2.26.2008

the dailes: anh minh.



WOO HOO; it's daily time! If you're new to the site (first, hello, and second...), The Dailies is one of Design for Mankind's signature features, and it's just as it sounds. The Dailies is a glance into the life of everyone's favorite artists/designers/bloggers--- from dawn until dusk! All the details, all the goods.

And today? Today is a HUGE treat, because the lovely Anh Minh from Apartment Therapy, SF Chronicle and AnhMinh.com (NOT to mention her many crafting talents!!!) is walking us through a day in her [FABULOUS!] life. I'll let her do the talking (or, writing, in this case), but I just wanted to thank her OH so much. Anh Minh was my first blog crush, and she was one of the key bloggers that inspired me to enter this crazy online community known as the Blogosphere. Thank you SO much, Anh Minh--- I owe you big. ;)

Alright... let's play!
---


7:20am
This is a bit of an early wake-up for a weekend morning, but my husband, Jon, has to go into the office today. So I get up, too, and make the bed while he’s in the shower. Then I head out to the kitchen and read “Page Six” – a guilty pleasure/daily read for me.



7:45am
Jon makes lattes while I’m in the shower.

8:00am
Since Jon is now leaving for work, I’m left with my latte – and last Sunday’s “Style” section of the NY Times. I admit: I like reading the wedding announcements.



8:30am
I’m in the car, on my way to Target. I’ve got a mirror to return and I also want to see if the new (non-nursery) DwellStudio collection has arrived at my local store. Success! I walk out with a new tablecloth and placemats, as well as the latest issues of Decorating and Domino.



9:10am
The weather forecast calls for rain today, which means I won’t be painting the nightstands in the guest bedroom. Instead, I’m planning to work on some sewing projects. I pop over to the fabric store to pick up some white cotton for a living room curtain makeover.

9:30am
I’m home again and ready to write! Yesterday, I interviewed Margaret Russell, the editor-in-chief of Elle Décor. I try to type up my interview notes right after an interview, while the conversation is still fresh in my mind. So today, I’m working on the first draft of my SF Chronicle article about Margaret and her new book. (I’m a regular contributor to the paper’s Home & Garden section, as well as to Apartment Therapy.)



10:45am
Time for a tea break. I opt for a little pot of genmai green tea and some Trader Joe’s rice crackers.

11:00am
Back to work.

11:30am
The first draft is finished! I always read my drafts out loud – that’s how I figure out which sentences are working and which are not. I make edits as I read it, and then put the story aside. I need some distance between drafts.

11:40am
I’ve got my fabrics, sewing pattern and scissors out. I’m making some (long overdue) new coin purses for blissen.



12:15pm
Perfect timing: I’m just cutting out my last pieces of fabric when my sister calls. So I throw on a raincoat and head out the door to meet up with her for lunch. Mmmm … hot dogs.

1:50pm
I’m back from lunch, with just a bit of time to spare. Jon should be home soon and then we’re heading out together – he needs a haircut and I’ve got some errands to run. I flip through Decorating while I wait.



2:00pm
And we’re out.

2:30pm
I’m at the bead store, looking for gems for my next batch of jewelry for Adorna Bella.

3:10pm
American Apparel lures me in. I end up with a new black turtleneck.



3:25pm
I spot a dress in a store window that might be perfect for an upcoming auction/dinner at my nephew’s school. After trying it on, I’m undecided about it. Which means I shouldn’t get it [Editor's note: DISAGREE--- doesn't she look FABULOUS?!].

3:35pm
I’m late meeting Jon. He’s standing outside the café where we agreed to rendezvous. He’s already got my spicy hot cocoa in his hand. (Did I mention that he’s the best?)



4:00pm
I’m back at the sewing machine, assembling the coin purses.

4:50pm
Time to get ready for dinner. My family is getting together tonight to celebrate my brother’s birthday.

5:00pm
Jon and I are back on the road, on our way to the restaurant. It is really wet out, and we notice a number of accidents on the other side of the freeway. Yikes.

5:40pm
We’re late! Or at least we think we are. But just as we’re parking the car, we see the rest of my family walking towards the elevator. Phew.



5:50pm
Everyone’s seated – adults with champagne in hand, children with apple ciders in their flutes.

8:45pm
By now, a song was sung, candles were blown out, and several courses consumed.



9:20pm
We’re in for the night. We settle into our usual seats in the living room to watch some TV, including a recording of that day’s Tour of California stage. “Saturday Night Live” is finally back on, so we gotta stay up for that!



Since I’ve got a few jewelry ideas floating around in my head, I bead and wire together a pair of earrings. I store my finished designs on a little Manzanita branch and am always a little sad when I have to strip it of its shiny baubles to send them off to the store.

11:45(ish)pm
Thank goodness we recorded “SNL” … Because sometime around the first commercial break, we both fell asleep …

26 comments:

anh-minh said...

Erin - Thanks for including me in this wonderful series that you started! It's such a treat, considering how much I adore your blog -- as well as the other folks who have participated.

rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs said...

What a lovely life! Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

I read my articles and post out loud too! For some reason it helps me catch mistakes (most of the time). Sounds like a good day, and I hope she posts the Margaret Russell article on her blog!

Prêt à Voyager said...

what a fun series!

Anne

Cher Ami said...

loved this. it makes me want to be more productive. Funny I should be reading this on my one day off in- forever. Inspiring!

cassie said...

erin,

thanks so much for your kind words about my blog! i am so happy to discover your lovely blog as well!
and the dailes is such a great series too!

cassie at genuine imitation

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

I can't believe how much was accomplished already by 10 am! Holy moly!!!

And I'm a HUGE Apartment Therapy fan so this is exciting!

design for mankind. said...

THANK YOU!!! And yeah, Anh Minh is PRETTY fabulous!!! :)

alice said...

Wow how cool! This motivates me to get up earlier on the weekend.

Kati said...

What a day! Re: the dress - I think it looks fabulous!

Hammocks & High Tea said...

I love the dailies and the e-zine Erin. very inspirational...but I agree.. Anh-minh makes me feel like I need to speed up my morning routine :)

design for mankind. said...

Ha, she is indeed a SuperWoman! :)

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Love the dailies! Its always fun to get to peak into someone eles's life :)

Anonymous said...

Do you know what color is on the walls in that room above where you say you "settle in for the night"???? I love it.

anh-minh said...

Ha! I'm not always this productive on a Saturday. But the rain -- and having my husband out of the house for half of the day -- can be good for my to-do list.

Anonymous: When we moved into the house, we had some work done and asked the contractor to paint all of the walls ... the same color they already were (they just needed a fresh coat). So I'm positive it's a Benjamin Moore paint, but I'll have to check the leftover cans in the garage to see if I can determine exactly what color that is.

Sparkie said...

Buy that dress, girl. It's hott.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

love this new feature of yours!

Anonymous said...

Where is that calendar from? I know I've seen it somewhere before..

MARICHELLE said...

Great feature Erin! I can't believe how much she packs in one day!

painted fish studio said...

sounds like such a lovely day! and so hard to read about when i'm at work when i'd so much rather be at home knitting felted bowls or working on a wedding present for my sister... the weekend cannot come fast enough!

design for mankind. said...

Thank you ladies---

anonymous: I think it's a Stendig calendar? I'll check for you...

dailydesignspot said...

i spy a shop scad pillow on your bed! haha.. thanks for sharing!

design for mankind. said...

Jonathan--- you are SO right!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to know about the calendar above her sewing machine...something about cats with February in the sentence..soooo cute

anh-minh said...

The calendar is designed by Noa Bembibre: http://www.noabembibre.com/

I purchased it from Kiosk in NYC a few months ago, and it has since sold out. But according to this post from Apartment Therapy (it's a little old), you may still be able to get your hands on one from Portland's Hermitage:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/pillows-decorative-office-accessories/cats-let-nothing-darken-their-roar-calendars-at-hermitage-041524

design for mankind. said...

Woo HOO--- I'm so on board with that calendar, Anh-Minh! Thanks for letting us know. :)

welcome.

because beauty lies in the details of design. in the pencil shavings, in the blueberry waffles. the vintage dress, framed portrait, old postcard.

design is inevitable. celebrated. design for mankind.

2.26.2008

the dailes: anh minh.



WOO HOO; it's daily time! If you're new to the site (first, hello, and second...), The Dailies is one of Design for Mankind's signature features, and it's just as it sounds. The Dailies is a glance into the life of everyone's favorite artists/designers/bloggers--- from dawn until dusk! All the details, all the goods.

And today? Today is a HUGE treat, because the lovely Anh Minh from Apartment Therapy, SF Chronicle and AnhMinh.com (NOT to mention her many crafting talents!!!) is walking us through a day in her [FABULOUS!] life. I'll let her do the talking (or, writing, in this case), but I just wanted to thank her OH so much. Anh Minh was my first blog crush, and she was one of the key bloggers that inspired me to enter this crazy online community known as the Blogosphere. Thank you SO much, Anh Minh--- I owe you big. ;)

Alright... let's play!
---


7:20am
This is a bit of an early wake-up for a weekend morning, but my husband, Jon, has to go into the office today. So I get up, too, and make the bed while he’s in the shower. Then I head out to the kitchen and read “Page Six” – a guilty pleasure/daily read for me.



7:45am
Jon makes lattes while I’m in the shower.

8:00am
Since Jon is now leaving for work, I’m left with my latte – and last Sunday’s “Style” section of the NY Times. I admit: I like reading the wedding announcements.



8:30am
I’m in the car, on my way to Target. I’ve got a mirror to return and I also want to see if the new (non-nursery) DwellStudio collection has arrived at my local store. Success! I walk out with a new tablecloth and placemats, as well as the latest issues of Decorating and Domino.



9:10am
The weather forecast calls for rain today, which means I won’t be painting the nightstands in the guest bedroom. Instead, I’m planning to work on some sewing projects. I pop over to the fabric store to pick up some white cotton for a living room curtain makeover.

9:30am
I’m home again and ready to write! Yesterday, I interviewed Margaret Russell, the editor-in-chief of Elle Décor. I try to type up my interview notes right after an interview, while the conversation is still fresh in my mind. So today, I’m working on the first draft of my SF Chronicle article about Margaret and her new book. (I’m a regular contributor to the paper’s Home & Garden section, as well as to Apartment Therapy.)



10:45am
Time for a tea break. I opt for a little pot of genmai green tea and some Trader Joe’s rice crackers.

11:00am
Back to work.

11:30am
The first draft is finished! I always read my drafts out loud – that’s how I figure out which sentences are working and which are not. I make edits as I read it, and then put the story aside. I need some distance between drafts.

11:40am
I’ve got my fabrics, sewing pattern and scissors out. I’m making some (long overdue) new coin purses for blissen.



12:15pm
Perfect timing: I’m just cutting out my last pieces of fabric when my sister calls. So I throw on a raincoat and head out the door to meet up with her for lunch. Mmmm … hot dogs.

1:50pm
I’m back from lunch, with just a bit of time to spare. Jon should be home soon and then we’re heading out together – he needs a haircut and I’ve got some errands to run. I flip through Decorating while I wait.



2:00pm
And we’re out.

2:30pm
I’m at the bead store, looking for gems for my next batch of jewelry for Adorna Bella.

3:10pm
American Apparel lures me in. I end up with a new black turtleneck.



3:25pm
I spot a dress in a store window that might be perfect for an upcoming auction/dinner at my nephew’s school. After trying it on, I’m undecided about it. Which means I shouldn’t get it [Editor's note: DISAGREE--- doesn't she look FABULOUS?!].

3:35pm
I’m late meeting Jon. He’s standing outside the café where we agreed to rendezvous. He’s already got my spicy hot cocoa in his hand. (Did I mention that he’s the best?)



4:00pm
I’m back at the sewing machine, assembling the coin purses.

4:50pm
Time to get ready for dinner. My family is getting together tonight to celebrate my brother’s birthday.

5:00pm
Jon and I are back on the road, on our way to the restaurant. It is really wet out, and we notice a number of accidents on the other side of the freeway. Yikes.

5:40pm
We’re late! Or at least we think we are. But just as we’re parking the car, we see the rest of my family walking towards the elevator. Phew.



5:50pm
Everyone’s seated – adults with champagne in hand, children with apple ciders in their flutes.

8:45pm
By now, a song was sung, candles were blown out, and several courses consumed.



9:20pm
We’re in for the night. We settle into our usual seats in the living room to watch some TV, including a recording of that day’s Tour of California stage. “Saturday Night Live” is finally back on, so we gotta stay up for that!



Since I’ve got a few jewelry ideas floating around in my head, I bead and wire together a pair of earrings. I store my finished designs on a little Manzanita branch and am always a little sad when I have to strip it of its shiny baubles to send them off to the store.

11:45(ish)pm
Thank goodness we recorded “SNL” … Because sometime around the first commercial break, we both fell asleep …

26 comments:

anh-minh said...

Erin - Thanks for including me in this wonderful series that you started! It's such a treat, considering how much I adore your blog -- as well as the other folks who have participated.

rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs said...

What a lovely life! Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

I read my articles and post out loud too! For some reason it helps me catch mistakes (most of the time). Sounds like a good day, and I hope she posts the Margaret Russell article on her blog!

Prêt à Voyager said...

what a fun series!

Anne

Cher Ami said...

loved this. it makes me want to be more productive. Funny I should be reading this on my one day off in- forever. Inspiring!

cassie said...

erin,

thanks so much for your kind words about my blog! i am so happy to discover your lovely blog as well!
and the dailes is such a great series too!

cassie at genuine imitation

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

I can't believe how much was accomplished already by 10 am! Holy moly!!!

And I'm a HUGE Apartment Therapy fan so this is exciting!

design for mankind. said...

THANK YOU!!! And yeah, Anh Minh is PRETTY fabulous!!! :)

alice said...

Wow how cool! This motivates me to get up earlier on the weekend.

Kati said...

What a day! Re: the dress - I think it looks fabulous!

Hammocks & High Tea said...

I love the dailies and the e-zine Erin. very inspirational...but I agree.. Anh-minh makes me feel like I need to speed up my morning routine :)

design for mankind. said...

Ha, she is indeed a SuperWoman! :)

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Love the dailies! Its always fun to get to peak into someone eles's life :)

Anonymous said...

Do you know what color is on the walls in that room above where you say you "settle in for the night"???? I love it.

anh-minh said...

Ha! I'm not always this productive on a Saturday. But the rain -- and having my husband out of the house for half of the day -- can be good for my to-do list.

Anonymous: When we moved into the house, we had some work done and asked the contractor to paint all of the walls ... the same color they already were (they just needed a fresh coat). So I'm positive it's a Benjamin Moore paint, but I'll have to check the leftover cans in the garage to see if I can determine exactly what color that is.

Sparkie said...

Buy that dress, girl. It's hott.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

love this new feature of yours!

Anonymous said...

Where is that calendar from? I know I've seen it somewhere before..

MARICHELLE said...

Great feature Erin! I can't believe how much she packs in one day!

painted fish studio said...

sounds like such a lovely day! and so hard to read about when i'm at work when i'd so much rather be at home knitting felted bowls or working on a wedding present for my sister... the weekend cannot come fast enough!

design for mankind. said...

Thank you ladies---

anonymous: I think it's a Stendig calendar? I'll check for you...

dailydesignspot said...

i spy a shop scad pillow on your bed! haha.. thanks for sharing!

design for mankind. said...

Jonathan--- you are SO right!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to know about the calendar above her sewing machine...something about cats with February in the sentence..soooo cute

anh-minh said...

The calendar is designed by Noa Bembibre: http://www.noabembibre.com/

I purchased it from Kiosk in NYC a few months ago, and it has since sold out. But according to this post from Apartment Therapy (it's a little old), you may still be able to get your hands on one from Portland's Hermitage:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/pillows-decorative-office-accessories/cats-let-nothing-darken-their-roar-calendars-at-hermitage-041524

design for mankind. said...

Woo HOO--- I'm so on board with that calendar, Anh-Minh! Thanks for letting us know. :)