Apparently it’s a “thing” in the magazine industry to create mock covers in honor of someone’s birthday…so says veteran graphic designer (and friend of the show, and personal friend) Joe Caserto. He created this unofficial mock May cover for Rob’s big 5-0 b-day and it’s amazeballs!
How do YOU handle your candle? And I can’t wait to read the article on page 69. Surely it’s about raising your own roosters in your backyard.
OK, this is a controversial issue–and I’d call it a “tag for ambivalence” but Rob resisted my attempt to use that new tag (even though I let him invent a new “Teach Me!” tag)–see our May 2020 episode for more about that–but some people were made for quarantine. My friend Tom, as pretend-anti-social as they come, says he was born for this. One plus: you have plenty of time for contemplating how you could improve your home, no matter how “finished” or not you normally find it.
Of course, this is not the time to embark on a major reno–unless you’re my neighbor Lori and her family who were cleaning out their entire house on Saturday in advance of adding another story to their house. Go Lori. But if you’re itching for a change without major construction, here’s a link to some lower-key home decor projects.
Personally I’m eyeing our hall closet, with its winter gear and board games, for a cleaning and reorganization. And the food pantry, since we found a tub of six-month old salsa in there which should have been refrigerated (see the May episode for an explanation on how that happened).
Cohost J here. `I finally got around to seeing the latest Addams Family movie, because it’s one of my most favorite franchises ever (the first two live action movies from the 90s are in my top 5 list). Imagine my surprise and delight to see that the entire plot of the new The Addams Family movie centers around interior design and one overbearing interior designer/TV hostess! Margaux Needler, voiced by Allison Janney, is the host of Margaux’s Design Intervention, and she wants everything to be the same. In fact she’s trying to sell units in an entire town called Assimilation, New Jersey…except that the Addams clan doesn’t fit in.
She offers Morticia a free home makeover, and–spoiler alert–the house does wind up pink, but its evil spirit winds up shrugging off the Margaux-esque hue pretty quickly, and Morticia stands by her funeral home-Victorian style.
Tag for love on this iconic property hinging entirely on interior design! Can you tell who this villainess reminds us of, in her quest for every home to be the same style?
The water is hot and the ‘bags are already in the cup. It’s time to brew some fresh tea–for TRUTH–with the ten designers offering up their take on “what trends need to disappear forever” in this article on Architectural Digest PRO.
Cohost J. agrees with these experts on:
Macrame’ – I tried it and returned it to the store. Nope!
Waterfall countertops – everywhere and now overdone
Barn doors – waaaay overdone, and as pointed out, they do not provide any sound barrier so do NOT install one as a bathroom door!
Accent walls – I’m iffy on this one. They can work, especially if you’re on a budget or in a rental, but a lot of people use them as their decorating default and then stop there.
Cute neon signs – ubiquitous on Instagram, but never seen IRL (at least, in the Hudson Valley. So when I do see one it will be super outdated.)
Granite countertops – so 2000’s.
Mosaic glass backsplashes – so 2000’s Home Depot.
I’m still OK with:
Edison light bulbs – cute! but in the right settings
I just don’t know what Robert Couturier is getting at by saying: “Contemporary art collections that have been accumulated with ears rather than eyes.”
This is no shock to our listeners, but I would also add in:
white on white interiors
white and rustic wood and more freakin’ white
millenial pink anything
But at least a few of these design pros have validated some of our tags for hate!
Cohost J. here–we were recently approached to be part of a super cool discussion about podcasting and marketing, organized by Overit Media, (LOVE that name) which is based in Albany. Why they thought we were podcast experts, I don’t know (maybe because of the name of our show? As you loyal listeners know, we are anything but expert and loudly proclaim it all the time)! Unfortunately Rob will be out of town during the event, but I will carry on as a guest panelist.
“Using Podcasting in Marketing: Why, How & What Works” takes place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Overit Media, 435 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY. Here’s the official info:
“One-third of the population reports having listened to a podcast in the last month, representing 90 million monthly listeners. With podcast growth surging in the United States, businesses are turning to the medium to attract new audiences, to engage current ones, and to be the signal that breaks through their daily noise.
With so much attention being given to podcast as a hot new marketing channel – you might have questions.
Should your business have a podcast?
How do you get started?
How do you measure results?
How do podcasts fit into a larger marketing strategy?
Attend this free, informative panel with seasoned podcasters to
hear about the highs and lows of podcast marketing with actionable tips
on how to get started, what works, and why podcasting deserves a spot
in your marketing mix.
Jeff Ayers, Death Wish Coffee
Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library
Steve King, A Podcast for Creatives
J Dewey, Could Be Better
I am very pleased to be a part of this distinguished group. Hopefully I can live up to their expectations.
Free tickets are available via Eventbrite and I’m told it will be livestreamed and available as video afterward. See you there!
Then there’s House Beautiful’s plug for Field & Supply in Kingston (is it truly worth traveling across the country for?) and its cute little map showing only Beacon and Kingston (NOT Milton, Rob, sorry to say). Same issue: a tour of Pennyroyal, a Catskills retreat built by the mother of American interior design. And this month, Architectural Digest references the HV (that name’s not happening either, is it?) dour times, and has two huge features about Dutchess County properties (both converted barns, too.) I’ll go back and count to make sure. Yes, a lot of the love gets thrown at uber-trendy Hudson, but there are a lot of gorgeous Insta-worthy homes scattered around horse/wine/apple country.
So what does this all mean?
On one hand, it means nothing–these are the same plaudits (and cries about gentrification and traffic and “citiots”) we’ve always heard. But to be more Tag-For-Love about it: It means we’re still a design destination for those in the know. After all, the robber barons Gilded Age industrialists fled the confines of New York City and headed north to construct their castles and keeps over a hundred years ago.
We have cute little shops, architectural classics, charming downtowns, cutting-edge art museums, and enough space to experiment with design styles in spades!
And we’re lucky enough to live right in the thick of it! The Hudson Valley is a wonderful place to live (and visit) because it truly has it all…including major design cred. I’m just glad the design/shelter world is finally giving us the props we deserve. Beverly Hills? Milan? Ibiza? So over. Tastemakers in the know go to the Camptons.
Tag for hate: being so busy that we don’t have time to write and blab more about fun home decor and entertaining ideas! Cohost J. here and I want to apologize for the recent lack of posts. Rob and I have both been swamped with our day job work and life in general. It’s spring here in the Hudson Valley (though it’s been raining so much that everyone has been saying it’s more like Seattle) and it’s garden prep and spring cleaning time. That’s my excuse, anyway.
But can we talk about this insane wallpaper? Yes we go gaga for wallpaper all the time so THAT’S not shocking, but this one is special. Why? Cartoon speech bubbles erupting from brightly colored parrots–and they’re spewing conspiracy theories! As covered by Domino, it’s part of Aelfie’s new line.
Want. I don’t know where, but whatevs. Also: super inspiring! Think of all the other things we can add speech bubbles to. Who knows, perhaps our lifestyle brand will actually happen someday with some cray-cray wallpaper designs like this!
Have fun with your walls. It’s only decor. Plus, this one is removable AND biodegradable. Now go have some fun for your weekend, too. Or your yard clean-up, if that’s on your to-do list. That ride-on mower has a cupholder for a reason and it might as well hold a cocktail.
Co-host Rob here. A few years back, J. gifted my fam Bee’s Wrap beeswax food wraps for Christmas. It was long enough ago that I thought J. was just trying to be hipster with the eco-friendly, new-fangled product. As it turned out, they’re a thing. And they’re great.
Fast forward: beeswax foods wraps are just a part of our household now. So I forgot how fab they were until I was reminded by the May 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens just how hard working eco-friendly food covers are.
BH&G featured the Lekue Stretch Storage Cover. And let’s be honest, they look a lot like condoms for food! They are still better than ripping off countless sheets of plastic wrap that never seem to stick to anything,
Cohost J. here. Not to be all reaction-y, but a post on Dwell.com says that living room conversation pits are back in vogue. I guess I am reacting to it here, because it’s been a few days since our last “Tag” post due to a combo of busy-ness and not feeling inspired in either direction. Love or hate, after all, are meant to be the extremes. So, thank you Dwell for doing the work for me!
Anyway…so Dwell’s post covers the greatest hits of conversation pits, a few of which you’ve probably seen on Ye Olde IG lately. The purple one, for sure.
I’m a fan–mostly because I’m a fan of promoting conversations between people, and a dedicated space to do that gets a thumb’s up in my book. Of course, if you have a podcast, you’re pretty much an advocate for conversations anyway.
Are they for everyone? No. Will their revival be seen as yet another blip on the design trend timeline? Almost certainly. But as one Dwell commenter points out, perhaps they’re cool again because we’ve developed another type of living space: the media room. If that’s where the TV is, that leaves the traditional living room up for grabs as the spot for non-digital interaction. Though my house doesn’t have a sunken conversation pit, we treat it as if it had one: the family room in the basement is for TV watching (and kids, mostly) while the living room is really “the daddies’ cocktail lounge.” It’s great for drinking, but also magazine reading (hullo), book reading, listening to music, and all the stuff that’s impossible when there’s a TV in the room. It’s a conversation pit without the pit.
So if you can build one (or buy a house with one, don’t fill it in just yet) go for it. The outdoor versions may be more feasible and longer-lasting, trendwise, anyway.
And also, as another Dwell commenter points out, their timeline leaves out one of the most iconic sunken living rooms of all time: the fireplace ringed by couches in the 1968 Blake Edwards movie, The Party. It may have one of the coolest sets ever put on film. (Hmm, maybe a CBB movie night is in order!) There’s not only the conversation pit to ogle: there’s a crazy indoor water feature with a stepping stone path, planters, multiple pools, killer chandeliers, and the fact that the conversation pit is also kinda a two-tiered affair. If you haven’t seen it, check it out for the decor alone!
And for the record, our friends Brian and Chris, referenced regularly on our show, do indeed have a sunken living room in their big MCM party house in Poughkeepsie.
And our ode to hot gardeners couldn’t be complete without getting pumped over Bravo’s “BackYard Envy” host, Garrett Magee. This mustachioed hunk might make some think “70s gay porn star.” We’re totally okay with that. We love #retro!
Shirts off to lots and lots of hot gardeners all Spring, Summer, and Fall!