Making the dresser

The big addition to the Moroccan Room before the baby was this dresser/changing table, which I suppose I didn’t exactly make, but I did hack and embellish to a point of unrecognizability. We bought the Tarva at Ikea for the base, and two nice wood planks to make a larger top plus four brackets from Home Depot to build this thing. At home, we laid everything out for painting, filled the original holes for the drawer knobs, and taped off the areas where I wanted a border – basically the edges of the drawers and the two planks for the[…]

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And now, we wait. (And hang out in the Explorer’s Room.)

We’re as ready as we’re gonna get. How do you really prepare for a baby? We have all of the truly necessary stuff, we’ve put everything in order, and we’ve cleared our schedules for the coming weeks. But I can’t think of anything we can do to even begin to prepare ourselves mentally for the fact that our little Robotaki is about to emerge and become a real, live, screaming human. I’m due in four days, which means this could happen anytime…we just don’t know when! Back in London, we used to do a lot of traveling with friends. Usually[…]

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Emily in the Moroccan Room

For years I’ve wanted to go to Morocco. Since (years ago anyway) that seemed unbelievably far away, I started collecting Moroccan stuff and eventually made Moroccan bedrooms for myself in a few different apartments. (Click the images to see more) When we moved into our house here after getting back from London, I thought: Moroccan dining room. Maybe a week later I realized I was pregnant, and after that news sank in, it was pretty clear we were going to want to make that dining room into the nursery eventually. I have zero, zilch, possibly negative desire to make a[…]

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Interior design photography tips

I’m interested in combining my background in interior design with my current interest in photography. So I’ve been reviewing books and magazines to figure out some of the elements of good interior photography. Here’s a list of tips I’ve come up with. There are plenty of tips on lighting interiors out there, so I skipped that and looked at composition and viewpoint. Some of these may be obvious to experienced photographers, but as I’m not one, they’re all news to me… Feel free to overexpose and blow out the windows. It makes it look like a room is flooded in[…]

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Fisheye tests

I rented a fisheye for the weekend; thinking about taking it to Tibet for some night sky photography (15,000 ft elevation plus no light pollution must be a good combination), which I’ll be trying out this weekend. But so far, after having it for a few hours, here’s a bit of what I’ve come up with. This is FUN!

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