Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The downside of life, the part that you hope never happens to you, the shivering in the cold and rain part; thats what I have witnessed more much often since I have lived in Castleberry Hill. Partly because I used to live next to a homeless shelter and partly because where I live now the homeless people like to hang out. One of these people is usually very friendly and will frequently say hi to Lola as I walk her. He'll ask for a "dime". I'll throw a couple quarters. His smile is electric and he literally hangs out just outside my gate walking up and down Peters St. He tells me he will not go to the shelter. He seemed to be OK with that decision. However, the other day was completely miserable. 40 degrees, raining, windy. Not pleasant. Luckily, I bought this great wool coat at Rag-a-rama back in September for something like $12. Lola had chewed off one of the toggles. I wasn't going to use it and I knew just the person that needed it. All I can is that there are a lot of people out there that need this kind of help. A lot of churches in the midtown and downtown area will distribute coats to the homeless. You can always bring them to the Baptist Rescue Mission on Peters St. in Castleberry Hill. Hey, if you see somebody that looks cold and not too terribly unfriendly help them out with some warmth. It's cold out there this time of year and I'm sure they will appreciate it.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Castleberry Hill Loft Tour was another hit this year. 9 lofts in various sizes and floor plans were displayed. One of the highlights was seeing the photographer Calvin Lockwood's residence. He as a multi-story loft above his gallery/photography studio called the Granite Room. He has impressive collection of furniture. A wide variety of architectural elements like a spiral staircase and rooftop koi pond add appeal to his unit.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I've lived downtown for 4 years now and I usually take the Georgia Dome exit off of the connector to get home if I am coming from the North. I drive by the America's Mart buildings every time. Still, my first time going in there was last week. I'm glad I did too, because they have amazing deals. They act as the distributor and wholesaler to other buyers for boutique stores. Therefore, they have incredibly low priced items. Everything ranging from low-end $4 jewelry items to expensive pieces of furniture.
Monday, June 8, 2009
It only happens once a year. Herman Miller is having a sale. 15% off some of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 20th century including many of Charles and Ray Eames most famous work. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, (LCW) Lounge Chair Wood, and the Eames rocker. Sale ends June 20th.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
A small nook of a store in the Poncey-Highlands called Highland Row Antiques is where I found this here dandy. I couldn't believe it; the best stuff really does come from thrift stores. It does not have any tag but it definitely pays homage to the late Risom's lounge chair for Knoll designed way back in '41. I love the nylon web strap look. At $10 I couldn't say no, it will make a great desk chair.
Friday, June 5, 2009
This blog isn't only about interior design, it's also about green car design. In July I will have had my Prius for two years. On a day to day basis I don't think about what it means to drive this car. Every once in awhile I really appreciate it, like yesterday when I drove all over the city for work. Here are some raw numbers. I've driven over 37,000 miles in the past two years in this car. I average 44-47 miles per gallon depending on the weather conditions. On one tank of gas I average around 430-460 miles before I refill. The best way to get great gas mileage is to watch the data output screen that explains at that second how much gas you are using. I've taught myself how to coast and glide and therefore extend my gas tank for longer. I like that Toyota went back and redesigned some elements for the 2009. The front grill needed some tinkering. But, I think this car is doing fine and as long as something catastrophic doesn't happen, I will be driving for many more years. Oh, that reminds me, I need to get an oil change. It does require oil changes...