Saturday, March 27, 2010


I mentioned in an earlier post that Gregory Han from the ever wonderful  Apartment Therapy photographed the Sugar Shack's garden, well this is the studio series, as you can see it's just a section of the garage. I wish I had a fancy grand studio, one that had heat, a bathroom, and a rain free floor. I have heat, but in August and the bathroom's never going to happen, and you know you can't stop the rain. So there you go! Honestly though, I do love my studio and it's the biggest I have ever had. It wasn't that long ago a kitchen and a studio were one, or a corner of a dining room. To all my friends in New York forgive me for even joking. I can relate!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Dear Mrs. Jordan,
  I'm writing to you because of your son Mick's blog. Please allow me to explain, I started blogging about three months ago and in that time period I've seen and read hundreds of posts from the beautiful, the bad, and the intellectual. Many of them have been informative and visually interesting, but not one has had the effect on me as Mick's.
  Like your son, I am from Texas, I now live in Hollywood and have for several years. I am a middle-aged man, an artist, and a designer. My partner and I have been together for more than twenty years, we work hard, are close to our families, and our values are intact. My life has been pretty good and at times you could say glamorous.
  I wanted you to know I think " Everyone Goes to Mick's " is refreshing, genuine, and honest. Your son's talent is passionate and driven. He always has a strong point of view which drives the story line like a wild soap opera. We readers are right there with him. His situations many, many times make me laugh. You can not duplicate that kind of charm. Looking at his pictures and reading his posts bring me back to a more simple time, when I would  drive my father crazy blasting through creative endeavors no matter how many times he tried to stop me, or my life with my mother who let me paint a mural, on any wall, on any given day. Life was sweet, then. Although I've never met your son, I see myself in Mick and it's truly wonderful to go back, home. Thank you.
                                                                                        Kevin Beer


Saturday, March 20, 2010


Every weekend I try to go to the Melrose Flea Market where somehow there is always a treasure to be had. Well this time on the ground I spotted a old scrapbook. Seeing how I love old photos I picked it up and to my screaming delight ( actually I remained calm and quit, you know the louder the scream the higher the price ) I found some old post cards of my favorite hotel the Madonna Inn. So your thinking how can this be, well take a look. The old place has not changed and I'm not kidding since these pictures were taken. The Madonna Inn is three hours north of Hollywood on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. You can't help loving this place in all it's bad taste, over the top color, and fake everything. Somehow I think I see enough good design and tasteful beauty to really appreciate the vulgarity.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


So this is the deal, I walk into an antique store, leaving is a young women, we talk, she friendly ( rare in L.A.), beautiful, charming, has tons of energy, she tells me I'm great looking ( I like her already). Her name is Florencia Scagliotti (alias Flo) and she is a fashion designer. Now you must know, I know little about fashion but what I've seen on her web sight it's all very cutting edge, youthful, and crazy energetic. March 24, she's in a fashion show and I'm going to try my hardest to stay up that late and go see it. It should do this old goat some good to be around some young raw talent. You try being a clothes designer in this city in these days. Flo's web site is So go take a walk on the wild side you may feel young again.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


About three years ago Gregory Han from the ever wonderful Apartment Therapy appeared at my door to take  pictures for a house and garden tour. I was so excited I was like a teenager. I ran from room to patio to deck. He on the other hand was calm, like a ballet dancer with a camera, strolling around snapping pictures. Me, not so calm, chirping away about the clouds and rain. Wringing my hands and thinking shut up Kevin and let the man do his job. Well he did and I was thrilled. Thank you again Gregory Han! Here are a few pictures of the garden in the rain. Soon I hope, I'll show more, until then it's tax time and more rain.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Hollywood has many talented people and in my peculiar neighborhood we are lucky enough to have an artist by the name of David Hrobowski. David has created chairs, lamps, tables, boxes, pictures frames you name it, he's made it, using ice cream sticks. Yes, you heard me right. Huge pieces to small pieces they are all really, really amazing to see. The craftsmanship is astonishing. I wanted to let you guys know about his new exhibition. The title is RIFFSTICK FURNITURE, an ice cream stick riff of expressive compulsive order.

The opening night reception is March 13, from 7pm to 10 pm.
Saturday Receptions- March 20, 27& April 3, 2pm to 7pm.
By appointment call (323) 6633426 or (323) 7821973 or write