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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 02:31

Over the past few days I've been on the receiving end of two huffs, three eye rolls, and a stomped foot; gone to the mall twice; presided over an agonizing decision making process involving earrings (natch) at Claire's (the neon pink hearts won); and made two trips to the neighborhood fro yo shop. This can only mean one thing...

I am officially the mom of a tween.

Holy hell.

How did this happen friends?? When I started this blog, my world was this (oh and this...sigh). And now it's all Bridgit Mendler, endless negotiating, and clothing drama. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining (I like that Bridgit Mendler, she's got spunk and pipes), but I'm just reeling a bit from how quickly we got here, wishing we could rewind just a tad.

Makes me want to hide out in a bear suit, stomp my feet, and curl up with a big tub-o-fro yo.

If you can't beat them, join them, yes?
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "family, scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 12:01

Photos: Nathan Schroder for D Home

Right before we left for our Florida vacation, I  had the pleasure of styling my dear friend (and wickedly talented jewelry designer) Julie Cohn's beautiful home for my old cohorts at D Home (you can peek at a few outtakes from the shoot over here).

The issue just hit newsstands, and I think it's safe to say that photographer Nathan Schroder hit it out of the park. It was such a fun, inspiring day on set. I love getting to see the fruits of our labor captured in print. 
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "my day job"
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Date: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 11:40

In the  midst of "House Spruce 2014," I managed to start plowing through that neglected stack of reading material mocking me in the corner of my bedroom. My friends Shayna and Brittany just knocked this shoot out of the park for Patron Magazine

Sorry friends, I'm subjecting you to a selfie to prove a point to my lovely daughter Audrey. "Aud, see I don't always wear makeup. In fact, sometimes I don't wear it and then I take a picture of my face in natural light and put in on the Internet." (Clearly I lost a bet. Oy vey. Carry on.)

The past week was a flurry picking paint colors, having curtains installed, and sourcing rugs/art/accessories/furnishings et al. for clients; getting my organize on in the studio (that photo above); getting the girls through their first week at school; and trying to cobble together a birthday celebration for Audrey (she's turning 11 friends...11! can you believe?!). Suffice to say, it was a flurry-o-productivity.

But here's the thing, all the gettin' it done at work and with girlies has left my own casa in a state of serious disarray. My curtains are sad; my paint is scuffed; the furniture is caddywhompus; there are boxes in corners (hanging out the the dust bunnies); and wilted, dying cuttings are gracing my vases. My house is in a bad way. It's the cobbler's shoes friends.

So I took advantage of the three-day weekend and labored on Labor Day. I arranged and tweaked and magic erased and just generally prettified. (I also partook in hamburgers and ice cream and margaritas and some frolicking in the pool with the girlies and Bryan -- it wasn't all labor.) There's more to do -- my curtains are still sad, and several rooms need new paint like the deserts need the rain, but just a little focused attention on the home front made a surprisingly big impact. And boy it felt good (almost as good as margaritas and pool time). I wish I could be one of those people who could just let it go at home, but I'm just not wired that way. I'm better all around when my own house is in order.

Who's with me?
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 00:44

top two photos: Garance Dore

The beautiful Ana Kras and her exhibit of works on paper at Ed. Varie. Also loving her lamps. Perfection.

Ben Medansky's pottery perfection. Officially my new ceramics obsession.

Paige Jone's photos of Amanda Chantal Bacon's (extremely) rockin' house for Mother mag...

Emerson Fry's Mick jeans and waxed tactical bag. Obsessed. Now if only I didn't spend my entire fall clothing budget on the girlies leotards/tights/ballet shoes/tennis shoes/jeans/cardigans/skorts/t-shirts/volleyball pads/backpacks/lunch boxes/water bottles. Oy vey. Full stop.

photo: Flora Hanitijo T Magazine

The completely crush-worthy new Tiffany design director (the first female design director in the house's history in fact), Francesca Amfitheatrof and her equally crush-worthy rose-gold Tiffany T wire bracelet. Suffice to say, if jeans aren't making the cut this fall, a rose-gold and diamond bracelet definitely isn't making the cut.

A girl can dream...
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 11:35

This might be my most motley mash-up of photos in a "scenes" post since I started this blog seven (!!) years ago, but, I suppose that's what happens when a major slacker (a.k.a. me) is writing said blog. I just can't seem to catch my breath between vacation re-entry, studio business, and the whole back-to-school craziness. (The girlies go back today, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm ready for a little structure again.)

So here's an attempt to describe what's going down in those snaps above...

A DIY-heavy kiddo room install. / Wine, dogs, babies, and clients at the studio (a typical meeting.) / A week-end trip to (the seriously) amazing Ouachita National Forest with Christine, Steven and fam. / Shopping for books, pretty accessories, and the like. / Planning sessions at The Joule. / Amazing custom art by Sam for another client install (two in one week, oy vey).

Order of descriptions does not correspond with order of snaps. I'll let you guys try and figure it out. Happy Monday. ;-)
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 01:03
Duane Michals portrait of Peretti at her worktable, in Halston, 1974. From the Condé Nast archive via Vanity Fair .

I didn't just listen to the TED Radio Hour during our epic roadtrip to Florida. I also read. A lot. Vanity Fair, Vogue, Porter, back issues of The Gentlewoman, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker, The World of Interiors... You name it; I read it.

And from those hundreds of pages consumed during read-fest 2014, I think my favorite image was the above one of Elsa Peretti from this (excellent) Vanity Fair piece.

Umm.. Giant cactus, terra-cotta pot, sleek wood desk, sculptural accessories and vessels, chic cream silk blouse? Yes, please.

The shot was taken in 1974, yet it could be your coolest artist friend at home today. Totally timeless. Totally perfect. I am smitten.

And speaking of Madame Peretti, these three pretties conjured up by the brilliant designer have been on my wish list for eons...

Thumbprint dish

Black bone cuff

Round pendant

Oh Elsa...
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "amazing ladies, design"
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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 12:32

That we arrived home on Sunday and I'm just now getting scenes from our beach adventure posted pretty much says exactly how long my vacation afterglow lasted...

After a week of swimming in the waves; plowing threw a massive stack of reading material; sea kayaking; walking along shore lines teaming with shells; seeing dolphins, geckos, turtles, a bald eagle, and a baby octopus; cooking and eating and gazing at sunsets and double rainbows with dear friends; and just generally staring out at the ocean on a remote, sparsely-populated south Florida island, we came home to busy town USA.

I jumped into a kid's room install, Bryan jumped into heads down writing for work, the girlies jumped into back to school prep, and we all tried to make sense of how to get everything done that we didn't manage to finish before we left. By Monday afternoon I was even missing the 44 hours of driving (there and back) that we endured to enjoy said vacation. (I listened to so much TED Radio Hour that Guy Raz's voice is permanently burned into my brain.)

But there is a post-vacation silver lining here friends. While that general blissed-out, mellow, sort of dreamy feeling that materializes when you have the opportunity to get away from it all vanished immediately upon re-entry, our familial interaction seems to have fundamentally changed. The four of us feel like a true team -- as only people who have endured joy and hardship (see: 44 hours in a car) can. We have each other's backs. We're kinder, gentler, more forgiving. It's as if we know that life and all its attendant commitments goes on, but the stress/frustration/blame/general pissiness doesn't (always) have to. We are riding the roller coaster together, hugging each other tighter when we scream.

And, maybe it's just me, but that's the best kind of afterglow. 
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 03:19

Outtakes via my Instagram from a styling project I did for D Home this week...

This week was a wee bit nutty with a few big projects all coming to a head over the past few days (holy schlepping and hauling Batman), but the result was getting to collaborate with amazing friends and colleagues to create several pretty images and spaces. All in all, (way) more than worth the effort.

But I'm not gonna lie friends, I'm wiped out. Fried with a capital F. We're headed to the beach tomorrow, and the trip couldn't come at a better time. I don't even mind that we're driving 18 (!) hours to get there. (Remember when I said I was jonesin' for a good long road trip? Oy vey). Ok, maybe I mind just a smidge, but not unlike my past week at work, I'm thinking the journey will only make the spoils sweeter.

At least that's what I'm going with.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "family, my day job, travel"
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 14:56
The perfect non-kitchen kitchen via The NY Times.

My crazy talented friend Christine's brilliant new online shop, Vee Caravan. (More on her new endeavor to come...stay tuned.)

Ceiling gorgeousness courtesy of designer Glenn Gissler's (via Brian Paquette's Pinterest). The Porter Teleo wallpaper, the rock crystal chandelier, the tailored curtains. All of it.

Karen Mordechai's new Sunday Suppers book. I had the pleasure of spending time with Karen on a shoot in New York several years ago, and can safely say that she is one of the most delightful people I've ever met. Can't wait to get my hands on her new tome. (Both images above via Sunday Suppers.)

Hilda Hellström's perfect side table spotted on Shayna's (awesome) Pinterest.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "loving"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 03:02

In keeping with the whole "what is luxury" conversation, whattya say I recap the past few days by sharing all the luxurious little chunks, starting with...

  1. The fact that it was 75 degrees last Friday. 75 degrees, friends! In July! In Texas!!! If I hadn't been so deliriously happy about whole enterprise, I probably would have been worried that the blissful weather was some sort of signal that the end was near. Alas, it was 100 today, so it appears we're safe.
  2. A long (wine and coffee-fueled) lunch with three of my favorite ladies.
  3. A late patio dinner with family friends, and sweaters(!).
  4. An inspiring Saturday spent styling a look book for my amazing, soulful friend Paula's genius non-profit, GAIA. Throw in the insanely talented (and immensely lovely) photographer Shayna Fontana (who also has the best. name. ever.), Paula's sweet assistant Lauren, my sweet assistant (a.k.a. Millie), and some sushi, and you have the ingredients for a perfect day.
  5. A second outside dinner (eating outside in July is not exactly the norm in Texas, for the record) involving, wait for it, a bonfire.
  6. Sunday brunch with Janet followed by a lazy day of margaritas and conversation by the pool day with Christine and her girlies.

It was a luxury overload. Luxury-o-rama. Luxe town USA. Luxury central. And I couldn't be happier about the whole situation.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 03:13
Quietly luxurious trays by ceramicist Richard Carter via Nickey Kehoe. Carter is currently collaborating with Kostow on a new line of dinnerware Carter|Kostow.

At the studio (and in my everyday life), I spend an awful lot of time thinking about how to make things feel special, memorable, luxurious even. It almost feels like old news to call this out, but with the world around us feeling increasingly mass produced, encountering something unique somehow feels like the ultimate luxury, yes?

The fact that a "luxury" item doesn't have to be expensive or emblazoned with an expensive label to be luxurious is also a given, but I'm still astounded by how many people I encounter who still believe otherwise.

So I love coming across someone who seems to have the concept of a subtle understated luxury down to a science, like, say, Christopher Kostow, the wunderkind, totally badass, Napa Valley chef profiled by writer Chris Ying in the June Bon Appetit.

To wit:

"... throughout the menu, Kostow downplays his use of luxury ingredients, like how when you're a real baller you don't need to tell anyone how much you spent on your watch. The caviar is hidden under tiny succulent leaves, seasoning rather than gilding the lobster."

"There needs to be a perception of value, but I think our diners are extremely sophisticated, he says." I want them to experience luxury, but it's more our definition of luxury." Kostow describes it as "concern and care. I don't think anyone leaves feeling like they weren't incredibly cared for."

Seasoning rather than gilding. Concern and care. So key, yet so often completely overlooked. Luxury as a touch --  a whisper rather than a shout; putting down your device to look someone in the eye and really listen; abundant generosity -- of your time, your resources; taking deep care, when you make something -- a meal, a gift. Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Well played Ying and Kostow. Well played.
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 23:03
I spotted this bag made of macrame string when I was checking out the pillows at Calypso today and was instantly smitten. It's a roomy, functional, groovy little work of wearable art.

The perfect foil to all my sensible black leather totes. Hmm...
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "getting dressed, loving"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 04:01
The best. popsicles. ever.

Sam's envy-inducing new rug...

My string set up...

Millie hanging at the studio with her cookie doppelgänger...

We're in the midst of a string of installs at the studio that have had me racing around town, blowing through my days, wishing for a couple of extra hours (or even a clutch of extra minutes) to cross a few more things off the "to do" list. It's a bit of a frenetic scene friends.

Clearly some macramé is in order.

I mean really, what's more meditative than four hours of heads-down knotting? So, I channeled my Summer of Self Improvement days, and spent the better part of Saturday macraméing my way toward inner peace (or at least so focused on not creating a tangled mess that I, well, didn't think about anything else).

The not thinking about anything else... definitely a good thing. Full stop.
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 12:26
L'ATELIER d'exercices beautiful hand-held feather mobile.

Karina in her studio...

Kendall Conrad's gorgeous, minimal brass jewelry and leather bags... Perfection.

Also seriously digging her instagram.

Joanna's genius Kneeland Research Library (via Heather).

Beautiful glass vessels and serious rug goodness via Anthro.
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 02:48

 Millie less than impressed with her sister's dance moves

 Cafe Du Monde crack...

And the aftereffects

We hightailed it out of town for the long holiday weekend and paid a visit to my folks at their new casa in Louisiana. It was a much needed trip friends, as after "broken-gate," we were in need of some serious R&R.

Turns out four days involving live street music, board games, slip and slides, sparklers, beignets, alligator sightings, copious amounts of fried seafood, and porch sitting was just the balm we needed to sooth our frazzled selves. Also turns out that listening to 16 hours of the TED Radio Hour while driving through verdant, pine-dotted landscapes to and from your destination also does the trick. (Damn, I love that TED Radio Hour.)

It was a good scene. Full stop.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "family, scenes from the weekend, travel"
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Date: Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 12:02
I wish I could say that I start and finish each day with some thoughtful meditation ritual or journaling or whatnot, but the reality is I wake up and prep for snooze town by perusing Pinterest. Perhaps not so enlightened, but incredibly relaxing (not to mention inspiring). What can I say, I'm a addict. 

Herewith a loving list devoted to six of the prettiest/loveliest/most wicked cool things I've spotted on Pinterest of late.

The above (crazy gorgeous) Milan living space designed by Pietro Russo via Jamie Laubhan-Oliver.  (Photo by Filippo Bambhergi, from The Chamber of Curiosity, Copyright Gestalten 2014.)

MSGM's rad pineapple skirt via Arlene Matthews.

The incomparable Bryan Ferry at home, Holland Park, London, 1976 via Lauren Santo Domingo. (Photo by Mick Rock.)

Moroccan rug goodness via Rena Tom.

The stunning Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy via Sugarpie Project.

The immensely lovely St. Vincent via Natalie Holbrook
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 03:19

It appears that my weekend of chakra cleansing and hiking and sun salutationing (not a word, I realize) was perfectly timed, as in the week following my big recharge, the (for lack of a more eloquent phrase) shit hit the fan.

Said fan hitting matter included a broken car AC, a broken refrigerator, a broken (giant, in-wall) salt water aquarium, a sick kiddo, two days of work travel for the hubs, and the passing of our beloved 14-year old cat, Django. Oy vey, friends. It was a bad scene.

And, yet, I did not wig out. Not even once. (Well, maybe once, but it was a teeny, tiny wig out, barely noticeable even). Instead, I counted to ten. I took lots of really, really deep breaths, I prayed, I swore (but in a decidedly cheerful manner), and I made stuff with my girlies.

The counting/breathing/praying/swearing action helped a little, but the making stuff was the real game changer. Getting lost in paint and fabric and ribbon and feathers and what have you was just the salve we needed. Meditation through making. Better than drinking.

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Date: Friday, 27 Jun 2014 22:23
 All the killer details Erin included in her fantastic office makeover.

Andy Spade's genius Sleep Jones. The branding, the journal, the actual product..all of it. I think it's safe to say that Andy Spade is a branding savant, yes?

And then there's Spade's instagram... Umm, yes please. (Thank you Michelle.)

Pretty Grecian action... "Weekend," photographed by Daniel Riera for The Gentlewoman S/S 2014 via Miss Moss' tumblr.

An altogether awesome surf exhibit poster. Obsessed.
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Date: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 01:19

images via The Glow...

Pretty much every thing that Hannah Henderson said in her interview on The Glow was brilliant, but this little nugget of wisdom especially resonated with me:

"I try to pay close attention to the signals in myself and in the kids. If I'm feeling overwhelmed or irritable, it usually means that I need some time for myself. If one of the kids is extra cranky or aloof for no apparent reason, that means they need more mama time. I have to stay tuned in to the cues."

I have been feeling "the overwhelm" of late. And, for that matter, "the irritable" too. The endless guilt that I'm not doing enough with my girlies, the nagging sense that I might be a less than stellar wife (not to mention sister, daughter, and friend), and the just general feeling that I can't seem to stay ahead of the game, has me wanting to curl up in fetal position on a semi-regular basis. But I resist the urge to roll up like a little ball, as I can't help but think that taking a "time out" (even a five minute one) will only exacerbate the aforementioned overwhelm and irritable.

Oy vey.

Turns out a little break -- even, say a two-day one -- actually can help. (All those freakin' self help books/articles/therapists/people way smarter than me were right.) I know this because I took one. This past weekend. To a spa (well actually an "experiential resort") where, along with my equally overwhelmed and irritable mama friend Brandy, I partook in some yoga and hiking and massage/facial action and archery and chakra cleansing (yes, really) and pool lazing and, wait for it, staring out at trees and birds and whatnot and doing nothing.

Damn, it felt good. The time away from the daily routine was exactly what this overwhelmed/irritable lady needed. Never mind that upon returning home Audrey told me I should go away more often so someone wouldn't always be telling her and Millie and Daddy (!!) to clean up all the time. (Oh really??? Based on this text from the hubs, received a mere nine hours after my departure, I'm thinking they'd implode without me around long term.) Never mind that my to do list still contains an obscene amount of items. My chakras are cleansed baby. I'm up for the challenge.  Bring it on.
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 22:35

Remember when I was griping and moaning and whatnot about summer and all its various hardships? Well, the past few days are proving me wrong, what with dinners by the pool and swimming with our buds and watermelon and popsicles and sundry grilled meats and yummy citrusy adult libations.

Summer, you might be growing on me... Maybe.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "family, inside my house, keep it simple"
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