Photo: Meredith Pardue

Perhaps you have seen certain paintings on this site, or heard me talk about my friend Meredith Pardue. Perhaps you have loved, admired, yearned for one of her beautiful paintings. Well, you are in luck, reader, because she has just announced two new shows, for your viewing + purchasing pleasure!

1. EDEN: Opens October 4, 6-9 p.m. @ Bryant Street Gallery, in Palo Alto.

2. THE ELYSIAN FIELDS: Opens October 12, 6-9 p.m. @ Laura Rathe Fine Art, in Dallas.

Go! Go! Go! Wait, where are you going? It's not until October.

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Austin! Dewit Design Camp! Queso! That all happened last weekend. It was magical.

We held Camp in my sweet friend Meredith's studio, basically the most perfect setting ever to have a design camp, what with all the talent and beauty infusing the place.

My favorite thing about Camp is the collaborative nature of the whole thing. We learn so much design stuff the first day it is practically oozing out of ears by afternoon, and then the second day we get to apply that knowledge -- together! -- to everyone's own houses. By "we," I mean "you." And that collaborative spirit was never more evident in Austin, where we nearly had to go into overtime due to excessive ideas and chatter. And that was with only HALF ATTENDANCE, y'all. So much fun. Also, champagne.

What? You don't have jacks and Slinkys at your camp?

Who has the cutest campers? ME. This was right before we trashed Meredith's studio and threw paint all over the walls in a design-induced frenzy.*

Thanks so much to Meredith for the use of her studio, and also to Studio Mucci for hooking me up with the flamazing tissue paper garlands so quickly. Thanks also to Miss Candi B. (pictured far left, being cute), the best intern/assistant/lifter-of-heavy-items ever.

Next up: San Francisco! Get ready.



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As you all know, I've been working at home for the past month and a half. What you might not know is that I have been ALONE for most of that time. Alone, alone, alone. So alone that, last week when Vince ran back to the house minutes after leaving for work, he busted me having a serious conversation with Hank about the placement of our living room furniture. Y'all, I have been married to this man for over ten years, and I was embarrassed. I have never worked without people before. Several of my friends warned me to prepare for this phenomenon, most notably Meredith and Pam, who have worked solitary jobs for years and understand how important music is for one's sanity. They both sweetly gave me some music recommendations.

Pamie, of course, had to go above and beyond, and make an actual visual Pinterest board of recommendations for me. Now, I did tell her to DEWIT, but she didn't have to. And yet, she did it anyway. Her board description reads as follows:

AB Chao, who now works from home as a full-time interior decorator, sent an email asking (telling) me to send her lots of new music. She didn't like an emailed list of bands I'd been listening to. So here's a page of images and links, almost always to a free track or something to stream. You're welcome, AB! Now find me a couch!

Perhaps you will also benefit from Pam's music prowess. My favorites from this list are Charles Bradley, Candy Coated Killahz, and Slithering Beast. I never thought I would love bands with weird names like that, but I do. I am grateful for good friends, and good music. Maybe if you are feeling generous you will tell me what you love to listen to at work, also, in the comments. Yes?

PS. Mere's recommendations were for Amos Lee, Citizen Cope, and Guster. I cannot stop listening to any of them, either. The end.

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