Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Friday, July 25, 2014

The BIG Maze

Last weekend, Peter and I went to check out The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum, and it was a lot of fun. I have a pretty terrible track record with large mazes, and this one was no exception. We kept running into dead ends. The whole theory that if you keep your hand on the wall the whole time, and it will lead you out, did not seem to work. There was a mom and toddler on a similar track, and she joked that if we were following the little one we wouldn't get very far. That might have been true, but she was nevertheless really cute and highly entertaining. Once we'd gone all the way through, we went up several floors to view the maze from above. I guess you could look at it from above first and then memorize the path through, but that's sort of cheating, right? Also, it's a little fun to get lost for a while. :)

The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC
The facade of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC
The interior of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC
The interior of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC

The Building Museum is so huge, it's the perfect location for something like this maze. I should warn you, though, that it's not cheap; non-member adult tickets are $16 and kids are $13. Peter and I are used to free activities here, so that seemed like a lot to pay. But we hadn't done a large maze since visiting hedge mazes in Europe years ago, so it seemed like an ok splurge. And it was fun.

I have more photos from the weekend, but I think I'll save them for the next post. And I have new notebooks to share soon! Happy Friday, everyone! xo, Mary

Friday, July 11, 2014

Let's Take a Walk

There've been a lot more of these posts lately, right? Guess I really missed getting out with my camera all winter and am trying to make up for lost time. :)

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and good things. xo, Mary

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bits of April

I loved the pink sleeves on coffee cups at Starbucks last month--the perfect, perfect shade of pink--but sadly the pastries they announced were yucky. (No one likes them so supposedly they are revamping the recipes and also bringing back some of the old pastries.) I also love this pretty pink building in DC; wouldn't it be great to have a shop or a studio in there? I made this tulip notebook a couple of weeks ago, but it sold before I had a chance to blog about it. And early morning light one day, shining on our pendant and making it glow.

We went to the American Art Museum to see a pop art exhibit, but I couldn't leave without a glance at some gorgeous John Singer Sargent ladies; a pretty stained glass window; a walk on Earth rained most of the day and when it stopped, the most atmospheric fog appeared...I half expected the Headless Horseman to come riding out of the park; and The Evening Star building sure is pretty with it's marble facade and Beaux-Arts curviness.

It's no secret I love colorful houses and doors, and it's nice when nature plays along and blooms in coordinating colors; ivy growing everywhere on brick buildings; a bunny came to visit us on Easter(!); and a diagonally striped sunset was very cool, almost like looking inside a really big rainbow.
A visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion and a funny story: Peter and I were the last ones there and got locked inside. We had to hunt down a security guard who was still there to let us out. You have to watch me when I'm wandering around taking photos; I lose track of time pretty much always. Oddly enough, it didn't stress me out at all to be locked in; I was totally content to spend a few more hours in there and have the place all to myself.

One of my favorite pink buildings in Old Town and lots of cherry trees. April was very pink apparently! That's a very good thing. Here's to more getting out and about in May. :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

House Hunting

Let's play another round of fantasy house hunting, shall we? This one takes us to a cute little rowhouse near Primrose Hill in London. I actually know this area a little bit, which is rare because usually when I play this game I just pick a random place in the world, often some place I've never been. Anyway, this house is in a pretty part of town, near Regent's Park where I spent lots of days a lifetime ago.

I should maybe explain how I play this game as last time I think some people didn't really get what I was doing. My object is not to find the best designed house or the nicest house. I'm not really looking for design inspiration here, and to be honest, it's rare to come across a house on real estate sites that looks like it came out of a magazine. It would just save a lot of time to look at design magazines, haha.

When I play this fantasy house hunting game, I just like to pick a city, any city, and see what random houses look like inside. I like to let my imagination wander to what life might be like if you lived in this house, in this city.

Every once in a while, I will come across a house that strikes me in some way, again, not because it's necessarily the best. Often, the ones that touch my heart the most are in need of some real work. But there's something special about them, something that tugs at nostalgia perhaps, or some emotion...I don't know exactly. Anyway, this house is like that for me.

There are design elements I do love here, of course, like the herringbone floors and fireplaces, but lots of houses have those. There's something else special here, maybe that many families have lived in and loved this house?

Happy weekend, everybody. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What if Famous Artists Were Architects Instead?

I came across these illustrations last week, and at first I thought I'd just post the link in a "things I liked lately" post, but I decided they deserved a post all their own. Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina reimagines famous works of art into some pretty awesome buildings. All of these made me smile, and I know you'll like them too!

Aren't they awesome? These are only a handful. Check out Babina's website to see the rest. And bonus, he has a society6 shop where they're all available as prints. :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

House Hunting

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it here, but I love to look for houses online...just pick a city anywhere in the world and see what's out there. I don't know why, but I find it very relaxing and a really good way to kill some time and de-stress. I should clarify here, I like to play the fantasy house-hunting game, the kind where you find a house somewhere and your mind wanders to thoughts of what your life would be like if you lived there, not real-life house hunting, where (in DC anyway) it's very stressful, very competitive, and basically the stuff that nightmares are made of.

So anyway, last week I was looking at apartments in Stockholm, as you do, and found this little gem and thought it was too good not to share. It's one of those romantic little nooks at the top of a building that's not very practical but irresistible all the same.

I don't care that it has zero closets or that the bathroom is teeny tiny (it appears to be one of those micro bathrooms that's so small they just put a drain in the middle of the floor and the whole thing basically becomes the shower). Look at those exposed beams! The floors! The window between the kitchen and living room! I should maybe mention that I have an inexplicable weakness for windows and glass doors inside houses, i.e., transoms above bedroom doors, glass-paned doors or french doors that lead from one room to another, etc.. So basically what I'm saying is who wouldn't want this adorable little hideaway for their very own? I guess someone did because it already sold. And probably for a pretty penny from what I gather of Stockholm real estate.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this episode of fantasy house hunting. Maybe we'll do it again some time? xo, Mary

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I'm not one for extensive recounting of the past year; I'm usually ready to get started with the new year already. But I did a wrap-up post last year with a few random highlights from the blog, so I thought I should continue the tradition this year as well. Here are a few snapshots from 2013:

We went to see this magically beautiful church that was like something out of a dream.

There were several days where I felt like I was living in a snow globe.

I spent many hours wandering around art museums, like this one.

I'm always making stuff for the shop, of course, but I was happy to find some free time in 2013 to make things for the people I love also, like these valentines for my nephews.

We made progress on the house: painting, making repairs, buying new furniture, and hanging art work by some of my favorite Etsy sellers like this piece.

We took many walks in to art museums, probably my favorite places to be. I went to this rose garden for the first time this year (and have been back many times since).

I started doing "photo every hour" posts, which were a lot of fun. I should do more of those in 2014.

We woke up early on Saturday mornings to scour estate sales, vintage shops, and flea markets looking for things for the house. We weren't very successful in finding the items we needed, but I did come home with a few treasures anyway.

We did a lot of exploring around town and found some new favorite places. I can't wait to do more exploring in 2014 and maybe take a few road/train trips (with my camera in tow, of course).

I marveled at the beautiful color in our own backyard this autumn.

And last, but not least, we did a little decorating for Christmas.

Peter and I just got back from driving 12 hours south to see my parents for a few days. We are pretty wiped out, so we'll most likely be spending a quiet New Year's Eve at home and maybe making a few simple goals for 2014. I'm excited if a bit bleary-eyed though. I think this year is going to hold amazing opportunities for all of us. xo, Mary