Roundup: Summertime

Summer! It's made of striped cover-ups, dotted wedges, hot colors, cool braids, and watermelon drinks. And if you're me, it's made of all of that, plus you get to buy a car after 11 years. I am having a really hard time saying goodbye to my 2000 Honda (even though we are keeping it to give to our teenager, who will be licensed in 20 days), but I'm having a much better time saying hello to my new car. Her name is Oprah. You be quiet.

Anyway, here are some exciting summer things that I love, for your viewing enjoyment:


1. Striped cashmere hoodie, C.Z. Falconer 2. Dot wedge, Marc Jacobs 3. Bertoia side chair 4. Rug, Suzanne Sharp for Rug Company 5. Striped shorts, Monrow 6. Rainbow Crystal Ring 7. Summer braid 8. Watermelon tap 9. Rope bracelet, Tanya Aguiniga 10. Mercedes C300


Chao Camp: Front Door Choices

Vince and I have been really concentrating on the outside of our house this year. That's right, we're concerned about curb appeal, Internet. Also, I am still waiting for my new car to get here, so I need something to do. Here is the front of our house now:

Eventually, when we find a person who will paint our house for a price that matches our budget, I will be painting the exterior a dark gray. But for now, I feel that I can spruce up the front of the house by replacing/painting the front door. That is where Crestview comes in. They offer a fancy door-o-vision service that lets you envision your new door on your own house. Also, their options are basically awesome. To wit:

So, what do you think, team? I'm partial to the yellow one. You tell me.


No Small Plants, and A Cute Living Room Design

The first thing I need to tell y'all is a pro tip, and it is this: Do not buy any plants for your house that are tiny. I mean it, Internet. Stop buying baby-ass plants where you're like, "It's so cute right now! It will get bigger!" No it won't. It won't get bigger, and you will just be watering the damn thing until it dies. Example:


Do you have one of these? I'm sorry, but I am going to have to ask you to get rid of it immediately. I know you think you have a green thumb, but this will never look good. Into the trash, please.

OK, that is not what I wanted to talk about in this entry, but I couldn't help myself. I just keep seeing terrible plants in gorgeous interiors, and it's making me sad.

What I wanted to do was to feature the kind of thing I am doing with my time now. Allow me to show you a super-exciting living room design that I'm working on.

This is a living room for people who have just moved into an actual house, and not a rental space. These clients are basically starting from scratch, and definitely have a budget in mind. They want modern, but not too $$$. So, I did a bunch of high/low for them to choose from, with both low-budget and vintage items, and a couple of splash-out type situations. Those amazing orange lamps are still available somewhere, so if you find them, don't buy them.

This is where I say that I can do this for you, too. And I can! See here.

PS. My clients also love cats.

PPS. The actual curtains will be pinch-pleated.


Oprah Taught Me:


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A Day In The Life

Have you ever wondered what a person who works from home does all day? Well, I have been working from home for a few months now, and I will tell you how it goes most every day.

7:30 a.m. Vince takes Mad to school

7:40 a.m. Vince makes coffee

8:00 a.m. My alarm goes off

8:11 a.m. I get up and fix my coffee

8:12 a.m. Vince and I watch SportsCenter together, for a long time. We talk about NBA basketball a lot.

9:00 a.m. Vince goes to work.

9:01 a.m. I go outside and water our plants. Sometimes I get real excited about the plants and stand around and look at them for a long time.

9:20 a.m. I go back inside to my computer, fix another coffee, and make design boards, etc. for various people.

11:30 a.m. I eat lunch.

1:00 p.m. I do exercise. Either running, or Tracy Anderson, or Steve Ross yoga, or a combination.

2:00 p.m. After lunch and exercise, I get insecure about my talents and email Nick Olsen for reassurance. He gives it to me and tells me I am awesome. This is nice of Nick Olsen. Is Nick Olsen not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

I listen to music the whole time. Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee, and the Red Stick Ramblers can't be beat.

I work most of the afternoon. Sometimes I pick Mad up from school at 3:00, and we go to Sonic. Sometimes I don't.

After 5:00, this happens:

Ciabatta bread, pinot noir, Nat Sherman Fantasias, and Charles Bradley. The end.