i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating. here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…
our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!
here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!
to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work. i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.
here’s the end result:
it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…
spring is in the air today in philly! warmer weather is on its way, i can feel it in my bones, and i’m so excited to wear lighter clothes and brighter colors and prints. like maybe…floral shoes and socks? it’s such a sweet look and literally puts some spring in your step. which of these floral shoes would you wear?
good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling. our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.
what you need:
for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.
the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.
i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!
if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:
i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours. when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.
i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!
guys…i am so stoked about this year’s bonnaroo lineup!!!
they seem to be going back to their roots, which makes me very happy. there are some big bands that have had amazing years – arcade fire, black keys, mumford and sons, florence and the machine, there are the jam bands and bonnaroo staples – widespread panic, robert plant & band of joy, my morning jacket, string cheese incident, primus, gregg allman, warren haynes, bela fleck, railroad earth…and then there are the surprises – like buffalo springfield featuring richie furay, stephen stills, neil young, rick rosas & joe vitale, and superjam featuring dan auerbach (of the black keys) and dr. john. check out the full lineup on the website.
here’s a little playlist of some of the bands playing this year! man, listening to widespread takes me back…love those guys. so who’s going with me?
“say anything,” he said. “you can’t make a mistake when you improvise.”
“what if i mess it up? what if i screw up the rhythm?”
“you can’t,” he said. “it’s like drumming. if you miss a beat, you create another.”
in this simple exchange, sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that i have accessed my whole life.
he looked at me, my cowboy with indian ways. “you know, the dreams you had for me weren’t my dreams,” he said. “maybe those dreams are meant for you.”
“i believed he would once again embrace the knowledge that there is no pure evil, nor pure good, only purity.”
he always returned to his muse. i no longer felt that i was the right model for him, but he would wave my objections away. he saw in me more than i could see in myself. whenever he peeled the image from the polaroid negative, he would say, “with you i can’t miss.”
we were leaving the swirl of our post-brooklyn existence, which had been dominated by the vibrating arena of the chelsea hotel. the merry-go-round was slowing down. as i packed even the most insignificant of things accumulated in the past few years, they were accompanied by a slide show of faces, some of which i would never see again…
many would not make it…taken down, the stardom they so desired just out of reach, tarnished stars falling from the sky.
i feel no sense of vindication as one of the handfuls of survivors. i would rather have seen them all succeed, catch the brass ring. as it turned out, it was i who got one of the best horses.
just returned from a weekend in san francisco and i think my head is still somewhere up in those clouds… it was my first time back since moving back to philly two years ago and i feel like i slipped back into a different time for a few days. there’s magic in the air out there.