Bad Name, Good Stuff: Cool Culinaria

August 2nd, 2012

I love vintage menus, cocktail napkins, and other restaurant ephemera. Brand new website Cool Culinaria (again, not so much with the name, guys) has some amazing reproduction prints. Check it.

El Rancho restaurant, Las Vegas, 1942

Mayflower Donuts, NYC, 1939

J.H. Ireland House, Chicago, 1940s


Timothy Sue Removable Wallpaper

July 23rd, 2012

A swirl of awesome references goes through my head when I look at this amazing pattern on Timothy Sue’s removable (!) wallpaper. Mainly: My love for Memphis (the movement, not the place; I’ve never been) and this DIY decorating story I wrote for Blueprint magazine that never saw the light of day.

Timothy Sue


Crazy Salad & Other Vintage Ephron

July 17th, 2012

Ogling vintage Nora Ephron books…


Nikki Couppee

July 6th, 2012

Nikki Couppee‘s jewels look like mermaid treasures that have washed ashore.



Lula #14: Juliana Romano

July 4th, 2012

I interviewed painter Juliana Romano for Lula‘s 14th issue. You can see the whole piece here.

Juliana won me over by referencing the cover art of the (circa ’80s) Sweet Valley High books. I wasn’t allowed to read them (too trashy?) but, man, was I tempted by those ice-cream-social pastel portraits of Esprit-clad heroines.

Juliana also put me on to Fairfield Porter, whose work she admires because he “uses paint in a way that blows my mind.” Personally, I’m fascinated by the New England bon vivant-ism of them. The subjects he paints make him seem to me like a Norman Rockwell for the WASP set of the 1950s.

Portrait of Frank O’Hara by Fairfield Porter


Be Still, My Heart: Ferse Verse

July 2nd, 2012

Ferse Verse is an online shop that’s based in Hong Kong. It carries everything and nothing you need. I’m easily taken in by unnecessary niceties like these.

I admit to a weakness for scrub brushes here.

Soviet Slava watch

Hand towel that says “insurance