Archive for August, 2009

petite maison
August 28, 2009


I have an eccentric menagerie of two dozen or so miniature toys that includes a tiny burger, fries and shake, a neon green flip-flop and an inch-long rubber chicken. (The plastic bone-in leg of ham is my pride and joy.) I have often felt that this collection should include a few pieces of furniture (as a design writer, I should reprezzzent), however, I am no closer to affording the licensed miniature version of, say, the above Tulip chair by Saarinen (5.25 inches high, $220) than I am to affording the full-size seat (around $1200). Somewhere, a Geppetto doppelganger over at Vitra is making a fortune by shrinking iconic pieces by Eames, Mies van der Rohe and Ron Arad down to Barbie size. ‘Bout time someone gave that old Malibu Beach House a makeover. —LML

Mini Eames Lounge & Ottoman, $670 (full size: $3600)

Mini Eames Lounge & Ottoman, $670 (full size: $3600)


birthday wishes
August 26, 2009

Nice job, Anthropologie, O Purveyor of All Things Gorgeous and Desirable. While my recessionary path has carefully avoided your door, you’ve certainly beguiled me with your delightfully homespun birthday card, good for a 15% discount on your pricey wares. Everything here is working in your favor: the linen envelope, the cute button honor guard, the rainbow of threads, the vintage typewriter font you know I can’t resist. So which covetable trapping will it be? The Poplar Branch dress, a coy little rayon number with mesh cut outs, or the tiered Gamine Chemise nightie, which may be too irresistible to keep indoors? Which would you choose? —LML

going postal
August 24, 2009

I’ve always been a sucker for a fancy notebook. It all started with the Moleskine. I love the heavy leather binder, thick-stock paper and smart back pocket. In the last two years or so I’ve graduated to Rhodia writing pads, the French-made orange notebooks (they have black too but I always go for bright) go with me everywhere and the graph paper somehow makes my messy journalist writing look organized. This weekend however, I found these Japanese-made writing pads that incorporate the best of Moleskine and Rhodia.

Postalco notebooks have sturdy, pressed-cotton fabric covers and heavy stock paper that is even waterproof! (OK, the “waterproof” part is just an assumption based from my recent use of this book in the rain and the fact that the writing is still legible.) They’re a bit more expensive than their French counterpart so for now, while I’m waiting for the big bucks to roll in, this will be my weekend note pad. —MR

all wrapped up
August 24, 2009

When it comes to textiles I’m partial to pattern, specifically vivid colors, block-prints and pinks. So imagine my delight when I happened upon these “Auntie coats” at Gravel + Gold.

Made from hand-printed vintage Bengali fabric, no two coats are alike. They’re reversible (gotta love the versatility of two-for-one) and made from extra-soft cotton, so the jackets are more like a super-chic Slanket, which is always appreciated in this foggy Bay Area climate. —MR

color my world
August 23, 2009

Today I trudged around the Haight in a quest to find the street poet who will pen a verse on any subject you choose, for a small donation. Finding him proved to be no easy task (he still evades me), but the journey through the neighborhood inspired a small photo essay on its more colorful residents, some of them holding court for more than a century. —LML

a tote note
August 21, 2009


I have a very strong aversion to messenger-style laptop bags. There’s just something downright distasteful about that tough nylon textile, those padded shoulder straps, the automatic “urban dweller” label that gets attached to anyone who hoists one of these multicolor monstrosities across their body. In honor of my slick new MacBook Pro—my first new computer in over a decade—I opted for the more chic and versatile Cambridge leather satchel by Nixon. The hobo-style bag is roomy enough to haul my laptop (cushioned, of course, in a faux-fur-lined neoprene sleeve by InCase), multiple Moleskine notebooks (reporter essentials), a Sigg water bottle (hydration!) and, of course, the kitchen sink. —LML

K9 dilemma
August 19, 2009

Meet Ruby.



She’s my foster pup, and a pretty darn adorable one at that. I picked her up from the Milo Foundation this evening and am taking care of her until she finds an adopted home (though I’m already dangerously attached). So now I’m in the market for a dog bed to match my boho-meets-midcentury-meets-Ikea apartment and though pet accoutrements is new territory for me, there is no shortage of chic options.

Harry Barker

Harry Barker

Harry Barker‘s hemp-stripe oval beds are cute and eco-friendly.

Jax & Bones

Jax & Bones

The square Jax & Bones dog bed has a blue-gray damask pattern dotted with butterflies.

John Robshaw

John Robshaw

The winner for me, however, is John Robshaw‘s coral-colored  bed. The textile designer’s India- and Southeast Asia-inspired prints never disappoint. —MR

sticky situation
August 19, 2009

It’s hard to single out one thing that draws me to this gorgeous new translucent window film by New York-based Trove. I’ve always been a big fan of pink (the hotter, the better). And, despite being 33 years old, I’ve never quite lost that lovin’ feeling for stickers (since it’s self-adhesive, isn’t window film just one big sticker?). But, taking into consideration the milestones that have tumbled into my life this year, I think it’s the upward movement captured in this image—the freedom of flight—that resonates with me most. —LML

a light in the attic
August 18, 2009

So many hours of my life have been spent rummaging flea markets and boutiques for gems from past and present that it’s only appropriate my First Ever blog post relates to one of my favorite pastimes. Enter: Perish Trust. The NOPA boutique is run by two style-savvy San Franciscans (she’s a photographer and he’s a photostylist) who curate oddities from bygone eras and mix them with chic new accessories. I love the vintage Royal typewriters (fully functional) and the Jessica Niello paintings. And of course, I can’t leave without a substantial sampling of Hooker’s Sweet Treats—the sea salt and caramel chocolate bars are reason enough to make weekly visits. —MR

getting down to business
August 14, 2009

It seems fitting that the first-ever blog on the First Ever Blog be about my first-ever something. In this case, my first-ever business cards. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve have business cards before, ones that tout my name and title underneath some obnoxious company logo, but I consider these new ones—printed by Salt Lake City-based The Mandate Press—sheer self-promotion. Having recently received my pink slip from a local magazine, getting serious about a freelance-writing career required a crash-course in networking. However, persuading publicists, designers, authors and editors to meet for coffee proved difficult for this lifelong recluse. Since I could not trust that the pleasure of my company would leave a lasting impression on these potential colleagues, I quickly learned that a stylish letterpress calling card would do the trick. The best part of this revelation? The Mandate Press’s $95 deal: As long as you stick with bold, black ink on textured 100-percent cotton paper, 250 high-quality cards costs just $95—upload your own creation or choose one of their modern designs. File this one under “highway robbery.” —LML