Making it Real

Two weekends ago several of my best college cronies paid me a visit for my birthday weekend.  This mini-reunion was the ultimate gift and a much needed reprieve.  While catching up there was a common thread that bound us together.  The mid-20s life crisis has slapped each of us in the face in some way or another.  You know what I’m talking about:

I hate my job!

I think I am in the wrong grad program!

I work too hard to be so broke!

I need to just get my life together!

Why didn’t anyone prep us for adulthood?  College exit counseling should include a real world simulator so we have the option to become super-super seniors instead.

Although it was refreshing to know I wasn’t alone in my personal quarrels, more inspiration was needed.  Then I read’s Young Guns 2013 list of creative types in the fields of design, architecture and development, all under the age of 35.  One of the finalists caught my attention.

Max Humphrey: Curbed

Max Humphrey was a 20-something looking for a new career [how ironic].  While chilling in a LA coffee shop he realized that is love of decorating his apartment was more than just a treatment for boredom. One day he answered a nondescript Craigslist ad for a part-time design assistant that ended up being for the well-know Burnham Design firm.  Over seven years he grew and tweaked his colorful-quirky style, worked on more than 100 projects and climbed his way up to partner.  This ex- punk band bassist has done good for himself.  Check out some of his work:

Design milestone for Max: His apartment in the September issue of Lonny Magazine

I guess the dream can be real.  Some young guns are out there making it real…..are you?


The Dream

Everyone has a dream they strive to achieve or at least a notion they store at the back of their subconscious as a reminder that if they one day tell their boss to “shove it”, they have a much more exciting plan B to fall back on.  Sometime I feel there are so many floating around in my head that cumulus clouds are forming.  But I am not alone… Carrie dreamed of a spacious closet to store her love and retail addiction….

and LeBron dreamed of winning a gaudy Championship ring, twice.

As for me, I have dreamed of the perfect urban apartment.  It would be located in a debonair historic edifice with picturesque views of the city, heavy moldings and character-to-boot.  A little overdose on the decor with enlivened art, bold pattern mixtures and saturated color splashes.  In the April issue of Architectural Digest I found my Shangri-La.  Not only was the space inspiring but so was the story of its owner, David Jimenez, who worked his way up from folding basics at Gap to becoming an executive at Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and now Hallmark Cards, based in Kansas City.  My favorites were the adventurous rugs, unique antiques, the dynamic monochromatic artwork and the sumptuously textured furnishings.  Hopefully you too can find your definition of the epitome of design perfection because we all need something to dream for.

David Jimenez, AD

Living Room, AD

Entry, AD

Library, AD

Dining Room, AD

Master Bedroom, AD

Dressing Room, AD

Music Closet, AD