May 5th, 2004

The Librarian

Goodies from the cataloguer's desk

Today's theme: home decor

Calm down. Take deep breaths. I haven't gone Martha Stewart on you. Most books on interior design leave me cold ... usually because the walls are white or cream and the decor, while very aesthetic, generally screams "museum" or "sterile zone" rather than "home" to my eyes (or else the rooms are so cluttered that just looking at the pictures triggers claustrophobia in me). But today I had the pleasure of cataloguing Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler ... a book rich in colour, texture and whimsy. This isn't a how-to book ... it's a showcase of Wearstler's work. Mainly hotels, restaurants and other commercial ventures, but they look far more relaxing and welcoming than most interior-decorated homes. Some piccies on the book page and more at KWID (her company Web site). Also grabbed some sites from the back of the book for fabrics (many interior design fabrics are just crying to be turned into clothing/costumes ... links at the end of this post)

If Wearstler isn't your style, perhaps Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius by Bob Iannini is more to your taste. Now the interiors favoured by James Bond villains and mad scientists are available to everyone ... this book has the how-to information for all kinds of doohickeys that provide impressive, futuristic effects (plus directions for assembling a plasma light saber in case a hero tries to attack your newly refurbished digs!). If you're into things that hum and glow/flash, then this your essential guide.

Ahem ... okay, the promised links. A couple of these suppliers are only for the trade, but it's still fun to browse (and isn't a friendship with an interior decorator worthwhile if you can talk 'em into picking up a few goodies for you?)

Clarence House
Bergamo Fabrics
Houlès
F. Schumacher & Co.
Frette Homewear (musical site alert ... a different theme for each department)
Anichini
Pratesi
The Librarian

Is the unofficial "Who has the Worst Weather" competition still open?

Last Tuesday all the meteorologists had on their minds was a heavy snowfall warning for Calgary. Everybody was braced for icy roads, late (or non-operational) trains and buses, etc., etc. Y'know, the usual. Wednesday dawns warm and clear, not a trace of the ol' white stuff (although there were a couple of rain spots on my windshield) and it isn't necessary to wear a coat to work.

Last night (a Tuesday again), we're told to expect a few light showers overnight. Guess what Calgary woke up to this morning? Go on, betcha can't! Yep, five centimetres of the stuff ... guess the folks at Environment Canada got their weeks confused when they looked at the calendar. :p

Wonder what's on the schedule for next week ... waterspouts, mebbe? A typhoon?

8:35 p.m. update: It's flippin' snowing AGAIN!!!!! Who do you have to bribe/kill to have spring last longer than a week?
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