Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Last night Erik & I went to Lark – a restaurant in a neighborhood called Capitol Hill in Seattle. The food was fantastic – but the service was very slow. The menu featured a range of small plates, allowing you to savor courses of cheese, charcuterie, vegetables, grains, fish, and meats.


Of the cheeses we ordered:

  • Abondance: velvety, sharp, tangy
  • Epoisses: rich, intense, washed rind
  • Bleuet de chevre: savory, tangy, balanced

We also ordered:

  • Sautéed mushrooms: with olive oil and garlic
  • Smoked prosciutto: with pickled Spring garlic
  • Foie gras terrine: with caramelized pineapple and star anise
  • Carpaccio of Yellowtail: with preserved lemons and green olives

I ate a few bites of the cheese, some mushrooms (they were funky baby mushrooms), a couple slices of the prosciutto and a bite of the yellowtail. Every plate was smaller than appetizer size and had it’s own unique, distinct taste.

Afterwards, I met up with my good friend Robin for girl-talk and Erik met up with Mik for man-talk (Erik and Mik have been best friends since they were 8 years old). Robin & Mik own one of the top Seattle design agencies together which they started about 13 years ago called Engine Interactive. I worked for Engine about 5 years ago and believe it or not, Mik introduced Erik to me and the rest is history! I adore both of them – they are honestly two of my favorite people out there.

Beautiful Robin

robin naughton

Swanky Mik

mik shore

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As I was making my coffee this morning, I decided to take some photos of things around my house that make me smile. Since I’m the Chief Design Officer of our family, I can take 100% credit for the designs in our house – except for the “man-room” which I take absolutely NO credit for. 🙂 It is filled with stereo equipment, hair styling equipment (did I tell you my husband is a hair stylist), and other man-stuff like pictures of vintage Mercedes’, belts, and clothes he refuses to get rid of. But I still love him. 🙂

So – here are things that make me smile:

Beautiful ceiling lamp from Rejuvenation which was a gift from Erik’s parents
In our home

Lovely pillow we received as a gift from our friends Dave & April
In our home

Wood wall hanging I bought at a garage sale for $5
In our home

Orchid I was given as a going away present when I left Expedia
In our home

Window in the bathroom which allows us to look at into the backyard (which is lovely – a quarter acre of forest-like setting with 400 foot tall evergreen trees) while doing our business
In our home

Pottery Barn Vintage Style Phone
In our home

Our authentic gas vintage stove which came with the house when we bought it
In our home

Isn’t it the little things that make the most wonderful impacts!

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Another vintage ad – your guide to good health. With some fun commentary by yours truly!

guide to good health

  • Eat air with a spoon. 0 calories.
  • Fish without a hook.
  • Wear tiny shorts.
  • Use a child size shopping cart.
  • Take pictures of  miniature mountains.
  • Sit 1 foot away from the eye chart.
  • Go to a doctor who is on his deathbed.
  • And – always wear lots of blush!

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Moving right along…fill number 4 is tomorrow! I can’t believe it’s come up so quickly! Last night I had prawns for dinner and I definitely felt a little something because of the denseness of the prawns – but I would still like “more”. Weight loss has slowed down – but I’m not gaining and it’s still coming off – just super slow.

So – at work the other day I discovered this odd label on a drawer in the “art area” where the designers do things such as print, package, slice, dice, blah blah blah. They typically keep things like tape, pens, etc in these drawers – but I saw one labeled “used underwear” and thought…what the heck! So I decided to take a photo for you all to see. Just because it was so bizarre. Those crazy designers!

First picture is of all the drawers just so you can get an idea of what the area looks like:

Now this one is of the specific drawer in question – you must click on it to see what I’m referring to:

Those crazy designers…I swear – what type of people do I work with?!?!?!

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JourneyToAThinMe commented on my dinnerware – so I wanted to let you know where I found them…because they were quite a deal! They are the Batik Floral Design from Cost Plus/World Market.

I adore them!!! My husband has only broken a couple and they do beautifully in the dishwasher. 🙂

A lovely off-white batik floral pattern creates a dramatic look set against solid black, and graces this stoneware dinnerware collection with an elegant Asian flair. Layer with our Black Trilogy Dinnerware for a striking tabletop presentation. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

10.5” dinner plate. 8.5” round salad plate. 7.5” square salad plate. 4.5” tidbit/dipping bowl. Serving platter, 12’x8.5″. Sold separately in sets of 4.

batik floral

batik prices

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Just thought it would be interesting to find out what my readers do for a living…student, nurse, sales, mom, etc?

I am the director of marketing & analytics at an amazing 80 person, 15 year old advertising/design agency in Seattle called HL2. Basically, I work with our clients to help them to establish customer insights, new opportunities to build their brands and measure their marketing effectiveness. Some of our clients include:

Prior to HL2 I worked at Expedia in the Media Solutions department where I managed the marketing communications and analytics teams. I left Expedia for HL2 because a) my commute is now 15 minutes instead of an hour each way b) I love the creative environment and the flexibility of working on different accounts.

At HL2, we do amazing work. It’s wonderful to leave work everyday knowing that your job is to create ideas that people love. I couldn’t be more lucky!

Seattle's Best Coffee Pike Place Market H&R Block Sage Windows Home Server Vail Resorts

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Just another reminder that if anyone wants my weight loss tracking excel sheet, just reply to this thread and I’ll email it to you. Here is what mine looks like. Things have been slowing down but still losing which is all I care about! Yippeee!

lise weight loss data

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