Thursday, January 12, 2012

inspiring friends

this week has been pretty groovy so far! interning on tuesday was awesome!  i was sent on an errand to a famous pop star client's house.  this was my second time in a client's home (post designer installation) and let me tell you, i was in heaven!  i am constantly in awe of THE designer's work and seeing it in person is the best!  photos really do not do it justice! well, i really wish i could have spent hours and hours there instead of a mere 15 minutes... but for that small amount of time i felt like i was living in an issue of elle decor magazine and it was heaven! as i was in the middle of a daydream about the pop star and i becoming bff's and hanging out there all day everyday, the housekeeper found what i was there to pick up and i was sent on my way... oh well, maybe next time.
so, my pink geometric painted rug diy of several months back keeps getting lots of attention! i was contacted by a writer for during my recent habitat for humanity trip to nepal who was writing an article on 10 diy projects to try in 2012.  i was so excited that she wanted to include me! well, the article is now live on msn's glo site and you can view it here!! what a great compliment to be included! and i loved that she used my d.i.why not tagline in the title too! yay!

speaking of that rug... my good metal smithing friend, angela, was inspired to paint a geometric rug of her own using directions from my blog! how cool is that???? lots of friends have told me that they wanted to create one but she is the only one to actually do it! she was feeling like the hallway linking her bedrooms and bathroom in her silverlake bungalow was a little cold and needed some brightening up... so she bought this cotton runner from ikea and got to work... well, i think the results are fabulous! angela used a paint color from behr called mermaid treasure and mixed in the fabric medium from liquitex (she used less than 1 quart of paint and mixed 2 bottles of medium). and can i just say i love the paint color name? i want to be the person that picks names for paint colors in my next life!  we were chatting through the process and she agrees that the taping (using the scotch green masking tape, of course!) and figuring out the measurements took the longest of the process... well, i think you'll agree that her hard work was completely worth it because it looks super fabulous!  i wouldn't be surprised if she adds a chair to her hallway to sit back, relax and enjoy the view...

lots of folks have been leaving comments asking if i know of another rug for them to use for one of these painted rug d.i.y.'s as ikea has apparently discontinued the erslev rug i was so fond of and used for both my pink geometric rug and yellow starburst rug projects... i really hoped this wasn't the case but i looked after the first person mentioned it and i'll be darned that rug is nowhere to be found on their website or in their burbank, california store! well, fingers crossed they bring it back soon... angela used ikea's nastved rug which is a runner measuring approximately 2 1/2' x 6' and costs the bargain price of $19.99!  if you happen to be looking for a large area rug to paint, maybe stitching two of these runners together to create a 5' x 6' rug is a good solution in the meantime?
a late afternoon view from the getty center... stunning

this week i visited a couple of local museums with a friend i met in one of my design classes.  you may have heard of an exhibit tied to multiple southern calfornia museums called "pacific standard time" highlighting mid century california design.  the photo at the very top of this post is of my favorite painting that i saw at the getty center.  it is called "up with in" and was painted in 1957 by a very talented guy named frederick hammerling. i love it so much.   i wonder if my favorite living artist, rex ray, was ever inspired by this guy? so, i have a confession to make... that pic was taken illegally and precariously close to a sign that clearly stated "no photography or video." well, i wasn't planning to do it but when i visited the gift shop to buy a post card of that painting and learned that they never produced one of it i knew i just had to do it. how else was i going to remember its awesomeness??? so, my friend and i pretended we were chatting behind a large sculpture, out of the view of the security guard that totally knew we were up to something sneaky, and i snapped this  pic very quickly with my phone.  it might be a smidge blurry but now you know why... mr. big bad security guard was hot on my tail after that but i quickly switched my phone to email mode before he could spot the illegal pic and put me in getty center jail or worse, make me delete it... phew! 

the role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his/her guests.  
- charles eames

we also visited an exhibit at the local architecture & design museum centered around the words of charles and ray eames. well, i love all things eames but sadly the exhibit was not too exciting (not even worth our $5 student admission) but i really did love the above quote painted on one of the walls.

earlier this week i met up with my new habitat for humanity nepal building friends.  there were 4 of us from la and we had a mini reunion! it was fun to see everyone in their "normal" clothes and i especially loved them all exclaiming to me "wow, your hair looks great! what did you do to it??"  yep, for all of you that stuck with my blog posts from nepal and might have been rolling your eyes at my constantly whinging about my bad big frizzy hair days, that really does prove it... my vacation hair was pretty awful! 

i'm off to go interning now... 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 and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern


  1. So next time you need to 'vacation' in a cold and dry climate! (chances of that happening?? )

    Congrats on the mention!

  2. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment so I could find yours! I've just perused around and must say, you've created some amazing projects. I'm at a similar phase of life as you so I felt an instant connection as I read about you. Kuddos to you for having the courage to go after your passion. I'd love to "pick your brain" a little more but can't find your email. If you don't mind, I'd love for you to send it my way. {} Have a happy weekend!

  3. I saw that someone commented last month saying they got their Erslev in store! Heading there today to see if my IKEA has it. :(

  4. I am wanting to make a few of these rugs for my new house, but I cannot find either rug you have mentioned on your posts. Can you tell me if the rugs are high pile or low pile, or any other characteristics you think I may need to look for when looking for a white rug to paint? Thank you!

    1. Jess- Best for it to be a flat woven cotton rug. I think Ikea keeps bringing the Erslev rugs back in stock so you should continue checking with them. THanks for reading! xo