Entries from August 2008

Organization by Color

August 25, 2008

I’ve always been so impressed by books organized by color.
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Look at that! The main problem, of course, is that if you’re looking for a specific book and cannot remember the color of the spine it would be near impossible to find if you have more than 100 books. I’ve also heard that it’s easiest to organize books by color if you take the book jacket off (in order to get a more solid colored spine).

I organize my clothes by color. Unlike books, it actually helps me find what I’m looking for. Also, my clothes reside in the hall closet which is a set of french doors – so you can see everything. The hardest part of this kind of organization is deciding which color to start with and where do black and white fit in? I’ll photograph my closet for you to let you know how I worked it.

So this morning I thought it would be a good idea to organize my toolbar on my desktop by color.
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This is my desktop. The very bottom is my toolbar housing my design applications along with other tools. I considered getting rid of everything except my adobe creative suite (the solid blocks of color that look like they came from the table of elements). I decided against that considering how often I access everything else on my toolbar. So, like a huge nerd, I thought it would be fun to organize it by color. I started with the Finder locked to the far left and worked my way to the right where my hard drive and trash hang out. So far, like a shelf of color-coded books I’m having a hard time finding things but I like the way it looks!

Updated To-Do

August 22, 2008

Our goal is getting all of the following done before our housewarming party next month.

Weekend to-do:
1. Grout tile (backsplash and floor)
2. Caulk baseboards, quarter round and anything else that needs to be caulked.
By the way… I’ve noticed over the past month of living in our home that everything is pretty much being held together with caulk. I’m ust going to add to it.

3. Paint, paint, paint.
4. Paint: bathroom baseboards and threshold
5. Paint: hallway (walls and trim and doors)
6. Paint: Kitchen pantry area – CHALKBOARD
7. Paint: Office wall – CHALKBOARD
8. Paint: Kitchen cabinets (they just need one more coat of white)
9. Paint: Kitchen walls – touch ups
10. Paint: Bathroom wall – touch ups

11. Install kitchen lighting (cabinet lights, pendant over the sink, nook light, maybe a new overhead light for the kitchen)
12. Install cabinets knobs and pulls

13. Measure, order and install basement door
14. Print photos and hang frames
15. In fact, frame all artwork laying around that needs it
16. Unpack and set up office (currently the room that’s holding all of our stuff that we don’t know what to do with)
17. Install light in hallway, remove ugly fire alarm.
18. Cover up the carbon monoxide hole in the kitchen cabinets
19. Replace broken window in living room
20. Buy patio furniture

I’m sure there’s more to be added but those are the things that are top of mind.

Long term to do includes:
1. Install 4 piers under the house
2. Replace furnace
3. Bury electric lines

Oh, hello.

August 22, 2008

These would look damn good attached to my ankles.
And against my wood floors. Ha.

And these would just be a good staple for the fall.

And while we’re on the subject…
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“I can be a Mad Men for cheap!”
Jeremy scored these, in Celery, for $14. He’s the master of bargains.

In fact, he found us these for our kitchen cabinets for just $1.86 each.
Terrible photo, but you get the idea.

Office Space

August 21, 2008

A great amount of time is spent in the office.It seems as if most people strive to make their office space conducive to being productive while at the same time adding a little personal touch to their space.

We’re all familiar with the office space in Joe Versus the Volcano, featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. He works in a dark, dank, florescent flickering lights, cinder-block wall kind of space. But even he tries to make it his own by bringing in a Hawaii themed lamp.

So without further ado, here is my office space.
This was a candid snapped by one of my favorite photographers I work with. Yes, I’m always wearing headphones that large.

Here’s a detail of my desk. Our space has these loud wood floors so a few of us thought we could slap down some FLOR tiles to help with noise control. When you order FLOR tile you can request samples – they’re miniature and therefore adorable. So my robots and wind-up sushi have their very own FLORing.

Here’s a detail of the actual FLOR on the floor.

I work in a warehouse built in 1919 in Bricktown, OKC. It’s an open office space that 23 people share. I’m back in the creative corner with a north-facing window behind me and an East facing window to my right. It gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Sometimes it smells a little. Sometimes if I’m working late on a Thursday or Friday night I can smell smoke and cheap cologne accompanied by a pounding beat from the night-club we share the building with. Everyone always knows what everyone else is doing. With all that said, I absolutely adore this space and feel so lucky to be a creative in this kind of environment.

One time our elevator shaft was on fire. I’m not entirely sure what the situation was but everyone was evacuated from the building. We all used the elevator the next day, no questions asked.

This is a detail shot of some of the wall structures built to divide up the warehouse space.

Our space is so cool and perfect that we’ve reserved it as location set for our favorite clients.
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This is a still from a commercial we shot in the corner where my desk is. As we were setting up that shoot I thought something was missing – a rug. I ran home and grabbed mine from the living room at the last second. I thought it added another really nice layer of texture.

We’ve also shot up on the top floor of the building for our own special projects.
It looks quite a bit different.

My brother was the talent for that particular shoot.
He does this thing where he puts a ping-pong ball in his mouth and sucks it in and out really fast. You kind of don’t know what you just saw when he does it. He’s incredibly talented and deserves a post all on his own. I’ll do that one of these days.

I should note that it was FREEZING when we shot this project. I should also note that I work with my sister. She’s the boss of me. That’s her on the left.

We managed to squeeze a few more family portraits out of that shoot.


I would show you a photo of Jeremy’s office space too but it’s top secret. And it’s mostly just a shrine to me, though. Haha. No, really.


August 20, 2008

Jeremy’s grill has finally made it’s way to our deck this past weekend. So far we’ve made some delicious jalapeno, mango and cream cheese quesadillas, corn on the cob and some tofu and veggie shishkabobs.


Jeremy sez: I was tasked with “making the sauce”. After putting together a few ingredients that sounded good together (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar) we had what was unmistakably barbecue sauce, completely serendipitously.

Next we’re going to try out some provolone portobello mushroom burgers.

Oh and yes, that is some kitchen tile you see on the wall back there.

So far so good. The venthood is installed (after calling out an electrician to install a plug and make sure we’re not going to start a fire in the attic) and the backsplash tile will probably be finished today. I’m going to grout it myself over the weekend. After that, everything is moving right along.

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