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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

D.I.Y. Art, What to do with Ticket Stubs, and Some Other Good Ideas

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I stopped by my friend Lucas’s loft in the Old Fourth Ward today and took about a million pictures. Between the funky flash and the fact that I was dizzy, I’m not thrilled with the results, but the ideas are so good I had to share a few with you immediately anyway. I’ll share more of a house tour in a later post after some photo editing attempts, but for now, here are a few of his great ideas.

Aren’t these ticket stub shadowboxes a great idea? I have ticket stubs floating all over my house, some in scrapbooks, some on bulletin boards, I even saw one in my laundry room the other day. I’d love to get them all in one place, as each one carries different memories (side note: perhaps I’ll blow up the one from the Depeche Mode concert this past month – that show was AWESOME! OK, back to Lucas…) Lucas is a singer-songwriter and goes to see live music ALL the time. I even spy Suzanne Vega’s signature on a stub in his collection.

Lucas has a knack with IKEA frames. The piece above was bought from an artist in Provincetown, and he gave it more of a presence with an inexpensive black frame. The piece below is a tangle of old guitar wires that he was gathering up to toss out. When he saw they had formed a heart shape, he popped them in another frame:

Every surface around the loft is well-curated. Living in a small studio instilled the feeling of only keeping things you need and love around the house. Lucas entertains a lot, and I noticed he utilized trays and modern tray tables all over his home for various things. He keeps his bar beautiful with fresh flowers and candles.

A TV-related tree, currently some sort of shrine to Carrie Bradshaw!

Again, sorry for the photo quality. I’m not sure what happened there, and I feel like they don’t do the art or the space justice! Luckily, I have a bunch of photos from Lucas himself which are much better than mine. You can sort through them all in this flickr set if you’d like a peek before the house tour post!

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the note in the shadowbox, “U Cute” was a note left in grease pen on a Burger King bag by a toothless cashier who was staring at Lucas so much that he said “I was afraid he was gonna cut me.” It was only later as he picked up his burger detritus that he saw the note and it all made sense! Did I mention that Lucas is hilarious?

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Just a Fun Garden Gate

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My favorite garden gate, at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I’d love to have one of these at my house, but with all the crime lately, someone would steal it and turn it in for scrap metal:

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Sweet Urban Surprises

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As I navigated my way throught the treacherous sidewalks of Candler Park (I’m talking tree roots messing up the concrete, not criminal danger!), I stumbled upon this charming little planter. Don’t you just love coming across something unexpected like this? It’s such a great representation of that neighborhood – full of funky, cute bungalows and cool, fun, diverse, creative people that live in them.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Modern Atlanta House Tour This Weekend

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For those of you in Atlanta this weekend, the Modern Atlanta House Tour is a can’t-miss event. $35 gets you into the party on Friday and a tour pass for Saturday and Sunday. I highly recommend allowing time on both days to hit as many properties as possible, and if the map sucks as bad as last year, realize you’ll likely need an hour or two to mapquest everything if you don’t have GPS the night before you tour. For more information about where to get tickets and the homes that will be featured, click here. For a little sampling of how good the tour was last year, click here. The house I shared with you went on to be featured in Metropolitan Home a few months later – Modern Atlanta is not messing around!

If modern gardens are more your thing, you may want to attend the High Museum’s Artful Garden Tour this weekend. Click here for more information. I would try to do both, but I am going to see Coldplay on Sunday night and it’s just too darn much.

As for Saturday night, the K2 Modern Art Series will be celebrating the modern design aesthetic from 8-11. For more information, click here.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Arc de ????

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Atlanta has this big new area full of hotels, exhibits (will “Bodies” EVER leave? The billboards are GROSS!), stores, condos, apartments, and even temporary Cirque de Soleil tents called Atlantic Station. I think they planned this project fairly well except for the fact that there is no MARTA station onsite. However, the dumbest thing I have ever seen in this city thusfar is this:

I mean, we had an Eiffel Tower at King’s Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, but an amusement park is the proper context for such a folly. Couldn’t they come up with something more original? Is this supposed to fool us into thinking that the road to IKEA is the Champs-Elysees? Does that make the Chatahoochee river the Seine? Does your city have anything as stupid as this? Do tell!

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