Love n’ Haight

Haphazard is a great word. I love that it can describe any one thing, but also that one thing’s state of being. Something that is fundamentally organized can still be in a haphazard state at one point or another. A city can be haphazard, on the day of a marathon for example, random roadblocks are set up, there are people running in the streets – but at the center of it all is perfect planning and execution built upon the strong foundation and layout of the city.

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I love that art can be haphazard-esque, while most of the time the artist was very precise in his movements or brush strokes. This pretty pillow has that same effect. Seemingly random brushstrokes at first glance, but upon further inspection a beautifully crafted rainbow pattern. The same goes for this apartment building on Haight. Fundamentally a very organized building with windows and stairs, but given the look of haphazardness, matching the overall feeling of Haight Street in general.

Fresh Coat of Paint

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A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It can transform the most basic of items into something beautiful. I transformed simple wooden spoons into pastel painted cooking utensils (they even sound fancier with the paint on).

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I bought these wooden spoons on sale a long while ago, thinking I would paint them and put them in a pretty jar in the kitchen. It only took me about 6 months to do it even though the project only took 10 minutes to complete and photograph.

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A couple weeks ago I bought a few tubes of paint and painted some stripes on canvas for my bedside table (seen here). I recently opened the closet where these tubes are stored and the lightbulb went off. I pulled out those wooden spoons (still in the mesh packaging), the paint tubes and got to work.

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I taped all of the spoons where I wanted the paint to end. Then chose the colors I wanted to use (mixing the pink with white for various shades) and went to town. I used acrylic because honestly, it’s what I had and I knew it would soak into the wood nicely. I also used a sponge brush to get that nice even coat.

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I stood them in the jar to dry and there you have it, a step up from boring wooden spoons that adds a pop of color to the kitchen! What are you favorite simple craft projects?

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Friday’s Favs

It’s not April yet, but the showers have started. Rain has visited SF and will continue to stay for the next two weeks (talk about outstaying your welcome). This weekend it will pour but the birthday party and class I am taking will still take place (I wish we had rain days). And since it will be raining anyway, I am reserving Sunday for doing nothing. After traveling and going away for most of the weekends in March it will be nice to curl up with a book at home. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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{turns out this is where Aladdin stays when he is in town}

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{dinner for 10 in our Sonoma mansion – the Cline Villa – last weekend}

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{the pool at our villa}

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{I’m no artist, but I made this to add some color to our otherwise all white and grey bedroom}

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{gorgeous bougainvillea creeping up the wall}

Love n’ Haight

Sometimes I wish I had that artist gene. It runs in the fam, my sister got it but it skipped me. She can literally draw or paint anything. She made a poster for me when I ran for president (of the 8th grade) that was my name in the same script as the Coca-Cola logo (ps. I won, and it was probably because of that poster). The coolest thing I have ever drawn or painted was a replica of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ – it was a total Monet. But instead of making my own art, like my sister does, or like she will hopefully do for me, I need to buy it. And you guys know I have no trouble buying things, no trouble at all.


I am attached to art with lots of colors. I love that this one, by Kristy Gammill, is neon bright but also abstract. It could go anywhere in my apartment to add a pop of color. This girl on Haight has some talent, should I commission her for a painting to hang in my house? I might steer away from the skull, but she is using all the colors of the rainbow.