Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I live here: Living Room. New chair!

My living room had that off-kilter, very-wrong M.C. Escher feeling. I'm in the process of replacing my hand-me-down furniture with long, low, mid-century pieces. So one side of the room was filled with tall, overstuffed furniture and a mirror going up to the ceiling, and the other side featured a sofa only 24 inches high. Hello, Tilt-a-Whirl living room. But two weekends ago, I bought this small blue-gray disc chair at Pre to Post Modern and removed the huge chair and ottoman that had hogged that corner. Oh, what a difference scale and proportion can make!

Check out the white whale cat sunbathing under the chair... aww!
Sofa - Pfister sofa by Knoll (vintage)
Coffee Table - Bassett Furniture (vintage)
Wall Sculpture - Curtis Jere, $24 on eBay or buy it here (HA!)
Lamp - Tamber by Uttermost
Disc Chair - Unmarked (vintage)
Wall Color - Dark Ash by Behr

Laugh at the before and admire the after... after the cut...

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

The Magician King is the best adventure story I've ever read.

Unsurprisingly, it follows Joseph Campbell's model of the hero's journey more closely than any story I've ever read. But unlike other classic hero stories and Grossman's first novel, The Magicians, this book has two heroes: Quentin initiates the quest, but his story is entwined with that of his childhood friend and fellow monarch, Julia. In The Magicians, Quentin's pride kept him from helping Julia learn magic. Consequently, she looked for it on her own and ended up alone in a series of dark and dangerous supernatural situations. Welcome to the seamy magical underworld, reader! The Magician King is the story of Quentin's atonement and Julia's recovery. It's a soberer and more mature book than the first. If The Magicians is about looking for something worth loving, then The Magician King is about protecting that which you love. The hero doesn't go on adventures; the hero makes the sacrifice.

I promise there are no spoilers under this cut.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Intentionally Choosing a Classic Wardrobe

Franco Sarto Napoli Patent Leather Pump - Image Credit
I recently took stock of what I own versus what I actually wear, analyzed what I like (and don't like) in my favorite style blogs, and decided I want a simpler, more sophisticated wardrobe. I own so many wild prints and accessories that can best be described as "unique," but when I wear these things, I feel garish and uncomfortably conspicuous. I feel best wearing solid neutral or jewel-tone colors, solid-colored skirts, flatteringly tailored trouser-cut pants or skinny jeans tucked into boots, and one bold accessory... Not when I wear a polka-dotted shirt, fringed scarf, and textured tights.

There are pretty things under the cut.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Turkey Burgers with Rosemary, Garlic, and Sun-dried Tomato

Me: "Oh no, the buns are moldy!"
Keith: "Serve it on bread. That's called Monte Carlo style, right?"
I don't think so, dear.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beirut Set List. Beethoven Art from the Paris Flea Market. Impress me, Mister.

My friend Mara lingered after the Beirut show in November, got the set list, and gave it to me because she is fantastically kind and generous. Naturally, I jumped up and down squealing when I first held it. I might have even sniffed it. On Monday, I rearranged my dresser to display the set list and the art my sister Erin gave me for Christmas. It's painted on an old record, but I don't know much else about it, except that Erin bought it at Les Puces. I wish I could read the artist's name. Erin, can you share some more info about this piece?

So much has happened.
Love? Hmm.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yearly Retrospective: 2011

I've done this every year since 2002. I know I'm late this year, but why stop now?

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I partied on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, was a maid of honor, painted my living room a shockingly dark color, visited Animal Kingdom at Disney World, began painting on canvas, and (finally!) saw Beirut perform live. Honorable mentions go to the Queens of the Stone Age show and the Flaming Lips show.

Queens of the Stone Age at the Ryman Auditorium - Photo by Diana Zadlo, Nashville Scene