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22 May 00:10

Caroline Walls · Over in Love

by The Design Files

Art

Caroline Walls · Over in Love

by Lucy Feagins, Editor

‘Over in Love’ is the latest body of work from Melbourne artist Caroline Walls.

These striking original paintings continue Caroline’s ongoing exploration of the female form, using bold, graphic shapes and a distinctive palette of neutral tones, navy and black.

Artist Caroline Walls with paintings from her series ‘Over in Love’. Photo – Jess Reftel-Evans and Martin Reftel of Amorfo.

An array of artworks (synthetic polymer paint on canvas, framed in Tasmanian Oak) at Caroline’s studio. Photo – Amorfo.

Caroline Walls’ title artwork ‘Over in Love’ from the series, pictured with sculptures by Steve Clark of Den-Holm. Photo – Amorfo.

‘Over in Love’ (left) and ‘Thoughts Drift’ (right) by the Melbourne-based artist. Photo – Amorfo.

‘Soon to be Innocent Fun’ artwork. Photo – Amorfo.

‘Faded into You’ artwork beside pots by Amy Leeworthy. Photo – Amorfo.

After studying communication design in Melbourne, Caroline Walls spent the early years of her career working at creative agencies in London and New York. Whilst the work was exciting and rewarding, it wasn’t long before she found herself craving a more autonomous creative challenge.

Whilst still in NYC, Caroline began studying painting, and was instantly hooked. After returning to Melbourne four years ago, she began to make more time for her art practice, eventually leave the corporate world behind to concentrate on it full-time.

Having re-discovered this passion relatively recently, Caroline is still happily working across a number of different mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. ‘I think this is to do with the fact that I am still keenly exploring my artistic style’ the artist concludes. Her work is not without focus, however. The consistent theme in all of Caroline’s recent work is a distinctive muted colour palette, incorprating nudes, neutrals, navy blue and black. This, and a fascination with the female form, brings a cohesion to her prolific output.

Caroline’s latest body of work, entitled ‘Over in Love’ revisits the female silhouette. ‘The female form has always played an integral part in my artistic practice and these works are a continuation of this study, albeit in a new way’ explains the artist.

I hope these paintings evoke a certain mood around femininity and love in all its forms – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Ultimately the sentiment I would like to evoke is one of celebration and empowerment.’

Caroline has recently been working on a number of collaborations, including a soon-to-be-released print design for Australian luxury sleepwear brand Masini&Chern, and a tote bag for Well Made Clothes, the profits of which go directly to Freeset, a certified organic and fair-trade company employing women trapped in the sex-slave industry of Kolkata.

Caroline’s latest artworks can be viewed and purchased through her website, or can be seen at Modern Times in Melbourne.

Paintings by Caroline Walls from her latest series ‘Over in Love’. Photo – Jess Reftel-Evans and Martin Reftel of Amorfo.

 

22 May 00:01

Felix Furniture

by The Design Files

Furniture

Felix Furniture

by Elle Murrell

Melbourne’s Antonia Morrongiello and Ian Anderson of Felix Furniture have become unofficial ambassadors for that most underrated of materials – plywood!

This afternoon we unveil adventurous new designs from the Sunbury-based duo.

Designs from the new Kork collection by Melbourne’s Felix Furniture, alongside their new Mota Dining Chair in Birch plywood. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

‘The Mota Dining Chair is probably the best example of our progress. It is unlike anything we have done before in form and purpose,’ says Antonia. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

Felix Furniture’s signature material is plywood. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

New Lilly Coffee Table and Douglas Bench Seat. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

Felix Furniture co-founders Antonia Morrongiello, a graduate of Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT, and Ian Anderson, who has a background in cabinet making. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

Felix Furniture was launched by Antonia Morrongiello and her partner Ian Anderson in 2014. Antonia, a graduate of Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT, leads the design side of things, while Ian, who has a background in cabinet making, heads up the making side of the business. ‘After we finished our very first set of bedside tables, we knew we were on to something, and that we had to pursue it or we would regret it!’ Antonia tells.

Three years on, their latest collection breaks new ground for the pair, and as Antonia explains, ‘…is all about how it feels under hand.’ The tactile range combines unlikely textures, championing the brand’s signature material, plywood, alongside a new addition – cork. Their newest pieces, including the Kork Buffet and Entertainment Unit pair natural cork with American Oak.

Early last year, Antonia was working at her desk when a cork jar lid on the window sill caught her eye. ‘I grabbed the lid, took it down to Ian in the workshop and started to look at this material alongside our different types of plywood’ she explains. After some research, the pair found themselves drawn to cork for its inherently sustainable qualities – it is harvested directly from the tree just once every nine years, allowing for crucial regeneration.

Antonia’s father was also a furniture maker, and has bestowed upon the pair a great appreciation for what it means to be able to make something from scratch with your hands. ‘When it came to buying furniture ourselves, we were shocked at how much poorly made, imported, cheap replica furniture there was in market,’ says Antonia. She and Ian hope to counter this trend in their own small way, putting out good, honest design, using sustainably-sourced materials, with an ongoing commitment to making things locally.

Felix Furniture is currently running a Makers Collective Pop-Up Shop in Richmond, and are preparing for this year’s Decor and Design trade show in July. Find out more on their website, here.

Cabinet from Felix Furniture‘s latest collection. Styling – Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors at XO Studios. Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

22 May 00:00

James Tutton

by The Design Files

Melbourne Home

James Tutton

by Lucy Feagins, Editor

James Tutton is a social entrepreneur with a restless, creative mind. After founding Melbourne’s Moonlight Cinema in 1996 (and selling it in 2006) James turned his attention to a range of social and business ventures. He is director at design-driven property development company Neometro, co-founder of not-for-profit meditation app Smiling Mind, and more recently has launched The Plato Project – a business school which fosters entrepreneurship driven by both financial and social value.

James has also recently finished renovating a truly spectacular Victorian home in Coburg, elegantly executed by Clare Cousins architects. Total dream house material.

James Tutton’s two-storey Victorian mansionette in Coburg, built in 1890. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Together with architect Clare Cousins, James has modernised the interiors (painted here in Dulux Whisper White), although the original stained-glass windows remain. Artwork by Kate Beynon from Sutton Gallery and Buddha sculpture purchased in a garage sale. ‘I’ve had an ongoing fascination with things Buddhist, and that has hung around my home for the last 20 years,’ says James. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The main lounge area featuring chair from DOMO, marble coffee table by B&B Italia, drum from Byron Bay, Melinda Harper arwork, David Rosetzky photography from Sutton Gallery and Remi record – James is a fan! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The open-plan lounge from the kitchen and dining area. The design integrates the front garden and the rear (north-facing garden and swimming pool) providing cross ventilation and natural light. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining table by Mark Tuckey and Thonet chairs. ‘I think it’s a versatile space, it’s quite informal and in immediate proximity to the kitchen, so it works as a family area and large dinner space – the dining table can seat 16 people,’ details James. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The kitchen with custom cabinetry, in Dulux Great Void. ‘I’m a blue person, it’s my favourite colour and it contrasts well with the light-coloured marble,’ explains James. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The downstairs hallway (between living rooms). ‘I’m indiscriminate!’ says James of his thrifted pots. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

In the secondary living area (painted in Dulux Ellen quarter strength), artwork by Dale Frank, table from Dedece with Charles Eames chairs. ‘It’s a great table to read a newspaper at or where the kids can to do craft projects,’ says James. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Secondary living area downstairs, leads out to decking, a fire pit and the picket fenced pool. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mark Tuckey sofa and coffee table, with leather chair from Hub Furniture, B&B Italia marble coffee table from Space Furniture, and Rug from Loom. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

‘The shelf is literally breeze blocks with timer, which I’ve had and finished off and limed. It comes apart,’ explains James. A ornamental KISS-style guitar from when James was little and mirror from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Downstairs powder room with floor-to-ceiling wall tiles and organic Belgium cotton towel. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The upstairs landing, just outside the master bedroom. The ladder came with the house,  photos are of James’ home in Byron, a woven bench seat and Hans Wegner chair, both from and  Great Dane Furniture. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom with bed from Hub Furniture, marble bedside table from Dedece, and lamp from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The master bedroom leading to walk-in-robe. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Curtains are Belgian linen and the contemporary fireplace design is by Clare Cousins. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

James Tutton pictured on the upstairs landing of his Coburg home. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

James Tutton is full of surprises. After having lived for many years on the Mornington Peninsula (in a beautiful home we featured here), two years ago he purchased a huge Victorian mansion in Coburg, enlisting local architect Clare Cousins to design a considered renovation and update.

The move to Melbourne’s North wasn’t exactly planned. ‘I was actually looking at a development site and happened to park nearby and saw it was for sale…’ recalls James. He purchased the property somewhat spontaneously – but when James sets his mind to something, the results are bound to impress.

Clare Cousins and her team retained key period features, but gutted much of home, re-designing the kitchen and bathrooms, and softening the interiors with lime-washed floors and a beautiful muted palette of blues, greens and soft pinks. ‘Floor finishes, light fittings, robes, the laundry, you name it… there is not really a surface in there that has not been touched’ James explains.

The gardens, too, received an extensive overhaul, with James installing a swimming pool and half pipe for his teenage kids (who split their time between Coburg and the family farm in Mornington).

With a long-held affinity for Victorian homes, James was drawn to the scale of this historic mansion house. ‘There is volume in terms of ceiling height, which you just don’t get in a modern home,’ James explains. ‘The connection to nature if you live in the city is rare and it’s hard to get outdoor space… this home gives us that.’

James has a discerning eye for art and design. He loves colour, interesting design pieces and contemporary art. His most treasured possessions include his son’s much loved skateboard decks, music-related paraphernalia (including photographs of The Beastie Boys and Nick Cave) and an impressive art collection which includes works by Polly BorlandKate Beynon and Dale Frank. The leather khaki couch from Space is James’ most loved furniture piece – ‘It’s been a part of my life for a very long time, around 10 to 15 years, so it’s a bit special,’ James says.

There’s something quietly remarkable about the refurbishment of this home. Though impressive in scale and finish, and surprisingly brave in its use of colour, the interiors here feel relaxed and understated. ‘It’s quite soft and worn, not as in worn out, but you don’t see shiny glossy surfaces here’ James muses. ‘I just kind of wanted to build a home that was reasonably relaxed,’ he explains. Nailed it.

James’ impressive front room. Sofa from Space Furniture, rug from Loom, light by Pop & Scott and tables from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

21 May 23:54

10 Colorful Accent Pieces at Target Right Now

by D*S Market Editors

We love the look of circular shapes on the wall lately, and these colorful, woven pieces capture the look and feel of summer. If you missed our post on plates displayed as wall décor, check it out here!

Our question — Why not spend the summer looking for vintage plates for a winter wall, while gazing at woven pieces during the warm months? The vignette above shows some of our favorite pieces from the Target summer collection, online now. Not all pieces are carried in-store. Here’s a closer look. (Just click the image to get the details on Target’s online shop!)

From their Threshold line, this chair continues the woven theme that works so well for summer. Topped with a warm throw or sheepskin, it can move into autumn effortlessly.

Stevenson Woven Chair / $159.99

We love this homespun meets global feel of this braided rug. It’s so pretty, it got its own close-up below!

(3 feet diameter)

Threshold Braided Accent Rug / $19.99

This wood accent table deserves a mention for its good looks and tropical feel.

(Please note this is a wood frame construction covered with wood laminate.)

Threshold Wood Accent Table / $79.99

These bright baskets can have multiple uses beyond wall décor. Use your imagination!

Threshold Woven Baskets / $24.99

This pillow is similar to a few from previous collections, but we’re admiring the larger scale color blocking on this version.

Color Block Pillow / $24.99

If you’re going for a global style, you need a wooden animal somewhere. If the thrift store is sold out, you can adopt this one.

Wooden Llama / $19.99

As a vase or as intended, the ceramic pitcher caught our eye. The deep blue helped!

Ceramic Pour Vase / $19.99

This accent piece goes right on your wrist! Target’s Tiklari gem cuff mixes two of our favorite colors.

Cuff / $40

This enamel splatter mug reminds us of summer art camp.

Mug / $9

Last, but definitely not least, this planter is a stand out with its deep teal glaze.

Wood Base Planter / $29.99

Share your favorites with us in the comments! We’re curious…

 

11 May 21:11

One Room Challenge Week 6 • Dining Room Reveal

by DABITO

It's the final week of the One Room Challenge and you all know what that means! Reveal time! Welcome to my brand new eggs Benedict Cumberbatch mimosa dining room! Haha. I do make a mean poached egg so there will be lots of brunches up in here in the future. Anywho...let's go on a quick tour, shall we?! Here's a before of the dining room. 

Even Buddha can't keep his eyes opened for this sad looking room.

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AFTER

And boom shakalaka! I am so eggscited about how this room turned out! Okay...I'm done with the egg yolk puns. We never used this room before because it wasn't exciting to be in there. And even though it had white walls, it felt really dark, so I wanted to make it really vibrant, like a room that screamed, "Come in here and have a mimosa with me, all day every day!" The yellow just makes this room so cheerful! The chair rail and moulding really elevates the space and the original artworks by Leroy add so much personality. It feels formal yet super fun and unexpected. To balance out all that warm tones, I brought in some greens and blues. 

Here's a view of the dining room from the living room. The heartmate has been camping out in there. He absolutely loves it. 

I love, love this live edge dining table. It really added some much needed weight to the room. And it's solid and heavy AF! Our old table was just too dainty. 

This Jonathan Adler chandelier is everything! Like everything I've ever dreamed of. It's sculptural and ties in with all the lighting I have in the house. This is the cream of the crop, y'all! 

Another view from the living room. These gorgeous blue and green pillows are from Bolé  Road Textiles

I had these candle sconces custom-made by Sazerac Stitches. They turned out so good! They're a mix of black and brass to match the chandelier. 

Oh, you know...just serving you some Dab buffet realness!

Sweet thanks to Linda Weinstein (Calling It Home) for inviting me to be part of this fun challenge. This is hands down my favorite space I've ever done. Lots of love to the amazing One Room Challenge sponsors (Metrie, Farrow & Ball, The Mine, All Modern, and Candelabra) for helping me make this room come alive! Also excellent work from Kex Design + Build for installing the moulding and painting. And lastly, thank YOU for following along this transformation. 


GET THIS LOOK!

Jonathan Adler Caracas Chandelier • The Mine
Moulding • Metrie
Paint (Babouche) • Farrow & Ball
Dining Table • All Modern
Buffet • All Modern
Dining Chairs • All Modern
Bolah Chairs • Candelabra
Artworks • Leroy Miranda Jr.
Sconces • Sazerac Stitches
Table Lamp • West Elm
Rug • Rugs Direct
Pillows • Bolé Road Textiles
Vintage Vase • Everything But The House
Planter • West Elm
 

Catch up on our One Room Challenge!
Week 1  •  Week 2  •  Week 3  •  Week 4  •  Week 5  •  Week 6


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11 May 14:40

Pho Tasty-- Revisit

by Erin in Indy
Pho Tasty has become a go-to place for lunch for me. I often go with my BFF, and I have more recently introduced hubby to it as well and he is now converted. The rare beef pho (#32)($9) is what I almost always get, but this time we were splurging and decided to try my other typical favorite Vietnamese food item, the Vietnamese pancake (#6)($9.95).  I had never had it here so it seemed like a good time to try it.

First of all, I love their pho. I can’t say what it is that makes me like it more than some others, but I am assuming it is the broth since most of the components are pretty similar in beef pho. It’s a beef broth with rice noodles, some sliced onion and some very thinly sliced rare beef put in just before serving, I also have them add some tofu to mine just to make it a little heartier. It’s a good addition. So once you get the bowl of soup, you top it yourself with some herbs (basil and/or cilantro), bean sprouts, jalapeno slices and lime juice. I also add a bit of chili sauce and soy…ok and sometimes some fish sauce. I have learned that the key to really good pho is figuring out your personal seasoning and getting it just right. I have it down. I like putting the jalapenos in—I don’t eat them, but their flavor spreads into the broth a bit giving it some heat. It’s also a fairly healthy dish to eat, so I don’t have to feel guilty about eating it.

I was a bit disappointed in the pancake however, it just wasn’t as good as many others (and my all time fave is still at Long Thanh). There wasn’t as much stuff inside it and what was there wasn’t really sautéed very much. Usually there is bean sprouts and pork and shrimp all cooked together. This one had a little bit of the meat and a lot of totally cold raw bean sprouts. I also like eating mine wrapped in lettuce leaves, which they don’t give you here. The pancake itself had more of a granular texture to it as well. I would check this one off the list here, but the pho is still super good. I will stick with it from here on out…or maybe try some other appetizer. They also do banh mi here but I have yet to try one. Anyone tried one yet?

And I am super happy to have a place like this in Castleton—and their business seems good, which is good to see as well.

Pho Tasty
6044 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis 46250
317/702-0961


11 May 14:39

Turf Catering & Kitchen - Revisit

by Erin in Indy
I have been back to Turf a couple of times since my last post and I really like this place still. The first time back I got the turkey club ($10) and wasn’t really expecting it to blow me away or anything, because hey, it’s a turkey club right? To date, this is my favorite sandwich at Turf. It’s got turkey obviously, but this turkey is heavily smoked and has a really unique and delicious flavor. It’s also topped with bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, onion and black pepper mayo. It’s just right and that mayo gives nice flavor and moisture and the right amount of gooey-ness that I like in a sandwich.  I got the onion rings as my side this time and they weren’t my favorite side—they’re really big and a little too soft and doughy for me. That sandwich though…

On that visit, my lunch companion had the short rib grilled cheese with red onion jam and butterkase cheese ($12) which I talked about in a previous post. This is always a favorite as long as you don’t mind a touch of sweetness in your sandwich from the jam. A side of au gratin potatoes were tasty.

On another visit I had the special, which was a chicken melt with roasted chicken, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, chopped red onion and honey mustard ($10). I loved the chopped red onion so you got a little of it in every bite and not just one big mouthful.  I also liked the way they chopped the chicken up too so it wasn’t a giant brick of chicken breast the way most chicken sandwiches are. The honey mustard was a nice flavor, but I was craving a bit more gooey and asked for a side of the aforementioned black pepper mayo to add. Then it was perfect. Okay, still not quite as good as the turkey club, but darn close. I just went with the pimento cheese as my side this time, because let’s face it, it’s my favorite. I still like spreading on their homemade chips.

My friend tried the “Pete’s Pride” ($13), which has five different kinds of pork on it, celery slaw, mayo/mustard mix, and pickles. It had a somewhat similar flavor to a Cuban sandwich, but the celery slaw had a very distinct celery flavor. If you like celery, and a lot of meat, you will probably like this one. It was a little on the heavy side for me, but that’s why I didn’t order it.
I really like this place and I haven’t taken anyone there yet who has not agreed. It’s a big lunch (or a nice lunch and dinner later with your leftovers) and it may seem a little on the pricey side, but for what you get, it’s worth it. And one of the few gems in Castleton.



Turf Catering & Kitchen
8155 Castleway Court, Suite C
Indy  46250
317/288-0173



05 May 13:23

THESE PRETTY RUGS

by bri

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doshi levien makes these embroidered rugs in india. the colors, the patterns…i’m so inspired by them!

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i also enjoyed watching this video about the making of these intricate, gorgeous rugs…

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05 May 13:22

SAMANTHA TOTTY

by bri

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really like her simple prints!

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04 May 22:35

Blaze Pizza - Revisit

by Erin in Indy
My daughter and I were down at IUPUI for the regional National History Day competition (she’s a state finalist!) and had a break between her presentation and the awards ceremony, so we hit Blaze for lunch, as it is right near campus.

We both pretty much made our own, although mine was a variation of one of their combos, the “Veg Out” (they are all around $7-8). It was topped with mushrooms, red onion, spinach, Gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese and had dollops of red sauce on it. Ok, I know this is a chain, but I think their pizza is pretty darn tasty. The crust is really thin, and with the blue cheese, it had a nice distinctive flavor to it. It’s not too much, but just enough that you get that hint of flavor in each bite. They are personal size pizzas and I can almost eat a whole on by myself. I like this particular pizza because the sauce is not spread all over the pizza—sometimes I think too much sauce detracts too much. They quick fire them in an oven while you stand there and they are nice and crisp.

My daughter built her own with mozzarella and feta, kalamata olives, chicken, and oregano. She really liked it (and I agreed after my couple of bite of hers). She made a nice Greek combo and with the addition of the feta and olives, it had a nice salty kick to it. I still preferred mine, but hers was very good. 

It’s supposed to sort of be fresh fast food, but the one complaint I had was that it was so not fast at all. Luckily we had enough time, but it took a solid 30 minutes to get through the line. I am not sure why the delay, but man, it was slow.

They have some fun drinks too—my daughter had prickly pear aqua fresca and they had a blood orange lemonade. It’s a good place for a pizza fix for lunch near campus, but just be prepared that it may not be as fast as you think it is. And hey, I am spending a lot more time on IUPUI's campus now that I am back in school. What are your favorite places to eat around there?

Blaze Pizza
913 Indiana Avenue
Indy  46204
317/624-1500


03 May 17:20

file under pop.

by victoria

file under pop tiled wall art. / sfgirlbybay

file under pop: even the name is rad. their whole clever collection is file-worthy and definitely packs a pop. but ever so tastefully — paint, wallpaper, tile, and lavastone are all pretty stunning. take their wallpaper stylisation collection — one design boasts hand painted wallpaper where paint is used together with white gold leaf and paired with something exotic and beautiful called Jesmonite pieces. file under pop’s projects and installations mirror designer and founder’s josephine akvama hoffmeyer own home  — or is it the other way around? (see my earlier morning post to see what i mean). their studio located in Frederiksstaden, a historical part of Copenhagen, is truly inspired and regardless, it’s all quite smashing. you can see and sampling of some of my personal favorites and see more file under pop on the site. oh, there’s some pretty impressive and interesting press here and be sure and follow on instagram, too.

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• photography via file under pop.

02 May 01:35

On the Street…Details, Paris

by The Sartorialist

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02 May 01:09

BOTANICAL BEAUTIES

by bri

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pretty botanical illustrations by barbara dziadosz.

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05 Apr 19:15

VERRRRY COOL

by bri

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i’m VERY into this ashish show in london fashion week! the colors, the wigs, the glitz. just wow. and apparently it was inspired by a box of crayons…

“it was inspired by a box of Crayola actually! i wanted it to be super-organized color, but also it’s a statement about being multicultural and embracing all the colors of the rainbow.”

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03 Apr 14:42

Encounters: Peretti Siblings Share a Sense of Humor, Not Just Genes

by ALEX BHATTACHARJI
Chelsea and Jonah Peretti spend a morning at a museum, discussing BuzzFeed, “Get Out” and who tells better jokes. They teased each other a lot too.
03 Apr 14:32

Festiva

by Erin in Indy
One of the new hip places to eat in town, brought to you by the people who brought you Tinker Street, is Festiva. It’s just down the street from Tinker, and has a distinctive hipster tacqueria vibe. No kids allowed as the bar is the center of the place, much like at Tinker. Half of the restaurant is in a plastic-covered patio, so I would dress in layers. The first time we were sat there and it was pretty darn cold (they do give you blankets to keep warm with though). The second time we were seated inside and it was very toasty. Layers people, I recommend layers.

They do a very good job with margaritas. I have tried several of them over the two visits. Probably my favorite was the top shelf option, the Margarita Mejor ($12). It is a nice classic margarita flavor, not too sweet, not too sour. I have also had the Margarita Estacional ($10), which is a blood orange version (if there’s blood orange anything, I am usually going to order it) with habanero and hibiscus. It may have been a touch sweet
for me, one goes a long way, but still tasty.

I like the little spicy crunchy puffs they give you that are mixed with crunch fried chickpeas. I could live without the drizzle of sauce they put on top, which makes them soggy after a couple of minutes. Anyhow, this is the freebie they give you and I like them. Friends on one visit thought they were too tangy, but you know me, I like that. 

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second time
On both visits we had the sopes with squash, kale and almond mole ($8). The first time we really enjoyed them—they were super fresh and the toppings had a great fresh flavor and lots of the mole. On the second visit, they were not good. They tasted like they had sat for a bit and you can look at them side by side in the pic and just see—there is not the same amount of the mole sauce. We didn’t even eat all three of them between four of us. The first time we gobbled them up. 

Both times we had the poblano fundido ($8) with chorizo and this was a winner both times. It’s an interesting take on a cheesy starter, with a stuffed poblano and a big slab of broiled cheese across the top. I was glad to have some chips to eat with it though, which I did not the first time. You kind of want/need something to scoop it up with I think. The second time we ordered the guacamole with chips (hence the chips)($9). I enjoyed this. The guac was super fresh and nice and chunky, how I like it. It had a kick to it from some serranos and I liked the textural and flavor addition of the pepitas and pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate also gave a nice little kick of acid. It’s not a huge portion of guac for the price, but tasty. And the chips were nice and thin like I like.

Over the course of the two visits, I have tried all the tacos. That’s right, all of them. The first time we were a large group and got them all. I was surprised to find that my two favorites were the fish ($25) and the goat. Well, I should say both times I really liked the fish. They are my favorite for sure. The first time the goat was really good too—super tender. The second time it was a bit dryer and seemed less flavorful than I remembered. So the thing about the tacos is they are all build your own style (as you can see from the pics). You get the protein, the tortillas, some salsas to choose from and then some onions, cilantro and limes. I liked the fish the best because just by itself it had the most flavor—that salsa across the top is nice and tangy and oniony (made with lots of scallions). It made the dish. I guess I liked that you can just eat that on its own without having to doctor it up to enjoy it. The other meats weren’t as exciting to me and you had to use all the stuff to give them the moisture and flavor you wanted to make them get to the exceptional level. All good, but not blowing your mind on their own. And I was surprised to find my least favorite was actually the pork—it was quite dry on its own.  The fish is the one I will definitely order again. And I felt that way about the goat the first time, but after ordering again was less sure. Prepare yourself with the fish though if you order it—it’s a whole fish with a head and all, but it is so good.


The second time we also had the carne asada ($24), which was tasty nicely cooked beef. Again, it’s the theme of a giant pile of meat with various accompaniments with which to build yourself a taco of sorts. This one has housemade chorizo and a super spicy chipotle type sauce with it (be careful with that stuff, it will surprise you). The meat was tasty for sure.

The thing about this place is it’s definitely not going for a refined type of food, which I am totally down with. However, I sometimes just like getting a taco that’s put together by the kitchen with all the stuff they think it needs to make it really yummy. Maybe I am lazy, but that’s my preference. I never feel like I get it just the way it was intended on my own. I have friends who absolutely love this place, and I enjoy it for sure, but I think I prefer to get a plate of composed food when I go out to dinner. Just a personal preference. 

We had a couple of the desserts over the two visits. They pretty much all revolve around fruit, and were fine, but not anything that made me extremely excited. I would love to see just one have a spicy Mexican chocolate component, but maybe that’s too old fashioned.

It’s a fun place, the service is very good and very knowledgeable and I really enjoy the drinks. The food is hearty and like I said, very hands on. Not a bad place to go with a larger group to try more than a couple of things. It has a kind of party atmosphere and is a fun place. For me, the food doesn’t blow me away, but I have always enjoyed things there, and clearly they are not hurting for business. I know a bunch of you have probably been there and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Festiva
1217 East 16th Street
Indy  46202
317/635-4444


02 Apr 22:02

best of: thoroughly modern victorian.

by victoria

artist studio and home in camberwell, england. / sfgirlbybay

this may well be one of the prettiest homes i’ve seen in a long time. and i look at a lot of houses! this one is actually an artist’s studio and home, and a location home, which means it’s available for film and photo shoots from jj locations, located in camberwell, england. i think i’m just going to rent it, and then refuse to leave. seems like a worthy if not entirely plausible plan, right? it’s something called a double fronted Victorian, with a large, lush garden — not to mention beautifully styled throughout with lovely plants and splashes of pale colors like yellow and green. with all that pretty sunlight streaming through, it feels a bit like a large, liveable greenhouse. yep, i could move right in.

art gallery wall above modern chairs and table. / sfgirlbybay

green and black chairs and indoor plants in modern victorian home. / sfgirlbybay

modern art and green decor and plants / sfgirlbybay

sleek living room decor with pops of green. / sfgirlbybay

modern white bathroom with pops of green plants and art / sfgirlbybay

art hung above chartreuse sofa near stairwell / sfgirlbybay

modern victorian home with pops of green and blue decor. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen with marble island and chandelier / sfgirlbybay

green open shelving with dishware and plants / sfgirlbybay

modern hanging art and vintage perfume bottles on mirrored tray / sfgirlbybay

modern yellow ombre comforter in white bedroom / sfgirlbybay

modern white home with wood floors and area rugs / sfgirlbybay

yellow shower in modern white bathroom / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirror and modern chair in bedroom / sfgirlbybay

artist studio in bedroom / sfgirlbybay

artist studio in attic of modern victorian home / sfgirlbybay

lush green plants in modern living room / sfgirlbybay

plants on folding table with crates below / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of jj locations.

15 Mar 15:45

A Stained Glass Artist Creates A Mini Refuge

by Rebekah Carey
Tifmurray

Amazeballs.

A Stained Glass Artist Creates A Mini Refuge

Three years ago, stained glass artist and jewelry maker Neile Cooper was realizing that her success in jewelry making was leaving her missing the depth of work that her first love of stained glass commissions had brought her. Missing her original trade of creating beautifully detailed stained glass panels — combined with a passion for cabins and small living — Neile and her partner, Robert Giaquinta (a private tutor), decided to add a stained glass cabin to the one-and-a-half acre property that they’ve lived on for 16 years. Robert and Neile share their home with their two cats: their beloved 16-year-old Clarence and their one-year-old “terror,” Utah, who, they admit, do not live in peace together.

Neile shares, “Lake Mohawk, NJ is a sort of magical place, a storybook Tudor style lakeside town, the headwaters of the Wallkill River, awesome for swimming.” Despite the majesty of their surroundings, both Neile and Robert grew up in Northwest New Jersey and have debated moving out west, or up to Vermont. Building their glass cabin was a way to renew their inspiration and love for where they’re calling home, at least for now. Neile had been researching shed construction for a while, and in order to chase off a depression, she realized that just jumping in was the best course of action. Admittedly, Neile quickly found herself in over her head, but luckily had a handy father-in-law she could enlist to assist. They quickly built the frame and installed the reclaimed windows (everything in the cabin was repurposed from Craigslist, garage sales, Habitat For Humanity Re-Store, and hand-me-downs). You wouldn’t know looking at it now, but Neile says that three years later, she still has more she’s dreaming of doing to her magical 99-square-foot glass cabin. Her process is that she removes each window, repairs the frames, removes the old glass, and installs her new designs in their place. While the building of the glass cabin was somewhat simple, it’s obvious that Neile’s creations are anything but. The intricate designs in her stained glass creations are the same concepts she applies to her jewelry designs as well, going so far as to encase butterfly wings (ethically sourced!) in glass.

The roof was one of the most difficult parts of the process, but Neile knew she had to stay true to her vision of an all-glass cabin. It took a few tries, but eventually with some protective and water-tight sheets of lexan, the old tarp could be removed and you could once again see out to the beautiful wooded surroundings. The French doors are also set to be replaced, but as they were free from a friend, they’ll do for now. Neile wants to continue to finish the interior and create the multi-functional space she envisioned for guests, yoga, or a romantic dinner, and we’re so glad that she promises that if they do ever move, she’ll bring the glass cabin with them!

In addition to the glass cabin being an inspiring and motivating project for Neile, her goal also was, “for the glass designs to create a fantasy, an oversized dream forest. All of my favorite things are represented. I want to make work that I am proud of.” We certainly feel that this is something to be deeply proud of! To see more of Neile’s inspiring work and constantly evlolving glass cabin — and what inspired her design — flip through her awe-inspiring images. –Rebekah

Photography by Neile Cooper

SOURCE LIST

-glass: Bendheim Glass, in Passaic, NJ (Neile admits that it’s “heaven for the glass artist, they carry the best.”), Bullseye Glass, The Warner Art Glass Center in Allentown, PA (“Perfect if you are interested in starting stained glass as a hobby,” Neile shares.)

-window frame paint: Behr Ultra in Valspar Fired Earth and Ralph Lauren Torch Black and Black Dose

-globe lights: Pottery Barn

-everything else was salvaged from Craigslist, friends, Habitat For Humanity ReStore, or garage sales

14 Mar 15:47

Don Draper Just Scored a Real-Life Advertising Coup

The Mad Men character is good. Really good.
14 Mar 15:42

Pogue's Run Grocer- Deli

by Erin in Indy
I am doing an internship right now on the Near Eastside and had the opportunity to eat lunch at Pogue’s Run Grocer. It’s a little grocery store, but they also have a deli in there and a couple of tables and chairs. I’m guessing they mostly do carry out though, which is what I did. The deli has a pretty extensive list of sandwiches including vegan and vegetarian options. Being neither of these, I opted for one of the meat-filled choices.

The Tuscan turkey sandwich ($6.89) is Boar’s Head Tuscan turkey sliced with provolone, green peppers, lettuce, kalamata olives and basil mayo. I didn’t get the green peppers, because I can’t stand green bell peppers, but man oh man was this sandwich good. It’s one of those sandwiches that although it was quite large, I had a hard time not finishing the whole thing (ok, let’s be honest, I did finish the whole thing. I also got a giant pickle, which they quartered for me. Also delicious.

It had lots of the basil aioli on there, and you know how I feel about a well-sauced sandwich. It adds great moisture but also a ton of flavor, especially a sauce like this. Add the kalamata olives which are chopped up small and very plentiful and you have a killer sandwich. The turkey was sliced nice and thin and was tender (Boar’s Head is always good lunch meat). They press it in a panini press so everything squishes down a bit and the cheese gets melty. I am telling you, I am sitting here writing this thinking I need to get this sandwich tomorrow. For real. It’s basically an ideal sandwich for me between the aioli and the olives (and it’s warm, as I am not a huge fan of cold sandwiches usually).

Check out this place for a quick sandwich next time you’re over this way. It’s a worth a stop. And I am totally getting one this week.

Pogue’s Run Grocer
2828 East 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
317/426-4963
14 Mar 15:25

On the Street…Left Bank, Paris

by The Sartorialist

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What a wonderful character.

 

I shot this gentleman about 8 years ago, he only seems to get better with age!

10 Mar 19:45

On the Street….via Turati, Milan

by The Sartorialist

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09 Mar 20:24

The Vanguard

by Erin in Indy
The other day some friends went with hubby and me to The Vanguard for a dinner while our sons played tennis. I have been itching to try it ever since I heard the guys from Turf Catering designed the menu.  I also received a very nice email from the owner telling me I was the one who introduced him to the Turf Catering guys through my blog, so how cool is that? It’s a small world indeed.

The Vanguard is in the old Usual Suspects space in Broad Ripple, which I had never been to. I am not sure how much redecorating/remodeling they did for the switch, but I really like the interior of the Vanguard. It’s modern and comfortable—and there is a family side with several booths where you can bring your kids (good to know, as we will likely do this soon). It’s a bigger spot than I would have guessed and feels a lot more grown up than much of Broad Ripple.

We started with several appetizers (I love friends who like to order lots of stuff). We had the pimento cheese ($10), the Cajun shrimp ($13) and the roasted vegetable gnocchi ($13). Every single one of these was a winner. Truly, I loved them all. The pimento cheese plate came with a nice portion of the cheese (if you have had it at Turf, you know how good it is—one of my favorite versions in town). It also came with some toasted bread slices, smoked ham, and half of a boiled egg topped with pickled mustard seed. You guys, I loved this dish. The cheese is so good, and the ham tender and smoky (I think they smoke all their own stuff at Turf). And the combo of the egg with the mustard seed was perfect. The only thing I would change is to ask for a few extra slices of the bread because we ran out before we ran out of the toppings. I could easily make a meal out of this plate by myself, but it's also a really nice thing to share and a great mix of different tastes.

Hubby’s favorite was probably the Cajun shrimp, which was really delicious. It was two large pieces of grilled crostini topped with the shrimp, which is cooked in a spicy, buttery, garlic sauce. And get this, the shrimp wasn’t tough and overcooked. It was just right. And there was plenty to share around the table. Such a nice rich flavor to the sauce without being too much. 

The last appetizer that we shared was the roasted vegetable gnocchi. Wow, this one was great too. The gnocchi were lightly sautéed, so they were just a little brown and crisp on the edges, which is exactly how I like them. They were topped with peas, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and shallots. There was a great acidic kick from the tomatoes and the mushrooms were wonderful. I even liked the peas and I am sort of washy washy on peas sometimes. The dish was mixed in a brown butter sauce, which is something I wish you saw more of in Indy. Brown butter gives a nice earthy, nutty edge to a dish, while still maintaining richness from the butter, but without being over the top with cream or cheese. Brown butter is a great sauce to use when you really want the ingredients to shine.

I could have walked away at this point of the meal and been happy and fairly full, but we ordered three of the main dishes as well. Hubby and I ordered the fried chicken (of course I did) ($16) and our friends ordered the short rib ($20) and the Mediterranean chicken ($17). The winner here was definitely the fried chicken, although nothing was bad. The fried chicken had a slight smoky flavor as well as a hint of pickle—maybe it was pickle brined? It was really good and cooked just right. The meat was tender and the skin was crisp. The pieces (there was a breast, wing, leg and thigh) were served with mashed potatoes and chicken pan gravy. All of it was good—and that gravy was delicious. I am not even usually a gravy person when I eat fried chicken, but I found myself dipping the bites in it—it had a nice salty kick, which just enhanced the chicken. 

I had a bite of our friends’ dishes and they were my least favorite of the evening, but not bad. The short rib was very smoky (maybe a bit much for me) and just a touch on the dry side. My friend who ordered the chicken doesn’t like chicken on the bone, and this was a seared boneless breast topped with tomatoes, garlic, olives and herbs and for me, this tasted more like something you might make yourself at home on a good night. They also have a butter-smoked chicken (on the bone) that sounds more interesting to me if you’re not in the mood for fried and don’t mind eating off the bone.

All in all, I can safely say that this is certainly one of the best new places to open in Broad Ripple in ages, and is likely one of the best places for food in Broad Ripple right now period. I could easily and happily make a meal of appetizers (there were several more I would like to try) and would love to try that butter-smoked chicken, if I can pull myself away from the fried chicken. We will certainly be taking the kids as well, as my son loves fried chicken the way I do, and my daughter is a gnocchi fanatic. If you haven’t been here yet, you should go. And why this place isn’t getting more press, well, that’s Indy for you.

The Vanguard
6319 Guilford Ave
Indy  46220
317/254-1147



01 Mar 20:57

This Is Fur Real: Say Hello To Singapore’s First-Ever Cat Furniture Design Show

by Nanette Wong

This Is Fur Real: Say Hello To Singapore’s First-Ever Cat Furniture Design Show

We are not kitten you. Singapore will be hosting their first, cat-themed furniture design show during Singapore Design Week (SDW). Appropriately named 9 Lives, this exhibition is full of practical and aesthetically pleasing furniture for indoor cats.

Tan Chin Chin, the artist and entrepreneur behind 9 Lives, aims to inspire locals to think about how good design can benefit living conditions for cats and their owners alike, especially in crowded cities like Singapore. “As more Singaporeans adopt street cats and integrate them into their households, there is a growing demand for quality cat furniture.”

The furniture focuses on creating efficient furniture for small space living, as well as creating an open dialogue for cat owners and potential cat owners. A part of the proceeds will go towards Cat Welfare Society.

01 Mar 20:44

DittoHouse Launches Rise Collection in Response to Hate and Intolerance

by Caroline Williamson

DittoHouse Launches Rise Collection in Response to Hate and Intolerance

We’ve been loving on DittoHouse for a couple of years now – so much so that we invited them to exhibit at last year’s Milk Stand popup at ICFF. DittoHouse designer Molly Fitzpatrick has such a way with graphic patterns and bold color palettes making each blanket throw and pillow cover one you immediately want to cozy up to. The brand’s latest offerings, the Rise Collection, is no exception and this time there’s a beautiful message behind it.

“Rise” throw blanket

The world seems to be aware of the turbulent political times that have overtaken the United States and steadily there’s been a growing resistance aiming to outshine the negativity and hate. Fitzpatrick was one of many disappointed and overwhelmed by the aftermath of the new president elected in November 2016 and instead of sitting back, she got to work. The Rise Collection of throw blankets and pillow covers was born out of hope for better times and “a world filled with justice and love.”

“Rise” throw blanket

Not just wishing for better times, DittoHouse is doing something really amazing – they’re donating 100% of their sales profits from the Rise Collection from March 1-8 to the Dream Corps’ #LoveArmy, whose goal is to fight hate with love and power.

“Rise” throw blanket

As with all DittoHouse knits, the Organize, New Day, and Rise throws, and Onward, Upward, and Harmony pillow covers are knit in America with 80% recycled cotton yarn that’s made from pre- and post-consumer textile waste.

“New Day” throw blanket

“New Day” throw blanket

“New Day” throw blanket

“New Day” throw blanket

“Organize” throw blanket

“Organize” throw blanket

“Organize” throw blanket

“Organize” throw blanket

“Onward” pillow cover

“Upward” pillow cover

“Harmony” pillow cover

28 Feb 21:52

Ind. Gov't. - An update on some of the bills the ILB has been following

by Marcia Oddi
Yesterday was the last day for House bills to pass the House. Today is the last day for Senate bills...
28 Feb 19:14

Black History Month Spotlight: Kehinde Wiley

by Grace Bonney

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There are moments in art and design when I struggle with the decorative nature of the things I love. I know that these parts of design (pattern, color, furniture) have the power to make people feel at home in their spaces, but I also know that they don’t begin to touch on deeper topics that rattle around in my mind and heart — especially right now. But every now and then there are artists and artworks that are able to brilliantly blend decorative arts and art history with deeply meaningful and symbolic statements about cultural and political issues. One of the artists I admire most for this ability (and so much more) is Kehinde Wiley.

Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1977, Kehinde now lives and works in New York City where he is known for his striking portraiture. Kehinde’s work references classic paintings and composition from art history and replaces the main figures with young black men and women. Their striking portraits are complemented by richly colored and patterned backgrounds that recall a wide range of decorative styles, from baroque and rococo to floral and damask prints.

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While discussing his portraiture focusing on black men and women, Kehinde said:

“I loved when I walked into LACMA as a kid and seeing Kerry James Marshall’s grand barbershop painting. But it was thrown into very sharp relief when thinking about the absence of other black images in that museum. There was something absolutely heroic and fascinating about being able to feel a certain relationship to the institution and the fact that these people happen to look like me on some level. One of the reasons I’ve chosen some of these zones had to do with the way you fantasize, whether it be about your own people or far-flung places, and how there’s the imagined personality and look and feel of a society, and then there’s the actuality that sometimes is jarring, as a working artist and traveling from time to time. Being in southern India, that black American hip hop culture is everywhere and to see it in sharp relief on these brown bodies in south Asia is something extraordinary, something that I wanted to get down without even fully understanding the entirety of the cultural context. I think it’s important to destabilize yourself, and I do it because I want to see people who look like me.

Kehinde’s work is striking and powerful on so many levels and artwork like his is the reason I keep feeling excited and eager to learn more about the fine art world. Our art and design community is made stronger when we celebrate voices and visuals from different points of view, and Kehinde’s point of view is one I will continue to love and follow for years to come. Click here to visit his website, here for his Instagram feed and here for an incredible PBS episode on his life and work. xo, grace

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28 Feb 17:03

positive and negative space...

by Joy

Malika Favre

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I'm loving the bold and graphic illustrations of French artist, Malika Favre, and her play and use of positive and negative space. Whether in art, design, or architecture, I love how the use of negative space plays with the eyes and makes your brain try and fill in what's missing. 

28 Feb 16:59

Refresh : Curtains with Clips

by Scoops
Tifmurray

this damn living room! i still love her paint color.

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Oh, hai. Grommet curtains and I have been good friends for a long time, but I think the time has come for me to mosey on (cuz I’m a cowboy) and start a love affair with a new style of curtain. I’ve long adored the casual crispness of a good simple grommet curtain. Grommets are both relaxed and tailored at the same time, and I v much like that vibe. When you are a young twenty-something (and thirty something) grommet curts are an inexpensive way to have nice looking curtains with out shelling out tons of dough on custom window treatments. Now that I am getting older and am in the twilight of my 30’s I’ve noticed something changing in me. My tastes seem to be evolving and I am becoming slightly less interested in modern design, and more into stuff that has some traditional and even classic undertones (but not too much, just a little). I think the most likely explanation for this change is that I’m being brain washed by our new velvet pleated chair into liking more fancy shit, or maybe I’m just growing up . Both are plausible.

Anyways, I am still pretty cheap when it comes to curtains. I was ready for an upgrade but was still not ready for spending tons of cash. That was until I had visited a clients house and was inspired by her new curtains. She had hung Ikea Ritva curtains with curtain clips and I was really impressed by the look. The Ritva curtains have a nice texture and weight, and look much more expensive than they are.

I didn’t hesitate, and ordered 4 sets of curtain clips from West Elm, and then headed to Ikea for the rest of the goods. As it is with all Ikea curtains, there is a little give and take. It always seems like you have to force them into shape and to take care when hemming them so that they will lay nicely. I spent the better part of an afternoon ironing the curtains to lay flat and to pleat at all the right places (no, we don’t have a steamer otherwise I bet I coulda saved a lot of time). I wanted the curtains to have a small understated pleat, you know, semi-tailored and delicate, without being too stuffy — just a little fancy. My solution was to clip the pleat every 8″ (or so) to create the look. I really like that clipping the curtain on the pleat elevates the look, without taking them all the way to formal-town.

Also, it wasn’t until after I had everything hung that I realized that Ikea sells curtain hooks that integrate into the gathering tape on the back of the curtains to create pleats, (dur). This is all fine and good because I really like the way our new curtains hang, but you better believe that I would’ve purchased those hooks and played around with all the potential curtain possibilities before committing to a final look.

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse
They sell these things called curtain weights, but because my hardware store is way more conveniently located to me (and funner) than the fabric store I opted to insert a few heavy washers into the hem of each curtain to encourage them to hang nicely.

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Clips and curtain rod are both from West Elm

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse
I am still very much into having solid white curtains to off-set the dark stained wood work found all over the main floor of the house. It takes the place of having painted white trim which I still pine for from time-to-time.

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Tailored Curtains with Clip Rings | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Look at how pretty these things are when they are closed! We usually never draw our drapes, but this weekend it was especially bright during the afternoon. The curtain clips slide nicely to close and the curtains diffuse the light in a real dreamy sort-of-a-way. AND, when it was time to put the curtains back in place, you just throw them open and they go right back to looking perfect. I was amazed! I’ve spent the last 6 years climbing around on the back of my sofa tweaking my curtains anytime the wind blows. Sayonara grommets.

28 Feb 00:20

This Doctor Appointment Changed My Life

by Design Mom

 Affordable doctor house-calls with Heal

I’m about to change your life. Do not miss this post, especially if you live in California. On Friday, I had a doctor’s appointment to renew my depression meds. And the appointment happened in my home, on my sofa, less than 2 hours after being scheduled.

I’m going to say that again. On Friday morning, I realized I was down to 3 pills. I used Heal to make a doctor’s appointment, and then I kept working (blogging, emailing, prepping for a photo shoot, etc.). Within 2 hours, a doctor of internal medicine, and a medical assistant, were at my door. 

It was amazing. I feel like I experienced the future of medicine. And I can’t stop talking about it.

Affordable doctor house-calls with Heal

Heal makes house calls. Their doctors can do anything your primary care physician can do, from wellness checks, to flu shots, to treating ear infections and UTIs. And they’re not expensive — the house calls cost the same copay you already pay at the doctor’s office. Not a penny more. Plus, getting an appointment is much, much faster, and worlds more convenient. Affordable doctor house-calls. It’s revolutionary. Just picture for a minute what that means:

Imagine your toddler is sick with a barking cough that sounds like a seal and it seems to be getting worse. You need a doctor’s appointment. And you also have a 4 month old baby. Normally, you’d have to call the pediatrician’s office to see if they can fit you in. Wait 5 hours for your appointment. Get the kids dressed (and bundled up if it’s cold — and you know your toddler should be in bed!). Buckle them into carseats. Drive to the office. Find parking. Wait in the waiting room for another hour. Worry your baby is getting exposed to all sorts of germs. Finally get called back to see to the exam room. Make your toddler wait in a cold room wearing a paper sheet. Get 5 minutes or less with the actual doctor. Then try to pay and handle paperwork while your baby cries because she missed her nap.

A nightmare. And I have lived through that exact scenario a hundred times. 

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With Heal, that whole nightmare situation disappears. You use their website or an app to scheduled an appointment. It’s just as simple as ordering an Uber or Lyft. So easy. The doctor shows up at your house within a couple of hours. Your sick toddler can remain in his pjs. No one has to be put in their carseat. No parking needs to be found. You don’t even have to put your shoes on.

The doctor can see your child on his bed or on the sofa or wherever your toddler is most comfortable. No paper gowns. No waiting. And the copay happens through the app, so no dealing with a cashier or paperwork either.

It seriously feels like a miracle. Like this is how medical care should be.

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I keep thinking of all the different scenarios where Heal would save the day.

If you get sick while traveling, Heal will come your your hotel room.

If you’re new in town and don’t have a doctor, Heal will show up. (That was me when we moved to California and I fell into a deep depression, and then couldn’t find a doctor. It was so awful.)

If it’s the weekend, and your doctor’s office is closed, don’t drive 40 mins away to the nearest urgent care, and then wait in the lobby for an hour or more. Use Heal instead. Heal is open 7 days a week from 8:00 to 8:00, 365 days a year. (Yes! That means you still have time to make an appointment when you get home from work. It’s not too late!)

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If your aunt doesn’t have a car but needs a flue shot. Use Heal and they’ll go to your Aunt’s home.

If you’re stuck at a desk all day but really need to see a doctor, Heal can help you at your office.

If your schedule is packed this week, but your teen needs a physical before she joins the track team, or he goes on a scout campout, Heal will come to you at your convenience.

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If you or your spouse haven’t had a physical in years because who has time? Heal can make it happen today.

If you have a crazy rash (or yikes! an STD) and are too embarrassed to leave the house? Heal will take care of you in the privacy of your own home.

I’m telling you, this is a life changer.

Let me walk you through my own visit, so you can see just what it was like. And then let’s talk clearly about money and insurance.

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At around 9:30, my appointment is scheduled through the app (you can get the app for iOS or Android — or you can skip the app and schedule your appointment on the Heal.com website). Then I work as usual in my house. At 11:00, my phone gets a text that a doctor is on his way. On the app, I can see his photo and bio. I learn he went to UCLA. A few minutes later, the doctor, Matt Walvick, and the medical assistant, Kiran Kaberwal, are on my front doorstep. 

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They come in, and while the doctor talks with me on the sofa, the MA sets up. She uses the coffee table for some of the equipment, and then sets up a sterile area on the dining table. I take a second to sign my paperwork on the doctor’s iPad.

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The doctor checks my eyes and ears and mouth, listens to my heart. The MA checks my blood pressure and temperature. We chat about Wellbutrin, the medicine I take — what’s my current dosage, how are things working, are there other options I should consider. 

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There is zero rush, zero hurry. It is clear they have all the time in the world. There is no patient waiting in the next room. At the dining table, the MA is all set up to draw blood and give me a bandaid. They’ll drop the sample off at the lab for me, and then the doctor will call or text (whatever I prefer) when the results are in.

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The doctor uses his iPad to send my prescription to my favorite pharmacy right before my eyes. We shake hands. I resist trying to hug them both because I am so grateful. And then off they go while I get right back to work on my laptop.

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I’m going to get teary thinking about it. Trying to stay on top of my depression has been an incredibly hard part of the last few years. Finding a doctor, trying to get appointments scheduled in between work trips and conferences. It’s a non-stop worry.

And trying to get out of bed or out the door, to see a doctor, when a depression is in full swing, is almost impossible. On Friday, when I realized the whole thing was being taken care of with an app, I felt a huge weight lifted, a huge problem solved.

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Clearly, I am a fan.

Now, as promised, let’s talk about fees and insurance. When I first heard about Heal, I assumed it would be cost prohibitive. I assumed it was a service aimed only at the wealthy. I assumed an in-home visit must be crazy expensive. I was wrong. A Heal visit is the exact same price I pay for an in-office visit. Actually less — because I don’t have to pay for parking!

After you download the Heal app, you’ll take a couple of minutes to input your info — name, address, payment preference, etc. — and then, you’ll take a photo of your insurance card. The app will use the photo to automatically populate your insurance info, and before you’ve even made an appointment, you’ll know exactly what the co-pay is. There are no surprises or hidden fees. With my insurance, the copay is $35. It’s the exact same copay I would have if I went to a doctor’s office. If your insurance offers a free preventative physical every year? It’s free with Heal too.

So essentially, whatever your insurance covers, it will work the same way with Heal. But you can skip the waiting room!

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But what if you don’t have insurance? Or what if your insurance doesn’t work with Heal? No problem, the flat fee for an in home visit without insurance is $99.

People. If you’ve ever used Urgent Care or the Emergency Room on a weekend because your doctor’s office is closed, you know $99 is a total bargain. And again, they come to you typically within two hours of calling! You make the appointment, put on a movie, and tada! Heal is at your door.

So what’s the downside? Well, there’s only one: Heal is currently only available in California — San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Berkeley, Oakland (and the whole East Bay). They’re growing fast, but they’re just not everywhere yet. I know. A huge bummer. But if you live in California (and millions of you do), I encourage you to give this a try.

A few more questions I had that you might have too:

– What sorts of doctors are on staff?
Heal staffs internal medicine doctors, family practice doctors, and pediatricians too. So they are ready to take care of both adults and kids. And the doctors are excellent! Vetted, high-quality licensed physicians and pediatricians. You can read about them on the website.

– If you love a particular doctor who visits, can you request her next time?
Yes. Yes, you can.

– Are visits only same day, or can you schedule them?
You can totally schedule them. They make it super easy and convenient.

– Do you have to clean the house before they come?
Nope. They could care less what your house is like. They see patients from all walks of life and all socio-economic levels. They just want to help. 

– What about the doctors? Is this is big pay cut for them?
Actually, the doctors make the same salary they would if they were working in an office. But they get way more time with patients and have much more control of their schedule. Dr. Wolnick, who came to my home, was the first doctor to work for Heal in the Bay Area. He’s been with them for a few years and says he would never go back to an office. He feels like the quality of care is so much higher with Heal that you can’t even compare. 

Okay. I’ve talked and talked. I’m clearly a Heal evangelist. Now I’d love to hear your take. Have you ever had an in home doctor visit before? Can you picture an instance where it would be especially convenient? Do you typically find doctor visits hard to schedule and manage? Do any of you find renewing your depression med prescription to be overly difficult? What are your thoughts?


This post is sponsored by Heal — High-Quality Pediatrician and Primary Care Physician House-calls, On Demand. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom.

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