Thursday, April 17, 2014

Backyard Bungalow.

This house, featured today in The New York Times, is 84 square feet. It belongs to a woman named Dee Williams and it's located in a friend's backyard in Olympia. It's solar-powered but lacks a shower, and provides just enough space for its inhabitant's 300-odd belongings. But with so little to store - and a history of health problems - it's all she needs. Dee says, "Living in a little house made sense for me, it clicked. It gave me a chance to live close to my friends and be happy with the time that I have." (Read the full article by Steven Kurutz, here.) 

Photos by Stuart Isett for The New York Times. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rainbow Cake.

Initially, I had no plans to post about this cake, which I made two nights ago for my roommate Jamie's birthday, but it was such an improvement over last year's cake (seen here), that I ultimately decided to share. (As my friend Julie wrote in a text message yesterday, "I hope you are blogging the $#!@ out of that cake!") So here it is. Though it was time-consuming, it was actually relatively simple, and while the final result wasn't quite as perfect as creator Kaitlin Flannery's, it still may just be the best thing I've ever made.

Find the recipe by Kaitlin Flannery on Whisk Kid, here. (Also, for kicks, here's a video of Kaitlin recreating the cake with Martha Stewart in 2010.) Happy birthday, Jamie!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier.

"Finding Vivian Maier" is a documentary about a nanny and now-legendary photographer whose 100,000 snapshots from the streets of Chicago and New York went undiscovered for decades. Seven years ago, they were unearthed in an auction - and the process of piecing together the artist's story began. I'm seeing the film today, and I can't wait. Find showtimes in your city, here. (Below, a few of Maier's self portraits.)

Said Maier, "I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It's a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on."

Learn more about "Finding Vivian Maier" (and watch the trailer), here. Find more photos on the Vivian Maier website.

Monday, April 14, 2014


I can't stop staring at Nic Annette Miller's woodcut sculptures of birds. Part of two sets called "I Can Never Return the Way I Left (East)" and "I Can Never Return the Way I Left (West)", each individual bird is printed, painted, sawed, and sanded by hand. Beautiful.

Visit Nic Annette Miller's website, here, and shop, here (she's also the creator of this amazing grizzly and this insanely awesome Chewbacca).

More on flight, travel, and departures:
-I was thrilled to share five of my favorite snacks from my trip to Sri Lanka with Conde Nast Traveler. You can find the post (which went up this weekend), here.
-Photographs taken using cameras and kites.

Friday, April 11, 2014


A slightly-belated-but-still-very-happy birthday to my nephew and his hair. Yesterday, social media was packed with sweet tributes to siblings, and I couldn't be prouder of my brother and sister-in-law for their first year as parents. Max has a collection of photos of Dash on his website, which was updated last night. See more, here

Photo by Max Wanger. Coming next week: "great art," grizzlies, a brand-new POV.

More for the weekend, in the meantime:
-A cake baked inside a lemon.
-Dr. Seuss's private hat collection.
-Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Have a wonderful weekend - eat cake, write a poem, tear it up, celebrate.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tunnel of Love.

Believe it or not, this lush, living "tunnel of love" actually exists. Grown over a private railway in the Ukrainian forest, the tunnel is just under two miles long, a popular site for romantic wish-making, and the perfect material for almost-weekend wanderlusting. Enjoy.

Via Inhabitat. First two photos by Amos Chapple/Rex Features; second two by Oleg Gordienko. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Buses, Boats, Seaside Cliffs.

Mom, I'm afraid of growing up, what if I am poor and cannot afford a house? asks photographer Wenxin Zhang, whose Thisispaper photo essay, "Goodnight Stories," depicts various alternative living situations in San Francisco. As someone who writes regularly about interiors, I love these glimpses into less conventional homes. For instance, this is an old hotel, inhabited by nine people:

And this is someone's garage. 

Why not live on a bus, draped in sheepskins? 

Or a boat?

Or, as Zhang puts it, "just find a wood pallet and live on a sea cliff"? 

I once made a (very) temporary home in an RV on someone's front lawn in New Zealand while I was WWOOFing. I also spent my last year in college in a giant purple and yellow Victorian house in Santa Cruz, with rickety stairs and unreliable heat. I have such beautiful memories of those places. Where have you lived that's stuck with you?

See the full story at Thisispaper, here. All photos by Wenxin Zhang. Happy Wednesday!


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