Making the White House Gold (Again)

Melania and Donald will be moving into the White House soon.

Let that sink in for a moment…

We all know Trump loves gold, both figuratively and literally. (When you really think about it, who doesn’t?) Here are a few pics from Melania and Donald’s Manhattan penthouse:

Trump Penthouse in Manhattan

The White House does have some bling to it too:

But I think the incoming first family can add even more bezazzle (is that a word?) to the domicile of the president. Don’t you?

In honor of the Trump family’s forthcoming move to the White House, I decided to go gold myself. Since we’re all going to be rich really soon, we might as well act like it! I use a step stool to access the treasure trove of shoes in the upper shelves of my closet. I’ve had this step ladder for many years and through a few moves, too. It has served me well and deserved a sprucing up. Just like the White House!

Gold step ladder in my closetGold step ladder in my closet Gold step ladder in my closet

Well that’s not quite accurate, because the White House has never been gold. But as we learned from the 2016 election, there’s a first time for everything. The White House is not lacking in gaudy and ostentatious décor. But I know Melania can do better. Maybe a mural of the Donald and his court of buffoons on the ceiling? How about a bust of a gilded pussy that he can grab whenever the urge strikes? That’s just what the Oval Office needs right now, I think.



Hugs and stuff

A lot of post-election commentary has been written dissecting “what went wrong” with the 2016 presidential election. I don’t think any thing went wrong. I think liberals didn’t understand the extent of the racism, sexism, fear and disillusionment in this country. Among full- and part-time workers in the U.S., blacks earn just 75% as much as whites in median {READ MORE}


I recently returned from a trip back to New York. We arrived in Queens, amid the usual insane driving and traffic, loud noises and … well, it’s New York. I had just completed a big design project and needed some down time. But I couldn’t relax. I took work calls and dealt with client issues. I {READ MORE}

Buying a new home is hard and other luxury problems

I’ve played the hermit crab this spring, retreating to my shell… mostly because I’ve been convalescing (read: sleeping 9+ hours a night) after a compression fracture of my L1 vertebra during some Xtreme sledding in early winter. (Sledding is now off the approved activities list btw.) Throughout my recovery, I have been keeping busy, though—looking for a {READ MORE}

(gift)wrapped up

Each holiday season I brainstorm ideas for Christmas gift wrapping. A few years ago I wrapped gifts using kraft paper and stamps, which was tactile and festive. This year, I’m not sure yet what I’ll do. I’ve been collecting pine cones and evergreen twigs… maybe something will materialize out of them. I’ve seen many cool and beautiful wrapping ideas {READ MORE}


I recently returned from a graphic design conference in New Orleans. What a gritty, smelly, inspiring, beautiful city! And people are super friendly. I’m so glad I got a chance to go there. Old meets new in New Orleans—in architecture, tourism and music. My favorite places were the Little Flea Nola, Magazine Street, the cemeteries, Cochon Restaurant and Mardi {READ MORE}

The Uninspired Designer

I just got back from a graphic design conference. The conference was titled, “Revival.” That is exactly how I feel after four days of rousing talks, spirited roundtable discussions, and a lack of immediate client demands: refreshed, renewed, revived. While at the conference, a client inadvertently sent me a long email thread in which she said I was “uninspired.” While {READ MORE}

egg shell herb starts

While it has been a warm winter and early spring out west, in the northeast we’ve suffered a cold, long winter. But the sun is finally shining and the birds are singing their sweet songs. Hello, Spring! Now that temps are consistently above 40 degrees and the fear of frost is over, it’s time to {READ MORE}

easter egg tree

Happy Easter! I made glitter eggs in anticipation of the Easter holiday. I considered the best way to display these sparkly puppies… a cylindrical glass vase or a low-rimmed bowl would work. But I was inspired by a friend’s “egg tree” and decided that was definitely the way to go. If you’re hanging around feeling jittery after eating your kid’s {READ MORE}

glitter easter eggs

Our Easter tradition is to visit my family in California. Northern California is spectacular in the spring. The verdant hills glow with new growth and smell like luscious damp dew in the mornings. The temperature (low 70s) feels perfect. And I don’t have to cook anything while there except egg salad for Easter lunch. Yum! My girls and I haven’t {READ MORE}