Thursday, September 29, 2011


Stripping Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Chair

It's been in the 60s and raining off and on since Saturday here in Chicago which is an all too early slap in the face from Mother Nature. Normally we get at least a little reprieve before tumbling into eternal winter, but not so much this year. At least cooler weather is good for two things: excuses to buy new clothes (note to self: buy ridiculously comfortable wool socks this year) and excuses to start laborious and time-intensive projects. I'm doing the latter right now since embarking on a rehab of a Planner Group by Paul McCobb for Winchendon occasional chair that I picked up a couple of weeks ago off of Craigslist. Considering that I just moved, I was really in no position to be shelling out more money on furniture that may or may not make into the permanent collection, but the price was right and when I arrived to pick it up from the seller I was able to talk her down just a little bit more... at least enough to cover supplies to strip off this captains chair's very, VERY brown finish.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

You Had Me At iPhone


I've been using Instagram (the photo sharing app) since I first ponied up for an iPhone about four months ago and have been a steady user ever since. It's charms were instantly recognizable: responsive, reliable, incredibly easy to use AND compatible with Flickr, tumblr and facebook. I'd used Hipstamatic and Camera+'s image filtering services before, but ultimately left both behind since they left a lot to be desired in the way of filtering quality and the essential ability not to shut down in the middle of using them.
Not so with Instagram! It's the perfect example of an app being social, well designed and basically idiot-proof. Call me smitten.