Reading Rainbow (and a Give Away)

Don't you just love give away days?  I j'adore them because it makes me look benevolent and kind and awesome and all that junk.  Well, today is no exception, I'm going to be looking pretty rad when I bestow one lucky commentor a three month subscription to Book Swim.  Pray tell, what is book swim? I'm so glad you asked.  Book Swim is the cure for my shrinking bank account and my increasing amount of laziness (look, I'm cooking an entire human here, it's work).  Book Swim absolves me of all my television watching guilt.  In a word:  Book Swim is awesome.

Book Swim is the Netflix for Books.

Yes, the netflix.  For books.  It's about time, right?

While titles from design heavyweights like Wearstler and Adler are noticeably absent from the Book Swim selection, I did manage to find the above.  (Can you guess which ones are in my queue?)  For the most part, I'm pretty impressed with their selection, about 80% of the titles I searched for were found in their database, including obscure reference books and random collections of short essays.  All and all I'd consider the selection pretty good considering that there must be, like, a gazillion trillion books in the world.

Want to try it out?  Of course you do.  Leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday, 7/1 at 6:00 pm Central time.  The winner will receive a free 3 month subscription to la Swim.  Check back on Friday when I announce the lucky duck.

If you can't wait that long to get your read on, go sign yo self up HERE.

Dear God, Please Let Everyone Like This Post

I've tried writing today's opening paragraph several times but keep erasing it.  Today's post is all about churches and church remodels and people tend to get a little touchy when you start chatting about the Lord. So, for the sake of maintaining readership (I love you all as though you were my very own children and I don't want to make any of my babies sad or angry) I'm gonna hop right to the holy slideshow.  

 If it were up to me, the designers of Qubus Studio would get a free pass to heaven for such excellent work on St. Bartholowmew's Church

Despite how lovely St. Bartholowmew's is, it's probably more likely that I will be found in a church that has been renovated into something else, like, say, a bookstore:

Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands, 4000 square feet of pure heaven.  See:

Isn't that cafe to die and ascend to the afterlife for?  Apparently, it's somewhat controversial and some folks don't like the cross table.  But, hey if we're gonna be cool with Luke 6:38 Roll Gum, then we gotta be cool with a cross table, right?

Since I tend to worship at the alter of what's for dinner, the White Rabbit Restaurant in singapore has me singing hallelujah 

Dining and reading in a defunct church sounds just fine, but I'm not so sure about living in one:

Of course, I probably wouldn't be too mad at the Lord above for blessing me with such lovely windows

So, what do you say, are you totes in love with the church remodels:

Or are you still trying to figure it all out?

Light intallation by Robert Stadler at the church of Saint Paul in Paris, 2007

Coffee Table Decor, and a Contest!

Ahhh, the holidays!  Here they come, are you ready?  I'm sure that between basting the turkey, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and polishing silverware, you'll be far too busy to take in some holiday reading.  However, I bet that as soon as your cousin's husband's daughter from his first marriage starts running around the room on a sugar high, you'll want nothing more than to retreat to a comfy guest bedroom with a glass of wine bottle of bourbon and a good book.  Enter, moi.  I've compiled a list of the best coffee-table books on the market today, all for you.  Enjoy. Oh, and try not to slip into a tryptophan coma. PS.  Stay tuned at the end of this broadcast for a contest that is sure to rock your bookshelf-in-need-of-decor life!

Geometric: Graphic Art and Pattern; Nicole and Petra Kapitza; available at Kapitza; images via creative review

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a rough paraphrase of what each of the images in this book are screaming:  "I am insane hand-made patterns.  I am beautiful.  Put me on your walls.  I will rock your world"

If, for some insane reason, sexy geometric patterns aren't you're thing, perhaps you'd rather see who's on the other end of the line when you make your 1-900# calls:

phonesex by Phillip Toledano

Intimate portraits of phone sex operators in their homes.  Be careful! One of them might be you!

Finished already?  No?  Need decor porn instead (that is what you're here for, right)?  Try these:

Japanese decor books (I have no idea what they're called) available here: Yvestown Shop

The lovely thing about these books - yes, I've actually touched their goodness first hand - is that they profile wacky interiors and exteriors of REAL people.  They are not always as glamorous as the shelter mag pictures we've become accustomed to, but, gosh dangit, those homes are in my budget.

Once you're done reading Japanese decor trends, how about you make some Japanese clothes?

Guess what?  I don't know what this is called either, but I found it here: Clementine's flickr

Ahhh, yes, the perfect coffee table book.  It's pretty, it looks like high-art, and your guests will never understand a word.  Love love love.

Ready to get back to decor?

How they work by 010 Publishers (image via yatzer)

A perfect opportunity to watch people more talented and productive than you while lounging on your sofa.  Bonus if you read this while eating a bag of chips.

If you need to feel better about yourself again, how about this little gem that profiles the interiors of brothels in Alemanha:

via Coisas de Maria

I know, I know, I could have done an entire post about this book alone.  Seriously, how rad are those rooms? You bitches know that I would live in any one of them.  Especially bottom left, swoon..

Ut-Oh, I smell a  fascist regime coming through to break up all our fun-time:

Faces of Evil : Faces of a Terrifying Dictatorship via cyanatrendland

Artist Hans Weishaupul created the faces of dictators over the past 100 years by compiling countless tiny, specially shot portraits of the citizens of the country the dictator ruled over.  Now, how's that for Dictator Chic?  This would be the perfect companion to my panther coffee table

And finally, because we are not living under a totalitarian regime, as promised, I give you, la contest:

In honor of her 35th birthday (she doesn't look a day over 29!) My good friend, Vickie Howell, is hosting a contest on her site.  Hooray!  She's giving away THIRTY FIVE BOOKS in honor of the big occasion.  Does this beat the 80's party she threw for her 30th? I don't know, but I think it's pretty darned awesome none-the-less.  You cats have until the 25th to score big, then it's light's out.

PS. I call 500 chairs!