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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 12:59
More of Karina's gorgeous work... Obsessed.

Celine designer Phoebe Philo taking her daughter to work. Go Phoebe! (Photo by Saskia Lawaks for Vogue Paris via Keep it Chic.)

Le Labo's Santal 26... Best. Candle. Ever. Full stop.

Zak and Fox's killer linen textiles inspired by "long-abandoned Roman ruins in Morocco." Dying to use this on a chair or a bench or a stool or a... (you get the idea).

Every piece in Protagonist's fall collection via The Line. Stunning minimalism at its best. These are "have forever" clothes friends.
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 13:24
Millie taking in some sculpture at the Nasher

Vignettes in Joshua Rice and Jessica Stewart Lendvay's stunning shared office at Barry Whistler Gallery. (Notice the Allison V. Smith photo of my dreams above... sigh).

Dallas ceramicist Paul Schneider's gorgeous work...

Pretty paintings at BelAir Studio & Design

Rugs at our favorite secret spot... (Shhh it's Art of Old India in Dallas).

Oragami sculpture at Gallerie Noir

The stacks at Barry Whistler

More Gallerie Noir goodness...

Talley Dunn

Joshua Rice Design

Antiques Moderne

Gallerie Noir

B. Gover

Barry Whistler Gallery

Adam Silverman at The Nasher Sculpture Center

Let's be honest here. If I'm going to be good at my job, I have to get out of the studio. I have to explore and suss things out, seeing them first hand, touching, experiencing, marveling. And yet, dang it man; it's hard to pull away from the computer. And worse yet, when I do leave the electronic box-o-information, I tend to hit my usual haunts.

Sure there's the actual "computer work" that has to be done: the emails to answer, the research to do, the orders to place, the estimating and invoicing and just general doing. But then there's the rabbit hole -- down, down, down (for hours on end) into the visual other world that is the Interwebs. (Pinterest I'm talking to you.)

So I'm proud to report that a series of otherwise unplanned events over the past week had me breaking the "chained to my computer" cycle. Friends, I got out. I went to galleries I'd never been to, off-the-beaten-path shops, nurseries previously unfrequented, antique stores, showrooms... I went to the Nasher twice (!). I saw, touched, ogled. It was a good thing.

So now I'm making it official, marking time on my calendar (thanks for the push Sam) for a weekly marvel date. I'll hit some of my favorite spots, throw a couple of newbies into the mix, and see what happens.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "my day job, scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 11:40

Most of my weekends feel decidedly less than glamorous (think: catching up on the laundry, watering the plants, taking in a kiddo volleyball game or two, hitting the grocery, and other sundry/not very exciting errands...). But not this weekend friends. No slogging for me. I went to tea at the Taschen Library in The Joule, a luncheon at Neiman Marcus, dinner at a friend's book and cactus-laden house, and a magical brunch featuring roaming chickens at Janet's lovely casa.

Watch out! I'm officially a fancy lady (of course my version of fancy involves cacti and chickens). I mean I didn't cook once this weekend.

Laundry and the grocery store, you are dead to me.

I could get used to this.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Joslyn)" Tags: "scenes from the weekend"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 23:59
I think it's safe to say that my sweet Millie frequently gets the shaft. She is, after all, the little sister -- she gets hand-me-down clothes, hand-me-down shoes, hand-me-down bedrooms, and lately even hand-me-down attention. (That last one being particularly shameful to admit, but I blame it on Audrey's current struggles with 5th grade homework... Oy vey.)

The kid has been squatting in her sister's old room, last "decorated" when said sister was 2, and has never complained once. Never mind that this very same sister has been the recipient of two bedroom makeovers, including one that was designed for a magazine shoot (i.e. we blew it out). Clearly it's high time that the Millster got her due.

Enter "Operation Millie's Totally Awesome New Purple Bedroom" (her title).

Ok, confession time. I've been acting all freaked out about the purple thing, but it's all a big charade. I love freakin' purple. Love it. It's my secret guilty pleasure. In fact, purples's been my jam since I was a Prince-obsessed tween.

Prince...sigh. Ok, moving on.

We've been pinning for months. Scheming. Strategizing. Negotiating. Millie was a tough customer. Scratch that. She was the Hardest. Client. Ever. (Kid's got an opinion.) And finally we settled on the design direction happening in that moodboard above. Finally.

Now it's go time. We swathed the walls in Benjamin Moore's Majestic Mauve last week. Curtains were procured. A new rug is in route. Art is being pondered. I've cajoled Bryan into some IKEA hacking action. It's all coming together.

Can't wait to get this bad boy done. Stay tuned...
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 00:53

The weekend involved celebrating two of my favorite people's special days...

First up, sweet baby Wil's first birthday soiree, wherein there was tamale noshing, cake smashing, teepee lounging, and feather donning. (Oh and the littles had fun too.) Sam knocked it out of the park with a slew of sweet/simple/meaningful/memorable/clever details. Sam is just good like that.

It was the perfect way to honor the first 365 days of this amazing little man's life. Well played sister. Well played.

Next up my rockin' little mama Gracie's mermaid-themed 9th birthday festivities. Utter magic. I'm telling you friends, nobody creates dreamier kiddo parties than my insanely, gobsmackingly, (unfairly) creative friend Achlee. Full stop.

Hope your weekend was splendid.
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 11:43
I have the incredible honor of sitting on the executive board of The Birthday Party Project, an amazing non-profit here in Dallas whose mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. The organization goes into over a dozen homeless shelters in our region (and soon other regions...) each month and orchestrates celebrations for children who might otherwise see their special day come and go with zero fanfare. The simple gesture is designed to help children understand that they are valued, loved, and important -- no matter what their circumstances.

Friends, I love this organization. (Watch this video and you will too...I promise.)

Today is North Texas giving day, so (even if you don't live in North Texas), it's a great opportunity to help support this awesome organization. From 6:00 am-midnight, all donations $25 and above donated to The Birthday Party Project will be amplified with bonus funds. (Our goal is to raise $5,000 today, so we can grow to more agencies in North Texas and move into other markets across the country.) No pressure, but if you're feeling it, well, you know the rest...

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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 12:03
In honor of my blogging slackerdom, whattya say we do a theme loving list this week. I'm a sucker for all things perforated (peg board anyone?), so I'm gonna dive down that rabbit hole. First up, the gold-rimmed, hole-punch goodness at Burberry. That skirt... Just wow.

photo via DPAGES

Then there's Gilles Caffier's perforated pottery goodness taking up residence at MONC XIII (Natasha Esch's stunning Sag Harbor home shop).

And how about Ashley Pittman's (killer) Kiwiko studded horn cuff? (Technically not perforated but sporting a perf vibe nonetheless.)

Lianne Gold's perforated lighting as art as situation.

photo by Mark Mahaney for Time Magazine

That bit of perforated cane peeking out behind Maryam Nassir Zadeh's drool-worthy rock collection. 

The genius perf back on Ellery's printastic frock.

KW's drool-worthy perforated brass side table.

photo via style.com

And for the big finish, the peg board back drop going down at Derek Lam's spring 2015 RTW show.
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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. 
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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?
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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. ;-)
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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