Check this out. Up go the walls! For more before/after pics, head over to Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, where I’ve been chronicling the reno. What you’re looking at took place earlier this week, so I’ll share more in the coming days of the gorgeous rough hewn beams we put across the ceiling, and the drywall that’s been going up today. It’s really, really, really exciting. In the meantime, is it wrong that I want to play with these?
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While the virtuous green garlic soup for tonight’s dinner simmers away on the stovetop (more on that tomorrow), I have a confession to make. I was very, very bad today. Having ordered my new office desk yesterday, this morning I struck out for Jules Seltzer on Beverly, the alpha and omega of office furniture in Los Angeles. Was it my fault that the windows were painted with enormous letters that spelled out SALE? I walked into the store to look for a new office chair with the best of ergonomic intentions. There I was, deciding between the Knoll Embody (which, btw, is what the staff at Jules Seltzer sits in) and the trusty Aeron when a very pretty, glimmering chrome Eames Aluminum Executive Chair—in the coveted 50th Anniversary White leather—caught my wandering eye. It’s a fantasy chair, and even I wasn’t prepared to shell out for it. Until I saw SALE scrawled across the price tag hanging from this chic little number. It’s a near-perfect floor model with a couple of minor dings, and boy, oh boy, the price was right. Sure, it’s a little nuts putting a white leather chair in a converted garage. But who am I to argue with an executive order from the fates?
I did it. I ordered my dream desk—a George Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Table with a walnut veneer top. I’ve thought about this desk for so long, imagined the stories that would be written here—the gorgeous sculptured chrome legs sending up electromagnetic waves of inspiration to anyone seated at the table. But beyond the sheer beauty of the thing, this table represents new beginnings. A literal blank slate. In the past year, I’ve made big changes professionally. Leaving a full-time office job that I loved—and all the daily mayhem that goes with the territory—to a new chapter working from home, which brings its own brand of chaos and distraction. As our home office continues to take shape (drywall goes up today!) and with my new desk en route, is it crazy that I already feel a sense of calm and (pending) order? I guess that’s the power of good design.
I’ve been blogging about our garage remodel over on Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, and was waiting for pics of the new cement floor to go up over there before sharing some more here. I never thought I’d get so excited about CEMENT. But check this out. Above was a test patch on which we tried two different seams (we went with the smaller seam on the left) as well as a test run on stains (we used a combo of the two, heavier on the dark claret color). Using the smaller seam, we had it scored to look like a New York City sidewalk—my husband is a New Yorker and loved the nostalgia of what our contractor calls the “city seam.”
From there, the guys sprinkled stain on top and worked it in with a trowel, at the same time removing the rough edges around the seams. Working with stain is not something that’s recommended for DIY. As one person put it, it’s like a tattoo—you get one shot at getting it right. The results are GORGEOUS, adding subtle warmth and depth.
Today our driveway is a tangle of pipes and hosing as we pour a new concrete slab in our garage. The neighborhood boys all came running out to look at the huge cement truck, churning out concrete. I, too, find myself mesmerized:
Watching the masters smooth the concrete was something else. The guys were ankle deep in there, pouring and screeding concrete, constantly checking their work with an enormous level. Meticulous and methodical. Now we’re waiting for the concrete to set before they score and stain.
One of the greatest perils and perks of working from home is the potential for procrastination. Today I blogged over on HERMAN MILLER LIFEWORK about my favorite flavor of procrastination, namely watching the Australian Open with a cup of freshly brewed Mexican Santa Cruz coffee. The item includes commentary on the genius color scheme Nadal wore vs Murray the other day (click here to read). But what I didn’t get into was my disappointment in Murray’s, I mean Judas’s, sartorial selections. Murray is the highest-ranked Brit to swing a racket since Fred Perry, who was #1 in the world from 1934-1938, and Murray paid tribute to his predecessor by donning the laurel logo until last November, when Adidas came calling to the tune of £10 million. Sorry, Murray. You may play like a champion, but you no longer dress like one:
Check out today’s post on the Herman Miller Lifework blog about my groovy new file cabinet from MUJI, an awesome Japanese company that designs with an eye toward earth-friendly, innovative materials. MUJI also makes fantastic reused yarn socks, which Mr Foodinista wears religiously.
Next time I’m in New York, I want to pick up one of their Silicon Ice Ball Makers. I mean, how great would this be in a glass of scotch?
Herman Miller has launched a fantastic new blog called Lifework. Editor Cerentha Harris writes, “This is where we at Herman Miller will explore all the issues that arise around working from home. It’s that intersection between life and work that happens in all our houses. For some of us it’s a couple of hours each week on the couch with our laptop, for others it’s a garage converted to a home office where we run a business. But for all of us it’s about balancing work and life.”
I’m also excited to share that I will be a Contributor to Lifework, blogging about home office design including details of my own home office/garage project! My husband and I are hoping to break ground on our garage makeover in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, here’s a Q&A with The Foodinista on the Lifework blog! (Spoiler alert: My real name is…)