Archive for July, 2009

Art house destroyed in a fire

July 31, 2009

mosaice599d3bee448c44e3e9dc4dbce04b1b3519b0c44Last night as I was riding home on the metro and I looked to the left and saw tons of smoke, fire engines and the street blocked off. I had no idea the beautiful home of the Peggy Cafritz, founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was on fire and had burned to the ground! I just read the feature on her house in O, The Oprah Magazine that showcased her priceless collection of artwork by young DC artists of color whom she has long supported. I remember thinking what an amazing home and collection. It’s a very sad loss.


It’s almost my birthday

July 30, 2009

My 15% off discount card came in the mail today for my birthday on August 24. Naturally, leave it to Anthropologie to send the best ever discount card. Their marketing and design people come up with the greatest stuff. It came in this great little pouch with these cool little buttons. Awe, at least someone is early with my gift.


More event design inspiration

July 30, 2009



I’m blown away by the creativity of so many of the event designers out there. One of my favorites is Jung Lee of Fête.  Her new blog  (or style book as she describes it) features so many cool ideas and inspiration for events.  I love that her take is so modern, simplistic and she provides ideas that you can use for small intimate affairs or large events.  Examples like the digital place cards and this place setting are such a fun and unpredictable twist to entertaining.  I’m sure this will become a daily read for me.

Great venues in Philadelphia

July 30, 2009


I’ve been living in Washington, D.C. for over 10 years now and usually refer to it as home but as they say “You can take the girl out of Philly but you can’t take the Philly out of the girl”. I’ve developed such an appreciation for all the creative things happening in Philly. While it is a city plagued with many of the problems of  most east coast cities, the down to earth and creative vibe in the arts and music continues to thrive in my hometown. There’s a distinctly unique culture that is reflective in what’s going on around town. I recently learned about two venues The FUEL house and the Crane Arts Center. Both of these amazing spaces remind me of the great history and architecture in Philly. What great places to stage unique, modern events set against the backdrop of a great town. Growing up I spent many summers enjoying the city life, going to museums, having long lunches with my parents in “center city”, doing Sunday dinner shopping at the wonderful Reading Terminal,  shopping at John Wanamakers and wandering around South Street. I’m going home for a visit in a few weeks and will be sure to post about it through a native girl’s eyes. Oh, Philly I still love you and can’t wait for my reason to party!