daeyang gallery and house

Daeyang Gallery and House

I came across these two videos after reading about this Korean gallery and house designed by architect Steven Holl in the May issue of Dwell magazine.

I love architecture and design, and I love how these buildings incorporate light, water, space and angles into living and performance spaces that feel uplifting. In the first video, Holl talks about the spaces and the ideas he was trying to communicate with these buildings; the second video is a beautiful visual tour through some of the spaces.

My favorite bits are the skylights covered with water, that cast flickering pools of light on the rooms below, and the flat plane of water that is such an integral part of the entire design. (Plus I also love all the wood and stone and glass!) I wish I could live in this space…

even more maps

Instagram map 1

I had fun on the weekend (in between bouts of severe endo pain) taking and editing some more map photos. I used Instagram and Camera+ on each of these images. (Did I mention how much fun this was?)

One of the things I really love about maps – apart from their usefulness – is their colours and shapes. Pale pastels – especially blues and greens – or brilliant rainbow hues like pink, yellow, gold and purple. Most of these maps are from my own collection of old National Geographic or road maps. A couple are from photos I took of maps in magazines, which I then cropped and edited in my iPhone.

I appreciate the advice of someone who’s been there before.

Instagram map 2

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love letter to a porch

porch 1

I’ve been looking after a friend’s place while she’s away. Every other day I water one of her trees. While I wait for the water to seep into the parched earth, I sit on her porch. I bring the same magazine, day after day, and re-read it from cover to cover. (I’m afraid of changing magazines, because I love this one that I’ve been reading, and it’s now tied so closely with the magical experience of sitting on my friend’s porch that I’m afraid of jinxing things by changing even one element.)

I appreciate porches. And good magazines. And perfect summer evenings.

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the best day

birthday cards

It was my birthday a couple of days ago. I’m kind of funny about birthdays – I like them to be as perfect as possible. So over the years I’ve tried to create the circumstances that will likely lead to the greatest possible enjoyment on my special day.


My perfect day consists of:

  • Waking whenever I feel like it.
  • Having absolutely nothing that I have to do.
  • Doing yoga.
  • Eating amazing, nourishing food.
  • Lazing in bed or napping if I want to.
  • Reading a lot. Soulful magazines are a favorite choice.
  • Watching movies.
  • Having a bath or two.


So on my birthday I promised myself I wouldn’t do anything I didn’t want to do. I decided not to work on the computer. I bought a bunch of favorite magazines (a rare treat) the day before, and read them all in bed.

I cooked amazing meals, had two baths (morning and night), did yoga, and napped three or four times. (Seriously.)

vegetable stew

I also played with my cats a lot, and stayed up late watching two movies. It was the best day.

cat eating green beans