Monday, April 30, 2012

motel mondays: part 21


i want to start this post by sending a big thank you to centsational girl for featuring my black and white painted rug diy in her best of the blogosphere. what a great start to the week!

today's vintage motel is the circle k motel in culver city.  it is located on sepulveda blvd not far from a few other motels i have featured.  the sign is pretty rustic but i kinda like that it is a little beat up.  as those boys from american pickers say, it adds character!


over the weekend i checked out this really cool show at MOCA called trasmission LA: av club.  i was there on an evening where the kogi bbq truck was on hand for munchies and deejays were playing.  the exhibit was curated by mike d from the beastie boys and was a bit trippy and psychedelic and i loved it! 


my favorite part was this fabulous fan driven pinwheel installation by ara peterson and jim drain.  the mix of patterns and colors were so cool in all different sizes!  i immediately felt like alice in wonderland walking through it. i will say i was a smidge motion sick from spending so much time in it but i can't wait to go back and see it again before the show closes.  i will just have to take some dramamine before... this way i can spend much more time in it! for an ariel view photo and more info on this you can go here.  and don't ya think these designs go perfectly with my new black and white painted rug?



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the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

Thursday, April 26, 2012

a quick note of thanks!


what a great almost ending to the week! just learned that design sponge posted my extreme black and white stripes painted rug to their site today.  those of you that are new to my site and looking for full diy directions on that project may get them here!

and if you want to check out my other painted rug projects you can go here and here!
 
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

Monday, April 23, 2012

motel mondays: part 20

it was a bit of a dreary cloudy, chilly weekend here in LA, especially by the beach.  today's motel is the seaview motor hotel, located in santa monica.  when i spotted this little gem i just had to pull over.  super cute vintage motel close to the beach and ocean.  and the turquoise blue sign looks groovy against the gloomy grey skies.
and i love the look of the fab little coffee shop nearby! there was a long line out the door when i was passing by on sunday morning.  i think i might have to pop back sometime soon to see if it's worth the wait.  nothing beats a great diner breakfast!
when i was catching up over lunch with a friend last week he started our conversation by saying "well, i learned that there is sometimes a bright side to death!"  i looked at him and asked what on earth he was talking about.  well, he also works in design and just heard from a client that her little dog, named dumpling, has just passed on to the dog house in the sky and she is ready to redecorate her guestroom (dumpling's former haven).  thanks to dumpling's passing,  my friend now has a new job.  i guess he is right about that bright side...

busy week ahead preparing for a very cool kid's room project.  can't wait to share all the details with you soon!

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the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern


Thursday, April 19, 2012

wattles farm fresh!

recently i have become obsessed with the idea of having a little plot of land to call my own...  i want to grow things. and i also want a spot just to sit on and enjoy all of the lovely nature surrounding me.  ya see, before i lost my job, i had actually been searching for a tiny little house with a tiny little yard.  thank goodness i never bought one because i doubt i would have decided to take the chance and start over and instead would still be slaving away in a career i wasn't loving just to pay for the tiny little house and yard i was probably too stressed out to enjoy.  and if i owned that dream house i certainly wouldn't be writing in this little ol' blog... and i wouldn't have experienced all of the amazing adventures that the last year brought!

well, since i am a long way off from that tiny little dream house (the joys of interning!) i decided that the next best thing would be to join a community garden.   let me be clear- i have never gardened before in my life.  unless you count the handful of times i helped my mom or nonna with their gardens while growing up.  i have a small problem keeping houseplants alive and even killed a vase full of lucky bamboo back when it was trendy.  and that bamboo was supposed to be the sort of stuff you can never kill.  well, i have a feeling i am going to have better luck with a garden.  my family is filled with gardeners!  nonna still tends to hers and my mom can keep any plant alive and turn a leaf from one plant into a whole entire other plant! and my dad is from a farming family.  it is in my blood!  therefore i have to excel at this, right???


i found just the garden for me!  a lovely little oasis in the hollywood hills called wattles farm.   a 4.2 acre slice of heaven!

last saturday i met with the sweet older couple that runs the farm and they explained how it works.  there are 172, 15 foot square plots on the farm.  anyone wanting to join must bank some volunteer time over a 3 month period just to get on the waiting list!  and finally, once on the list, it is anyone's guess when a spot will open up.  i have to wait for someone to lose their plot, give up their plot, pass on, pass away, or move away. it could take a few months or it could take longer!  there are several garden masters that keep everyone in check.  oh, and they shared a funny story that is so LA (if you lived here, trust me, you would have been rolling your eyes with the rest of us as we were listening)...  apparently a D-list actor (who happens to have a very A-list actress sister) tried to get a plot not too long ago.  he said he would "have his man work on it."  the folks that run the farm told him that he would have to work his own plot and couldn't hire a gardener to tend to it.   they explained to him that is not the point of a community garden.  if you get a plot you must work on it.  needless to say he was not pleased with this news and was not approved for a plot...  hilarious!  who does that??

i jumped into my volunteering responsibilities the very next day... no need to dilly dally! i need to bank my volunteer time to get on that wait list!  i spent hours weeding but the time really flew by!  i was having a lot of fun plus, i met some really cool people while there...  including a young hippie italian guy who is also trying to join, a sweet 98 year old gentleman who had the most beautiful plot (by the way, i am determined to become best friends with him if he's still there when i finally get mine!), folks from all different ages, cultures (russian, british, mexican, italian...) and all walks of life.  and the spunky 75 year old gal that runs the whole place, gave me a tour which made me that much more excited about the possibilities.   oh, and throughout my tour, she kept clipping samples of the great treats the garden has to offer.  my arms were full of so many wonderful fruits and veggies and spices... oh my! 
i never heard of a loquat before this visit! above is what they look like.  the yummiest new fruit i have tasted!  apparently they don't end up in grocery stores because they bruise too easily.  if you ever have the chance, i highly recommend you give one a try!


here is the plot i was loving the most.  look how perfectly organized this guy was and of course the added touch of pink flamingos!  definitely what i hope to have...
 peach season is a little early this year...
 papayas!
 banana trees
yep, weeds are bad.
 flowers everywhere!

 chard from my 98 year old soon to be best friend's garden!
brussell sprouts are very trendy in LA restaurants these days... i haven't hopped on that band wagon but i do love the look of the plants!
 avocado trees galore! 
an experimental garden using only heirloom seeds (yeah, i don't know what those are but it sounds really important)
 flowers from a passion fruit plant
 i love lemons!
 poppies!
 great use of old sneakers as succulent planters!
 this stuff smelled like heaven! rose geraniums...
 roses...
 no idea what these are but thought they were lovely...

 lavender...
 my souvenirs from wattles!  perfect for a salad!
so, i have already planned out my garden in my head... all the things i want to plant from flowers to fruits and veggies. and i must have a little chair and table on my plot so that i can spend time enjoying the space... a few of my friends think i am a little crazy to be doing this but i don't really care.  i am pretty excited about the possibilities and i know they will all be envious when the big day comes and i finally have my plot and invite them over for a picnic!  fingers crossed it won't take too long.

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until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

Monday, April 16, 2012

motel mondays: part 19

today's motel is pretty groovy.  it's the cat's meow! a ring a ding ding! deano's is the name.  doesn't it make you want to grab a martini and pop in some groovy tunes from frank, dean or sammy?  well, it sure does me! this fab vintage motel is located right next door to last week's motel, the astro.
one thing i love about deano's is that they have color tv by rca! yep, that's an important selling point for sure...
and the folks at deano's know the importance of curb appeal.  how super cute is this little flower bed in front of the bungalow??
the theme for this past weekend was jumping into new experiences.  i spent a bit of time gardening, which i have never really done before (more on that later this week!)... and i was inspired by this recent article on dating in the nytimes and decided to sign up for something new just to see what happens...  for now i'm not gonna tell you which one i chose to give a shot, but i am very interested to see how it all turns out...  clearly i am a big believer in putting yourself out there and trying new things these days and when i read this i figured 'why not?' i loved all of the new and innovative ideas the folks mentioned have and thought i would give one a go... and if it turns out to be a big disaster, who cares? at least it'll be a good story.

looking forward to seeing what kind of adventures interning this week brings. don't want to jinx myself by saying how awesome it has been since 2012 began lest i end up in the dreaded closet...

check out these interesting items i spotting at my local flea market last weekend...
the price for this paint splattered chair was way to high at $475 but cool inspiration for a future diy
this cool guy was selling these framed vintage gas station signs
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the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

Friday, April 13, 2012

california design love


if you've been following along for a bit, you have probably read my ramblings about my love of california and also mid century california design.  i have lived here for almost 16 years and i am constantly amazed that i am so lucky to live in a city as awesome as los angeles. we moved a lot when i was growing up and this is the first place i have ever felt like i belonged.  i recently visited a couple of my favorite places in LA and a smidge out of town, designed by great modern architects.  i was channeling my inner japanese tourist on both visits and thought i would share a few photos with you.

above is the groovy ceiling in the elrod house, designed by john lautner.  one of my design school friends and i took a little road trip to palm springs recently just to visit this beauty and it really is amazing to see in person!  i just had to share photos with you in case you haven't seen it already.
 i knew when we entered the very groovy front door, with the most beautiful patina, that i was in for a treat!

can we talk about the groovy bright yellow chihuly glass floating at the top wall separating the kitchen from the living room???

and the cool the views from the house...

talk about a living room with a view!
palm springs print dress & modeling my groovy brass necklace while enjoying a bedroom view

i think i prefer the view from this bathroom to the one i had in nepal
anyone who has traveled with me has witnessed my extreme dislike of having random people in my photos where they don't belong... yes, i love taking photos of interesting locals living their lives on the streets of india, rice fields in vietnam and other far off places... even on the streets of LA.  but for some reason the folks in a shot like the two below just bum me out.  perhaps if they were in better outfits i might not dislike it as much? maybe looking like they were meant for a 1960's or 70's slim aarons photo? perhaps then i could get over it? the elrod house was so packed that day and the only way i could get a photo of the full room was with the people in it.  and my friend and i waited forever to see if the room would clear out... it didn't.  if you want to view the most amazing photo from the outside in, without people obstructing it you can go here.  that is the view i dream of experiencing in person someday.
 this is the original kitchen from 40 years ago. proof that amazing design really does stand the test of time.
and the fact that the house is built around these massive boulders is really cool.


love this door handle

yard art taken to a whole new level...
shortly after my return home from palm springs, i visited my fave eames house for the bazillionth time.  the living room currently resides at LACMA as part of a California design exhibit so it's looking a little empty right now but i still love it...
who wouldn't want a groovy doorbell like this?
and a super mod elephant toy in the yard for kids of all ages...

and don't you just love a stylin' spiral staircase?

hope you enjoyed my little detour from regularly scheduled blogging and you don't just feel like i'm that person.. you know, the one boring you with lame vacation photos while you have a smile pasted on your face and your eyes glazing over...  hopefully these little pics induced a real smile on your face.

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

oh, and before i forget... we stopped to visit a few old friends on our drive home from palm springs... you might recognize them from their starring role in pee wee's big adventure...