Month: March 2010

Some good news, finally

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We learned today from our real estate agent that we have ten offers on our house! Almost all of them are above our asking price. The offers arrived with the loveliest, heartfelt letters. There were so many kind comments about the garden from the sweetest people imaginable.

I spent most of the weekend on the couch with a box of tissues feeling such a profound sense of loss. I was semi-prepared for my layoff. After so many of my dear colleagues had lost their jobs before me, I had vowed to only keep at my desk what could be packed in five minutes. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for the realization that we could no longer keep the house.

I am heartened tonight knowing that the house will soon be owned by a family who loves it as much as we do.

Loss & Life

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Dominique Browning, the former editor of House & Garden, wrote so beautifully in today’s New York Times Magazine about her struggle to rebuild her life after Conde Nast closed the magazine in 2007. I’ve read a lot of layoff stories since I lost my job at the Los Angeles Times in October, but Browning’s captures the pain and devastation most eloquently.

She writes: “Just because something failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just because something has ended doesn’t mean it was all a mistake. Just because you’ve been rejected doesn’t mean you’re worthless and unlovable.”

I know I’ve been talking a lot these days about my layoff. It’s weighting especially heavy on my mind because — like Browning — we’re selling our house to start anew. This is how it goes: first you lose the job and then you lose the life.

I’m not exactly sure how my new life is going to shake out. It will be different — and maybe even better.

Ode to a house

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It’s official: our little Tudor style house is on the market.
If anyone out there is looking for a very cute place in Pasadena, maybe this is the house for you.

I would like to write a missive here about my layoff….I’m just going to say this: We spent nearly 12 happy years in this house. I’ll miss the roses and the clawfoot tub.

Life goes on…

Giant Treasure Box


I have this large Chinese chest that serves as the catch-all for a variety of trinkets, knickknacks and curious junk. Every six months or so I open it to add new things or take things out. (It’s very similar to opening the ornament box at Xmas.) After this move, I was searching for colorful things to display on my bookcase. The Chinese hat with the pink pompoms is once again my favorite. This is how it looks now:


Do you have a box like this?

Decor Dilemma

My dear decor experts, I’m having a small decorating dilemma. We have a very mod brick fireplace in our new flat. It poses a challenge because it’s off-center, stands about a foot off the floor and has no mantel. Should I just leave the top portion plain or try to hang a painting?

I definitely would love to find a fantastic Eames-era screen like this:

I also think this fireplace is lovely:

Any thoughts!?

It isn’t really home…

…until the books are on the shelves:

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This is my favorite part of unpacking: arranging the shelves. I always start out with the intent to keep things minimal, even monotoned. But I am a magpie at heart. So there’s more color to come!

PS: A few of you asked about the screensaver on my computer in my last post. It’s a Japanese noren called “The Great Wave,” by Hokusai. It came with my Mac, but I’ve now uploaded it onto flickr, if you want to use it as a screensaver too. Just click the picture below:

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Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday…

A room with a view…

Hello everyone! It’s so nice to be back here blogging! I wanted to show you some pictures of our new home….

This is the view from the terrace. We have five huge windows that look out into the garden:
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Here’s Lola on the couch. Our angry cats have been hiding underneath it for a week now. Occasionally we hear the couch growl.
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Here’s the view from my desk (it’s where I’m now doing this post!)
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Here’s a rare sighting of Kali, walking fast past our white brick fireplace…
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I have lots of unpacking still to do. Thank you for all your warm wishes and emails. I hope to get caught up by this weekend! xo

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