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new Danish modern

Monday, September 20th, 2010

new credenza and shelf storage

new credenza and shelf storage

Craigslist was very kind to us this past weekend. On a whim, I was searching for dressers and found these instead — both together for an insane price. We were the first to call of many; apparently people were swarming to get these and we just got really lucky. We spent our Saturday afternoon hauling these across town and arranging them in our living room/entryway. It’s amazing how much they classed up the place. They replaced our two weakest pieces in one go, so the difference is awesome.

studio vs. study

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

It occurred to me during some passive rambling thinking recently that English uses the same root word for two types of rooms, studios and studies. It’s the Latin word “studium”:

studium -i n. [zeal , eagerness, application, enthusiasm; devotion to, goodwill towards a person or cause; application to learning, study].

The two words are pretty different in definition/intention, however; a study is quiet, a place of cloistering, of absorbing knowledge and thinking — it fits the “application to learning” and “study” part of the definition.

study: [noun] a room used or designed for reading, writing, or academic work.

A studio, on the other hand, indicates a more creative and active space, probably drawing from the “zeal, eagerness, application” part of the definition.

studio: [noun] a room where an artist, photographer, sculptor, etc., works.

The interesting dichotomy that then jumped out at me is that a study is where you absorb and learn, and a studio is where you emanate and practice. But both are places where you interact with your brain and engage in the very human pursuits of knowledge and expression.

These are spaces that some people never care to seek or make for themselves, that some people want and put together one or the other of them depending on their hobbies and personality, and that still others create and make use of both. So some combine them, some make a corner of a room a makeshift study or studio, and some keep spaces outside of their homes for this purpose. I would personally love a combined version, which I’m sort of working on right now in a small and simple way for my small and simple current house; we just bought some furniture for a reading nook in the “office” room of our place. Pictures of this coming soon…

For now, enjoy a view of Jay Walker’s incredible library, the most spectacular private library and personal museum I’ve ever seen.

summer begins

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010


My parents left for a trip to Hawaii on Thursday. The three of us siblings are watching the house, dog, bird and fish while they are gone. Before they left though we had a nice early-summer evening outside with berries, beer and bugs.

refresh :: reset

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

It’s time to revisit this blog and readdress my life. Big changes and small have happened. This will be my place to reflect and explore.

mobile photoblog

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Continuing the tradition of the original Museum Carissapoda, I’ve move operations to Tumblr. Please visit the museum’s new location at ‘onion of infinite leaf’.

These are images taken and uploaded from my mobile phone without titles or descriptions – just moments in time through my eyes.

house tour – blog feature!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Our house was recently featured by the blog Rearranged Design; thank you, Ana!


I know I haven’t posted in a while, I need to revisit my motivation and direction here and get going again.

faux madness

Sunday, August 16th, 2009


I ordered some Birkenstock sandals on eBay last week. They arrived Friday; I tried them on and found they fit a little weirdly. On closer inspection, they were fake! Aarrggh.
(For comparison, picture shows real [blue] Birks on top, fakes on the bottom.)
The seller was cool about it and offered a refund, but still, sucks getting burned on eBay. Luckily I have mostly good experiences there, but the occasional issue. EBay is a mysterious beast.

quick update

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

I’ve been sick for ~10 days now, really sick for 5 or so of those, though the end is in sight and hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon. Friend Brandon is staying with us starting Wednesday for a while while he kicks off his library sciences courses here at UIUC, so that should be a source of adventure too; hope I feel nearly normal again by then.

flea marketing

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I only make it to the Kane County Flea Market a few times a year, but it’s held monthly and it’s huge. I always enjoy it. Today wasn’t very mid-century-ish but I did get a few things; two Tillandsia bulbosa plants (soil-free bromeliads some call ‘air plants’), a fish fossil, and a vintage Oshkosh suitcase ($6!).

Caputo’s Fresh Market

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I visited my first Caputo’s Fresh Market yesterday, which is produce heaven. I walked around with my camera, and it was like free art! Today I’m headed to the Kane County Flea Market.