just like conan

Last weekend I saw one of those hipster graphic prints (you know, the 21stC version of Successories). Well, the print said "Work hard and be kind to people." It's not poetic or clever. There's no rhyme or play on words. It's the kind of advice a grandparent gives: old fashioned, simple, wise. I internalized it immediately. It stuck with me so I made a remark about it on Facebook. That's when my friend Noreen pointed out it was taken from Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show. Of course! I had seen it but forgotten. Had you forgotten? If so, here's the link:

"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen." 

Watching this clip over I felt a kinship for my tall ginger hero. Conan made these remarks at a time of transition from his dream job. Despite farewell circumstances that were unpleasant, Conan took the opportunity to give thanks for the many great years he had with his soon-to-be-former employer. Hmmm, rang a bell with me. 

As many of you will know, I recently left STYLE AT HOME magazine. Some of you have been coming here to see what I have to say about the whole thing. So finally, here it is. My thoughts are much like Conan's. I feel lucky and thankful to have had so many fantastic experiences. What a thrill it was to help build an upstart into a contender. I feel particularly proud to have styled/art directed shoots that have graced the last 5 covers of STYLE AT HOME. I call that ending on a high note. 





To that chapter I say "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye" 

Now opens an exciting new chapter

new blog, old blog

Martha with Kevin Sharkey, Decorating Director at MSLO (and me...see, in behind)

I'm pleased to let you know that I'm now blogging over at the STYLE AT HOME site. It's early days yet, but I do have a three-part blog on my recent experience attending the press launch at the MSLO head offices for the launch of her new line of kitchens for Home Depot. 

Now, where does that leave us over here at Not to worry, I'll still be here. I'm continually working to regain the ground that I lost here when I took a blog break in the summer. But I promise I will blog forth and I hope you will stop by again sometime.

For now, here is what I am thinking of today. It's a little TS Eliot and to me it is a lament for the foolish, hollow stuffed heads that populate our world. I have been sad about them this week. 


We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As wind in dry grass

Or rats' feet over broken glass

In our dry cellar


Shape without form, shade without colour,

Paralysed force, gesture without motion;


Those who have crossed

With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom

Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost

Violent souls, but only

As the hollow men

The stuffed men...

Poetry is magic, don't you think? I am taking this weekend to stop feeling sad about these people and instead feel thankful for all the non-hollow non-stuffed people in my life. They lift me up! Happy Thanksgiving.

digital world



This is a personal blog. No advertising. No sponsored posts. No corporate agenda. Just the thoughts that pass my brain (usually in the wee smalls of the night/morning, when I work best -- check the blog post times). But this one's a bit different. First, it's just barely dark out now. Second, this post contains a full-on sales pitch. 

Please indulge me. I'm like a kid on Dec. 23 these days. Ever since I attended a seminar on digital publishing held by Campion Platt, art director of the digital-only mag VIVmag, I have been chomping at the bit to dive into this world. The day can't come soon enough! It is really like the feeling when you were a kid and you thought you might burst with anticipation leading up to Chirstmas.

It is VERY exciting that STYLE AT HOME is up and available for purchase at Zinio (ET VOILÀ LA SALES PITCH: click here to buy a copy or a sub -- subs are a steal!) And, of course I have devoured the 2 issues of Lonny. But I just can't wait to start working in the enriched format that VIVmag has. You MUST get a copy at Zinio here. When I click through and imagine the world of possibilities for decor content I start to feel faint!

This excitement has been re-ignited thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show on now in Vegas. There's so much buzz these days about the tablet readers I've been hanging on every press release to see what's next. Exciting times gentle bloggersons! Exciting times!