Tuesday, May 19, 2009

one big sweaty fan and a few good garden parties

When Susannah asked me last week, to be a guest blogger I immediately got all perky and responded, "of course! yes! wow, absolutely! I'm so honored!!" and while I am, quite honored, I think my knee jerk delusion was that somehow through osmosis, like a sweaty sycophantic, concert goer in the audience of a kick-ass show, singing to a favorite set, for a moment, I would become a petunia faced blogger.


You know, just by proximity, I would gain the lyrical quality to jam with the audience, and speak their very deepest thoughts, through poignantly executed prose. But here I sit, slack. bent over. cheek to key board, arms slack at my sides. having a bit of performance anxiety.
You see my blog is a bit more designery-visual. More image heavy than written heavy content.
Honestly, there's nothing really touching about velvet sofas {figuratively of course}. Few, wipe bleary, tear filled eyes as they comment on, the over use of coral as a design element or whether the subway tile has run its course.
I think the best advice I can give myself today is, don't try to do another's work, do what you know. And so, if you've come here, to laugh, to cry, to group hug. I can't really give you that.
But at the very least I can invite you to join me on a little visual garden-party tour to get you ready for summer......
designer heather taylor





home tour LA , courtesy martha stewart
paul joseph hopper design





thank you Susannah, for trusting me to take care of your blog for the day.
being a rock star is no easy task.

rock on,


beach bungalow 8


17 comments:

krista said...

i got so super excited when i heard beachbungalow8 was guest blogging.
you make being a rock star look easy, lady!

beachbungalow8 said...

BLESS you. I'm backstage, now getting drunk with the roadies.

the girL said...

thank you for the garden party tour - it was beautiful and inspiring for one looking to fix up her own backyard!

Jules said...

I think you should get an award for being first up at bat. You did an awesome job, and of course the pictures are gorgeous. Maybe not the one of the guy with butt belly--but sometimes hilarious trumps gorgeous.

Scribe said...

I'm so inspired for summer now - thank you. Thanks also for stepping up to the bat. You did not disappoint. It's one day past our Canadian Victoria Day Holiday here and I so did not want to go back to work today. So, I didn't. Instead, I enjoyed the sunshine in the backyard yearning for garden parties. Now I'll have to get working on the decorating for said party. Thanks for the inspiration!

Annie Empiric said...

I had dinner on Heather Taylors gorgeous patio just last night. Viva summer!!!!!!!!

Heather Taylor said...

Thanks for posting this pic of my patio! they're all so gorgeous!

Cote de Texas said...

Wow - you really kept this one a secret!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

beachbungalow8 said...

I like Susannah's commentors. Such a supportive group! Jules really walked me through this one. big hugs there.

Holly, thank god I gave you credit!! i couldn't remember where I found some of those shots. LOVE your home and the next time you and Annie have a get together, remember I'm not far and can totally bring the guacamole or wine or both.

Zakary said...

Gorgeous post!

P.S. I had to look up "sycophantic". Seriously. Don't judge me.

moseyalong said...

Can we have a group hug anyway, even though you really don't do that? 'Cause these garden images just made me feel all happy and dreamy. And huggy. Thanks for guest-hosting!

Lolo said...

You done good. It's all lovely, even though it reminded me how I'm neglecting anything that's not breathing or rooted in the dirt.

The Lil Bee said...

Your first visual was priceless! I enjoyed your garden party tour. Thanks for that:) And I think you make a fantastic substitute rock star!

beachbungalow8 said...

GROUP HUGS!!! I'm a total sucker for the hugs.

Zakary - when you live in L.A. 'sycophantic'can be used often and always. It comes in your "moving to LA starter dictionary" it's the polite way to say "star f**ker" Isn't it an awesome word?

thank you, my fellow guest bloggers, I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with. I know they'll be super, non-sweaty, rock star posts.

Sparkie said...

Good job, BB8. If memory serves me, you introduced me to O.G. Petunia Face with the post about her mother ages ago. I can still see in my mind's eye the snapshot of her mom in the setting sun in the 60's/70's at some swingin' outdoor party. I was hooked.

Quid pro quo.

And look, you avoided the wrath of Anonymous who hasn't yet discovered that the gate was left open...

SGM said...

I just love you, Megan and I love how you write.

Anonymous said...

It's not that she's better, it's that she's funny. Take this passage:

"But here I sit, slack. bent over. cheek to key board, arms slack at my sides. having a bit of performance anxiety."

She would have made that funny--comical.

Stick with what you do best, and no one will compare.