The Goat is Back and Blogging

Holy moly, where has the time gone? I’ll admit I’m a bit ashamed of how long it’s been since my last post. But that’s ok, because it is a new year and there’s lots to look forward to this year! I have a better handle on my school/work/life schedules and I’m ready to start fresh. A new year, a new routine. So keep your eye out for new posts once a week on Thursdays. And I’ll try to periodically post some “This Week I Loved” entries. Some forthcoming topics to look forward to:

All sorts of goodies from the Las Vegas Market.


My favorite shop for eye candy, in SoHo.


Flea market fun (and finally a post about the flea market on Melrose and Fairfax, a local favorite).


And more!

So, happy New Year to my faithful readers, and welcome back to anecdotes on design, travel, and life in Los Angeles that I hope will delight your senses.



This Week I Loved…

A bratwurst lunch in downtown LA.
wurstkucheThis home-cooked meal with bacon-wrapped pork.
homemademealStreet art filling in an otherwise missing concrete brick.
streetart This RauschenbergDSCN3334 …and this Frank Lloyd Wright furniture at the Huntington.DSCN3349 The mountain view from my desk and my new job with an interior design firm in Pasadena. Woo hoo!viewfromwork My funny cat sleeping.DSCN3485And this. (I heart Stephen Colbert.)

This Week I Loved…

This delicious summer snack.snack Drinks with friends at The Griffin, or as we fondly like to call it, the Gryffindor Common Room.Griffin Remembering these old men from Uchisar.Cappadocia409 Finishing my Color Theory midterm project.ColorMidterm My work in prgress, modeling Mies van de Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion for a class.BarcelonaModel

Also, I have recently gotten hooked on Sons of Anarchy, and this totally made my day!


This Week I Loved…

Reliving our visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.Istanbul611 A new bedside reading nook for my husband. (PS. This is an awesome, low budget, small space solution for a bedside table!)booknook Dinner and drinks with the girls at The York on York in Highland Park.york A delicious blueberry pie and dinner with friends.pie A visit with my ASID chapter to the Sirtaj boutique hotel in Beverly Hills.sirtajThe chandelier tree in Silverlake. (Yes, literally a tree full of chandeliers!)
chandelier tree This monster zucchini from our garden!


And these adorable stray kittens in Istanbul.Istanbul291


This Week I Loved…

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and the Steep Canyon Rangers…

…And this buffalo blue cheese burger in Park City, UT.buffalo burger

My mom-in-law’s watercolor exhibit.Utah_July002

Hiking with my niece.Utah_July009

And perhaps even better this glimpse of my husband building a fort with her.


Storms over the mountains on our drive home from Utah.Utah_July051

And this peach salad I made for a school-related gathering.
peach salad



This Week I Loved…

Mixing paints for my Color Theory class.1065683_10100542953823225_16864961_o

This original 1920’s elevator in a friend’s apartment building.


A sausage lunch.sausage

Sunset in Glendale.sunset

This photo from our tour on the Bosphorus.Istanbul206And these behind the scenes photos from Freaks and Geeks.


This Week I Loved…

An old fashioned cherry cola.1065761_10100535563318855_480919759_o Freshly picked cherry tomatoes from our garden.1063283_10100535562530435_1257224527_o

And the first fully ripe zucchini from our garden.


A summer feast for friends and family.1060557_10100530579227015_1901190698_oSlicing summer fruits for a delicious tart.
1059757_10100535563807875_1856734675_oCuddling with my sister’s funny little dog, Daisy. (Such a love bug!)

1056857_10100531683005035_1046217409_nAnd this monument to lab rats used in DNA research.


This Week I Loved…

These quotes from my Color Theory class:

  • “Color is a basic need… Like fire and water, a raw material, indispensable to life.” – Fernand Leger
  • “Color belongs to our being, maybe each one has his own.” – Le Corbusier

A date night with the hubby and the best oysters ever at this place in Silverlake.


Our Turkish vase filled with flowers.

IMG_20130627_112748_804The pre-show before seeing Monsters University at the El Capitan.

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A great friend visiting from the East coast.

1019872_10100525292192275_1468413643_oDaydreaming about the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai141And this photo essay:


This Week I Loved…

Making our favorite almond cake…

1020443_10100514168988265_1667345829_oInto this…

1020100_10100514182386415_1848088860_oFinding this little guy in the lavender on our front patio.


A heart shaped breakfast.

1019626_10100517491030865_1134018466_oOur new Turkish rug.


Finding this picture among our vacation photos.


And remember Mr. Rogers…


This Week I Loved…

Finding my cat asleep with her tongue hanging out.


This photo of both my cats judging me.


An incredible meal with some pescatarian friends.


A demo on how to oxidize paint.


This colorful breakfast.


Preparing for an epic vacation with these wonderful friends.


Packing my bag.


And this… There is so much to see in Turkey!!!