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Color in the City, Iceland: Rooms Inspired by the View

Something about this photo resonates deep inside me, makes me want to go to this beautiful place, experience this kind of quiet in a landscape that must often be assaulting and rough. But how do I turn inspiration into art? How to you translate an image like this into a room design? I get asked this all the time. I'm not sure I can describe such a fluid process very succinctly, but here's a rough idea of how my thoughts move from the image or view to a tangible translation. I start by trying to understand what it is about an image, a view, a moment that impresses me; the colors? contrasting shapes? the texture? Then, knowing that there isn't...

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Stop and Listen to the Angel Trumpets

Turning the corner on my morning walk this today, I was nearly blinded by theseĀ  glowing Angel Trumpets shooting like pink frosted firecrackers from a lush green bush... [caption id="attachment_9298" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Reaching into the branches I capture a cluster of starbursts beaming with light..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9299" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="And from below the sea like creature petals curl into deep leafy salmon just before withering under the very light that feeds them."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9300" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="As the colors glowed so did a random memory: In fifth grade, I came downstairs for school dressed in my pastel pink Ditto brand jeans and yellow terrycloth shell top with elastic waistband. My mom said, "Shannon, yellow and pink don't match. Try again."...

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Power walk: architecture in the morning

The more I get out and walk, but more I love morning light. Here are some shots from a recent walk. Oh! Before we start, I have to shout out to Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People for her 'iphoneography 101' class! Her info and guidance was like a sweet salve on this frustrated photographer's iphone. Thank you, Sarah!   Okay, here we go...      

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YARN BOMB! (signs San Mateo is becoming hip)

On a recent power walk, I noticed this... Do you see it? And a couple of blocks, or so, up the street- there it is again. And again! Yarn Bomb! I've seen this in Europe, but San Mateo? really? Wait- there's more!   A lot more... I'm re-naming this street Tube Sock Alley- we'll see if it holds up... get it? holds up? Wait- how'd they'd cover this PARKING sign?!   San Mateo has officially been bombed and I love it! It's more friendly, easier to clean up, and always makes me smile. Can you say that about graffiti? Here are more incredible attacks, including my personal favorite- the tank covered in a blanket with a pompon on the end...

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Color in the City- B Street Food Crawl

It's easy to blink and miss San Mateo, a sleepy city sandwiched between San Francisco to the north and Silicon Valley towns in the South Bay, and tucked in the shadows of affluent hillside areas like Hillsborough and Woodside to the west. I know. I live here and often berate myself for leaving the greener pastures, er uh, brighter lights of 'the City' for this. So, to adjust my attitude, I invited (perhaps begged) some friends to join me on a food crawl up B Street, an unassuming little boulevard of international restaurants- mostly individually owned- here in downtown San Mateo. [caption id="attachment_8574" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="That's my brother-in-law Andrew, sister Paige, and friends Meghan, and Carrie warming up at the...

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