Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Random Tablescape and Your Thoughts

It has been a challenge juggling things this week. Perhaps it is the end of the school year for my two kids, one graduating up to High School, the other testing for college. Perhaps the going away party we had last weekend for a good friend who is moving to Martha's Vineyard played a part. Perhaps the starting of a new design business and the best part: the wonderful new clients that I have been fortunate to meet from this little blog.

I have run out of time today. But I wanted to share a little something. It represents a little juggling act itself. There is the Andy Warhol poster my mother has had since her days working at the Ace Gallery in Venice Beach in the '70's. There is my prized Empire State Building light. No monetary value to speak of....I just love it. There is my tramp art box, and the tops my father played with as a kid....and a couple of antlers thrown in. All of it sits on top of a glass table top left over from a client's project and two IKEA trestle table legs cut down to fit. It is an ever-changing grouping of things I like...sort of like life. Changing it up every once and awhile makes it more interesting.

Which brings me to the question: I have done a little juggling around with the blog layout . Do you like the wider format with larger pictures? (The plan is to enlarge the banner to fit as well.) Or is it easier for you to read in a more compact format? I would love to hear your thoughts. After all...you all are why I am here. Thank you all for reading and commenting. It really does make my day.

And I promise...the next installment of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House is on it's way!

26 comments:

Style Redux 2 said...

I love your blog. I personally find the more compact layout easier to read, but that's just me. As long as you keep posting, I'll read it upside down!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Katie - I think it looks terrific. You are doing an amazing job juggling all of this - so glad you were not announcing pulling the plug.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Really like your table scape. Such fun. I like the wider format as you do not have to scroll down as much, just a thought. Glad to know I am not the only one feeling tugged & pulled this month. I forget each year what the end of the school year craziness can bring!

Jessica Interiors, Etc. said...

JessicasInteriorsetc said...
I love your tablescape, and I envy your ability to produce such a lovely layout for your blog. As a designer, starting over in a new world, I find it refreshing to visit you, and take heart......

Julio said...

A beautiful and meaningful tablescape Katie. I like the new layout of the blog. It makes everything easier to see and read.

katiedid said...

Hi SR2! Thank you so much for reading! And thanks for the thought son the layout. I am still trying to decide which way to go.

Hi Patricia!
It is hard to juggle it all right now...but I will keep plugging away. I don't think I can keep away! :)

katiedid said...

Hello Dumbwit Tellher! Thank you so much for visitng! It it a busy time of year for sure! I am looking forward to summer.

Thanks Jessica! Things will settle down soon I think. :)

katiedid said...

Hi Julio!
Thanks for your thoughts. I am using Live Writer now to get larger photos. It's kind of nice to have them big...but not sure if more compact makes it quicker to scan everything?

pam said...

hi katie. i'm kinda new to your blog. in general, when i'm reading any blog, it's a little easier for me to read a more compact page. i tend to lose which line i'm on when reading those spanning almost the width of the monitor. pam

Tricia Mitchell said...

Hi Katie, I've been reading your blog for a few months now and can't say that I feel strongly about one layout over the other. Whatever you like will be fine...there isn't a wrong answer I think.

Your tablescape is lovely visually but more lovely because of the sentimental value many of the pieces have. I enjoyed hearing about each one.

My best,
Tricia - Avolli

Anonymous said...

Another vote here for the more compact layout.

Love the evolving tablescape. It keeps everything new and fresh.

I know as a new client I am part of that juggling act! But keep up the good work - and great blog posts!

VR.

Anonymous said...

Oh good, the Tony Duquette book makes its 953rd billionth appearance.

home before dark said...

Love the Tony Douquette book in the tablescape. It says to me, "Be Brave, Be Yourself, Enjoy an Artful Life."

mary said...

Love your blog! And the new format...I have been thinking of changing my website in the same manner--a little more current and eye-catching.
Have a wonderful summer...those teenage years are such an adventure in love, patience, joy and all of those other good things that turn mothers into saints.

Renae said...

I always enjoy reading your blog but do prefer the more compact layout as well!
Blessings...
(I did a post on the Wayfarer's Chapel today and in my research of pictures found you! What extra special memories you must have!)

jae said...

hi katie....love the tablescape. i prefer the images large (makes me want to change mine). have you run into any circumstances when the picture won't blow up that big without getting distorted?

p.s. congrats on being pulled in every direction...i think it is terrific you're busy.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I love your blog ANY WAY...you cannot go wrong, girl!

I hear ya on the juggling kids and work and LIFE! Busy times. Good times...but busy times, eh?

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Yes to the new format!! I love the more spacious feel!!

And happy, restful, weekend!!

Marie Cole said...

I think your blog looks great!

It's the busy time of year again no doubt!

In regards to your tablescape, I think it looks like some fun finds.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love your collection--every piece has a story and it all looks very cool together.

katiedid said...

Hi Pam!
Thanks so much for reading! I see what you mean about going across the whole monitor.

Hi Tricia! Thanks so much for your kind words. Much appreciated! :)

katiedid said...

Hi VR!
And I am sooo glad to be working with you! Thanks for the input. Much appreciated.

katiedid said...

My Dear Anon-
I sort of look forward to your comments in a weird twisted way. You have a way of making me rethink things that I do. I almost didn't post your comment because of the tone....but I thought what the heck. You are entitled to an opinion. Then I received the comment right after yours. Just goes to show that people have very different points of view.

Oh...there might be a more productive way to spend your time than counting how many photos a popular book happens to be in....I'm just saying.

katiedid said...

Hello home before dark!
Thanks for the visit! Nice to see another point of view about the Tony Duquette book. I happen to like the book quite a bit!

katiedid said...

Hi Mary and Renae!
Thanks for weighing in. I am still trying to decide whcih way to go!

Hi Jae!
Joni at Cote de Texas told me about a free program called Live Writer that allows you to do your whole post and resize pictures with no distortion and then publish it to blogger or other host. You may want to check it out!

Hi Linda!
Yes...busy, but VERY GOOD! :)

katiedid said...

Hello Pamela, Marie Cole and Brilliant!
Thanks for the kind comments and for weighing in!