Category Archives: Shelter

Happy Easter!

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As I shed things I no longer need in anticipation of our move, I’m relishing the signs of rebirth that happen every spring.  When I need to take a break from digging into dark corners, bundling up clothes that don’t work for me anymore or books I’ve already read, I make my way to the [...]

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Friday Things: The Snail Edition

Snail as hitchhiker

On my way to meet a walking buddy this morning I noticed an unexpected hitchhiker on my car hood.  A good sized snail was stuck mid-slime trail on the other side of the windshield. I’d missed it in the early morning fog, otherwise I would have flicked it to safety before I took off. As [...]

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Pillow Talk with Brian Dittmar

Pillow Talk by Brian Dittmar for McRosky Mattress Company

San Francisco’s McRosky Mattress Company has been promising a good night’s sleep to their customers for 115 years.  Recently, they asked designer Brian Dittmar to create an eye-opening bedscape for their Market Street store window. “With Twitter and other tech innovators nearby, they wanted something that would attract the younger crowd that’s rejuvenating this area [...]

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Jackson Hole Highlights

Closeup - American Black Bear - Carl Rungius

While I was in Jackson Hole last weekend, I had a few hours between wedding events to check out some new-to-me sights. First up—the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  This hillside museum features American and European wildlife paintings and sculpture–the kind of art you might find covering the walls in National Park Lodges or Sun [...]

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3 Things On My Ideal House List

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A month into house hunting my weeks are taking on a steady rhythm.  On Friday we scan the MLS listings and plan what open houses we’ll attend that weekend.  Saturday and Sunday afternoons we tour.  Monday morning three a.m. I’m wide awake redecorating the most recently seen possibilities.  Tuesday middle-of-the-night doubt creeps in.  Wednesday morning [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Chasing Rainbows Edition

Downtown Oakland

At the end of a rainy Friday, I left the house to run a quick errand and found myself chasing rainbows all the way home.  I spotted the first one as I rounded a corner in downtown Oakland and immediately pulled over to admire it. Hoping to find a more open vista I drove a few [...]

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Best Design in the Movies of 2013

THE GREAT GATSBY

There are just a few more days left to see some of last year’s fabulous set designs on the big screen. If possible, check out “American Hustle” or “Her” in a theater and rent “The Great Gatsby” before the Oscars are handed out on Sunday night.  These three movies topped my list (and the Academy’s) [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Valentine’s Day Edition

Road Jam outside Tarma, Peru

Happy Valentine’s Day!   A few weeks ago I was stuck on a muddy road outside Tarma, Peru waiting over an hour for construction to clear. Was I frustrated? Of course. But after awhile I stopped fussing about getting to our destination and started focusing on the  unexpected beauty around me.  I saw a good [...]

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Revving Up for the New Year

2014 Doodle Map from Susannah Conway template

Happy New Year! I hope you made very merry over the holidays.  So much so that you’re just now turning to New Year’s Resolutions.  I haven’t made a single one, but I have enjoyed dipping into Susannah Conway’s Unraveling Workbook for 2014.  The workbook is a free download and gives you lots of writing prompts [...]

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Design Book Review: Remodelista

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All right.  Time to stop getting distracted by stocking stuffers and get down to serious gift-buying.  If you’re giving to someone who leans towards contemporary design on a less than stratospheric budget, consider the collection of well-edited designs presented in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home (Artisan). The book culls ideas from the popular [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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