The Red Line


There was a red line

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It started in the laundry alcove of our barn.

It’s sort of hard to explain, but let me make a long story short…

(for the first time in my life. Ever.)


In designing the barn, I almost neglected to add a laundry area.

Let’s just get that out of the way first.

  I mean, who thinks of laundry when designing a barn for boys??

 Luckily, at the last minute (love those last minute Change Orders) we found a way to tuck one in, in the small hallway leading to the garage.  Because there was no window, and the room adjacent to the laundry houses all the guts, gadgetry and ‘guy stuff’ for the barn, our architect came up with the cool idea to remove one length of reclaimed wood and replace it with a ribbon of glass. An ‘electrical-guts-viewing window’ as it were.

Like I said, guy stuff. Then he added an LED multi-flitered light, which can be any colour, but I like the red.

MUA: Michelle Leander Herum

When passing by at night it’s both cozy and very James Bond.

If James Bond did laundry.


Plus, it matches the cherry red washer & dryer I’ve lusted after for years.

That’s when it started.

32c13272b67c15d0d694bdf141940966 I began to see the red line everywhere…

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Like I said



Selman Hotel, Marrakech

The hallways of the Selman Hotel, Marrakech

bookcases, Sun Valley,

My own Instagram photos

Bar, The Tintagel Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

The bar of The Tintagel Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

.This place

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and you can believe it didn’t stop there.

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I think you all know me better than that.

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I wanna say Ann Demeulemeester


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Magdalena Frackowiak

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In museums…

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in magazines…


Eddie Borgo Fall 2013 Winged Scarab necklace


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.even food…


the red line was haunting my dreams


calling out to me



It’s no bloody wonder I forget about the laundry.


BTW- This is my 500th post!!

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One Year Ago; I was “Feeling Very Delftish”


painted lips photo; Michelle Leander Herum

uncredited photos via Tumblr or Pinterest.

The Night Before the Night Before


Well, we’re almost there!

In just a couple of hours it will be Christmas Eve, at least here in Southern California, where as you can see it’s been


(on my gift wrapping at least)

I felt in need of a change this season so I veered away from my usual ‘au natural’ wrapping theme and decided to go for a White Christmas instead. Bushels of white cotton batten, fake snow, glitter, glue and some very sticky fingers later…


Believe it or not, the snow stays on these presents even if you turn them upside down thanks to the Scotch Super 77 multi-purpose adhesive.


First I lightly sprayed a corner of the gifts (wrapped in plain white kraft paper) with the glue, allowed it a minute or two to become tacky, then built up a ‘snow drift’ with the cotton batting. Then, a second light spray and the addition of the two different types of fake snowflakes I found at Michael’s and Target, mixed with white packing ‘peanuts’ that we chopped up in the food blender (am I kind of crazy? don’t answer that) . A final light spray of glue, again just on the corner, to secure a gentle sprinkling of sparkly, glitter flakes and the presents are complete. FYI, I did do this outside on a drop cloth because of the mess and fumes from the aerosol adhesive.

890A5028The silver balls work by battery, so they’re great to run down the centre of your table mixed in with fresh greenery or to hang on the front door in a wreath or garland. (also from Target)

890A5048It ‘snowed’ in our barn this year too! :)

I leaned my antique water wheel from Sri Lanka up against the wall and wrapped it in fairy lights. So cozy.


So, that’s it for me. The wrapping is finished, the tree adorned and the dining room table is set. Both my boys are home for the holidays-YAY! (though one is sick-we’re actually hoping it’s food related and not the flu :()

Tomorrow, all going well and to plan, I’ll be back with pics of our tree and the table.

Safe Travels & Sweet Dreams my friends!



My 200th Post!


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The storm lifts off the mountains just before dark in Sun Valley.tonight



Greetings and salutations from Sun Valley, Idaho. We’ve been here one day and we’ve had sun, rain, thunder, lightning and a hail storm.  I’m so happy to be writing my 200th post from here! I can’t believe it.  For a world class procrastinator such as myself, I have to reach around and give myself  a little pat on the back (in just a few minutes).  I couldn’t have done it without you, quite literally- so thank you all for your support and encouragement!  As it’s a bit of a blogging milestone for me, I thought I’d ask for some guidance as to what direction I might take with future posts.  What would you like to see more (or less) of on Slim Paley?






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David Tsay photo/House Beautiful



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Slim Paley photo/Devigarh, India


Slim Paley photo/interior courtyard Amanbagh, India



Slim Paley photo/Peter Jones window, London

Do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear.  I’m guessing I post enough photos from my garden!  I’m afraid  it’s just impossible for me to resist the siren’s call of flowers in their glory.

I probably share more than enough mundanities of my daily life as well, but if you like ridiculously random musings let me know that too!  Somehow the original intent to blog mostly about design and books somehow took a bit of left when I wasn’t looking.  The simple truth is that a lot of the time I used to spend reading has now been supplanted by blogging.  Not that I’m complaining.  It’s been great fun, change is good, and blogging is definitely more social than reading- hell, it’s almost like going out -but I get to stay in my jammies!  My books, like loyal friends, will always be there for me. :)

Personally, I love compiling the colour posts, despite having difficulty sometimes in shutting my ‘colour meter’ off when I need to (it’s a bit like a dishonest cabbie) but I might eventually work my way through the spectrum.

Lastly, I’m about to start building a barn.  But not for animals- it’s a ‘Boy Barn’.  Any interest in following the trials and triumphs of construction from the ground up?!

Well, I must sign off now.  Went to see the movie “The Other Guys” tonight (funny) then watched back to back episodes of “America’s Next Great Artist” finale (yay Abdi!) and “Top Chef”   Yikes… Entirely too much screen time!   Dare I say it might be time to read a book?!


My Bookie, Karl!

Night All :)