Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Life is what we remember, not stuff.

Wood Boxes

Drat. I'm reminded of all the flea marketed wood boxes I used to have, but got rid of during one move or another.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sun Setting on Ocean Photograph

Just because I think this photo's very cool.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Where I'd Rather Be

Today, I'd rather be here.

Images: Me

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Gray Cat

This reminds me very much of Oliver, Lily's late cat housemate.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Burning House

This question has always fascinated me -- and it, inevitably, comes up after I read about an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? I just discovered a great website that asks people to answer that very question with a list, and a photo. Check out The Burning House. And then really think about it: What would you take?

Giveaway Winner: Anywhere Print

So I finally got my act together and asked my friend RP to randomly pick a number between 1 and 9. He picked 4, which means the fourth entrant won the Anywhere Print. Congratulations, Erin!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Trying not to feel blue because it's raining. Trying to keep in mind Christie's wise words about being present. And trying not to run out and buy blue paint. (Love this ocean blue panel -- and the hooks, and the table and chairs, and the lamp, by the way.)

Image: Fritz Hansen

Boat Fenders on a Car

Did you know that parking in Paris requires boat fenders? Too funny.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simplicity and Crap

All I can tell you is that I, personally, as an individual, 
was deeply unsatisfied with the way things were. 
I spent far too much of my time dusting my crap, 
arranging my crap, 
painting my crap, 
finding more crap I needed to go with my other crap, 
and suffering under the illusion that I would feel 
fulfilled and satisfied and happy 
just as soon as my life looked like 
something out of a Pottery Barn catalog
 and I were wearing the right pair of ballet flats 
and the most whimsical brooch.

Image: Mait Juriado/Flickr
Via: Mighty Girl

Carousel Seahorse

Love this.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Remodeled Airstream

Andreas Stavropoulos' remodeled 1959 Airstream is, well, ultra-cool. Just check out that chartreuse paint.

Chemex Coffeemaker

I've always wanted a Chemex coffeemaker just because they look so darn gorgeous.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


It's strange how even though you've spent more time away from a place than you did there, it still feels like home.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wine Crates as Drawers

Loving Michelle de la Vega's use of wine crates as drawers. (More info in this article in the New York Times -- and she was also featured in the article in More magazine.) If I got some with lids to use instead of open baskets, they'd keep the dust and yellow lab hair out. But it might just make me crazy to always have to take the lids off to access things.

65-Foot Schooner

Gorgeous 65-foot wood-hulled schooner. Click here to read the article.

Images: Michael Moran/Architectural Digest

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Thing Is

The Thing Is

to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

-Ellen Bass

Via: The Writer's Almanac via Mighty Girl

Photobook 4 Photograph

Photo of Carmel by Lindsay Chandler.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Simplicity and Minimalism

Recently I've been reading a lot about simplicity and minimalism -- I wouldn't have thought I could learn anything new, but I have, and it's great to read things written by people with a similar philosophy. If you're so inclined, venture forth and read:


The Joy of Less by Francine Jay (she of the miss minimalist blog above)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cream Cheese Cruise-a-Home

The owner of the Mad Max, a Cruise-a-Home on Seattle's Lake Union, also rents out the Cream Cheese, another Cruise-a-Home. She says, " I decided to make the Cream Cheese available to give people the opportunity to try living on the water to decide if it is a lifestyle they enjoy." Click here for more pics and info.

Images: Christy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Abstract Seascape on Recycled Brown Paper Bag

Acrylic painting on a recycled brown paper bag by Deana Mattos Diefenbach.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

How to Buy a Houseboat: Part 15

August 17, 2008: I leave early in the morning and drive to Bethel Island, where I see a Holiday Mansion Barracuda for a bit less than the Gibson. J is showing his wife's boat; she lived on it in Half Moon Bay for six months before meeting him. The photos on Craigslist made it look great, and I like the white walls, but it's also filthy, the linoleum needs to be replaced, and the lights and hinges are rusty. All fixable, I know, but I'm creeped out by the fact that the bedroom and the loo are downstairs -- besides being not easy for Lily to maneuver, the bedroom's dark and low-ceilinged, and I wonder how you'd get out quickly in case of an emergency. I feel like I need to take a shower after I leave.

I drive around looking for a Delta Clipper on sale for almost nothing. When I see it, just from the outside, I realize that if it's that cheap, it must need an incredible amount of work -- even more than the Cruise-a-Home. I hate to be a flake but I don't call the owner back.

Watervilla de Omval, Part 2

Oo, more pics of the Watervilla de Omval in Amsterdam.

Images: Inhabitat

Giveaway: Anywhere Print

Yup, still cleaning out stuff, and this lovely print by Katie Daisy is looking for a new home.

To enter the giveaway for this unframed 8x10 print of a digital collage, just leave a comment below (one per person, please), by 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Friday, 20 May. A winner will be chosen at random. And oh yeah, entrants must be 18 years old and reside in the U.S. Good luck!


Although -- no surprise -- I'd prefer a peaceful seascape, I do like this vignette.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ship Hat

Chic? (Hairstyle at New York World's Fair, 1939.)

Image: unknown via VintageGal via banquet

Bed Nook in Santorini


Image: Perivolas

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mad Max Cruise-a-Home

I love seeing what other people have done to their Cruise-a-Homes -- just check out the ceiling on the Mad Max. And hey, if you live in Seattle and want to try out houseboat life, it's for rent. Click here for more pics and info.

(Thanks, MM.)

Images: Christy

Closed Ramp

When I first moved aboard, I was shown a couple of empty slips. I chose one just a few steps away from a ramp up to the parking lot because it was quick and easy to get Lily out and about to do her stuff, and to get her to the car. Today, however, they started sanding and re-painting the ramp. This means that, for a few days, Lil will have to make a much longer trek to the other end of our dock. Should be interesting, to say the least.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blue Paint

Uh oh. I've been down this road before, but see that sliver of blue? So tempting.

Image: unknown via the house via Solid frog

Resin Adirondack Chairs

My resin adirondack chairs are great. They were cheap, are light and portable (important so I can move them to get into the engine compartment underneath the deck), and are comfortable -- but this spring's winds have meant that they're living atop one another so they don't blow all over the deck. Aargh.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Little Things


Image: Patina via Bleubird via 16 HOUSE

Saturday, May 7, 2011