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Journalist, language teacher, craftsmaniac and world traveler in search of fabric and a really good cup of coffee. Proud former resident of Pasadena, Ca. where in many ways my design mindset was honed - I lived minutes from The Gamble House, The Norton Simon Museum, Art Center, JPL and the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, mecca to vintage shoppers everywhere. One of my perennial newspaper job responsibilities included covering the renowned Pasadena Showcase House, interviewing some of the best interior and exterior designers in the country and still to this day, I go to SoCal to attend this annual event - it's my own little design pilgrimage.

Now, I spend time in the boroughs of Oakland and connecting with the design community of my own city, Napa, which treats food and wine as art. I love talking other artists and designers, enjoying the creativity of other disciplines. On that note,…

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  • Joined August 3, 2009

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Journalist, language teacher, craftsmaniac and world traveler in search of fabric and a really good cup of coffee. Proud former resident of Pasadena, Ca. where in many ways my design mindset was honed - I lived minutes from The Gamble House, The Norton Simon Museum, Art Center, JPL and the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, mecca to vintage shoppers everywhere. One of my perennial newspaper job responsibilities included covering the renowned Pasadena Showcase House, interviewing some of the best interior and exterior designers in the country and still to this day, I go to SoCal to attend this annual event - it's my own little design pilgrimage.

Now, I spend time in the boroughs of Oakland and connecting with the design community of my own city, Napa, which treats food and wine as art. I love talking other artists and designers, enjoying the creativity of other disciplines. On that note, stay tuned for a new blog where I will be interviewing other craftspeople and artists from a plethora of fields on a regular basis. In truth, this isn't much of a departure for me, as I maintained a column in form or another about lifestyle, design and the arts during my entire career as a newspaper journalist, interviewing notables as diverse as Herbie Hancock and Thomas Keller, Kurt Vonnegut and, uh, Heidi Fleiss. (I've gotten some interesting comments out of this: FYI Heidi Fleiss grew up in Pasadena. And for a time, she had a popular undergarment store on a prominent corner in Old Town. She also published a book after her stint in prison. And for the record, she is wicked. smart.)

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