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2013/06/04 / Shanan

A DAY AT THE ZOO

Today we went to the zoo!

Or, a zoo, at least.  The Elmvale Jungle Zoo, to be precise.  I mean I’m not going to dwell on it too much here but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some doubts about this place (and, by extension, zoos in general I guess). But… the animals did all look healthy and there’s nothing more magical than seeing children’s faces light up while watching monkeys, so let’s just move on shall we.

This was the first activity we crossed off of my family summer bucket-list.  Chris, Theo and I met up with our friends Kauri and Maeve; and we took lots of pictures while the kids ran off in different directions.  Most of the animals were quite lively and I may have seemed facetious about the whole ‘faces lighting up’ thing above but really, it’s pretty cool to watch.

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Her face may look calm but she is just barely containing herself.

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2013/06/03 / Shanan

ACHIN’ TO BE

Rookie‘s theme for June is LONGING.  God, how perfect is that?  Almost makes me wish I was a teenager again.

(almost)

Image above: Film still from The Virgin Suicides.

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2013/06/03 / Shanan

I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: ART THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Image above: Paul Pfeiffer, Playroom, 2012.  Steel, glass one-way mirror, wood, MDF, fabric, upholstery and lights.  Paula Cooper Gallery.

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Doug Aitken, YOU/YOU, 2012.  High density foam, wood and mirror.

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David Altmejd, The Settler, 2005.  Andrea Rosen Gallery and Stuart Shave Modern Art.

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Taryn Simon, Chromogenic print from An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. Jury Simulation, Deliberation Room with Two-Way Mirror, Lynbrook New York.

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Carsten Höller, Mirrored Carousel, 2005.

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2013/05/31 / Shanan

THEODORA’S ROOM

Friends and family who live far away are often asking me to send photos of our place, and I always stall them out or change the subject because a) I’m not a great photographer, and b) 90% of the time our house is a mess, and when it’s not, I rarely think to take pictures.  I can deal with clutter and crumbs… if you’ve got The Selby shooting it.

Insecure pre-amble aside, I’ve just got to stop being so precious about the whole thing. When we saw our house-to-be for the first time about a year and a half ago, the room that would be Theo’s looked like this (cue ‘before’ shot):

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Note that clearly people don’t really ‘stage’ their houses for sale up here (at least not people selling houses in our price bracket…).  The room felt really dark, the walls were a sad beige and the old cheap carpeting smelled like cat pee.  Oh and looking at this photo, I completely forgot that all the window and door trim and the baseboards used to be unfinished pine.  Mmm.

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2013/05/30 / Shanan

STRUT YOUR STUFF

Peacock chairs are supposedly trending, although they’ll probably be declared passé (again) before I can haul the vintage one out of my parent’s basement.  But if you’re planning to partake, I mean please, don’t half-ass the thing.

Image above: Glorious handwoven Odette chair from Anthropologie.