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Getting Ready For My Stay At Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor

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Getting Ready For My Stay At Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor

How cute & cozy is The Graduate Hotel?

 photo credits Christian Horan Photography

photo credits Christian Horan Photography

Although I’m a Michigan State gal at heart, I can’t help but be in L-O-V-E with the adorable collegiate style of The Graduate Hotel that pays homage to the hotels hometown university, U of M.

I've been invited to stay tomorrow night and I couldn’t be more excited. I mean, have you seen it?

Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor has a super cozy club feel with walls dressed up flannel and beds draped in preppy plaids. As if the beautiful ascetic wasn’t enough to make me swoon, the location does.

(above photo credits: Christian Horan Photography)

The hotel is located at the gateway to State Street, directly across from campus and just a quick stroll to Kerrytown and Main Street. This is the perfect place to stay if you want to get out and enjoy all the shopping and dining in Ann Arbor with the comfiest place to retire for the night.

Although Ann Arbor has plenty of dining options, you really don’t have to look any further than the hotels own options.

Graduate Coffee offers a great coffee selection and a menu of local favorites. This is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix before spending the day shopping.

Whether you are going to stay in for the night or go out, don’t forget to stop by the hotel’s Allen Rumsey Cocktail Lounge. The recently debuted lounge reflects the same cozy club vibe of the hotel, with great selection of cocktails. They even serve 40 oz. of rosé… this place really gets me.

 While you’re in A2 make sure to stop by some of other favorite spots:

Fred’s – is my jam for the best acai bowls and smoothies around. This is a must stop spot for a feel-good breakfast or lunch.

Frita Batidos – This Cuban culture inspired joint is my favorite. Chorizo burger with shoestring French fries on top. Say no mas.

Last Word Bar – If you’re looking for a great cocktail, go to the last word bar. They have an amazing staff who creates totally original drinks. I love to try anything Mezcal.

Isalita -No trip to Ann Arbor is complete without going to Isalita. Tacos, ceviche && corn elote = yum city.

Cafe Zola – For food that looks as good as it tastes, go to Café Zola. Who doesn’t love a good branzino?

Mani Osteria – From the wood fired pizzas to the pasta, this place will not disappoint. It a great place to have a date night, go with friends or solo to indulge in a bowl of pasta & glass of wine (or more.)

with love, 

Candice

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

Let Corinne Loperfido inspire you to give a f*ck.

 Photo from @ corinneloperfido

Photo from @corinneloperfido

I met the LA-based, traveling artist, costume designer, and party planner last fall, at Desert Daze. She is the brains behind Pussy Power House and wants people to think about the environmental repercussions of their everyday actions. By throwing educational ragers across the country, Corinne spreads awareness of fundamental issues facing society.

 Corrine in her studio

Corrine in her studio

On International Women’s Day, I met with Corinne in her Los Angeles studio to get to know Pussy Power House a little better and learn more about Corinne’s story. Our conversation made me aware of how much I assume and take for granted… like the water turning on tomorrow.

Typically, Corinne throws an event a month, sometimes in L.A., sometimes in a city she’s visiting. The parties, better described as social get togethers for like-minded people, are centered around a topic or issue. After planning most events, Corinne documents the information and research she learned from collaborators along the way, into a beautiful zine.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

 Zero Waste Zine 

Zero Waste Zine 

The Zero Waste Zine details alternative choices to environmentally unaware decisions and talks about how to live a waste-free life.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

Practicing what she preaches, Corinne routinely refills mason jars at bulk food stores instead of a typical grocery store. Her pantry is meticulously organized with labeled, glass jars itemizing the weight of the jar and the contents, for faster shopping.

 Corinne's pantry

Corinne's pantry

To combat the never ending influx of waste, Corinne repurposes waste into art pieces like her trash alter and soda-pop porch railing.

 A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

 Cans repurposed into porch railing

Cans repurposed into porch railing


What YOU can do NOW, to make a difference:

●      Drink beverages in reusable, glass containers instead of plastic bottles.

●      Find grocery stores with a bulk dried food section and bring your own glass jars for refilling.

●      Use reusable bags while shopping - better yet, keep them in your car to plan ahead!

●      Keep a metal fork + spoon with a cloth napkin in a pencil case, in your bag.


Corinne calls for people to take responsibility for their choices instead of apathetically excuse toxic behavior because it’s the convenient option. 

Follow Corinne and Pussy Power House on Instagram for inspiration, motivation, and tough love! 

&&& Check out Corinne's next-level costume design below. 

 Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne  

Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne  

 Headpieces made by Corinne 

Headpieces made by Corinne 

Happy Earth Day Humans,

Boho Barbie

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition

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Come hang at the first Resident Artist Exhibition of 2018! Featuring new work from Joiri Minaya, Lucia Hierro, and Gina Goico, created during their 3-month residency at Red Bull House of Art.

Joiri Minaya is a Dominican–American artist born in 1990. Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while), her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames.

Lucia Hierro is a Dominican-American conceptual artist born and raised in New York City, Washington Heights/Inwood, currently working in the Bronx. She received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2010) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2013).

Gina Goico's work is the result of a constant questioning of her identities, the quotidian and how she navigates the space where she exists in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Through this process, she has created a diverse body of work ranging from collage to installations, ink drawings, and performance.

This event is free & open to the public of all ages. 
Doors will be open from 7pm - 10pm.

Red Bull House of Art is a live-in residency experience in Detroit, dedicated to providing visual artists the freedom and space to create. Our aim is to support courageous exploration in visual arts.

RSVP HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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How To: Renovate Your Home in Your Mid-Twenties

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How To: Renovate Your Home in Your Mid-Twenties

WE WANTED A FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE ON HOW TO RENOVATE YOUR HOME IN YOUR MID-TWENTIES SO WE REACHED OUT TO SMALL BIZ OWNER, NATALIA TORTORA, OF NATALIA TORTORA DESIGN, LLC, AGE 28. NATALIA IS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER BY TRADE AS WELL AS AN ASPIRING INTERIOR DESIGNER. BECAUSE OF HER LOVE OF OLD HOMES AND DETROIT, SHE DECIDED TO BUY HER FIRST HOUSE (A 1937 BUNGALOW) IN NORTH DETROIT IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, AND RENOVATE IT!

WE MET UP WITH NATALIA LAST WEEK AND SHE SHARED HER TRADE SECRETS ON HOW TO DO IT:

From when I was a little girl, I was fascinated with old homes and IKEA magazines. I would spend my summer days drawing floor plans for new furniture and lighting that would come out in the seasonal catalogs, (nerd, I know) and was obsessed with interiors. My parents were both in the arts, my father being a lighting designer and my mother being a stage manager and costume makeup designer, and it was inevitable that I become some sort of designer as well. Having a BFA in studio art with concentrations in graphic design and photography from Michigan State University, this gave me the aesthetic sense I needed since I always loved the idea of rebuilding a home to make it my own!

Post-college, I moved down to Detroit (where my family was from) and after a few years of renting apartments all over the city (first starting at $260 a month in midtown in 2014 for splitting a three-bedroom, to paying nearly quadruple digits monthly for a one-bedroom apartment in midtown three years later), I knew I was done throwing my money down the drain for a rental, and wanted to BUY. I also wanted to get ahead of the curve that I already missed around 2010 when the townhouses by the Little Caesar’s Arena were 100K (now nearly 500K), and buy before everything inflated astronomically, so house hunting last January was a stressful nightmare. After I found the home that was livable but needed work, I went to work before my apartment lease was up, and so the journey began.

SURPRISES AND PLANNING FOR THE WORST

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I live in one if the cutest, safest communities and I’m very fortunate to have snagged a home in Green Acres, Detroit. After having my offer accepted, I had an inspector come in to observe  the property to prepare for the contingencies for the home loan and close. What I didn’t know is besides a dry basement, nice natural lighting, and hardwood floors, DO YOUR RESEARCH on HVAC. That being said, know going in that not everything (if anything) will run perfectly. Breathe, laugh, fight, get sh*t done, and cherish it too. Here’s what happened and what I’d advise when handling surprises:

  1. My HVAC had what was called “Detroit Spidering” where when the economic crash hit, contractors were not installing HVAC properly (and everyone was doing anything to make money). Because of this, I needed the entire house redone with a new furnace and A/C unit which was about 10k. Not fun on time, nor my wallet. Check the year of the furnace and A/C unit -- anything around 30-years is too old. You need new gear, so budget for that and ask for that cost off of your original offer in your inspection/contingency and hopefully the current homeowners will honor that price and drop it for you.

  2. The other surprise was the plumbing which was roughly 3k. The kitchen and bath needed gutted, but once you get behind plaster walls, the truth comes out. We ended up needing to replace all of the plumbing and most of the electric in the house, because once you open up walls, you need to do it right from the inside out and neglecting that would only cost us more money, time, and mental sanity in the future. Redoing everything also added more value to our home, so keep that in mind.

3. Make sure you budget for time, money, and contractors who don’t know how to finish jobs AKA MY ELECTRICIAN (I know you’re out there). Also, whatever the previous owners attempted to do, it was either wrong, incomplete, or never remodeled. Ever. So be prepared to redo things that have already been “done.”

DEMOLITION (HOUSE) DERBY

Demo takes a while, and is pretty exciting and rejuvenating, being one of the first projects you’ll do in your home. Getting all of the gross tile and wood out of the house, finding layers of old linoleum, and even the permit for the home under the thick plaster walls is pretty awesome. My now fiance (boyfriend at the time during this raging mess, bless his soul) and my cousin helped with this, and really helped take the stress out of the day. Nothing like slamming a sledgehammer into a wall on purpose to get the blood going!

Here’s what you need to know:

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  1. Wear a dust mask and goggles. Seems like a given but going without it for a day wrecks havoc on your lungs and sinuses. Not fun at all.

  2. Map everything out with a sharpie of which walls we were demoing with an “X” to make sure you destroy anything you don’t want to, including which doorways you wanted to expand into large cased openings. I was always at work all day, so it was important to make sure these were clearly mapped out for my cousin/contractors to execute. Since we were expanding the original kitchen into the bedroom behind it, we had to bust through a large wall and connect the two rooms together. That also meant ripping up the flooring all the way to the subfloor from both bedrooms, and getting all new electric (and proper outlets) to handle a stove, oven, and fridge, as well as the height for kitchen counter equipment, etc.

  3. For the debris, I had a portable dumpster out in my driveway. Once you fill it (I recommend having someone on “organizing” duty to make the most of the dumpster) call the rental company to pick it up -- it’s super easy.

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Everything on this end took about 2-3 weeks to get it all completed. Then a bunch of contractors came in to install HVAC, plumbing and electric.  After plumbing and electric were done, it’s time to hang drywall and mud the joints to make it all smooth to actually have a wall. Then you tile the floors, and paint which is where the real fun begins!

EYE OF DESIGN

Since my home is an 80-year-old structure, I wanted to keep the vintage feel and style of it while keeping it clean, modern and cost-effective. All of my materials were from The Home Depot, because I had their credit card and could use deferred payments on large purchases such as tile, countertops, and even gardening supplies. Be careful tho, because now I’m paying those deferred payments AND the mortgage so its a double whammy.

KITCHEN:

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I stuck with white subway tile, and wanted the kitchen to have a warm feeling to not leave it too stark, and using a wood-printed tile was perfect for us. The modern pop on the backsplash is the dark grout in pewter, which my expert tile worker (who was also head of the Union) Peter and his son (my cousin) Adam tiled by hand. This with the direction of the floor tile being the long orientation elongated the room and made it feel less commercial and more comforting since it is a residential space.

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At the time, my uncle was flipping a home in the burbs and gave me the cabinets and appliances from that project. I pieced them together to have a format that worked with what he had, and it somehow fit functionally. Since I didn’t like the color, instead of not using them, I painted them white (with the Sherwin Williams color Pure White) and gave the cabinets new hardware for an instant makeover AKA RECYCLING and beggars can’t be choosers. The countertop was one “splurge” we got on sale at Home Depot, and it actually fit perfectly snd was unique and is gorgeous. We picked quartz in Pietra which gave it a little more sparkle, and wasn’t as expensive as the high-demand white granite or marble. That ended up being a solid 3K with install, but it instantly brought the value up for the home with cosmetic and usability purposes.

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BATHROOM:

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Originally with lucious rotten walls and a falling tub, I decided to keep the original bath tub. You don’t want to pay to have that cast-iron mammoth removed, and to have someone install a new one on top of the product is higher cost) so I bought a special tub paint reglaze. I recoated the tub with this special epoxy-acrylic to make the tub look like-new. Although this glaze almost killed me from the fumes, it is beautiful once done and the finished product really adds character to the home.

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We also put in new flooring, a toilet, sink and vanity, and knocked out two closets that stuck into the bathroom, giving the only full-bath in the house more space. The remodeled wall paint is Frost White from Behr, with hex tile from Home Depot and pewter grout. Definitely get the curved shower rod if you have a small tub to add more space to the tub. With the demo, we also had to fix the framing of the doorway and we installed a new door which gave it an instant makeover.

LIVING ROOM:

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  1. I used white with colored accents to keep the room looking bigger. With the fireplace mantle being white, I wanted contrast with paint, and a new harth did wonders. The living room wall paint is eggshell Glidden Diamond with Sherwin Williams’ tint of Pure White. The navy color is Behr’s Poppy Seed which I used in the vestibule and dining room, as well as the basement stairs.

  2. Refurbished floors throughout the first floor did the trick on this and made a huge difference. I rented a big drum sander and an edger sander for a day which was reasonable and bought sand paper (about $200 dollars worth total) to use for the floors. Make sure you start out with a 60 coarse grit and work your way down 3 stages to hit 220 or something similar. If you don’t, you will see every grit scratch when you apply the stain and polyurethane. For the stain, I used one coat of 50% Minwax Ebony and 50% Minwax Jacobean with a Semi-gloss polyurethane to see the grain of the wood. For staining, use a lambswool applicator with a broomstick attached and wipe off with a clean cotton cloth. It’s a great arm workout, too.

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TIME SPENT ON THE RENOVATION

I honestly think that working full-time, living at my moms in Warren, having a boyfriend that lived in Corktown, and having a home that needed renovated, I was a great project manager but I was stressed as hell. Deadlines were going great until my mudding guy decided to bail for three  weeks at a time, leaving me unable to paint or install any cabinets, which delayed my countertops, sink, faucets, and general kitchen use, which delayed my move in time by two months. From beginning to end (while also doing the exterior when the interior couldn’t have any gain) took from April to October.

Here is a photo of the before and after garden, and a screenshot of what my list looked like last year:

HELP WANTED

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Never be afraid to ask for help. I cannot believe how much help my family (my mom especially), fiance, some friends and neighbors were willing to help out on the project. It is fascinating and it’s even more fun when you’re not the one paying for it! We paid my cousin Adam hourly while I was at work so he could get a lot of the remodeling done. Although I have an eye for design and am rather handy from helping my uncle all of these years, I definitely do not know how to install a sister joist to a falling bathtub by myself.

PAINT GOES A LONG WAY

The living room fireplace was nasty. My fiance wanted to redo all of it or paint if black (inside joke) but making the decisions we did it’s gorgeous and is like new. Also, for the kitchen cabinets, we used paint. Paint is a cheap and easy way (if you have a steady hand and patience) to make most things look great without a complete overhaul.

IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH IT AND THE MOST REWARDING THING BESIDES HAVING A CHILD OF MY OWN.

Now we can look back and relax. We still have some painting, wallpaper to put up and some other little projects, but overall, I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy my garden this summer, because last summer did. Not. exist. Our neighbors are very happy that we have invested in the neighborhood, and we grew a lot from this experience personally and emotionally!

FINAL COST:

WIth labor and materials, we prolly out in around 35K collectively for this renovation. Luckily, 6K of it is on a credit card that we can pay off, but working/physical labor was a big expense. Make sure you factor that in when you’re planning to renovate a home. It’s ok to halt some projects until you get the funds to continue, unless it’s a new roof or your toilet!

Best of luck to all of you that wish to do this! It’s a great experience and with more time, I would love to do it again.

In loving memory of my Uncle Rocky. xo

- Natalia Tortora

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Great Shops for Home Décor in Detroit

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Great Shops for Home Décor in Detroit

Whether you are moving into a new home or apartment, or just want to update the look of your décor, Detroit has a wide selection of places where you can purchase home goods. And while name brands might be obvious choices, there are a number of stores that offer custom designs, antiques, vintage and used items at discount prices. Find out about some of these locations and how you can find hidden gems that can become prized possessions for any room of your house. 

Leon & Lulu’s: Located in a historic roller rink, this store offers a sprawling mass of one of a kind, high end and custom furniture as well as gifts, accessories and women’s clothing. Come to the store to shop, browse or just have fun while snacking on their complementary popcorn and coffee. While you are there, be sure to check out their recently opened sister store, The Show, which features greeting cards, custom framing and is home to Three Cats Café. 

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via @detroitmercantiledo

Detroit Mercantile: Carrying the true spirit of Detroit, this store offers new and vintage items including art, home goods, accessories, books, clothing and more. They buy and sell, finding unusual items and memorabilia for their customers. Those not located in the Detroit area can also make purchases online. 

Fred’s Unique Furniture: A store like no other, Fred’s offers a sprawling retail warehouse of quality used furniture. They describe a shopping experience like no other, warning customers that they may be spending quite some time searching through crowed aisles, bustling with furniture. However, this is countered by an exceptional customer service experience which promises that shoppers will be able to locate those hidden gems and go home happy. 

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via @citybird

City Bird and Nest: These sibling stores are located next store to each other and also owned by siblings who like to instill the spirit of Detroit into everything they sell. City Bird sells housewares, jewelry, paper goods and apparel, all by local artists and designers. The Nest focuses more on home gifts including plants, apothecary items, candles, home accessories, games and toys and more. 

Rail and Anchor: This home goods boutique has a number of unusual items from soaps to scents to kitchen wares. It’s difficult to leave the shop empty handed. 

Gardella Furniture: Open since 1939, this store carries a number of unusual items and is said to have the largest furniture selection in Michigan. It targets mid to high end furniture buyers but offers highly competitive pricing.

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Eastern Market Antique Mall via @hergenreder

Motor City Antique Mall: This is the largest antique mall Downriver. With room for over 100 booths/showcases, the mall has everything you can imagine including toys, games, houseware, home décor, furniture and more. It is a treasure trove for collectors. 

Eastern Market Antiques: Featuring over 15,000 square feet of space, shoppers should be prepared to navigate a maze of unique items including mid century chairs, glassware, lighting fixtures and more. Over 20 vendors are represented. 

Workshop: With the mission to utilize the lumber reclaimed from Detroit’s vacant and abandoned building stock, Workshop started as a pop up shop, and went on to become a success story. The furniture the store sells is constructed with pine salvaged from a Detroit home and has the address of the home stamped on it, a celebration of the fact that it is a piece of Detroit history. Pieces include dining tables, coffee tables, benches, entertainment centers, kitchen counters, shelving units, reclaimed wood flooring and more. 

If you are looking to furnish your home, Detroit has something for you, regardless of your budget or taste. With so many options, you are sure to find some prized pieces that will make your home look great! 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2: No clothes, no pictures: no judgement.

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ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2: No clothes, no pictures: no judgement.

ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 was a night to remember. The city’s finest came together for a night of experimental entertainment in a dreamy space, radiating with creativity.

The (very strictly enforced) dress code: “leather, latex, fetish, experimental, radical, nude.”

The policy: No photos. No judgement.

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Entering Salon El Bosque, in Southwest, security guards covered cell phone cameras at the door with stickers to ensure the privacy of the guests.

Anticipation was sky high for this event. People in Detroit serve looks on a daily basis, but, the strictly enforced dress code gave scenesters an opportunity to indulge their wild side.

The outfits were unbelievable- and the best part- people were completely comfortable to show some skin and respect other’s personal space. I did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point of the party wearing a leather dress, bustier, fishnets and chain choker- I was dressed on the modest side comparatively. 

The Salon was decked out in neon lights, art installations, and reflective decorations. The space is HUGE. The party spread across nine rooms, each with a unique feel. The dance floor was home to a luminescent DJ booth and a geometric installation illuminated by black lights.

Farther into the venue, a hall draped in streamers and lit by black light, opened into a performance room. A chain link fence, in the middle of the room, enclosed avant-garde acts; Park Hyun Gi and Allie Freaksnotcreeps. The expansive space was a great place to lounge with friends in a cuddle puddle and connect with new people.

The other rooms were mixed-use; one a bar area, the others, art installations and private spaces.

Pictures and videos were prohibited, so how to capture the truly unique experience and share it with J’adore readers? On the dance floor, in a moment of blissful inspiration, I decided to interview party people for their take on the experience.


First, catch the vibe. 

Park Hyun Gi describes her ritual performance and first time visiting Detroit.

In the girl’s room, I ask Mary Anne what makes this party unique.

Amanda Bramble gives her take on the event.

Tiny, the big security guard, was NOT impressed.

Tae Su sums up the night perfectly.

“You can’t find anywhere else like Detroit- especially a heavy underground city like Detroit. There’s no where else like home”


More than just another Saturday night in Detroit, ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 brought people together In a trance-like space to connect without the influence of social media. 

 

Let your freak flag fly, Detroit

-Boho Barbie

P.S. Follow me on Instagram + Twitter! Introduce yourself, I would love to get to know YOU better. 

 

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Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night

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Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night

Valentine’s Day isn’t over, the best is yet to come.

Tomorrow, celebrate St. Valentine with a unique culinary and music experience.


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Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique, Chef Ashaya, and AJOM have come together to create a spectacular night of entertainment.

This is a two-part event, hosted in a secret location. The address is revealed to ticket holders after purchase (trust me, the venue is cool AF).

Two types of tickets are available:

Anthony Jasper aka AJOM is one of my favorite DJ’s in the city and definitely throws the best pop-up parties. His Halloween event, Dia De Los Muertos, was my favorite party of the weekend.

Read the recap here, I’m not making this up!


Get the full sensory experience with the St. Valentine’s Dine + Dance ticket.

At 6PM the evening will start with Hors d'Oeuvres, champagne, and wine. AJOM and Julian Kendall will curate sultry vibes with a special set of ambient tunes. After an hour or so guests will be seated to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Ashaya.

Course 1

Eggplant Caponata Mtooya

Avalon baguette, capers, tahini golden raisins, pomegranate balsamic drizzle, scallion pearls

Course 2

Mussels Qarira

Lemon tarragon za'atar vinaigrette, pickled seasonal vegetable salad, grilled radish, sunflower sprouts, toasted noodles, miso lemon aioli

Course 3

Vegetable or Beef Kibbeh

Crispy Veggie or Beef Kibbeh, walnut-stuffed date, gold potato mash, fennel cucumber mint yogurt, leek herb pesto, spiced maple reduction, kataifi, sea salt

Course 4

Crème Brulee, Vegan

Rose, pistachio, halawa, fresh strawberry


After dinner, the party starts.

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Alton Miller, Lady Monix, MGUN and Seth Carter will join AJOM and Julian Kendall on the decks.

At 10 PM the event opens to guests for the Valentine’s Ball, an all-night dance party. 

Meet your lover on the dance floor and dance the night away, under a romantic floral installation.


Knowing Anthony Jasper and his events, this will be a flawlessly executed experience that leaves guests happy - even ecstatic.

See you there

Boho Barbie

 

 

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Best Hand Crafted Businesses in Detroit

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Best Hand Crafted Businesses in Detroit

The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is a three day annual event that occurs every December at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. It features over 100 handmade local crafters. The event offers locals an opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping as well as to become familiar with vendors in the area that they may not have been familiar with previously. Here are some of this year’s vendor highlights: 

Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles: Jody Lynn is a freelance illustrator who creates illustrations for prints and custom work. Her designs are fun and quirky, inspired by science, nature and pop culture. Visit her web site or Etsy shop so you can request a customized print or purchase a unique pre-made design. 

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via Courtney Fischer's Etsy

Courtney Fischer Jewelry: Courtney Fischer creates hand crafted signature pieces that are perfect for any occasion, she primarily works with copper and brass aging the surface of the metal to create texture and color. Her jewelry can be purchased on her web site and she is also available for custom pieces.

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via A Wool Story

A Wool Story: Wool is a great material; it’s durable, sustainable and wrinkle resistant. And while not everything that textile artist Meghan Navoy creates is made of wool, it is all created from manmade, naturally sourced materials and offers an alternative to mass produced home and apparel items. For more information and to order one of these completely unique items, visit the Wool Story website.

Cool Critters: How about a fun, uncomplicated toy this holiday season? Cool Critters are cute, silly, cuddly and don’t require and batteries or assembly! They are made by local designer Jess Sheeran out of simple materials like fur, felt, fleece and all things soft and weird! Want one of these irresistible critters? Check out Jess’s Etsy Shop!

Cellar Door Bath Supply: Bath supplies always make useful and luxurious gifts. Cellar Door is a local business who handcrafts their goods using all natural ingredients like plant based oils for their soaps. Shop their selection of soaps, beard oils, bath salts and candles on their web site. 

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via Detroit Jam Company

Detroit Jam Company: Jam! It’s simple, old fashioned, low calorie and flavorful too! But what Detroit Jam Company makes ain’t yo’ mama’s jam! They are taking it to the next level with exotic flavors like Blackberry Basil Mint, Spicy Pineapple, Mango Siracha, Ginger Watermelon and more. Detroit Jam also makes their jams a little healthier using more natural ingredients and less sugar. To experience jam differently, check out the exciting products available on their web site.

Lurk and Destroy: There isn’t much backstory available for this company, but I say, let the art speak for itself! With an awesome collection of art prints, gig posters, album art, hand painted skateboards and more, this brand pays homage to vintage psychedelic art and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. Why not give them a horns up while visiting their web site?

Motor City Float: Taking the spa experience to a new level, Motor City Float offers relaxation therapies including floatation therapy, infrared sauna, meditation, Normatec Pulse and massage. Choose from a selection of float rooms to customize your experience. 

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via Arthur's Plaid Pants

Arthur’s Plaid Pants: Believe it or not, this is not Arthur’s company and he does not sell plaid pants! Rather, the company is that of illustrator Jen Husted-Goss whose grandfather Arthur liked to wear plaid pants. All the same, the spirit of the company is expressed in the title with offbeat images that are endearing as they are cool. And best of all, Goss strives to use sustainable materials and make his products as eco-friendly as possible. Check out his web site to view his unique designs. 

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via Alchemy Slow Living

Alchemy Slow Living: In this fast-paced world, sometimes it’s nice to slow down, relax and focus on the self. Alchemy provides a number of skincare products that work to nourish and restore giving you a healthy, luminescent glow. Find out more about their products, facial and henna services by visiting their web site. 

Bringing the Happy: Fun and sophisticated, artist Melissa Anderson creates unique artwork with both tribal and childlike elements. These designs are guaranteed to make a riveting centerpiece for any room in your house as well as providing a complementary piece to your existing collection. 

Even though the craft fair is over this year, you can still check out these local designers year round! And while you’re at it, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s craft fair where you can find great local businesses from the Detroit area.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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MOCAD: 2018 Winter Exhibition

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MOCAD: 2018 Winter Exhibition

We so love you MOCAD. Here are the deets on their most recent opening happening tomorrow! 

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Members only preview: 6–7pm
Artist talk with Carlos Bunga: 7–8pm
Carlos Bunga book signing: 8 pm- 8:30 pm
Opening reception: 8–11pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Join us for the 2018 Winter Exhibition opening featuring:

Carlos Bunga: Doubled Architecture
Danielle Dean: True Red Ruin
DEPE Space: Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio: Voices of Detroit
Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead: The Listening Archive

with special guest DJ Waajeed
Sound provided by Audio Rescue Team

Membership: During the opening, become a member of MOCAD or renew your membership at any level and receive a special gift from a curated selection of museum merchandise.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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EASY, DO IT YOURSELF, HOLIDAY DECOR FOR THE DINING TABLE

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EASY, DO IT YOURSELF, HOLIDAY DECOR FOR THE DINING TABLE

IF YOUR ROLE AMONG FRIENDS AND FAMILY IS HOSTING THE BIG FEAST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS, FOR THE FIRST TIME OR THE FORTY-SIXTH TIME, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE!

The holidays are without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, but can also be the most stressful! If you are the host and you’re anything like me, most of the stress comes from the pressure of feeling the need to satisfy and impress everyone. Trying to prioritizing the happiness, merriment, memory making and making sure the ham is cooked to perfection is what the holidays is all about, right?

In an attempt to take the edge off just a little - and I say a “little” because nothing you read will ever take the stress out of hosting Christmas dinner we put together the easiest, do-it-yourself decor for the dining table!

CANDY CANE PLACE CARD HOLDERS

 via Pinterest. 

via Pinterest. 

How stinkin’ cute are these? My thoughts are just WOW - so easy and the most adorable, festive touch to add on top of the plates at the dining table! This also adds a little gift for people to take home and remember the magical evening too! This can be done with candy canes of all shapes and sizes. Need something for the kids table? Grab a box of the jolly rancher or starburst candy canes and I promise you’ll be winning! Three candy canes and a ribbon of your choice (I’d pick something to match your plates) and you’ve got yourself something no one in the room has thought to do ever.

TRENDSETTING CRAFT BAGS!  

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via Pinterest. 

These do it yourself, winter-themed centerpieces couldn’t be any more painlessly perfect. Not only are they super affordable to make, but any kids, cousins, nieces or nephews that you have would LOVE to help paint the bags and help find the materials. All you’ll need is to collect sticks from outside, find inexpensive faux greenery, plain colored gift bags, white paint, and tweed (which can be found at any convenience or grocery store around this time of year) and you’re good to go! Simply stuff the already painted bag with a little tissue paper (maybe rocks if needed for weight) at the bottom and then add the greenery and sticks out of the top in an aesthetically pleasing way. Finish with some tweed wrapped around the outside of the bag and feel free to add any mini ornaments you find to the branches. Depending on the dining table size I would do up to five, no less than three centered in the middle. *Hint hint* odd numbers always look better when centering anything.

THE TINY TREE

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via Pinterest. 

A mason jar, or small glass vase. A broken branch from outside. Three ornaments. BOOM. These would look adorable on any bar cart or serving console next to the dining table to accent those trendsetting bag pieces pictured above. It’s basically a modern Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and who doesn’t love that! The Grinch maybe?

FLOATING CANDLES

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Holly. Cranberries. Greenery (that you already should have from the bags you’re making above). Ambiance lighting. Basically the perfect finishing touch. Finish off your holiday home décor transformation with a new spin on a classic decoration. Floating candles! Simply add cranberries and a bit water to any glass jars or vases of your choice and top with a floating candle. Wait to light the candles until just before your guests arrive for the perfect warm and cozy touch. The pop of color from the cranberries and leaves are sure to brighten any table. Not to mention the icy quality of the candles floating in water will easily complete any winter theme! Glass jars of any size can be mixed and matched for an extra rustic look.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Detroit Talent Flies South for Art Basel

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Detroit Talent Flies South for Art Basel

Artists, musicians, and cultural influencers around the world (and from Detroit) are making their way to Miami for Art Basel.

The annual event is a notorious gathering point for contemporary art collectors with deep pockets, creators and industry leaders. The official event is Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10. Unofficially, Art Basel is a week-long event with pre-parties, VIP previews and exclusive pop-ups starting as early as Monday, December, 4.

After finding out Haute to Death, Los Lobos, and Denial will be bringing their talent from Detroit to Miami for the week, I signed myself up to be your official J’adore Detroit correspondent for the fair… or something like that.


 Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

On Thursday, Detroit group, Los Lobos, will be playing U.N.U.M at Wynwood 5th Avenue. The event is from 5PM to 5AM and showcases 21 up-and-coming techno crews across the country. 

Known individually in Detroit as Loren, Andrew Barren, Mathias and Jorissen, the four are coming together as “Los Lobos” for the event.

If anyone can represent the heart, soul, and grime of Detroit techno, it’s Los Lobos. Loren, Andrew, Mathias, and Jorissen are staples on the scene and regularly play TV Lounge, Northern Lights, and Whiskey Disco.


I wonder what’s going to be hotter, the Miami heat or Detroit beats? 


Haute to Death at Satellite and The Anderson

Haute to Death is on their usual A-game.

The art, music, party and dance collective ran by husband + wife dream team, Jon Dones and Ash Nowak, will be one of the featured exhibitors at Satellite from Thursday to Sunday.

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Photo from Jon Dones // Haute to Death 

The show takes place at a vacant hotel that is scheduled to be torn down after Basel.  

Jon explains, “Each exhibitor gets a room in the hotel, and because of its imminent demolition, artists are free to modify the rooms to their vision, leading to a lot of installation base work not possible at most other fairs.”

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Photo from Haute to Death 

Ash and Jon have curated the work of three Detroit artists; Jade Lauren, John Bain Griffith and Lindsay Cashews to incorporate in their exhibition and contextualize Haute to Death.  Ultimately, the exhibition will capture the internal exploration / external catharsis that club culture can have on one’s identity and self-actualization.

In addition to their exhibition at Satellite, Haute to Death will be returning to their residency at The Anderson, on Saturday night, to put their music where their mouth is and show you what a real dance floor feels like.


Denial at Scope Art Fair and Live Painting

 Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of  Murals in the Market

Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of Murals in the Market

Daniel Bombardier a.k.a. Denial is a Murals in the Market regular, Windsor native, and longtime friend of Detroit. Listen to my interview with Denial at Murals in the Market, here. He will be painting a new mural in Wynwood at 2214 NW 1st Place on Thursday & Friday. His work will also be shown at Scope Art Fair with Upart Studio.


Stay tuned for onsite interviews, party pics and whatever else happens after a week of creative inspiration in the sunshine. 

Will you be in Miami this week? Let me know, I would love to link up!

 

Stay Gold,

Boho Barbie

 

*Cover Photo from Jon Dones// Haute to Death*

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition Preview

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition Preview

RED BULL HOUSE OF ART OPENS A NEW RESIDENT ARTIST EXHIBITION WITH JUDITH SUPINE, JULIE SCHENKELBERG & LUCIEN SHAPIRO NOVEMBER 17 AT 7 PM. 

The exhibit will feature work from all artists during their 3-month residency at Red Bull House of Art. The program hosts a live-in residency experience in Detroit, dedicated to providing visual artists the freedom and space to create. The aim is to support courageous exploration in visual arts.

JUDITH SUPINE

Come out and support on November 17. If you can't make it - the gallery is open for normal hours on November 18. Admission is FREE. 

Find out more deets HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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The Interior Edit: Trends for 2018 by Isabelle Weiss, Founder of Next:Space

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The Interior Edit: Trends for 2018 by Isabelle Weiss, Founder of Next:Space

LIKE FASHION, INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS ARE OFTEN DEFINED BY COLORS, TEXTURES AND SHAPES THAT CAPTURE OUR CURRENT MOOD. EVERY SPRING AND AUTUMN, DESIGN DEVOTEES FLOCK TO INTERNATIONAL FAIRS IN NYC, PARIS AND MILAN TO DISCOVER THE LATEST DESIGN DICTUMS - RED IS THE COLOR! MALACHITE IS THE NEW MARBLE! 

But you don’t need to book a flight to enjoy cutting-edge design.

More than ever, local designers are a trendsetting force to be reckoned with – presenting work that resonates with international trends while maintaining distinct design perspectives that can only come from Detroit.

The Interior Edit is a summary of our favorite international trends and local design finds.

Here is to a stylish 2018.

BACK TO NATURE:

It seems what we need most from our spaces right now is warmth. Earth-tones, organic forms and natural textures add comfort and serenity to your space. Ceramic vessels and solid walnut and maple furniture in sleek modern forms were especially popular at High Point this year. Build the haven you crave with…

 Porcelain Vessel No. 5 by Zuckerhosen

Porcelain Vessel No. 5 by Zuckerhosen

NEW AGE FOLK:

Repurposing commercial materials is another trend we love. But think beyond the usual steel
and reclaimed wood and look to concrete, as seen all over Maison et Objet in Paris, and plastics
for a decidedly new age approach...

 THE Pillow by Paula Schubatis

THE Pillow by Paula Schubatis

 Concrete Vessels by Line Studio

Concrete Vessels by Line Studio

RED:

Punctuating your space with bold accent colors is nothing new but we can’t help loving the new
color of choice. Red! From Salon del Mobile in Milan to New York’s ICFF, red is everywhere. Red
was also a favorite of mid-20th century designers and as a nod to our original local design icons,
we’ve added a stunning, early-production Saarinen Womb chair to our list of local finds...

 Early Production Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman from TOM GIBBS STUDIO

Early Production Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman from TOM GIBBS STUDIO

 Faded Series Stools and Side Tables by DuBois Collection

Faded Series Stools and Side Tables by DuBois Collection

 Detail of Cienfuegos Rug by Paula Schubatis

Detail of Cienfuegos Rug by Paula Schubatis

 Faded Series Stools and Side Tables by DuBois Collection

Faded Series Stools and Side Tables by DuBois Collection

GEOMETRIC ACCENTS: 

Geometry makes a fabulous backdrop for fun and sophisticated living. We especially love the
trend towards geometric wall coverings, a favorite of the Pantoneview Home and Interior 2018
forecast. And the Detroit Wallpaper Co. is happy to oblige with a serious mix of patterns and
color palettes to fit any style. But why not take the trend even further? Go for geometric
maximalism with a shapely mirror too...

 DWC Diamonds are Forever

DWC Diamonds are Forever

IRIDESCENCE: 

Who doesn’t love a bit of shimmer and shine? Another 2018 forecast from Pantone is iridescent
everything. From tiles to textiles and everything in between, we say add a bit of magic to your
space with these iridescent accents...

 Curio Stack Shelf by Zuckerhosen

Curio Stack Shelf by Zuckerhosen

NEXT:SPACE

A Detroit-based curator and retailer of furniture, objects and interior elements
from local artists, designers and craftsmen. Discover the new age of local design HERE.

- Isabelle Weiss, Founder of Next:Space

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Designing Your Home Office While Ballin' on that Budget By Jaylen Lewis

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Designing Your Home Office While Ballin' on that Budget By Jaylen Lewis

I’ve come to realize that zero of my friends have any idea how to design their “at home office” for their respective careers; and, well, I can’t say I blame them. I’ve put my whole heart into Interior Design, and I’ve completely dedicated my life around Interior Design, I still struggle creating a place for myself to get in the zone to do work. At home. On. My. Day. Off.

And then there's the cost! Finding the right desk or the perfect amount of storage for all your office needs is no easy task.  For real, guys, it’s been seven months since I moved to Detroit and I’m still sitting here on my sofa writing this instead of my ideal at home office. But the time has come. Besides, most of us reading and/or writing like this are settling at our J.O.Bs while trying to create a separate platform for ourselves outside of that. I am telling you that a functional, yet trendy, home office space could be that platform you need to make whatever it is you're working towards actually happen. I am a woman of my word and I am about to follow these five steps too. 

STEP ONE: INSPIRATION

It’s time to start browsing Pinterest for those cute pictures to get your mind dancing. However, I feel it’s my responsibility in this step to kindly remind you that not all these images you see are practical for your space. Let me put this into perspective: The Philippe Starck - Ghost Chair for example. That chair is fantastic but you can’t expect that it would give you support over time. I LOVE the way they photograph and their general aesthetic, but that's all there is to it. You’re going to want that comfort!

After getting your excitement through the typical “home office inspiration” try searching things like “home office storage alternatives,” or “how to make a desk chair more comfortable,” and “functional home office spaces,” etc. to really create a space you’ll love, but more importantly USE. Really breakdown the images you find yourself loving. Why is it that you like this picture? Is it the accessories in the space? Is it the furniture? Is it the style? Colors? Could it be the actual size or set up of the space? Functional first. Beautiful second.

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via @apartmenttherapy

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via @designbyceres

STEP TWO: THE SPACE

The world we live in practically requires you to make a certain amount of money to even have a space in your home designated as home office. In the eyes of most residential builders and architects, especially in Metro Detroit where space restrictions are most certainly a real thing, a home office isn’t a main concern. So unless you're making the big bucks buying a four-bedroom home, chances are you're going to have to find a space within your home to designate. This is where a lot of people get stuck. I am screaming to everyone reading this right now an entire room IS NOT necessary!

All you need is a nook, an unused corner, a back wall, a window with nothing in front of it, the list can go on and on. You have to get creative. If there isn’t functional room for the chair, is there a chair you can get that will look cute in a corner when it's not in use? Maybe with wheels? Is there a shallow closet you barely use? Can you take the door off its hinges and assemble a desk from there? Is there a sofa floating in the room? Sofa table and a desk all in one? A desk with a mirror mounted above it as a multi functional makeup vanity? The space is there, I promise. Think about it, find it and commit to setting up your new home office.

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via @countryliving

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via @countryliving

STEP THREE: THE BUDGET

Since no one likes to talk about money, I am going to keep this short and sweet: Come up with a number in your mind, a reasonable number in your mind that you can afford before you start your project and make it work. Stick to it! With Salvation Army, garage sales, Home Goods clearance, estate sales, YouTube, spray paint, and some patience anything is possible.

STEP FOUR: THE FURNITURE

People often think that what they have pictured for their home office is going to be easy to find. And I am going to tell you right now, it isn’t. All the beautiful, trendy pieces you see on Pinterest or other sites most likely will not fall into your young professional budget and chances are that piece of furniture was completely customized. Meaning, the frame existed, but the finishes and details are there because the client, designer or person buying the furniture put them there. Most likely, it doesn’t exist. The idea of customizing your own furniture, especially case goods like desks, has become achievable for people to do on their own. The phrase “everything is on YouTube” is very real. When trying to find the perfect furniture for your space focus on the frame - the size, the shape, the scale - not the way it is aesthetically moving you because as we just learned, that can be changed.

Another secret ingredient to a functional home office space that is often overlooked is a place to just simply think or read. A comfy place to cozy up. Your desk is for active work, but you probably need a relaxed space as well, to give your working mind a chance to rest. A dreamy home office has a nice comfy chair worth curling up in–potentially with an ottoman if the space allows. Now add a colorful pillow to the chair – time to play.

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via @dominomag

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via @buzzfeed

STEP FIVE: PERSONALIZE

Now for the FUN. There are no rules to personalizing your space. Just make sure you think through what you are going to personalize and don’t be afraid to change it up often. Avoid adding too many pictures or little accessories that are going to distract you from the task at hand. Instead use your creativity to personalize parts of your office that will motivate you. 

Changing things up in the space will keep you excited to come back. Include memories from successes, witty cartoons that give you a quick laugh, or even a scent that is going to make you more focused. Try adding something to your home office that you most certainly cannot have in a cubical. 

Above all else, keep it simple and significant!

Stay nice,

Jaylen - Interior Designer, Scott Shuptrine Interiors 

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JADORE EXCLUSIVE: Muralists in the Market

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JADORE EXCLUSIVE: Muralists in the Market

The market is thriving right now!

For the past week, Muralists have been working day and night to finish their pieces. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask the artists about their work, themselves and what they think of Detroit. Yesterday, I hit the pavements with a very Carrie Bradshaw-esque sense of journalistic empowerment and got up close and personal with the artists.

I saw a guy with paint on his jeans and figured he's probably a good place to start. I asked if he was a muralist and had time to answer a few questions for J'adore Detroit. He said sure but it would have to be while he worked. That was an easy yes from me, I climbed on the lift and we got the ball rolling. 

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After, I walked down Winder and ran into another muralist, I asked if he had time to answer a few questions. I was pleasantly surprised when he answered “sure” in an Australian accent. Turns out the muralist is Meggs, creator of one of my favorite murals in the market.

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From there, I saw a golf cart filled with artist-type people. I asked if any of them were muralists and they were not but they told me to make a right and another right and I would run into a lot of muralists. I took two rights and came across an alley filled with artists working on their walls. The first, a bubbly girl wearing a pink scrunchie to match her mural.

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Going down the line of muralists (literally), Anthony Lee was up next.

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Next to Anthony, two guys were going IN on a mural. In hindsight it was probably a little rude of me to break their ironclad concentration... but I did. I watched in amazement as HOXXOH and Brian Lacey used a very specific kind of spray paint technique to bring their piece to life. Turns out the two were in a time crunch and only had the day to start and finish the piece.

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At the end of the alley, a guy so cute I was almost nervous to talk to him was getting on his lift. I had a WWCD (what would Carrie do) moment and asked if he had a few minutes to talk.

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After talking to Jonny I was satisfied with my interviews for the day and headed towards Supinos to reward myself with a slice. As I started walking through a parking lot, two guys waved me over.  (I guess I must have looked like I needed a friend, wandering alone through a parking lot like that?) Beau and Shark Toof introduced themselves and told me they’re muralists- perfect, because I’m looking to talk to muralists! Beau took me to Red Bull House of Art and showed me the mosaic he’s working on.

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Finally, my work day was done. It was time to kill it at the gym and get ready for mingling with the muralists at Lincoln Street Art Park. The girls and I stepped on the scene glittered out and serving looks per usual. There’s a very specific hype around Lincoln Street Art Park, it’s like a mini Detroit Burning Man. My personal opinion-  if you’re not wearing fur, you’re not doing it right.

The perfect amount of scenesters were at the Park. Not packed, but enough people to feel like it’s a party.

I ran into Shark Toof and talked to him about life in LA and what he thinks of Detroit. Turns out he’s looking for a place in the area because Detroit is obviously the coolest place to live in the US. Here’s a video of his work that he showed me:


At 2:30 I called it a night. When all was said and done, and I was tucked in bed I couldn’t help but think my usual thought, “What a day. What a life. What a city.” Detroit is a crazy place and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

Love, Light, and All Things Magical.

-Boho Barbie

 

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

Dlectricity delivered as promised.

If you couldn’t tell from my post last week, I was beyond excited for Dlectricity. I love neon lights and weird visuals. Dlectricity is like Christmas to me.

On Friday night I stepped out of my Midtown apartment and hit the streets. I started at Luminaria Magna on the corner of Warren and Woodward and made it just in time to see Anthony Jasper’s set.

Dreams do come true.

The stage was set inside a wall of lights that were color controlled by an interactive panel guests could experiment with. Anthony was the perfect act for the event, his music is universally likable and a great representation of the techno talent in Detroit. If you haven't read our J'adore Exclusive with Anthony, check it out here.

After, I stopped into The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Sanctuary to watch Akiko Nakayama project a magnified live stream of mixing paint. Originally I thought it was a visual on loop, it took probably five minutes to realize that I was watching a projection of the artist mixing paint in the corner- it was mind blowing.

One of my favorite things about Dlectricity is going in places I’ve been before, like the DIA or a church, and seeing the space in a new light and carrying that memory with me the next time I’m there.

The DIA was poppin’ inside and out. I watched The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap) behind the DIA and was thoroughly impressed with the robotic performance. Only in Detroit would something so obscure happen.

If it’s any indication of how spectacular the art was- I was on a terrible date Friday and still had a great time at Dlectricity. Friday’s festivities came to an end and left me excited for Saturday.

Saturday started with a shopping spree at Boro to find the perfect outfits for the day. I left with a very Boho Barbie fringe vest for my daytime look and a glittery gold, liquescence body suit my night look.  My girlfriends and I went to a bougie-bouge rooftop party in Eastern Market coordinated by the ever fabulous Playground Detroit for Soho House. After getting our daily dose of celebrity vibes, the girlsquad and I geared up for another night of Dlectricity.

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Saturday night was twice as busy as Friday. People from all walks of life were out and about, it was a great moment for the Detroit community. Yes, there were definitely suburbanites in the mix but there were also a lot of families and kids from real Detroit.

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The girls and I posted up on the steps at the DIA to watch the projection across the street, on the Detroit Library. On the side of the building, we got our picture taken at the Light as a Shadow installation presented by Arts and Scraps. Behind the DIA, we played with giant glowing bunnies  in the CCS sculpture park.

 Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

After, we went to Mocad and ran into what felt like everyone I’ve ever met in Detroit. Mocad was the place to be! The gallery was filled with people enjoying the artwork and getting drinks at the indoor/outdoor bar. The tiny house behind Mocad was illuminated and outlined with projections. Unfortunately, there was a horribly annoying projection of people screaming that added a layer of anxiety to the outdoor area.

After mingling at Mocad, my friend Alex and I headed back to the Luminaria Magna stage. On the way we ran into a performance piece showcasing actors behind shades being projected on and interacted with by artists. As the people behind the shades performed what looked like a Chinese tea ceremony, artists were moving and mixing different materials on the projectors to colorfully veil the performance.

We made it back to Luminaria Magna to watch Ryan Dahl end the festival with a bang. Talk about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Ryan Dahl is a straight up techno babe. I could have watched him perform in a wall of lights for the rest of the night.

During the show a really special thing happened. I looked over and saw a man I recognized from the area, I think he’s homeless - but not in a scary zombie way. And there he was, enjoying this incredible performance at this incredible event, dancing in the crowd like everyone else.

It made me appreciate the magnitude of inspiration Dlectricity injected into the community and the youth.

The festival made avantgarde art accessible to everyone and people were receptive and excited to be there. I can only imagine the amount of young minds Dlectricity inspired. I have the privilege of being exposed to bizarre creative things on the regular and it has immensely shaped who I am as a person. Dlectricity gave that experience to everyone in Detroit for free and that is something profoundly significant.

There’s a special magic in Detroit and it was very present throughout the entire weekend. See you in two years Dlectricity, I’m already counting down the days.

Love always,

Boho Barbie

* Special shout out to Alex Santori for the pictures and videos, thank you so much! *

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Murals (and more) in the Market

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Murals (and more) in the Market

 Mural by Taylor White, Photo from  Murals in the Market

Mural by Taylor White, Photo from Murals in the Market

50 Muralists from all over the country are working day and night on new pieces to add to Eastern Market’s growing collection of artwork.

Participate in the festivities by visiting any or all of the featured events before the celebrations end on September 28th.

From 12PM - 8PM you can see the artists in action and watch them bring their creations to life. Pick up a handy dandy road map from any local business (I got mine from Supino’s) and walk from one mural to the next.

 Photo of Hannah Stouffer from  Metro Times

Photo of Hannah Stouffer from Metro Times

Visit the 1XRun Warehouse from 9/23-9/30 anytime between 11 AM - 6 PM to see a print exhibition of the muralists’ work and pick up a piece of your own.

See Eddie Colla’s solo exhibition and installation, “Enumeration”, at the 1xRun Warehouse tomorrow, 9/23 from 7-10 PM. After, head to the Official Murals in the Market After Party at Stroh’s Warehouse from 10 PM - 3 AM. I’ve never been to Stroh’s Warehouse but I’m very excited to check it out- I’m a sucker for warehouse parties.

On Monday, bring your bike to Shed 3 at 7 PM  for a special Murals in the Market Edition of Slow Roll.

Educate yourself about responsible consumption Tuesday, 9/26 at 3 PM. Meet at Shed 2 for “Think Global, Eat Local: Pioneers in Detroit Food and Farming”.

 Photo from  Model D

Photo from Model D

Shag Threads & Haute to Death are hosting the first ever Murals in the Market Wearables Show at the 1xRUN Warehouse on Tuesday 9/26 from 8-11 PM. I’m super excited for this one. I love Haute to Death and the collaboration with fashion… so New York City. My head is spinning with outfit possibilities.

Murals in the Market wraps up with Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, September 28th. I’m exceptionally passionate about Eastern Market After Dark. It’s been one of my favorite events in the city year after year. The sheds are filled with all things fun and exciting, everyone is out and about and there’s after parties galore.

 Photo from The  Sonderer

Photo from The Sonderer

As always, Detroit is a busy place to be. Murals in the Market only comes around once a year, take advantage of the unique event and show some extra love for the city over the next week!

Keep an eye out for our #JadoreExclusive interviews with the artists coming to the blog, next week!

-Boho Barbie

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Summit Kicks Off Month of Design in Detroit

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Summit Kicks Off Month of Design in Detroit

September is dedicated to design here in Detroit.

Throughout the month, Detroit will be celebrating and showcasing the best designers in the city at four different events; Detroit City of Design Summit, Murals in the Market, DLectricity, Detroit Design 139 and the Detroit Design Festival.

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Detroit City of Design Summit is first on the list, taking place September 8-14. Below is a list of scheduled events for the Summit.



Detroit is the only city in America recognized as a UNESCO City of Design and that’s a pretty big deal. If you’re a creative or interested in learning something new take advantage of the educational opportunities available this month.

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Dally Like a Champ

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Dally Like a Champ

Nothing compares to Dally Day in Detroit. Midtown comes to life with live music, vendors and a whole lot of drunk hipsters.

Dally can be overwhelming if it’s your first time. Don’t fear, I’m here to help.

A big breakfast is mandatory.

Day drinking is a commitment. Fill up before you drink up. Eat before you get to Dally or make a food truck your first stop of the day.

Be ready to shop until you drop.

Detroit has a ton of vintage boutiques that typically only sell online with the special exception of Dally. These vendors sell unique clothes for great prices. Take the opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with one of a kind pieces. You won’t regret buying that vintage fur jacket, I promise!

Pace yourself.

Dally is a marathon, not a sprint. A professional Dally Day seamlessly transitions from pre-party, Dally, disco nap, after party and after hours. Tap out too early and you risk suffering a severe case of FOMO.



 Photo from  Ketel One  

Photo from Ketel One 

Reconvene with your crew at brunch, on Sunday.

You’re bound to lose your friends throughout Dally Day and chances are you won’t even think about it until you wake up Sunday morning. Plan to rehash your adventures the next day over brunch. Nothing's more fun than telling your friends what they drunkenly did the night before. 

See you there

-Boho Barbie
 

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Takoi Take Two

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Takoi Take Two

Let me be the first to say, Takoi is back and better than ever.

I laughed out loud when I heard Katoi’s PR plan for handling the “ladyboy” situation was to switch the “K” and the “T”.

I entered on Saturday night with a grudge... Until I saw what they did to the place.

The restaurant and bar are restored to their former glory- same vibey lights and industrial chic decor. New to the space is a shipping container, turned dance floor, extending off the bar. The addition brings new life to the bar while being isolated enough from the main dining area that it won't effect dinner service.

Takoi is officially entering night club territory and I couldn’t support it more.

Black Noi$e was the perfect act to book for their Labor Day debut. Rob Mansel always fills a venue and keeps the crowd dancing. Takoi will have no cover DJ sets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

The club container leads to a fabulous outdoor space decorated with ambient lighting and outdoor seating. From the street, the chain link fence looks out of place, like a small prison compound. From the inside, the fence is a welcomed barrier from Michigan Ave and adds an interesting texture to the space.

Please excuse my lack of pictures, I was having far too much fun to photograph, here's what I could scrape up from the internet but you really must see this place for yourself. 

*photos from MLive and @nika.jusufi*

 

I still haven’t tried the food but I’m looking forward to the next show at Takoi.

-Boho Barbie




 

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