Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The May issue of Paper City features interior designer Lisa Epley's très chic townhouse. Now, if the house in The Woodlands I featured in the last post wasn't "me", then this is the antithesis. Epley's house sings to me. I absolutely adore the grey walls and high gloss, ebonized floors, no matter how impractical they may be. I love the use of chic, feminine details and the overall palette of black, white, and grey with the occasional punch of color.
You'll notice that Epley seems to love mirrors. When she moved out of her previous residence in River Oaks and into her new Upper Kirby townhouse, most of her furniture had to go, as it was too large for her new digs. Her collection of antique, gilded French mirrors, however, made the move with her. Along with the wall and floor mirrors, you'll notice mirrored chests and armoires, as well as some creative uses of mirrored surfaces. For her teenage daughter's room, Epley bought a couple of nightstands from IKEA and had them custom covered in mirrors. The kitchen back splash is also mirrored. I'm sure it is high-maintenance, but sometimes, life just calls for style over functionality and this house has it in spades.
Lisa Epley on her roof-top garden wearing an organza and tulle skirt by Vanessa Riley of London. Sofas and cocktail table by West Elm, Greek key pillow by Hien Lam, Iron planters by James Dawson Design
Friday, May 23, 2008
Customer: “I want to speak to the person who sold me this!”
Me: “Actually, I believe that was me. I remember you.”
Customer: “No, it couldn't have been you! The girl I spoke with had long hair!”
(I wordlessly take my hair out of the ponytail.)
Customer: “No, she was prettier than you are. I’ll come back tomorrow.”
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
My experience as a teacher has been invaluable. I've learned so much about people, handling tricky situations, anticipating problems, etc. Teachers wear so many hats: educator, psychologist, mother, sister, friend, counselor, comedian, entertainer, life coach, and so on. I have nothing but the utmost respect for teachers. Well, at least those who are in the profession for the right reasons and not as a matter of convenience.
I've always had a great rapport with most of my students and have found the career to be rewarding, but I have always yearned for something more. So, after four years of teaching high school, I will be "graduating" along with the class of 2008. Graduating from one profession to another. I've been very interested in real estate for as long as I can remember. It is something I've always wanted to do and the time finally feels right. I have secured a position as a realtor at a boutique company that specializes in high end properties and will begin this summer as soon as I obtain my license. I think it will be a great fit for me. I am both excited and nervous, but mostly eager to start my new career.
Seeing as how John Hughes is responsible for the greatest teen movies of the 80's, I am using him as my metaphor for my second high school experience. Monsieur Hughes, I bid you adieu, but don't you forget about me.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Check out this video clip from the finale:
Images from People.com
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Sculptures looking out onto the city from the rooftop terrace. The terrace was jaw-dropping with its amazing views, summer kitchen, sculptures, and enough room for the best soiree ever.
Another Fabulous View
Believe me, I wanted to take so many more pictures! There were at least 10-15 rooms that I was unable to photograph. If I had, they would have sent me to Alcatraz (see above)! The SF Decorator Showcase runs through May 26th, so if you happen to be in the area, I would highly recommend that you go. It is so much fun to see the work of all of these incredibly talented designers and it is all for a good cause. The money raised through this event benefits the scholarship fund at San Francisco University High School.
For pictures of many of the rooms I was unable to photograph, make sure to visit More Ways to Waste Time who was lucky enough to score an invite to the press preview for the showcase.