organization & musings

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.



Oh, Missoula!

We arrived in Missoula, Montana for the summer awakening this year. Flying in at midnight, the girls and I felt a chill in the air and a barely perceptible mist, rare for the dry climate. By the time our man arrived a few days later the thermostat had risen to 90. I quickly caught up with my friends’ sandal-tanned feet {READ MORE}

deer antler jewelry organizer

I’ve come across some beautiful and inspiring painted deer antlers at flea markets and on etsy. Most of the antlers I see are sold as tabletop art. Being a utilitarian girl, and also generally averse to clutter, I look for innovative uses for everyday (and not-so-everyday) objects. It occurred to me a mounted deer antler, {READ MORE}

Shoe Organization How-To

It’s been about a year since I wrote about organizing my shoes. With the recent closet cleanout, and my teeny weeny footwear obsession, the shoes in my closet have changed. Time to reshoot my shoes and organize the boxes for easy identification. At the risk of repeating previous topics, I’m including a how-to for shooting {READ MORE}

hoarding and purging

I hate it when I buy clothes that I don’t wear, or even let food go bad before eating it. I dislike wasting. And yet, I love surrounding myself with objects that make my my eyes smile. I enjoy acquiring treasures. In many ways the blogging culture that has erupted encourages consumerism. It’s like everyone {READ MORE}

royal sleep

every day I get out of bed feeling like a crumpled up piece of paper. every day i try to iron myself out at the gym or in pilates class or whatever way possible. i have decided that i will train myself to sleep on my back. and this will solve all my problems. you {READ MORE}

13 ways to kick start creativity in 2013

it’s hard to feel inspired after the holidays. for two weeks after xmas, i couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, had trouble focusing on work assignments and basically felt lazy. here are 13 ways to get those creative juices flowing in the new year: 1. organize your work space. i always start with this {READ MORE}

shoe project done!

turns out i’m an equal opportunity shoe lover (except the cheap variety). photographing my shoes led me to evaluate whether each pair is current and in good condition. i’ll admit that a few are a little scuffed, but i’m not ready to part with them yet. step-by-step shoe box photo labeling: 1. photograph your shoes. choose {READ MORE}

fall closet cleanout

the weather has changed in new york. i love how predictable the seasons are. school starts and it’s time for longer pants and blouses. jeans feel tight after a summer of dresses, but it’s not long before i’m happily wearing them again every weekend. as soon as the weather turns and the leaves start to {READ MORE}