HGTV Open Casting Call – Philadelphia


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Design Star, HGTV’s top-rated reality competition series, is currently casting for their sixth season and are holding an open casting call in Philadelphia on Monday, January 10, 2011. I thought I would help spread the word to my fellow Philadelphians – we have such great creative energy in this city and I’m sure one of you would be perfect for this program !  According to the casting assistant at CBS, they are looking for someone with “extensive design knowledge, a personality that pops, passion for design, lots of energy and enthusiasm and a clear and unique design perspective.”

Date: Monday, January 10, 2011

Time: 10am - 1pm

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel at 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Holiday Party + Trunk Show


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Bario-Neal Jewelry Holiday Party and Trunk Show
featuring Marina Borker Stained Glass and Loop Hand-Drawn | Eco-Conscious paper

T O N I G H T  from 5.30pm to 9.30pm at the Bario-Neal Studio + Showroom[  located at 700 South 6th Street [ the corner of 6th & Bainbridge  ]

The event has been generously sponsored by the Philadelphia Brewing Company. Enjoy snacks + complimentary beer / wine while shopping local for your holiday gifts !

35% off all Bario-Neal boutique jewelry

20% off Loop wrapping paper
[ plus deals on factory seconds + OUR NEW JOURNALS ]

15% off Marina Borker Stained Glass votives and ornaments

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I’m honored to be participating in this event with two fantastic local businesses:

Bario-Neal specialize in making beautiful and unique designs that employ reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones using low-impact + environmentally conscious practices.

Marina Borker is a local artist whose unique stained glass technique calls attention to the expressive linework of the leading in between the glass to create one-of-a-kind lights + wall-hangings.


Undivided Mind

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imaginary found_undivided mind detail The Imaginary Foundation recently created a pop-up exhibition called The Undivided Mind at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco. They described it so poetically …

“ The artist and scientist may at first seem strange bedfellows. Of the many human disciplines, there are few that could seem more divergent. The artist employs image and metaphor; the scientist uses number and equation. Art creates illusions meant to evoke emotion, while science engages in the pursuit of empirical verification. There is, to some degree, a physiological cause for this apparent divergence: the two halves, or hemispheres, of the brain.

The right side of the brain is responsible for emotions and intuition, the left for logic and reason. Yet the notion of two brains gives rise to the function of one mind. Perhaps it is this one “undivided mind” that presents a way forward through the monumental cultural changes we now face, enabling us to surf this dynamic moment in history from a platform of balance and symmetry.

This installation endeavors to fuse the aesthetic beauty of art and science in order to create a synthesis of mind, one which is as much rational as it is fantastic. Think of this undivided mind as a prototype of human possibility—an evolutionary signal of convergence, harmony, and accelerated progress. The rest is up to us. “

While I’m not a huge fan of all their work, I do love this simple graphic and the powerful implications behind it.

Love from Lonny

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Cobbella, a pattern inspired by the beauty of cobbled streets [ in Italy or otherwise ], is featured in Lonny Magazine’s Eco-Style Gift Guide !

I was so taken by the marbled black, gold + silver Thai paper as well …


urban lust

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even though i have a TON to do today, i was stopped dead in my tracks by these gorgeous mixed media drawings by Olalekan Jeyifous. i love the density, the exploration of form and scale and the creamy color palette. from his Urban Growth Strategy series, prints are available in his etsy shop. learn more about the artist at www.vigilism.com.

[ found on  Architizer’s Holiday Gift Guide ]