Updates + Love Notes

Staying inside is harder than it initially sounded.

That said, we're equal to the task and eager to flatten the curve, so we're going to keep our COLLECTIVE chins up and make the best of it. While we're all cooped up, we thought some great online reading material might be worth sussing out a bit. Of course, you can always peruse our blog for endless good stuff about homes, architecture, local businesses, and interior design--but this is where we'll also recommend a few good finds from around the web.

Every few days, we'll point you to a few pieces of content that we think you just might like. Some of it will be helpful, some will be informative, and some will simply be aimed at making your days just a little better while we all do our part and STAY INSIDE. See below for the start to our ongoing list, and don't forget to check back in frequently, as the good stuff will keep piling up!

  • It’s no surprise why The Queen’s Gambit set the record for Netflix’s most-watched scripted series (with over 62 million members watching in the first month): the show is smart, well-written, and sports the sort of set designs of which our interior dreams are made. This article aptly wraps up a few tricks of the trade and rules of thumb for selecting the right wallpaper for your space to mimic the moody, mid-mod tones of the show. Click here for the list. 

  • Many of us have relied on tried-and-true TV shows, movies, and music to get through this year, and younger generations are increasingly doing the same. Click here to learn more about the positive effects of nostalgia and why a resurgence of Fleetwood Mac might indicate a deeper societal yearning for simpler times. 

  • Turns out the old business school adage “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” might very well apply to happiness too. In a bummer year like no other, warm fuzzies are down across the board, but awareness of your personal happiness attributes offers a great foundation from which to turn that perennial frown upside down. Click here to learn more. 

  • Anyone who’s ever stayed home for a sick day is familiar with the soothing, suburban vibes of The Price is Right. Click here to read the tale of one life-long fan of the game show--a retired weatherman--who was cursed by the perfect price guess: $23,743…

  • Enamored with the forest as a child, biologist Suzanne Simard made it her life's work to study the interconnectivity of trees. A few decades of work yielded fascinating results on the ways in which vast networks of trees--even those of differing species--communicate with one another via fungal threads, passing along everything from water to alarm signals. Click here for the story.

  • congressman john lewis passed away this month, after nearly 60 years of helping lead the American civil rights movement. among countless other efforts for the cause, he was one of the 13 original freedom riders and helped organize dr. martin Luther king's march on Washingtonclick here to read the essay he wrote to be published on the day of his funeral. 

  • in times of crisis, many of history's greats--nelson mandela, john lewis, winston churchill, among them--have turned to the poetry as a reminder that the human soul is unconquerable. Click here to read about the pros of prose.

  • Few among us are unfamiliar with the term "happy little trees," as the soothing, syndicated brilliance of bob ross has spanned generations. click here to read about the ethos of the happy accident that is america's favorite tv painter.

  • as evidenced by the lack of strawberry plants and cucumber seeds at most local nurseries, urban farming in slc is on the rise. click here to revisit one of our favorite local farming operations (and the scoop on getting their goods).

  • The understated relevance of mr. rogers' neighborhood is in large part why folks from all generations are still talking about it, all these years later. click here to read one author's take on what the majestic, after-school special might teach us about gen-x.

  • While the celebration of the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas (June 19th) has been observed since the 1860s, 2020’s celebration is rightfully commanding a bit more of a spotlight. Click here for a crash course in the history and festivities of juneteenth.

  • Institutionally racist practices like that of redlining have played a sizable role in denying predominantly communities of color around the country access to healthy, fresh foodClick here to read more about how these aptly titled "food deserts" came to be and how one city is creatively working to combat the issue.

  • In this atlantic article, author adam serwer talks with lonnie bunch, founding director of the national museum of african american history and culture. Click here to read about the long tradition of black protest in america.

  • decades of race-based violence informs the way black youths view the world around them. Click here to read about one mother's attempt to protect, inform, and raise her two sons in the trayvon generation.

  • For those seeking to better understand the history of race dynamics in America, James Baldwin is assuredly one of the best authors to turn to. Click here for his seminal essay "letter from a region in my mind." This is a lengthy one, but incredibly eye-opening...and absolutely worth a read.

  • Wondering why your dreams have been so wildly vivid and offbeat since we entered the global pandemic? Click here for a fascinating National Geographic read that breaks down what’s happening in our brains each night (and--for those who aren’t loving it--how you can overcome it).

  • Say what you will about Brutalism, but it happens to be one of our favorite architectural styles. Concrete + geometry = monolithic love, and we are here for it. Click here to see a few “Brutalist Wonders of the Architecture World”.

  • Whether much to your chagrin, surprise, or delight, Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic has a lasting appeal that has yet to quit. Click here for a Times article that breaks down the astounding, confounding endurance of our most well-known musical comedian.

  • As teams of medical researchers the world over rack their collective minds for ways to kick COVID’s ass, we’re reminded of another wicked-smart scientist who broke ground and rules in equal parts. Click here for some fun facts about Marie Curie.

  • Wondering why your dreams have been so wildly vivid and offbeat since we entered the global pandemic? Click here for a fascinating National Geographic read that breaks down what’s happening in our brains each night (and--for those who aren’t loving it--how you can overcome it).

  • A couple years ago, we wrote a Place of Worship story about the architectural wonder that is the Natural History Museum of Utah. Click here to read about one of our favorite (read: most impressive, beautiful, and efficient) structures in Utah.

  • Scores of censored journalistic pieces from around the world can now be read anywhere by anyone. All you have to do is pay a visit to the virtual library located in a video game. Click here for the full story. 

  • This beautifully composed collection of “250 Things an Architect Should Know”, by architect and educator Michael Sorkin, is more poetry than laundry list. Click here to read. 

  • The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma is on hiatus for quarantine. Their Twitter has been left in the hands of their head of security, Tim, as he patrols the empty space. It is delightful. Click here for the feed--we suggest starting at March 17th.  

  • The rules of mustard, marinara, and other sauces do not apply to ketchup--ketchup makes its own rules. Click here for an exceptionally deep dive into the fascinating world of America’s favorite condiment. 

  • If ever there was a time for some serious live/workspace envy, this is surely it (and this particular space is surely the one of which to be envious). Click here to tour the live/workspace of our dreams. 

  • IN A SORT OF REAL-LIFE GAME OF TELEPHONE, THE INSPO BEHIND THE SOUND OF MUSIC IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE. CLICK HERE FOR THE REAL STORY.

  • FEELING DEJA VU OER SOME OF SLC'S NEWER APARTMENT BUILDINGS? US TOO. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT ALL THAT CAN GET LOST WHEN CITY PLANNERS GIVE THE GO-AHEAD TO MEGA-DEVELOPERS.

  • A SOCIALLY DISTANCED NIGHTLY COCKTAIL IS JUST LIKE DOING A FACEMASK. FOR MORE ON THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING A QUARANTINED HAPPY HOUR, CLICK HERE.

  • MOST OF THE BEST HOMES ARE PERFECT ONLY IN THEIR IMPERFECTION. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW ALONG AS ONE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE RESIDENT EXPLORES HER SPACE WHILE SELF-QUARANTINED.

  • FEW THINGS MAKE US QUESTION THE NAUTRE OF OUR SHARED REALITY AS QUICKLY AS THE MANDELA EFFECT (YOU CAN'T CONVICE US THAT THE BERNSTEIN BEARS WEREN'T REAL). CLICK HERE FOR A FEW EXAMPLES OF ONE OF HUMANITY'S CRAZIEST PHENOMENONS.

  • Tom Hanks really is just that wonderful. Click here to read a story about one of our favorite Americans.

  • Want some fascinating design details about the rad homes from Best Picture Winner, Parasite? Us, too...click here to get the scoop.

  • The ancient Greeks experienced color differently than we do today (hint: nothing was ever just "blue"). For a fascinating read, click here.

  • CLICK HERE FOR a story about 10 stellar women who are leading the charge in Utah's food/drink scene. (Thanks, gals!)

  • The healing powers of nature are nothing short of incredible. We're serious. Click here to see what we mean.

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