high line

have you seen this, have you heard about this? it's an elevated park planted atop a long abandoned rail line that runs through the west side of manhattan. such a brilliant and refreshing example of re-purposing.

to think, it was this close to being torn down and now it's an "emerald in the rough", if you will. such a beautiful idea, nature and industry paired together to serve as a place of serenity. if only this would happen more often with the obsolete structures of our past.


the hutton house

this beauty is right down the street from my parent's house in the desert. i've had my eye on it since i can remember and a couple of months ago i got to tour the inside. it was for sale at the time and i begged and begged my mom to buy it but alas, she declined.

it's an adobe that was built in 1922 by the cavanaugh brothers who planted a date grove on the surrounding property. the walls are built from thick adobe bricks and the inside still contains all the original flooring and windows.the architectural details are amazing. luckily, it's been deemed a historical property and although a lackluster gated community has been built up around it this place isn't going anywhere.

if you find yourself on cook street and hwy 111 in indian wells i suggest you drive by. maybe poke around to get a view into one of the windows like i did. it's a stunning example of a house that was built with thought in mind.


as i was saying...

elvis. 1968 come back special. so. INCREDIBLE.

if you haven't seen it, see it.


100 greatest

when i originally set out to write this post my intention was to talk about how hot as g-dang hell i think elvis was in his 1968 come back special but i'll leave that for another time.

because, upon searching for some more information on rolling stone's most recent top 100 artists issue i stumbled upon a sneak peak of the artwork that will be featured this year. how do i describe it? i can't. all i can say is that before i saw this little teaser i didn't really care much about getting my hands on a copy but NOW, now i'll be the first one in line at the news stand! how captivating is this portrait of johnny cash?

equally as enticing, each entry is written by another musician. not saying that's good or bad but i am interested to hear what, say, "the other elvis" costello has to say about the beatles.

photo: mark burckhardt


art in the streets

 spray paint, old to new

lee quinones

 mode 2, detail
 henry chalfant
 my toes
margaret kilgallen
i went to the opening day of "art in the streets" at the geffen this weekend and i must say, it was pretty cool. i was apprehensive about going, probably a little bit of snobbery on my part. i thought it would be a museum full of d-bags and posers but it turns out there weren't too many, just some really interesting artwork.

the banksy piece above gave me the chills, the detail in the "street" display was beyond explanation and i could have stared at hugh holland's photos for hours. the bum from the "neckface" walk through even offered me some of his popov. i'm still regretting not taking him up on the offer.

photos: j. kurtz


miracle mile

photo: j. kurtz



it's something i'm surrounded by on a daily basis as an interior designer but i sometimes forget its significance. attending a lecture by allan greenberg on wednesday reminded me. 
it was just amazing to sit and listen to someone so talented and informed speak about the thought that goes into truly moving spaces. architecture is art and just like something you'd see displayed on a wall, it becomes even more engaging once you know the story behind its creation. one specific example that was referenced, the barcelona pavilion by meis van der rohe. the consideration that was taken for every detail creates this magical space that you end up feeling rather than seeing, even though you're just looking at a photograph. i can't even imagine what it would be like to actually visit the site.

so, the question i am left with is this, why don't we have more of this? why do we tear down beautiful buildings from yesteryears just to pour slabs of concrete over them and erect endless miles of strip malls? why do the details seem to be overlooked and stories not told anymore? where is the story behind a track home of which hundreds of clones exist in every neighborhood?


meet pajamas

she also goes by "peej". she likes to meow really loudly for no reason at all directly into your face, insessantly. unless you are a stranger, then she prefers to hiss at your face as a sign of her extreme disturbance by your presence. she enjoys long walks in the back yard and scratching the abaca rug that is located directly under her ultra super deluxe "scratch lounge". sometimes she likes her sister and sometimes she does not but there is never a question about which side of the fence she is on. if you feel like you might want to be friends with her too bad, she is a crazy, psychotic lunatic around anyone she doesn't know.

but she sure takes a pretty picture, doesn't she?


"don't buy it unless you love it"

truer words have not been spoken, design-wise at least, and a friend of mine had to remind me of this last night when i was hemming and hawing about whether or not to buy this sofa i found on craig's list. if you find yourself in the same predicament just repeat, repeat, repeat and you'll come to your senses.

i thought it was turquoise but really it was a smokey gray. plus it needed new stuffing. plus the legs were a little wobbly. plus it was more than i wanted to spend on an interim piece. had it been my dream color i could have overlooked everything else but since i wasn't in love with it i politely declined interest.

i know design can be difficult, it's my job and it's still tough to do it for myself, but if you remember simple rules like this you'll be ok.



isn't it just the best?

in fact, some studies have shown that, when it comes to physical beauty, we find symmetrical facial features the most appealing and attractive.

photo: palmer weiss interior design


this week in color

fresh poppies at botany and new red door on la grange ave.

photos: j. kurtz


can you see it?

the main fabric on the right used as drapery. white walls. white concrete floor. black iron bed. painted black nightstands. white flokati rug. freshly cut billy balls.

huh, huh, can you see it?

photos: australian house & garden, fifty flowers



this guy, gets me every time.

if you laugh as heartily as i did when you read this then we should probably be friends.


"how to steal like an artist"

remember when i told you last week that i was feeling less than inspired? well, good lord, i came across this article the very next day and it totally put me at ease. i was feeling like every letter i typed had to turn into something profoundly original and interesting. turns out, it doesn't. 

every single bit of this post has me thinking and i cannot thank my friend sarah enough for sharing it. gone are the days of feeling like i need to live up to some imagined precedent that i have created for myself. new on the horizon, things that interest me, period. that's it and that's all. i'll continue to share them here and if you like then i hope you continue along for the ride.


color wheel

if you could choose any color for this, what would it be? i have a set of them that i'm going to re-finish. green? blue maybe??

i can't decide so i need your help.