martha’s calendar

Today is January 29, 2013. Martha Stewart suggests we “Organize tools and supplies in greenhouse workroom.”

Martha's Month, January Issue of Living

Thanks, Martha. I’ll get right on that.



Years ago, I used to travel to Amsterdam once a year for work. It will always be one of my favorite cities in the world, and not at all for the coffeeshops. The cloudy, rainy weather gives one an appreciation for light and color like nothing else. If you don’t get Rembrandt, spend a week in Amsterdam. While you’re there, go to the Rijksmuseum and stare at Night Watch. I was blown away.

tulip fields

these colors are amazing!

Tulip season in the Netherlands has got to be the most colorful time of the year. National Tulip Day was first celebrated last year, to honor the start of tulip season. Dam Square is a vast, gray, cobblestone plain at the heart of the city. To see it filled with thousands of tulips must be a magical, breathtaking sight.

And they’re all free for the picking. Heavenly.

Tulpendag 2012, Dam Square, Amsterdam. Photo credit: Lianca Ruiter.

This blog has been horribly neglected since last fall. I’ve been busy launching my interior design business! It’s called ROI Design, interior design and organization for busy, growing families. I am trying to figure out — philosophically and technologically — how to marry my two blogs, because I’ve learned that I don’t “work to live” or “live to work.” Work and life are not and cannot be separated. My work is an extension and expression of my self as a mother, woman, wife, and artist. I’d love to know what you think.

Happy Tulip Day!

via Tulpendag! A Day of Free Tulips in Amsterdam | Garden Design.

mid-week quickie: “less is more”

the elegance, the symmetry, the lines… be still my heart. happy 126th birthday, ludwig mies van der rohe!

mid-week quickie: honoring mies

S.R. Crown Hall at IIT, Chicago, IL. photo credit Hagen Stier

~ mies van der rohe society

marrying form and function


It’s a bike rack.

I snapped this from my car while stopped the traffic light at Brigham Circle. Mundane, utilitarian objects don’t need to be ugly. When I see everyday objects that have been thoughtfully designed, it makes me smile.

mid-week quickie: The Ruins of Detroit

stunning, somber, strangely romantic. if i was a ghost, this would be a neat place to live.

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.

— Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Photography – The Ruins of Detroit.


mid-week quickie: the Lieb House

I’m obsessed with the concept of moving a house to preserve it. As a child, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, of Mike Mulligan fame, was one of my favorite books. The illustrations show the house’s changing feelings about its environment. I still want all houses to be happy, surrounded by pink apple trees and laughing children.

The Lieb House, originally built in my home state of New Jersey, is much happier having moved to Glen Cove, NY. No apple trees, but a killer view of the water.

Domesticities | Lieb House, Saved -