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Home Sweet Home

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I spent this past week in NC, through snow and record breaking freezing cold temps, just dripping with nostalgia. It was a fantastic whirlwind of a five day jaunt. Old friends, old college homes, visits with dear old friends, my fifteen year old cat and of course Sarah! I enjoyed a MadMenesque carousel slideshow of Vintage Moyer babies with my mom, dad and bros. I squeezed in a little Home Goods shopping and some grits too! But the main purpose was to see some river land that I’m trying to buy with the dude, in hopes that there will be more NC trips to come! Here’s a little of what it looked like from my cell phone.

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Ace Hotel Los Angeles: Commune Design

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Commune, designers of numerous projects including Heath Ceramics, Ammo, Farmshop, Mattison and the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, have done it again with the exciting new opening of the Los Angeles installment of an Ace Hotel space. Sadly, the founder of Ace passed before the hotel will see it’s official opening celebration, Jan 15. Alex Calderwood initially created the Ace Hotel in Seattle as a desirable and affordable lodging option for creatives. He grew the chain to reach into New York and Palm Springs and more recently London, and Panama CIty. Now, we have our own here in Los Angeles. It’s hard for me to gush without feeling that I’m doing a disservice to the Alex Calderwood legacy, but please do take note of the appropriate appreciation for the pillows and organics in the rooftop dining area, part of the Commune design approach. Some photos have been leaking, but I’m…

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Glamping!

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I tossed together some tips for how plot a conversion for your next car camping trip. Turn that expedition into a bonafide GLAMPING ADVENTURE. It’s over there at LA Magazine’s The Clutch. Check her out! It’s typical Betsy wannabe gypsy steelo.

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Birthday Adventure Times Train Trip

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I celebrated my 33rd birthday this weekend! Heffe threw a whole train tour together for us and even contacted various friends to meet up on each of our stops for drinks and dinners! I’m deeply grateful to him for making an adventure for us. Each year, I try desperately to put my finger on how I feel about a birthday! I DO feel that it is worth celebrating, I just want to celebrate it by doing something awesome and understated – something that I’d love to do anytime of the year. I don’t want cakes and candles and parties as much as I just want a solid adventure, and to see somethin new… and be so busy playing that i FORGET I’m racking up another number. My piece about my weekend train adventures posted on LA Mag today. Please run over and have a little look. It mostly looks like the…

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Weekend

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It’s been a while since I did a weekend post, months definitely. I’m busy doing things I don’t want to do. But I bring it on myself. This will be my fifth move in nine years. So…yeah, WE’RE MOVING. We’re shuffling the bulk of our stuff into a POD this weekend but I’m wishing I was here.

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Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages

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In my extensive brain rot research concerning Victorian/Queen Anne style porches, trim, gingerbread etc. I came across the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association. The founders of this area in the town of Oak Bluffs, MA were Methodists and the first outdoor camp-meeting took place in 1835. According to history, it was a happening meeting because the congregation grew large and fast. At first people were pitching tents in the oak grove and then later bought individual plots to put their tents on. Finally in the 1860s-1870s folks started building these little gingerbread cottages, Victorian/Queen Anne style homes packed tightly together. By the end of construction, 500 had been built. Today 300 still stand. Flash forward, they are coastal rentals and a tourist attraction. BTW, pretty dreamy to look through the Martha’s Vineyard rentals on Vrbo. The minimalist in you is crying out right now as you look at these images. Hutker…

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Break Time

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In the midst of all of this real estate action, I have a planned break at the beach. I hope to be able to relax, I’ve been pretty tense for the last few weeks. Once my friends distract me and six children start talking at once, I’m sure I’ll have no problem but the cell phone will stay in my hand and the laptop won’t be far. So deuces for now, I think that’s what John Jr. is saying here. Or maybe he’s saying he wants two beers from the cooler or buy 200 shares, regardless I like his style.  

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Charleston

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I recently took a trip to Charleston with some friends.  Here are some scenes from a carriage ride through the city. If you’re thinking about painting the exterior of your house and need some inspiration, you can probably find it in Charleston.       one of the carriage guides had a commanding afro that he clearly spent time picking and/or fluffing, There are some amazing architectural details on these houses,     The gardens were lush of course, lots of sago palms, podocarpus and oleander. I think we are looking at the trunk of a chaste tree, which is incredibly easy to grow in the South.     This looks like two apartments with interior entries on the right and left. But what I thought was interesting was that it appeared to be a bungalow style row house. Another creative apartment house, two side by side entries and both…

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New York, New York

New York, New York

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We took a trip to NYC with my parents and took my 4 year old daughter DC along to see the big city, she just had a birthday on the 20th…wowsa time flies. People constantly say “they grow up so fast” and that is absolutely true but I don’t think that, that sentiment will ever cease to be annoying. One of the first places we stopped was Dylan’s Candy Bar, owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan. We love candy as much as the rest but we made a special trip to this candy shop because DC’s name is Dylan. If you haven’t seen it, you can imagine the merchandising and Dylan’s delight that her name is everywhere. We popped in just as Ms. Lauren was showing someone around and so we asked for a photo and she kindly obliged. DC loves super heroes, particularly Batman and Spiderman. So we took…

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February Trip to LA

February Trip to LA

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I went to LA in February and now its mid-April…gee where does the time go? Better late than never. I went to LA because my Dad decided to live one of his dreams. Its all part of his rock n’ roll fantasy… Here he is doing his thing, it was really gratifying to watch someone fulfill their dream. I love the hell out of my Dad and on the whole I’d say he’s probably…the best Dad ever. Lita Ford was there. Betsy said she used to tap out “Kiss Me Deadly” on the family piano at like 8 yrs old, wholesome childhood?…kidding Sandy. My Dad said Lita was doing a lot of talking on her cell about a nasty divorce, thats not very rock n’ roll.  We were served tiny bananas at breakfast Watch out for this vegetarians, a daring closeup of a juicy burger topped with gruyere at Father’s Office adjacent…

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Destination Madonna

Destination Madonna

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Bregan, our friend from The Lead Chandelier, is in Southern California this week to see me. She is also going to take a night trip up this beauty (a resort near San Luis Obispo that she used to always try to get me to go to, but I never went.) It’s called the Madonna Inn and here are some pictures to prove why its such an insanely rad destination. This is the room that Bregii is staying in. This is the room that I would like to stay in. And here are some mo’ photos to help you daydream something else to do on this chilly summer day. (Its freaking 63 degrees here in Santa Monica and I’ve never missed summer more.)

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100% Fun

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I loved Matthew Sweet in 1995, hence the title of this post. We had loads of fun this weekend visiting Murrell’s Inlet and Georgetown, SC. There was something for everyone. My friend Amanda and I talked non-stop about decorating her new place. Amanda scored an amazing lamp at Goodwill for $9. Hopefully she’ll give us some before and afters on the revamp. Over the weekend, We confirmed that swinging is a lot of fun. We discovered that downtown Georgetown SC is very charming we liked to dream of setting up shop on Front Street And we found some reasonably priced antiques on Highway 17, will Amanda find her farmhouse dining table there? I hope so, otherwise her couch is in serious trouble

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Hipster Weekend @ The Ace Hotel

Hipster Weekend @ The Ace Hotel

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Dan and I stayed at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs during our little CA vacation. In case you were curious, here’s what our digs looked like. a standard room at the Ace, yes that is a denim headboard complete w/magazine pockets   everything is for sale in the room       main entrance walkways through the hotel grounds sitting areas complete with fireplace can be reserved bikes for rent, they are free for hotel guests and the spot that everyone loves, the pool On the weekends lots of folks drive out from LA to lounge at the Ace pool.  Fashion trends observed at the pool–wayfarer & aviator sunglasses, fedoras, tattoos and bohemian bathing suit cover ups.Your ensemble will not be complete without one or all of these elements. The Unhappy Hipsters would likely have fun with the happenings at the Ace. Over the weekend Betsy and…

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