Friday, August 24, 2012

d.i.why not? modern troll art

I have to say that I am really in love with today's DIY!  I was asked to help jazz up a studio office for a gal that is producing a movie based on the Troll dolls.   Remember those?  Hello 80's!  Well, I wasn't cool enough to own a Troll doll but I do believe I did have a pencil with a troll head top back then.  And I loved it.  And I felt very cool writing with it.


Back to the office... I had the brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea to frame actual troll dolls in an installation to look like groovy modern art.  Frankly the look and the colors of  Trolls just lend themselves to it! So she gave me 15 dolls to work with and I went to town. 

 All you need is:
  • shadow box frames (I used the very affordable Ribba frames from Ikea)
  • Troll dolls (or any other cool doll will do!)
  • matte board
  • strong needle & thread
How to:
  1. Remove the glass from each of the frames.  In my opinion it looks a lot cooler when the dolls aren't hidden under the glass.
  2. Cut plain white matte board to fit inside each frame
  3. Find the center of the board and make 4 tiny holes with your needle and begin sewing each troll to the board
  4. Place it inside the frame
  5. Hang on the wall and do a little happy dance because it looks super fabulous!
I think this project works for kids and adults!  And I really wish I had even more Trolls to cover the entire wall!  Maybe next time...

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern 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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

a single gal's interlude


You may have noticed a bit of a lag between posts... Well, I meant to write sooner but I had a smidge of performance anxiety.  I learned that someone whose work I am a fan of was reading my blog.  Well, I was both excited and nauseous about this and lets just say I couldn't get it up.  Thankfully I have gotten over it for now.

So, I decided to take a small break from writing about my recent design and DIY adventures today to share a funny little story about something that happened to this ol' single gal recently.   I think whether you are happily (and quite possibly smugly) married or simply single like me you can appreciate this.  Warning- if you don't really care about a single girls musings and are more into the design stuff you can tune in for the next post because I will be sharing a really fun project in a few days.

Since I seem to have a hankering for picking careers filled with boys batting for the other team, meeting cute straight guys at work just isn't gonna happen.  So I made a promise to myself this year to be open to meeting guys that I date in all sorts of random places.  Anywhere from the post office (I was making a lot of trips there shipping ebay stuff and the lines there are really long so lots of time to chat and by the time I made it to the desk the guy next to me had asked me for my number),  one from the grocery store (Yep, it does happen. In the produce department to be exact.), another from an art gallery opening, another during my trip to Bhutan... lots of random other places.  And yeah, I did even hang out with a former intern for a bit last year. But so far I haven't met anyone that I really wanted to stick around. 

Well, after an exhausting day of volunteering at Wattles Farm, in my never-ending quest for a garden plot a couple of months ago, I relaxed on my sofa with my Ipad and a fresh pack of Pepperidge Farm Mint Milanos (my guilty pleasure).  I was in for the evening and reading the NY Times Sunday Style section (an exciting Saturday night, I know).  So, I happened upon this article mentioning all of these new random ways of meeting people offline and only one of the new services was available in LA so I figured I'd give it a go.  It was called Tawkify and one of the founders is a gal named E. Jean Carroll.  If you read Elle Magazine you have probably heard of her as she is their advice columnist and has been for the last 20 years.  Anyhow, their thing is that they set you up on phone dates that end at exactly the 10 minute mark.  No photos, no emails, just a phone call.  And if you are feeling it you need to exchange info within that time in order to continue the conversation in the future.  Also, supposedly they spend time personally matching you with someone that you have stuff in common with.  Oh and they like to match on something called a Klout score mixed into it all that I still don't really understand.  Anyhoo... As I was reading this article I was like, that sounds kooky enough that it might be fun to try.  So, I went to their website and signed up.  I decided to go big or go home and signed up for 6 phone dates.  My deal-breaker criteria for the dude was that he be taller than 5'8" and a non smoker.  And bonus if he loves travel and music, lives an active lifestyle and has a sense of humor.  Not asking for a lot, right??  My nonna is always telling me "you are-a to-a picky and that's a why you are going to be-a single forever!"  By the time I was finished with the sign up process it was after 9 PM LA time.

A few minutes later my phone rang.  At the other end of the line a raspy voice that sounded like they smoked for a million years announced "this is E. Jean Carroll, thanks for signing up for Tawkify!"  Nope, not a computer voice but E. Jean herself.  She was calling from New York.  It was after midnight there.  She sounded as if she had a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other.  It was a funny hour long conversation where we chatted about being single in LA, what I am looking for, how old/ young I am willing to go (I told her that I really like the 5 year radius where we share the same pop culture references but am open).  When I hung up, I was laughing at what a bizarre evening it was on my sofa chatting with my new BFF E. Jean...  She was equal parts wacky and fabulous and I loved her! Anyhow, she said that she was going to handle it personally and within 2 weeks I would have my first phone date.  Well, every week for the next couple of months I got a form email stating "we're sorry, we're still looking for a match for you but we're going to find someone amazing and it will be worth the wait."  Really?  All of their clients are shorter than 5'8" and smokers?  Kinda tragic and mortifying that the process of setting me up on one 10 minute phone date was so tricky, let alone 6!  I guess Nonna was right.  I am way too picky.

So, they refunded my money and back to the Whole Foods produce department I go...

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern 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, August 6, 2012

motel mondays: part 28

I was lucky enough to happen upon today's vintage motel - The Pasada- while in Pasadena for the PCC flea market yesterday.  It is just down the street from the market on Colorado Blvd.  Sure, the sign is a bit weathered, but I think it is pretty cool.

I have recovered from the excitement of being on the KTLA morning news last week.  I have to say I learned a very important lesson last Tuesday.  You see, I had to get up at 3:00 AM that day (YIKES!) in order to get dressed and drive 30 miles to the Habitat for Humanity house I worked on.  I had only 3 hours of sleep after a fun evening at the Hollywood Bowl singing and dancing to Kelly Clarkson (don't judge, she's fab and I am all for girl power!)...  Anyhow, I don't really wear a lot of makeup in my normal life and have been lucky enough to have professionals handle it for me when I was on TV before.  Sadly, no professionals on hand to help me that morning and I was on my own.  In a bleary eyed haze getting ready in my bathroom I had the brilliant idea to use this illuminating (says so on the label!) tinted moisturizer to cover my entire face including the massive bags hanging under my eyes.  The few times I have worn it out I have gotten lots of compliments from friends.  What I failed to realize that morning was that the illuminating effects of it that give my skin a lovely dewy glow in real life are not so fab with bright camera lights shining on you.  When that happens you just look sweaty.  Not glowy.  Or fresh and dewy.  Slick and sweaty.  Trust me.  I have several minutes of video footage to prove it.  Oops. Hopefully the room stuffed with Yo Gabba Gabba costume characters distracted the viewers...


So, my friend Darin finally had new cushions made for his fab vintage chair that we found in January along with my now hot pink chair.  Yep, it took that long for him to decide on a fabric.  Well, to be fair, he did decide on one in March, and then had a cheap upholsterer he found (his quote was half of what the rest of the guys in town were asking for the same job) make the cushions but somehow they ended up round instead of square.  Yeah, sometimes you get what you pay for.  So, he got a new upholsterer, and now has fab cushions and a groovy new chair he can finally sit in!


I have new couple client that I am very excited about.  These folks weren't so sure what their style is as they are newly married and have yet to purchase a piece of furniture together.  Right now their space is a mix of pieces from their single lives.  I showed them a bunch of images from Elle Decor and Architectural Digest, etc. to get an idea of the kind of look they are drawn to (and to give me a jumping off point) and they loved the look of  Trina Turk's bedroom from one of the tear sheets and said they loved everything about that room.  It just so happens that her dresser is almost identical to the one above and as luck would have it my friends at Casa Victoria just got this amazing Lane Mosaic dresser in.  The vintage gods must have been smiling down on me that day because sometimes it takes ages to find exactly what you are looking for (I feel like I have been on the hunt for a vintage chrome bar cart for a million years!) and this is going to be really amazing in their space.  Yay!  Looking forward to what I hope is going to be a really fun project!

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern 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