfect light and also to help us avoid pedestrian and car traffic in order to get the good shots! these photos are going to be used in a collage wall we are creating for his living room.  we had the best time and learned a few lessons for our next motel photo shoot.. 1 - 6 am in los angeles in october is really dark. pitch black to be exact. so, perhaps next time we might get started a smidge later...  2 - some of the shots work best when taken from the middle of the street. well, it is l.a. and there is still traffic at 6 a.m. on a saturday and we were dodging cars and timing red lights all in the interest of a great shot... 3- a step ladder is a good thing to have handy... well, i forgot the darn step ladder this time but i plan on bringing one for our next photo adventure! i stood as high as i could on my tip toes this time out...

 i love the photos we took so much that i decided to create "motel mondays" on my blog to share my fave l.a. vintage motel pics with you every monday. and if you love them and might happen to have a fab motel sign from your neck of the woods to share i encourage you to visit my facebook page and do so! my dream is to take a cross country roadtrip just to visit some of these little gems along the way. and right now i can just do a virtual road trip.  the beauty at the top of this post is located on hollywood blvd. and i'm not gonna lie, i'm a little nostalgic for the tech free era where "water beds" and "color tv" were selling points for a hotel... enough so that they added them to their signs!  and speaking of tech free, i am getting over my fear of my i-phone and fully embracing that fab hipstamatic app as shown in every single photo in this post... i'm still trying to understand siri...

oh, and we had to hit randy's donuts for an 8 am pick me up and i have to say my traditional glazed was fresh and yummy!

i love halloween... not just for those mini snickers bars but also for the opportunity to dress up and this year i was a flapper for a friends birthday/halloween party... i picked up some ostrich and peacock feathers at the local fabric store and sewed them to a strip of lace... voila! the perfect flapper head piece... driving with it on was a little tricky but luckily i caused no major accidents or moving violations... i could see it now, i'm sorry officer...

and i know this week is off to a great start because beckie at  knock off decor featured my bedroom wall painting diy on her site yesterday! cool, right??

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter

until next time!

the (am i really 40 now because i don't feel it!) year old intern

Thursday, October 27, 2011

thoroughly modern...

well, interning has been great this past week.  i have spent a lot of time at my favorite vintage hardware store looking for the perfect pulls and knobs for various projects for THE designer.   and tuesday i spent the day helping one of my favorite designers pull together a big presentation for a new client.  all in all pretty cool!

the other big news is that i have finally entered the modern world and gotten an iphone. any of my friends reading this are probably rolling their eyes about now... i have been complaining about my old phone for ages! i called it my club kid phone because all it was ok for was texting and taking photos (what i would imagine a modern club kid doing). anyhow, i have a terrible habit of committing to the wrong phone for 2 years. well, i had been holding out for verizon's new iphone for what seemed like forever and now i have one. and i can't figure out how to work the darn thing. i am in awe of it (so pretty!) and a little afraid of it (weird, right?)... well, the folks at my local apple store know me by name as i have been to the store at least once a day for the last several days with questions on how to work it (yes, i am that inept when it comes to technology). there are 3 different apple stores in my vicinity so i have been mixing my visits up between the 3 stores so i don't seem like that much of a loser to the employees working there... i didn't feel so bad last night as chris rock (yeah, THE chris rock) was there last night also with lots of questions about his. anyhow, i have faith that i will somehow get it together and be able to master this phone! maybe i will actually be cool enough for this phone? and perhaps one day i will also be able to type on it using my left hand as well as my right? a gal can dream...

so, can we talk about how amazing the chair in the photo at the top of this post is??? i love love love it! this gal in new jersey reupholsters chairs using fab fabric by my favorite textile and fashion designer trina turk.... i tried to pin from her site to my pinterest and the flash or whatever on her site (you probably know by now that i don't really get this modern technology) wouldn't let me do it. so, i figured i would just give her a shout out in my blog!  so if you love this chair as much as i do (and i don't know how you couldn't!!!) check out her site wild chairy (love the sassy name too!). she's done some really cool stuff that is really inspiring! and she has an etsy store too but last time i checked this amazing chair wasn't there....

so, i am currently helping a friend add some personality into his new apartment. he is recently single and in my opinion needs to make his place look a little more like his sparkling personality instead of the ho hum space it started as. it was fine. just a little beige and black and completely lacking in personality (when he has so much personality!). well, we just finished a quick diy project together and the results are pictured above.  a quick spray of rustoleum meadow green gloss spraypaint to an ok pair of black lamps and an new modern shade did the trick! and we are now on our way to making his living room a little cooler, a little hipper, and a little more him!  and if any of you read apartment therapy, i was inspired by their recent story on kelly green rooms.... this weekend we are working on taking photos around town for a collage of artwork for his living room wall .... a brilliant idea, in my opinion! fingers crossed the results will be as good as in our imaginations and i will have something amazing to share with you next week!

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter

until next time!

the formerly almost 40 year old intern

Thursday, October 20, 2011

it's not almost anymore....

so, i've been avoiding mentioning the impending arrival of a big event in my life to you all... today's THE day... i'm turning 40.  YIKES! i guess that is probably not such a huge surprise since for the last 9 months i have been pretty open about being 39 and an almost 40 year old intern... you had to have known i was going to be turning 40 sometime this year... unless i was like those kids from the first beverly hills 90210 tv series... you know what i'm talking about, they seemed to stay in high school for a decade and never really age on screen even though most were in their 30s in real life... well, trust me, i was slightly tempted to ignore the arrival of this day...  but i decided i'm just gonna embrace it! so, in case you are wondering, i don't feel any differently... no pain in my joints or extra wrinkles or gray hair coming through as far as i can tell (phew!!) but we'll see how the rest of the day goes.

i have to say some folks have left some of the greatest comments on my blog... many of them starting over like me, or just dreaming of starting over... well, i want to give a shout out to a gal that left one last week...  she's an almost 50 year old intern (you go girl!!!), incredibly young looking for her age as well...  and is also in the middle of a career reinvention (hers to becoming a video editor)... she mentioned to me that when she filled out her internship application she wrote the following...

I quoted the inventor of the Ramen Noodle, Momofuko Ando: "I invented instant ramen when I was 48 and Cup Noodles at 61. In life, there is no such thing as too late."

well, i have to say that that is my new favorite quote and one for so many of us to live by no matter our age! so lynniij15, wherever you are, you rock on too fellow intern gal! so happy to have met a kindred spirit through bloggin' about this crazy ride i'm on!  so many of us gals and guys are taking a chance and starting over these days... and i for one can confidently say i have no regrets for doing it! so, to turning 40 i say bring it!

while i was visiting my nonna a couple of weeks ago after taping my nate berkus show appearance i met a sassy gal that just turned 101! when i told her i was turning 40 within days of her big birthday she rolled her eyes and exclaimed "well, that's nothin' you're just a young thing!"  how much did i love her? and she still drives and lives on her own! anyhow, this last year has been so amazing, i've done things i never imagined doing and i can't wait to see what the next 40 (or even 60 if i'm lucky!) years bring!

and a big thank you to nate berkus for making me forever known on his website and reruns as 39 :)

and yeah, you probably guessed that the pics above are of my 1st birthday. i love these old photos and how hip they were before the invention of hipstamatic for the iphone.... and some things never change, i still love a great piece of cake!

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here...

until next time!

the (holy cow! i can't believe it! now i'm 40!) year old intern

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

d.i.why not? a.c. cover!

well, since i last wrote, i have been basking in the post nate show glow... i appreciate  the really great comments and compliments from everyone following my segment airing!  and a big thank you to my friend cindee for planning a mini nate show viewing party complete with my favorite indian food! i was nervous about seeing myself on camera (i can barely tolerate hearing my voice in an answering machine message, i am convinced i sound like a man) so i was grateful to have her with me for moral support! and my nonna was relieved that she did not end up on camera... i forgot to mention one of my favorite stories from the big day.. nonna called me the day before i flew to nyc and sounded very stressed out... when i asked what was wrong she said "holly, i'm-a just not-a comfortable getting on-a stage with you and-a nate.... why don't i just-a sit in the audience instead." i explained to her that she was not going to be on camera with nate and me and that she WAS going to be sitting in the audience.  she was so relieved to hear this and then exclaimed to me "well, then why did you tell-a me i have to wear pink???" ha! so, when you sit in any talk show audience, nate show included, the producers ask you to wear bright colors because it looks better on camera than a sea of black tops... anyhow, i thought it was really cute that she assumed it was because she was going to be on stage and was so nervous about it...

do you happen to notice something different about the photo above???? 

some of you may have guessed what my other last minute diy before my big nate berkus appearance was going to be... yep, i was building a cover for that darn air conditioner that comes through my living room wall... i knew there was absolutely no way i was going to shoot that house proud video without doing something about it!!!  and since fall has arrived, even though mother nature doesn't seem to have been clued in on that as it is 80 in l.a. as i type this, there is no need to leave this monstrosity uncovered!  i have to say i am pretty pleased with how it turned out! it kind of blends into my wall of vintage paint by numbers painting and album covers! bonus, it is a shelf too... perfect for displaying flowers!!!

and i love how perfectly it works with the rest of the room!

so, for the bargain cost of 10 bucks in materials, here's how i did it: 

supplies used:
  • wood and molding cut to size
  • wood glue
  • nails (and a hammer)
  • spray paint
  • gold disks (left over from my brass pendant diy project)
  • decorative paper (i got mine from paper source)
  • glue gun
  1.  i measured the outside of the air conditioner, including the ugly strips attaching it to the wall
  2. i drew a quick sketch of the a.c. with measurements listed and then i hightailed it to my local lumber store
  3. i explained to my new best friend jorge, working there, what i planned on making and asked for "the cheapest wood possible" to be cut to size, including molding to trim the front,  this way all i needed to do was assemble when i got home.
  4. and easy peasy... i glued the the pieces of wood together and then nailed them for security (note that the bottom of this is open. there is just a top, front and sides.
  5. spray painted it white
  6. glued my brass discs to the top of the molding (i originally was going to use nail head trim but found when nailing the piece together, the tiny nails caused the molding trim to crack a little so i knew it couldn't handle a thicker nail like my brass upholstery nails)
  7. final step was to cut the decorative wrapping paper to size and glue it to the front
  8. then i placed my new cover on the top of my ugly a.c. and jumped for joy!!

so much better than the before photo!

so, a few shout outs before i end this post! i have been meaning to send a big thank you to my friend darin for helping me to organize all of my featured on links and logos you see to the right of my page! he rocks for spending a sunday afternoon helping me! i am so lucky to have good friends that are so helpful! and to the gals at all women stalk for inviting me to write the almost 40 year old intern's 5 tips for design for their site! and finally to my new best friend chris at curbly for highlighting my groovy painted pink rug on his site!

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter!

until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

nate day has arrived!

well, i can't believe it! my nate berkus show segment airs today! i have been getting lots of calls from friends and family on the east coast and midwest as it has already aired in their cities! it won't be on here in l.a. for several hours... but if you want to watch it over and over again online you can go here....  my sister sent me the photos i used for this post... apparently my little nephew was very frustrated that aunt holly wouldn't wave back to him... how stinkin' cute is that??? and how cool does my bedroom wall look recreated on the nate set?

so in my last post i mentioned the short amount of time i had to prep for my appearance and shoot my video, while also starting and finishing some diy projects that i felt that i HAD to get done before america saw my apartment.... well, added to that i made another brass pendant light to fed ex to the nate folks for them to use on set.  and there it is, hanging above nate and me! love it!  i think they should use it as a permanent fixture!

this has to have been the coolest experience of my life.... and i haven't even turned 40 yet! and for the rest of eternity on i will be known as "39 year old design intern holly." i love it! 
and a great big shout out to my friend/ house proud cameraman john! you rock for spending the hours it took to shoot the darn thing while working with the lack of lighting... i am forever grateful... xoxo

oh and i think i might have to photoshop santa hats on nate and me in this one and use it for my christmas card! and then my friend in the audience being invited on stage to sample curtis stone's french toast! what a fun day!

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here...

until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

check your local listings.... i heart nate!

i want to start off by thanking design*sponge and centsational girl for highlighting my fab painted pink rug diy project on their sites and to better after for highlighting my closet-office makeover.... and also a great BIG thank you to all the folks that have left the nicest compliments on my blog!!!  it just helps make me feel that much more confident about my crazy decision to jump off my former career track and start over and try my hand at design as a 39 year old interior design intern. it is really great to know that a bunch of really cool people in the online world seem to like what i have done!!! 

so, you may have noticed a bit of a delay between this post and my last post... well, i was on the east coast for a few days... taping a segment for THE NATE BERKUS SHOW!!!! (insert major multiple squeals of delight here!!!)... i just recently got the big news that they wanted me on the show and i headed to nyc to meet the man himself! the last week and a half was a whirlwind of last minute diy projects (the groovy pink painted rug, and another one that has yet to be revealed) mixed in with interning....

no way was i going to shoot a video of my home for nate without everything that i had been planning on doing to my apartment totally done! so, i have many diy related blisters and scrapes on my hands along with shredded nails to show for it... if you watch the show you may wonder "why is she standing with her hands clasped in front of her like a disney princess character during her house proud video?" well, the reason was because i had no time for a pre-video manicure and was very self conscious (i chose a painted rug over painted nails!)... but you know what?  it was worth it! and when i arrived at the nate show studio the morning of my segment taping, the hair and makeup gals did such a great job of making me look polished (i was operating on little sleep due to the pre-show excitement and it was raining and there was lots of humidity in the air that day... i was so thankful to have their help)..  here i am outside my dressing room....

let me just say that not only is nate berkus amazingly talented (i have admired him for so many years!), he is super cute and super sweet and sincere in person (yay!) and his producers were fabulous to work with (great big shout out to emily collette and her right hand gal amanda!!)...and thank you to the sound gurus for working that microphone around my hot pink necklace (it was touch & go there for a minute and i almost had to lose it!)!! every single person i met working on the show was so super cool!  the day was amazing and exciting and it felt like an out of body experience! i can't believe i was invited to be on his show! WOW! hopefully my overuse of exclamation points in this post are conveying my excitement!

i will say that right now my memory is a little foggy on some of it and frankly i am having just a smidge of post show anxiety and have a feeling there were more than a few dorky moments by me on air... like, did i really blurt out "i'm so excited to be here" when nate said he really admired me for what i was doing, starting over as an intern???  i do remember nate saying that he thought my place was really cute after we demo'd a diy together... i really hope that bit was caught on camera because it was pretty awesome and i think i may have swooned...

well, it will all be revealed next week. wednesday, october 12th to be exact (brooke shields and cute chef curtis stone are on the same show). i am one of the last segments...  so, set your dvrs or vcrs or watch it live if you are interested in checking out my big daytime tv debut!

above is a pic of me with my nate audience cheering squad (nonna, my sister & and my very fab friend) outside of the studios right after the taping... knowing they were there, sending me positive vibes, really helped me through it! oh, and my friend randomly ended up on stage with nate and curtis stone right before my segment began!!! how cool is that???  so keep a look out for her as well....

i recovered from the excitement of the show taping by visiting my nonna for the following few days. i am so happy she was able to be in the audience on my big day and she was very proud of me which meant a lot. oh, and she brought several pounds of her homemade biscotti for nate and his producers to enjoy.... and then she fed my sister and me lots and lots of yummy italian food at her home in the days following! all of my favorite dishes... and i am not ashamed to say i ate every bit of it! and i topped it off with some cannoli from her local italian bakery... now i am back in la and working it all off....

so, the photo at the very top of this post is of these really cool vintage glass ball and atlas jars i found buried in nonna's basement. how perfect are they for flowers??? and they have amazing lids with a really cool raised design on them... i was able to make room for a bunch of them in my carry on and i am glad i did!

when i returned to la i went to see one of my favorite bands, called elbow, with a good friend... if you haven't heard of them and are looking for some good music i highly recommend you give them a listen! they write really beautiful songs and tell wonderful stories during their live shows! so, go to your itunes and check out two of my fave songs "one day like this" and "weather to fly" and i guarantee you will love them as much as i do. both just put a smile on my face! and seeing them, added to my nate show afterglow, was pretty awesome!

before i end this post i want to give a shout out to kari over at gracefull life blog... she left some sweet comments on my blog so i checked hers out and saw she used the same blog service as me... i dropped her a note and asked for technical blog advice and she was able to give me some clear instructions on adding facebook, pinterest and twitter buttons to my blog homepage... 'cause for the life of me i couldn't figure out how to do it on my own and none of my friends could help either.... at one point my sister suggested that perhaps i needed an intern to help me with stuff like that since i can't seem to figure it out (yeah... i can see the ad now... almost 40 year old intern seeks intern for light blog work? hmmm....).

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here...

until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern