Principles


From Grunge to Gorgeous

March of 2020: lockdown.

What I crave more than anything: a garden.

What I’ve got: 100 square feet of broken concrete, surrounded by a broken fence, looking onto a vacant lot which the guy down the block insists is his. (It’s not.) I’ve gotten into a guerrilla gardening war over this lot, and lost.

Magical Fairyland Patio, With Cat

Cat sitting atop a very high bookshelf, looking down with an alarmed expression.

The ONE Biggest Mistake

You don’t have to take down a wall to see radical improvement in your interior design. Just start with the simple stuff!


Moving Rocks

Last Friday I spent the whole day laying a walkway, with stuff I dug up in the garden last summer. The lack of tension in my garden has been bothering me all year. Even though stuff was growing with unprecedented vigor, it was all the same green. There weren’t […]


Why Decoration Is High Art

It’s the easiest thing in the world. You don’t even have to think. Just invoke the D-word during a critique, at any fine arts academy in the world, and watch the artist crumble. “It’s decorative.” In other words: trivial, shallow, trite, banal, unintelligent, and unworthy of further consideration. (“Feminine,” […]


How Design Can Break You

A walk through a BMW showroom once gave me a nervous breakdown. I was living the dream, as an artist in San Francisco during the height of the tech boom. I had a secure job, a flourishing studio practice and a quasi-jet-setter lifestyle. My programmer boyfriend and I spent […]


You Don’t Need Twelve Million Dollars

…to have an amazing home. In my inbox today: this stunning Malibu home, courtesy of my subscription to Trulia (otherwise known as Crack for Designers.) I am supposed to covet this home. It is owned by actor Matthew Perry and is on sale for a mere $12,500,000. It gives […]


How To Avoid Being Swallowed

repost from the Practical Bodywork Blog It’s impossible to overstate how big an effect your environment has on your nervous system. Living in urban environments, it’s easy to forget that human beings evolved, literally, in nature. Our nervous systems are attuned to cues that have been in place for millions […]


How NOT to Hang Art

What’s wrong with this picture? No, it’s not that the center painting is “pornographic” and “a danger to children and vulnerable adults.” It’s the aesthetic cacophony. Friends, there is no better way to have your art installation scream, “I was curated on a shoestring budget and installed in a […]