Friday, December 18, 2009

Official Happy Holidays Post

So today is my last day of work and my last official blog post of 2009. I'll be flying off to Philadelphia with the husband and the Frenchie to spend the holidays with my family and friends. I may sneak a post in here or there, but I will definitely see you back in 2010. Happy Holidays to all of you and best wishes for the New Year! xo- Lucinda

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas George Lopez

George Lopez must be a good boss, because a couple members of his staff came together to commission this custom print by hubby for Big George as a Christmas gift on the last day of shooting The George Lopez show.

I Heart Tony Stark

I can't freakin wait for this!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Very Octo-Mess Christmas

Somebody please tell me how I get on Octo-Mess's Christmas card mailing list?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Effing Busy

I am taking the day to water ski in my Santy Suit. No, I'm actually on the verge of suicide from all the work I have to do. I hope to be back tomorrow. PEACE!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bloggers Taking Action: Pencils Of Promise

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita asked me if I would be interested in helping her raise awareness for a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that helps to build early-stage education schools in developing and impoverished countries. I checked out the Pencils of Promise website, and I was more than eager to lend my support.

There are more then 75 million children living in desperate situations. This time of year, we can easily lose sight of important global issues. Please take a couple of minutes to read this post.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

Our goal today is raise funds to build safe, legitimate housing for the female children of Laos in order for them to have the opportunity to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of how dangerous the bamboo dormitory huts are. This dormitory Pencils of Promise hopes to build will accommodate about 200 Laotian girls.

Our Blogger Collaborative Project will benefit the females students of Champet, a village in Laos that is home to the only high school in the area for surrounding villages. In order to attend this high school, the students must leave their families and homes to live in dormitories. PoP wants to point out that girls are moving and living in these unsafe dormitories which consists of make shift bamboo huts in order to get an education.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00. If you are willing and able to give more (35.00 buys shelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for one year, $100 provides a teacher’s salary for three months and so on), it would be greatly appreciated. We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will find it in your heart to make a donation to this worthy cause today.

I you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Breezy Beautiful

I have so much work to do this weekend so I am signing off early. I wish I had one of those orangey looking cocktails on this delightful table, who's with me? Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our Holiday Card 2008

So ever since we tied the knot last year, we decided to put hubby's talents to work in an annual custom Holiday card. The new 2009 edition is arriving today, so you'll have to wait to see that one. Until then, here is last years. Of course, Miss Baddy was featured on the inside. What do you think?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

Seriously folks, if you are not watching this beefcake get highly pissed off before ripping the shit out of someone's busted ass house and talking major crap about their good for nothing contractor, well then you should just kill yourself right now. BEST SHOW EVER!

3rd Street Holiday Party

My favorite hood, my own, is having its annual holiday party tomorrow night from 6pm to 9pm. I will be there, walking around and buying stuff I need and stuff I think I need. Come out and support! For more info, check out the link HERE.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, All Sorts of Wrong

So last night Hubby went to the Snoop Dogg "Malice in Wonderland" record release party with Travis Barker and Pharrel at Vanguard. I stayed home, it was a night out with the boyz. Anyways, I heard the crowd was bananas, and the performance was good. So today, when I do my routine patrolling for important Tila Tequila news, I find our little groomsmen Damien pop up in the background. What an honor!

Marin County Magic

I loved catching this Marin County, CA home in the latest edition of Coastal Living in all its holiday splendor. This Belvedere Island waterfront property was bought by the Milan family in a state best described as mishmash Brady Bunch hippie hideaway. Well, Milan family, I love what you've done with the place! Photos by Dominique Vorillon.

The Milan's cattle dog Frannie is the first to greet you at the holly draped doorway.

Ginna Milan is responsible for the whole of the make-over. She went with a cornflower blue to compliment the white baseboards and moldings.
The paint color is Walls in Sea Reflections by Benjamin Moore.
Great coffee table!

The kitchen opens up to the dock via folding windows hinged and mounted on a sliding track. Now if I had a kitchen like this, I would pretend like I was cooking lobster for a dreamy New Englander in a thick knitted sweater.


Bedrooms within the house keep to a cottage aesthetic with white slipcovers and muted toned carpet.

The dining room chairs are upholstered in vinyl making them easy to clean. The walls are Silhouette by Benjamin Moore, beautiful! And JaDIE for that mirror!

An outdoor fireplace makes their back deck the perfect place for winter S'mores. Sea lions frequently stop by for a visit. That would be so incredible!

Thanks for letting us take a peek Milan family!

The Perfect JA Hostess Gift

JaDIE for these adorable Jonathan Adler bottle stoppers. Forget about candles, I would much rather give these as the perfect Holiday Party hostess gift, especially the squirrel!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Christmas Tree

Last weekend we decided to go ahead and put our tree up even though we are skipping town for the holidays. It's a 9 ft white tree we bought a few years ago and I love it! We left out most of the lights and only hung some of the ornaments in an effort to make it easier to take down this year. I am also trying to phase out the green wired lights, they don't mesh so well with the white tree! Below are some of my favorite ornaments.

Hubby bought this crown for me a few years ago. I like the black color, it really stands out.

He also gave me these Jonathan Adler porcelain ornaments as a gift last year. There was a pocket watch, a pipe, a key and a shoe, I love them!

I picked up an Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building last year after Xmas at Target for like $3 each.

I can't remember where this little chair came from, West Elm maybe? Isn't it so adorable?

And I have lots of Hello Kitty ornaments I have collected over the years. Hubby only lets me put on some, otherwise we would have a Hello Kitty tree.

And I have lots of these little porcelain eggs with funny little dogs and ducks painted on them. I have no idea where they came from, Neiman Marcus? Can't remember.

Amped Up Lighting

Remember those cool bathtubs from Yellow Goat Design? Well here are a few of their newest chandeliers. Pretty gorgeous, huh?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hot Mess Monday

Can lights. They are really out of control, as demonstrated in this hot mess I saw over on
Maison 21 not too long ago. What ever happened to a good table lamp or a sparkle-y chandelier? I CANnot say anything good about this, at all.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vintage Ornaments

How delicious are these vintage Christmas tree ornaments from French Marie Claire?

I remember my mom having some old school pieces like these from the 50's.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I Am Being Terrorized

My college roommate is certifiable. She seems to think it is okay to drudge up scary imagery from the past and anonymously mail them to my home. It's the holidays, CHRIS! Have a heart!

So the back story on this is that Chris and I were forced to live with a nervous wreck of a greyhound racing dog rescue named Huggy Bear after our other roommate Carolyn smoked too much pot one night and after watching a documentary on the dog racing industry decided to leave the next morning and drive to North Carolina to adopt one of these beasts. Now I love dogs, but this dog was CRAZY! It literally cried the second Carolyn left for school, at like 8am which in college talk is like the break of dawn, until she came home much later in the afternoon. It ate through one of our doors, peed on everything, took up way too much room as it's giant horse body knocked us off our tiny couch and eventually attacked and killed a friend's cat. We tried to train Huggy Bear by squirting him with a water bottle when he was bad or taking a newspaper and tapping his cage and saying, "NO!", but one morning I awoke to the usual howling and crying accompanied by Chris screaming, "Shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up" repeatedly while banging her own head against the wall. Poor Huggy Bear, he was really a hot ass mess from the whole racing industry, but Chris and I were at the end of our rope. One night, after drinking too much Boones Farm, we sat around and dreamed of ways to torture Huggy Bear, and it became our favorite past time next to finding pieces of furniture people were throwing away and putting them in each other's rooms. It became our only sanity, our sense of survival. Never in a million years would we ever act on these fantasies of demise to Huggy Bear, but a girl can dream. Carolyn finally realized that Huggy Bear wasn't meshing well with our household and moved to the country so Huggy Bear could run free and kill all the fuzzy rabbits he could catch. The end.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Additional Space, Additional Chic

So Cal design couple Melissa and Marc Palazzo opened the doors of their family's home just outside of Costa Mesa after doubling the 1950's ranch house's square footage from 2,500 to around 5,000. The husband and wife own the interior design and project management firm Pal + Smith in Newport Beach. They turned to Henry Buckingham of Techentin Buckingham to assist in the addition. Photos by John Ellis.

The dining room hosts a mixture of the Palazzo's designed marble-top white-oak table and leather chairs, accompanied by Mies Van der Rohe wicker chairs and a Lars Bolander wicker stool. The zebra skin is by Edelman, and yes, no zebras were harmed in the making of this faux.

The addition included a double height rec room surrounded by corrugated metal to save some dough. It looks nice, and the materials mesh well together. So much glass really brings the outdoors in, no? The couple also saved by installing several skylights that don't open.

Recognize that art piece peeking through? That's because a window over the Waterworks farmhouse kitchen sink allows for views of the dining room. Walker Zanger products include the D-Line tiles and a marble counter top, love marble!

This is interesting. Instead of recessing walls to build an interior partition to add more closet space in the master bedroom, the couple placed their bed in front of a sturdy ceiling hung curtain and imposed a large hanging photo on the non-wall. This added six feet! Such a good idea when working with a limited floor plan.
Melissa swears by white walls throughout the house. She adds pops of color with her furnishings and artwork, like the chartreuse framed photographs she took herself that hang in the hallway. A Sputnik style chandelier and a glass partition add that sense of nostalgia and contemporary mash up seen in every room.

This beautiful view of the yard also gave way to the design of the entire project. This old coral tree is believed to be the largest and oldest of its kind so the addition couldn't encroach on the trees spoken for space. It kept their dining room on the smaller side, but the Palazzo's were fine with that.
The ground floor powder room mixes some rich patterns with modern amenities. The Parsons-style vanity and block sink basin are met with a Joie chair from Pal + Smith and Palm Leaves wall paper from Cole & Son.

And finally the master bedroom, my favorite. A George Smith tufted chair, bright skylight and delicate chandelier add a sense of glamor to the terrazzo floor. I love everything they did here. Not as artsy and edgy as Elton's pad, but family friendly and well thought out. Bravo!