Month: December 2013

Out With The Mold & In With The New

Posted by – 12/29/2013

chloe sevigny bathtub
Chloe Sevigny in her gorgeous violet bathroom

Did you know that Janus, two-faced god and namesake for January, is also the patron deity of doorways? Dusting your domicile’s beautiful portals is a perfect way to bring in the new year while scratching off a line on your to-do list. Here are four other acts of practical magic for welcoming 2014.

* Scrub your tub. Use your favorite scent of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap for a mild, natural clean. Adding a little kosher salt and elbow grease will conquer the grungiest bits. Inspired, but don’t have a brush on hand? Sprinkle the salt directly on a halved grapefruit and use that instead. Then soak that NYE indulgence away with a hot bath.

* Freshen up comforters, sweaters and winter coats with a fabric steamer. It’s also good for getting some of the smell out of the inside of wool hats, especially along the interior band that touches your forehead and can cause breakouts. Try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the water when steaming your bedding for extra R’n’R.

* You can also steam last year’s gunk out of your face. Infuse a bowl of freshly boiled water with chamomile (use three or four tea bags, if you don’t have it loose) or another soothing herb. I like to use a blend of dried chamomile, lemon balm and cardamom blossoms. It’s basically a mega-sized cup of tea for your pores. Alternately, you can add a couple drops of essential oil, just pick something gentle that won’t bother your eyes. Then lean over the bowl with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam, keeping your face far enough away that you don’t get burned. Inhale deeply and relax for 5 – 10 minutes, coming up for air when needed.

* Hit your kitchen for a hippie face mask. It’s a great followup to a facial steam or any time your skin needs extra nourishment, like after a long, bottle-popping night. It takes about five minutes to mix up and apply a mask from raw honey, turmeric powder and high-quality olive oil. Dab the leftovers on your neck, décolleté and the “under butt” (maybe the French have a more elegant term, but this is what I call it). Then hop into the shower and rinse well as turmeric can stain your skin yellow. Experiment with egg yolk, milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar or ground coffee. There’s a wealth of ideas on the Crunchy Betty blog.

A Strange Tissue of Space and Time

Posted by – 12/08/2013


Lucid Stead

No, not a mirage. This 70-year-old shack was transformed into a mirror and LED desert fantasia by artist Phillip K. Smith III. The interplay of reflection, natural lighting and neon is magical. Watch the house change throughout a day and night while Smith muses on his project in this short video


Rick Owens Spring 2014

Imagine if the fiercest playground step dancers of your youth reconvened to choreograph a new dance inspired by 2Pac’s California Love video and you will have an idea of how awesome this fashion show was. Watch it here


Truman Capote’s mid-60s Hamptons studio

Capote’s laid back beach hideaway perfectly balanced restraint with the ornate. Check the simple-yet-monumental two-story bookcase, reminiscent of plain-hewn Shaker furniture, mixed with the gorgeous-gaudy blue floors and matching wicker furniture. Especially enamored with the peacock chair below. More at the Selvedge Yard.


title quote from Walter Benjamin

Beyond the Edge of Dreams

Posted by – 12/01/2013


Is this love reality
or a dream?
I cannot know,
when both reality and dreams
exist without truly existing.

– Omo No Komachi


Night deepens
with the sound
of a calling deer,
and I hear
my own one-sided love.

– Omo No Komachi


In the mountain village
The wind rustles the leaves.
Deep in the night, the deer
Cry out beyond the edge of dreams.

-Minamoto No Morotada