Someday, and maybe sometime more details in another post, I will stay in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam but today if wishes made things true…I’d be on a plane to Tokyo before November 23. And shortly thereafter having a slumber party at the LLOVE Hotel (in the mattress room, if possible). This very Japanese pop-up hotel is an art/architect collaboration between Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka and Lloyd director Suzanne Oxenaar (plus several guest Dutch and Japanese artists) and I really, really want to jump on these beds!
Designed by Richard Hutten, here's just a snippet of this room's description:
As an extra layer, referring to the outdoor, you will find some leaves growing on strange places. The room is not suitable for business men on a business trip, but very suitable for tourists not in a hurry, people in love, and everyone who knows how to enjoy life!
Book your stay (or just check out the rooms) here and here.
Truly, liberty prints and detailed, paint-by-number floral patterns have been a bit on overkill lately but I couldn't resist checking out Liberty of London's collection at Target.
And discovered, when it comes to floral, it's definitely appealing when it has to do with gardening!
Didn't see them in stock though so I instead decided on some posh, Liberty loungewear and am now sipping a cocktail and pseudo-channeling my own glamorous grandmother. Doubt that's turn-on for the Boo but it's inspired me to shop for patio furniture on craigslist and I just now found an awesome new loungey couch.
I'm deliberately keeping quiet about the former Neat Freak 101 postings because they inspired a sort of madness around here. We've thrown almost all our furniture out!
It's like the yearly move has been transformed into a massive redecorating party instead.
Who knows what will happen now?
Crime = closet requires gymnastic type feats to reach the back row of clothes
Punishment = throw out everything that hasn't been used for over a year
Grade = F = I barely attempted this. Threw out one jacket and decided it wasn't worth the effort.
Reward = take a week off of stupid neat freak class.
It's February, which is a very indulgent month for me and the Boo.
I'm not going to dwell on this failure.
Classes resume February 22nd.
Happy Valentine's Day to all & 5th year wedding anniversary to moi!
Crime = bad living room feng shui
Punishment = heavy lifting!
Grade = C+ - I cleaned up & rearranged but it's still lacking a chair or something
Reward = bought two smushy pillows (not really visible in blurry pic below) to make the couch actually comfortable, then went out for half-priced sushi and sake bombs at ono shushi.
Crime = wasting valuable storage space in the only house closet
Punishment = Container Store (entirely overpriced crap!) & IKEA (crap within budget) shopping on a weekend
Grade = C - I did the shopping and shelf building, Adam did the actual reorganizing, since it's mainly his closet
Reward = a cup of the most delicious hot chocolate in the entire world! (with a side of pancakes and a mushroom & swiss omelet) courtesy of Richard Walker's Pancake House.
Reward #2 = all the stuff jammed into random crevices of the bedroom closet now has a home of its own, which may make Day 4's assignment of cleaning said closet much easier.
Day 2 -
Crime = sock & undies hoarder
Punishment = dump out sock drawer and throw away all mismatched pairs or things with holes
Grade = A - i got rid of 21 things! Plus Neat Freak extra credit for using some old socks to clean the kitchen floor.
Reward = bought a new wristlet on etsy.
knowing there was $200 waiting in the sock drawer made day two's assignment a breeze. and guess what? i found MORE money hidden in the bottom. being senile like this is like winning the lottery.
seeing as how my boo's got a tough school schedule this semester, i started feeling guilty for all the lazy non-learning i do and decided to "enroll" myself in a class i've desperately needed to take - Neat Freak 101- a beginner's guide to organizing your life.
unfortunately this is an entirely imaginary and self-taught class so i'm not really sure how to begin but here goes nothing...
week one is entitled Crime, Punishment & Reward
Here are the assignments:
• clean out t-shirt drawer - donate at least 10 things to goodwill
• clean out sock & undies drawer - throw out at least 10 things
• clean out closet - resell clothes or donate at least 10 things to goodwill
• rearrange living room and get rid of old couch
• build shelves in the hall/mailorder closet so bath towels have somewhere to go
Today's Class -
Crime = being unable to shut my shirt drawer because it's too full, even though i RARELY wear t-shirts.
Punishment = dumped out drawer and ruthlessly narrowed down its contents.
Grade = B - Goodwill will soon have 13 new shirts!
Reward = bought & read something that's the equivalent of a gossip mag - Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.
And of course, the reward of now being able to shut the drawer!
best of all, it turns out i'm one of those crazy old ladies who hide money everywhere! apparently at some point i thought it would be a good idea to hide 2 $100 bills in that shirt drawer. and it sure was. i promptly re-hid the money in the sock drawer as motivation to continue these lessons.