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Updated: 2017-12-11T05:04:49Z

 



Unboxing: YETI Loadout Bucket

2017-12-11T05:04:49Z

On surprising birthday presents, just received the YETI Loadout Bucket complete with caddy and lid and i must say… who knew i could be SO excited about a BUCKET?!?!?! Like all things YETI, all items feel over designed (physically + graphically) in a fantastic way. Non slip, food safe, super strong, comfy handle… every detail has been carefully thought...

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On surprising birthday presents, just received the YETI Loadout Bucket complete with caddy and lid and i must say… who knew i could be SO excited about a BUCKET?!?!?! Like all things YETI, all items feel over designed (physically + graphically) in a fantastic way. Non slip, food safe, super strong, comfy handle… every detail has been carefully thought through. Even amazing little details like the super strong lid that basically looks like a giant version of what you’d find on their Rambler tumblers (but with super hexs!)… and the caddy has a handle that drops down so you can put the lid on! And while you can use the bucket for everything you can think of (and they have quite the list of ideas too - be it for fishing, hunting, camping, brewing and beyond…) it’s also functionally solid enough i’m currently using it as a stool/storage/side table in the living room. Even the packaging of the accessories is impressively over designed! Take a look at all the details on the next page.

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Tiffany Bozic: Spectrum

2017-12-08T16:59:24Z

Tiffany Bozic creates breathtaking paintings of surreal creature juxtapositions. Her book, Drawn By Instinct, a collection of her 2003-2011 work is a favorite on my bookshelf! I just came across her latest show, Spectrum at the Joshua Liner Gallery and the use of acrylic on maple panel look breathtaking! The way she works the creatures in and out of...

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Tiffany Bozic creates breathtaking paintings of surreal creature juxtapositions. Her book, Drawn By Instinct, a collection of her 2003-2011 work is a favorite on my bookshelf! I just came across her latest show, Spectrum at the Joshua Liner Gallery and the use of acrylic on maple panel look breathtaking! The way she works the creatures in and out of the grains of the wood… stunning! Take a look at some of my favorites on the next page!

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Homebound by Yoskay Yamamoto

2017-11-30T21:25:26Z

It’s been a little while since i’ve seen pictures of a gallery show floating around the feeds and thought - omg i need to see that! Well Yoskay Yamamoto’s Homebound show at GR2 did just that, and we luckily happened to wander by after dinner on the closing day of the show! The Sunset Village with Lavender Moon installation...

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It’s been a little while since i’ve seen pictures of a gallery show floating around the feeds and thought - omg i need to see that! Well Yoskay Yamamoto’s Homebound show at GR2 did just that, and we luckily happened to wander by after dinner on the closing day of the show! The Sunset Village with Lavender Moon installation steals the show. (Even though previous photos made me expect to walk into a room FILLED with MUCH larger little houses!!! Which would still be an incredible exhibition that i would definitely HAVE to see.) Beyond the gorgeous palette, there are so many delicate and precise details that pull you in - from the shingles on the roof to the grain in the wood… i couldn’t stop staring, and even had to remind myself to snap a few pictures so i could remember it forever. Take a look on the next page!

p.s. I’m not sure if it’s the residential real estate projects we’ve been working on lately, or just thinking about single family homes and researching so many aspects of them daily… but definitely feeling extra drawn to the mix of art + houses! Now i’m itching to make minis of our actual houses… or paint one inspired by these!

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Is this a sabbatical? Or retirement?

2017-11-30T06:06:10Z

HEAD OVER TO NOTCOT.ORG FOR INSPIRATION OVERLOADS UPDATED DAILY! (As usual…) First posted in Sept, but then i got excited for a little burst again… but trying again? If you want to talk about what’s next, have a fun project to work together on (design, real estate, etc.)… ping me! And the same disclaimer stands, i’m sure as soon...

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HEAD OVER TO NOTCOT.ORG FOR INSPIRATION OVERLOADS UPDATED DAILY! (As usual…)

First posted in Sept, but then i got excited for a little burst again… but trying again? If you want to talk about what’s next, have a fun project to work together on (design, real estate, etc.)… ping me! And the same disclaimer stands, i’m sure as soon as i try to do this, i’m going to stumble across something that blows my mind and i have to tell you?

Hi there. Let’s make this official - i’m taking a break from the bloggy part of NOTCOT! (Insert deep sigh of relief?) It’s been 12 and a bit years, and life has taken so many twists and turns and it’s been a roller coaster ride around the world and internet - so, THANK YOU to all of you who joined the ride! Until the last year or so, everything that i found and loved i shared here… my brain has been a design junkie for 3 decades!

As someone that craves newness like no other… it was inevitable that i’d need to keep shaking things up in my life, and lately that has turned to other projects and endeavors that are less internet-shareable (for the moment.)

SO… i’ll be back. Possibly tomorrow. Possibly 298 days from now. Your guess is as good as mine? But first things first, i’m officially saying i’m on a break from blogging. Let’s see where that leads.

If you’re curious what i’m up to, or want to collaborate or brainstorm or make amazing things together - let’s talk? I’m still happily doing the NOTlabs things and the real estate thing and… well… quite a few other things too!

And again… HEAD OVER TO NOTCOT.ORG FOR INSPIRATION OVERLOADS UPDATED DAILY! (It’s business as usual over there! and to be honest, it’s really hard to break the daily habit of sharing things that inspire me!)


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NOTGIFTGUIDE 2017

2017-12-11T05:16:17Z

NOTCOT Collection Of Stuff For People!!! Things we love, things we want, and things we’ve either bought or nearly bought for friends. There’s a little random awesomeness for everyone on our lists here… Gift guides often get so formal with the categories and over-simplification of your recipient’s interests… or they push things people want you to buy so hard....

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NOTCOT Collection Of Stuff For People!!! Things we love, things we want, and things we’ve either bought or nearly bought for friends. There’s a little random awesomeness for everyone on our lists here…

Gift guides often get so formal with the categories and over-simplification of your recipient’s interests… or they push things people want you to buy so hard. This is more just a list of awesome stuff we like that you COULD give someone - or buy for yourself. The only criteria? We like it.

Explore the collection on the next page!

Also… for EVEN MORE random ideas - i’m slowly adding stuff we have/love to this NOTCOT AMAZON SHOP ( Where yes, we make pennies on the dollar off things you buy, but we’re sharing because we’re addicted to the instant gratification of Prime and really use it, not for your pennies. Though every penny helps my Prime addiction?)

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Vicki Sawyer's Bird Parties

2017-11-06T18:38:15Z

How can you not smile when you see a bunch of realistic little birds with party hats made out of flowers and leaves on their heads? We received one of Vicki Sawyer’s playfully illustrated bird party cards a while back, and i only just dove into the rest of her work! It turns out she has quite the line...

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How can you not smile when you see a bunch of realistic little birds with party hats made out of flowers and leaves on their heads? We received one of Vicki Sawyer’s playfully illustrated bird party cards a while back, and i only just dove into the rest of her work! It turns out she has quite the line of cards, placemats, place cards, and even a coloring book with Nashville based, Hester & Cook, and she is actually based right in Franklin, TN! In addition to birds, you’ll find lots of other creatures ~ from dogs to sheep to pigs and more, also, of course, with fun hats and accessories. Additionally, her artwork has been licensed on other products as well, from embroidery kits to mugs and more. She has also created three party bird filled books which can be ordered in print or digital forms.

But first, take a look at some of my favorite Hester & Cook by Vicki Sawyer picks on the next page!

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ORCA Chasertini

2017-11-06T00:15:14Z

What do you get someone who has everything… loves fishing, the great outdoors, and an ice cold martini? The ORCA Chasertini! It’s essentially a martini glass meets super insulted travel cup meets… medieval chalice? Absurd, right? Ridiculous even? Well, even crazier, i’m totally impressed by it! We just got one for my dad, and while it was meant as...

(image) What do you get someone who has everything… loves fishing, the great outdoors, and an ice cold martini? The ORCA Chasertini! It’s essentially a martini glass meets super insulted travel cup meets… medieval chalice?

Absurd, right? Ridiculous even? Well, even crazier, i’m totally impressed by it! We just got one for my dad, and while it was meant as a fun, silly gift, it’s proven far more functional than we thought! It really does keep your drink cold longer, and with a lid, it’s totally an adult sippy cup of sorts. For the animal lovers, their whale tail (with fishing hook detail) keeps the top closed, and can be flipped open to drink. The base is non slip, and the size is LARGE. It can hold 8oz of liquid and keep it icy cold, or super hot, depending on what you’re using it for. They are also designed in Nashville, TN!

See all the details on the next page! (And on a side note, the more i research, they more curious i am about trying out one of their coolers next! Perhaps YETI replacement time?)

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Packaging: Uniquely J from Jet.com

2017-10-26T01:21:53Z

Jet.com goes private label with their latest line Uniquely J. Whether the products are any good - i have no idea, BUT the packaging! It’s bold, super graphic, and you can’t help but take notice (whether you love it or hate it - running it by friends, i’ve gotten both responses. It’s certainly polarizing!) Personally, the household cleaners grab...

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Jet.com goes private label with their latest line Uniquely J. Whether the products are any good - i have no idea, BUT the packaging! It’s bold, super graphic, and you can’t help but take notice (whether you love it or hate it - running it by friends, i’ve gotten both responses. It’s certainly polarizing!) Personally, the household cleaners grab me the most… then the skull graphic on the espresso pods… then the playful generic-Ziploc/trash bags box graphics. The crisp single colored patterns on the clear product are a refreshing look for the cleaners. The purple plaid on the paper goods are a bit intense for me though. The packaging was designed by Elmwood that has a great Uniquely J Case Study up.

See more details of my favorites on the next page!

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Nucleus x Brendan Monroe Growler

2017-10-25T00:00:16Z

I love Brendan Monroe’s blobs… especially as murals! The black and white crispness combined with so much fluidity! And it’s so fun on this collectible growler for Nucleus Portland! Are growlers going to be the new t-shirt or tote bag? While i can’t stop staring into the gif above… see more details on the next page!...

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I love Brendan Monroe’s blobs… especially as murals! The black and white crispness combined with so much fluidity! And it’s so fun on this collectible growler for Nucleus Portland! Are growlers going to be the new t-shirt or tote bag? While i can’t stop staring into the gif above… see more details on the next page!

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Tray Tables

2017-10-24T00:31:12Z

Tray Tables! Tables where the top is a removable tray. SO simple. SO basic. And you can really just take a tray you already have and love and give it some legs and call it a tray table. Lately i found myself loving some basic, minimal IKEA ones, and it sent me down a path researching some other clean,...

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Tray Tables! Tables where the top is a removable tray. SO simple. SO basic. And you can really just take a tray you already have and love and give it some legs and call it a tray table. Lately i found myself loving some basic, minimal IKEA ones, and it sent me down a path researching some other clean, simple versions as well… so naturally, i couldn’t help making a post to share what i found (and keep track of some of the ones i liked!) Check them out on the next page!

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IKEA Vinter 2017 Gift Wrapping

2017-10-17T04:21:45Z

On adorably cute, happy, festive things (even though it’s mid October and feels WAY too early for xmas) - just came across the holiday displays at IKEA, and the IKEA Vinter 2017 collection of gift wrap made me smile! The playfully hairy gnome/elf/santa guys are too funny and the wintry woodland creatures are just so cute! From the popping...

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On adorably cute, happy, festive things (even though it’s mid October and feels WAY too early for xmas) - just came across the holiday displays at IKEA, and the IKEA Vinter 2017 collection of gift wrap made me smile! The playfully hairy gnome/elf/santa guys are too funny and the wintry woodland creatures are just so cute! From the popping eyes of the rabbits to the wiggly antlered moose and the serene deer and bears and more… Take a peek at my favorites on the next page!

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FISH TANKS: AbsoluteXtracts x Jeremy Fish

2017-09-27T16:54:50Z

AbsoluteXtracts and Jeremy Fish teamed up for a premium limited edition FISH TANKS! And while I shared it on NOTCOT.org a while back, i finally found one and it was too cute to resist (also that Tangie is delicious and potent) and HAD to share close up pics! It’s even nicer in person! The Premium Limited Edition FISH TANKS...

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AbsoluteXtracts and Jeremy Fish teamed up for a premium limited edition FISH TANKS! And while I shared it on NOTCOT.org a while back, i finally found one and it was too cute to resist (also that Tangie is delicious and potent) and HAD to share close up pics! It’s even nicer in person!

The Premium Limited Edition FISH TANKS spared no detail - complete with Custom Gold Fish Scale battery (that is compatible with most other cartridges!), Premium Gold-tipped ABX Tangie cartridge (with fish!), collector’s edition packaging, and velvet vape carrying case. Dare i say, it feels absurdly fancy in the funnest, silliest way possible? It’s such a fun mashup of the art of Jeremy Fish and FISH and quite the conversation starter compared to those boring vapes.

Check out the details on the next page…

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-08-26T00:23:34Z

Lots of fun inspiration over at NOTCOT.org this week! Click the squares to find out more!... Lots of fun inspiration over at NOTCOT.org this week! Click the squares to find out more! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



Nashville - Solar Eclipse Totality Merch

2017-08-21T17:23:59Z

The Path of TOTALITY! What a phrase. Can you believe the hype and merch madness going on across the US in preparation for tomorrow’s solar eclipse? A lot of it is pretty painful. Yes yes, from a fascination of space and nature standpoint it’s truly awe inspiring… but putting that aside for this post, it’s been hard to ignore...

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The Path of TOTALITY! What a phrase. Can you believe the hype and merch madness going on across the US in preparation for tomorrow’s solar eclipse? A lot of it is pretty painful. Yes yes, from a fascination of space and nature standpoint it’s truly awe inspiring… but putting that aside for this post, it’s been hard to ignore the creative inspiration it’s triggered as well!

Nashville is one of the largest cities in the “path of totality” and as such, it’s become quite the event tomorrow… which also means that my Nashville centric instagram feed has been flooded with everything from eclipse cotton candy cocktails and smoothies to cookies, tshirts, gig posters and more… and they are pretty awesome! I tried to search for more gorgeous imagery from other towns and cities, but haven’t found much worth sharing yet (so please leave comments with links if you know of some to highlight!)

Ready for Eclipse Graphic Overload? To the next page!

[p.s. Nashville overload? It’s my creative muse of a city lately… Let’s talk if you want to help me get hooked on another?]

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-08-17T21:11:46Z

Back from Nashville - we’ve been so deep in real estate, research, and other projects not yet ready for public sharing, all the public NOTCOT action is still focused on NOTCOT.org right now. Thanks to all of you who’ve reached out thru other channels to chat and find out more! If you’re curious to find out more or possibly... Back from Nashville - we’ve been so deep in real estate, research, and other projects not yet ready for public sharing, all the public NOTCOT action is still focused on NOTCOT.org right now. Thanks to all of you who’ve reached out thru other channels to chat and find out more! If you’re curious to find out more or possibly collaborate on making fun, exciting things happen - let’s chat! After a dozen years of sharing (and perhaps over-sharing) all the most exciting visual aspects of my life with you all, it’s definitely been a struggle to be quieter here while so much is going on in my non-digital life! But i will say this ~ it’s been fascinating to plant seeds and find ways to invest in creative, passion-filled new income streams to keep all the dream projects going without being ad/affiliate dependent! Though, as can be expected, the more fun those get, the more it all snowballs… but NOTCOT.org is still my daily moment of zen, as i find and share nuggets of inspiration! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-08-01T00:48:49Z

Currently in Nashville (again!) - it seems that our little real estate side project has been growing faster than expected. Though it has made me realize that the only way to take a true vacation from one thing, is to be so busy with another that you can’t even think about the first! But that also means it’s making... Currently in Nashville (again!) - it seems that our little real estate side project has been growing faster than expected. Though it has made me realize that the only way to take a true vacation from one thing, is to be so busy with another that you can’t even think about the first! But that also means it’s making me figure out what i miss (and what i don’t!) If you’re curious what we’re up to currently, take a peek on the @NOTlabs Instagram… (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



Made by NOTCOT: Coca Cola Invitations

2017-07-24T19:37:43Z

New NOTlabs project in the wild! Here are the invitations for the 2017 Coca Cola CMO Leadership Summit! Focusing on the theme of “thriving in the next industrial revolution,” to demonstrate human and robot symbiosis, we created a sculpture of a human hand and a robot hand coming together. Part invitation and part desk object, they are perfectly suited...

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New NOTlabs project in the wild! Here are the invitations for the 2017 Coca Cola CMO Leadership Summit! Focusing on the theme of “thriving in the next industrial revolution,” to demonstrate human and robot symbiosis, we created a sculpture of a human hand and a robot hand coming together. Part invitation and part desk object, they are perfectly suited to hold your phone or business cards.

These handmade pieces are cast in resin, painted, and mounted on laser etched wood bases that have the light bulb logo on the top, and a quote and logos on the bottom. We made a first run of 130 pieces, packed them up, and shipped them all over the US, but not before taking some photos to share with you! Take a look at the details and making-of on the next page.

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-07-18T18:25:35Z

Sorry it’s been a little quiet - all the less shareable online parts of life have been taking over. From less visually creative seeds being planted for future (super creative!) potential, but that doesn’t keep us from seeing and sharing what’s inspiring us over at NOTCOT.org! Click the squares to find out more of course… And for more creative... Sorry it’s been a little quiet - all the less shareable online parts of life have been taking over. From less visually creative seeds being planted for future (super creative!) potential, but that doesn’t keep us from seeing and sharing what’s inspiring us over at NOTCOT.org! Click the squares to find out more of course… And for more creative endeavors… we’ve been sharing what we can (so far!) on @NOTlabs instagram, but last night we just got these 128 boxes packed up and ready for the fedex man to pick up in a few! Such popping red cubes! Naturally, we had to build a giant pyramid of them in the garage! Perhaps more to come on this project soooooon, after the recipients get their surprises? (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-07-06T23:22:56Z

HAPPY 4th of JULY!... HAPPY 4th of JULY! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



NOTLABS: Passiflora Experiment

2017-06-30T20:23:39Z

How mesmerizingly beautiful are Passiflora Flowers? AND they produce delicious Passion Fruit?!?! I’ve been looking for an excuse to plant some for a while, but didn’t want to have an area where the vines could engulf surrounding trees. So, when a monster house popped up behind ours, Shawn and i were inspired to create a private nook off the...

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How mesmerizingly beautiful are Passiflora Flowers? AND they produce delicious Passion Fruit?!?! I’ve been looking for an excuse to plant some for a while, but didn’t want to have an area where the vines could engulf surrounding trees.

So, when a monster house popped up behind ours, Shawn and i were inspired to create a private nook off the bedroom. We imagined a trellis with L shaped bench - clean, simple, wooden and angled ever so perfectly to be comfortable to lean and lounge on. Something that would pair with both smaller coffee tables for hanging out, as well as a dining/work table when appropriate. Something that could withstand the elements, and inspire us every time we walk by. From the outside, the vines would slowly camouflage the structure, from the inside, you’d be seated in a lush, private oasis.

We designed and built it earlier this year, and i’ve been waiting to have the vines fill in and flower to take more pictures for a post… well, they have not only been filling in super fast, but also flowering, and are currently bearing quite a bit of fruit! So take a look on the next page for a peek at the process from start to finish… well the current state of it anyhow, who knows if we’ll keep adding more?!?!

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-06-24T22:06:21Z

Round up time! Some favorites from NOTCOT.org ~ click the squares to find out more!... Round up time! Some favorites from NOTCOT.org ~ click the squares to find out more! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



1964 Supply Company (Cannabis + Art)

2017-06-22T21:02:10Z

1964 Supply Company! There’s such a natural connection between art + cannabis, i’m surprised we haven’t seen more collaborations so far! Of course these caught my eye, because i’m a huge fan of Jeremy Fish, but the other artists working with 1964 Supply Company are great too (including Tristan Eaton, Katie So, Joe Wilson and Ben Tour!) Why 1964?...

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1964 Supply Company! There’s such a natural connection between art + cannabis, i’m surprised we haven’t seen more collaborations so far! Of course these caught my eye, because i’m a huge fan of Jeremy Fish, but the other artists working with 1964 Supply Company are great too (including Tristan Eaton, Katie So, Joe Wilson and Ben Tour!) Why 1964? “We named ourselves the 1964 Supply Company partly to recognize the year that Professor Mechoulam discovered the THC molecule; the psychoactive component in cannabis,” says their about page. Their product lines include flower, vapes, and pre-rolls all beautifully packaged and displayed to show off art inspired by the various strains. Take a peek at some of their fun packaging and art on the next page!

p.s. If you’re in LA next week, they are having a launch party coinciding with the Secret Walls 11th Anniversary Art Battle!

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NOTCOT.org Roundup, etc.

2017-06-16T22:24:57Z

First a dose of what’s been fun and inspiring over at NOTCOT.org… as usual, click the squares to find out more… And next… some randomness from the @NOTlabs Instagram! Basically… the garden is flourishing and lots of edibles are growing quickly! Here’s a peek at avocados, plums, corn, asian pears, passion fruit, apples, cabbage, tomatoes, romanesco broccoli… and there’s... First a dose of what’s been fun and inspiring over at NOTCOT.org… as usual, click the squares to find out more… And next… some randomness from the @NOTlabs Instagram! Basically… the garden is flourishing and lots of edibles are growing quickly! Here’s a peek at avocados, plums, corn, asian pears, passion fruit, apples, cabbage, tomatoes, romanesco broccoli… and there’s far more in the garden! And we’re working on a secret project - but here’s a sneak peek of the work in progress from Pretty In Plastic! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



NOTCOT.org Roundup

2017-06-04T23:17:18Z

No matter what madness is happening in the world ~ here are 25 things that keep me inspired, hopeful, and balanced enough to take on the rest. Click the squared to find out more on NOTCOT.org!... No matter what madness is happening in the world ~ here are 25 things that keep me inspired, hopeful, and balanced enough to take on the rest. Click the squared to find out more on NOTCOT.org! (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]



Nashville Adventures + Project House #2

2017-06-04T19:07:56Z

Go Preds! Stanley Cup madness is becoming quite the party throughout Nashville right now! What a trip… just back from yet another Nashville trip. We’ve been back and forth quite a bit the last few years, but especially the last few months! It feels like our American Airlines LAX-BNA flights are becoming our commuter flights. While friends keep asking... Go Preds! Stanley Cup madness is becoming quite the party throughout Nashville right now! What a trip… just back from yet another Nashville trip. We’ve been back and forth quite a bit the last few years, but especially the last few months! It feels like our American Airlines LAX-BNA flights are becoming our commuter flights. While friends keep asking what it is about Nashville that I love (beyond Shawn’s family being there, and his having grown up there) ~ this flight home helped me realize it’s been a great escape! It’s an amazing city in the midst of SO much growth, and their momentum and rate of change has been infectious. It’s that perfect scale of small enough to keep up with what’s new (even from afar) and big enough to constantly find new things… and the real estate market is booming (still!) There’s been non stop construction on every scale for the last few years, a few new hotels (from luxury boutiquey artsy ones to mega business traveler hotels) each trip, so many new restaurants and shops, and it feels like a new neighborhood emerges each trip (realtors and developers just keep coming up with new names?) Getting to catch up on their complex history, while exploring the present state of things (growing pains and all), and diving in to understand the future of Nashville has been quite the hyper-speed education. I’ve learned more about how a city grows and evolves from the cultural, political, and financial aspects the last few years than ever before… and while i’m not sure how it all fits in with the NOTCOT side of my brain quite yet, i’m sure it will all make sense soon! But for now, buying houses we adore (that need some love, but have so much potential) have been our little way of investing in the future of where this amazing city is going. As for the more NOTCOT side of things… while it’s fun to see all the new shops/design projects emerging, much of it does seem to reflect things you can find all over the world (from the hipster coffee shops to the boutiques that seem better at instagram than face to face customer service to the reclaimed wood/tile overdoses) - but what most inspires me are the products and experiences that are uniquely Nashville… and that seems to come in the form of nice people, great food, and lively music (and the Predators!) The real trick with visiting Nashville lately, seems to be unearthing the older hidden gems before they might disappear! Take a peek on the next page to see some of the fun we’ve had, and the progress on our latest NOTCOT Nashville Project House (in Lockeland Springs!) on the next page. TO PAGE 2 of "Nashville Adventures + Project House #2"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org) [...]