Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)

Ikea as investment furniture

Ikea as investment furniture

Dear Ikea, We know that haters love to hate on you. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard all the mean things they say about your stuff: It’s cheap. It’s generic and soul-less. It’s for just-starting-out kids (not real grown-ups). It’s for those without style who think you can buy style. (And that’s just about your stuff–not(…)

How we’re beating the heat this summer

How we’re beating the heat this summer

I am a Northwest native. Well, not technically. My family has been in the northwest only as far back as the early 1900s–but most of them came from northern Europe, and I’m guessing that they stopped wandering and settled in here because  when they got to this land of grey sky, green trees, and cool(…)

Simple kitchen design

Simple kitchen design

Well, I posted a while back about an online class I’m working through on design. It’s called Creation of Artifacts. It was 8 week class focused on solving a design challenge of some sort, which finished up this week. I had plans to post regularly about the experience, but that just didn’t happen. (I might(…)

Making a summer project plan

Making a summer project plan

We are in the midst of what I think of as The Dream Time. Both Cane and I work in schools, so we are at the beginning of summer break. For some reason, the weeks between the end of school (in late mid-June) and the 4th of July always seem like not-real time. It feels(…)

An intentional home: Ready to dive deeper

An intentional home: Ready to dive deeper

It’s been about six months since I declared “intentional” our word for the year and announced our hopes to start a revolution in the home blogging world. In case you weren’t around back in January, here’s a snippet: We want to read (and be) a blog that helps all of us see the stupefying beauty(…)