Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We Have A Newly Designed Website

We have a new website that combines everything bettershelter has to offer:
and much more!
We will shift all future blog posts to
See you over there!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Instagram Parody

By the way, I do love Instagram!
Feel free to follow me @bettershelter.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Moth

I told a story at The Moth.
The theme that night was "taking sides".
I won!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

These Photos Are Amazing

Antonio Bolfo was a photographer before he was a cop.
He’s a born and raised New Yorker who joined the NYPD in 2006. Bolfo, who has a degree from RISD, said he joined the force in response to feelings of patriotism following Sept. 11th and general boredom (at the time he had a job doing animation for Playstation games).
Once he was put on the beat in South Bronx projects, Bolfo began bringing his camera to work in hopes of documenting the job and capturing images of the emotional and physical strains that come with it.
His photos show a side of the NYPD rarely seen by civilians, what it’s like to be a regular working cop on the job.
His photos show the frustration, boredom and excitement that goes along with police work- and also some of the spectacular parts of the job.
But they also show the dangerous frightening moments when officers put their lives at risk for their jobs in incredibly dangerous situations.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back In The Day

Can you identify anyone?
Circa 1982.
First Stussy advertising.

Chip Kidd

I saw him speak last night, so good! A few of the book covers he has designed.

The Editor's Eye

Looks good!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Quintessential West Coast Road Trips

VintageSurfari Wagons offers restored VW camper buses for rent/hire from the Los Angeles area location.
All campers come with updated or newly re-vamped interiors, fresh mechanical up-grades and are loaded with handy camping equipment.
Better than owning one! Just rent it!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

We Love "Detritus"

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms, the final project of the commissioning program at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, is a two-part sculptural and photographic installation comprising thousands of items of detritus the artist has gathered at two sites—a playing field near his home in New York and a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California Sur, Mexico, that is also the repository for flows of industrial and commercial waste from across the Pacific Ocean.

Looks like there is a hint of the Modern Beachcomber in the installation.

SO Good

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Source

From Doug Aitken.
Discussing the roots of creativity.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Spicolli Aesthetic

Ryder Jones' Artist's statement:

"Inspiration stems from examination and immersion into coastal stereotypes and subculture.
This is considered in making and referenced through visual aesthetic.

Think of delusional hippies wandering the beach collecting shells, beach bums so tan their skin almost purple, dripping water dwellers basking on searing sand, salt encrusted counterculture....Imagine interior decor inspired by Spicolli."

Monday, November 12, 2012

7613 De Longpre For Sale!

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with single car garage.

 Unique and breezy modern cottage!
Spaulding Square-adjacent, and steps to Sunset Boulevard nightlife, cafes, restaurants, and supermarkets, enjoy soaring vaulted ceilings with upcycled chandeliers, wide-open living and dining,
and romantic wood-burning fireplace.
A bright entertainer’s kitchen features apron sink, custom cabinets with ample storage,
brand new stainless appliances, and Carrara marble countertops.

A sunny vaulted master suite features stained glass windows, custom built-in storage and spacious full bath with dual-sink marble vanity.
Enjoy California indoor/outdoor living from terrace, set right off the master via French doors.
Bright 2nd and 3rd bedrooms boast deep closets for additional storage.

Enjoy brand new gleaming hardwoods, built-in storage, restored vintage lighting fixtures, and stained glass details throughout the house, tankless hot water heating, brand new central a/c, washer/dryer shed, greywater collection, low-flow dual flush toilets, new dual pane low-e windows, new copper plumbing, and upgraded electric throughout.
Low-maintenance yard and privacy abound.

A romantic retreat in the heart of the city!
See more pix and info HERE 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

LA River Revitalization

I was fortunate enough to take a tour of the LA River to see what the LA River Corp is doing.
It is truly inspirational and will make a huge difference for Los Angeles.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

De Longpre Done

7613 De Longpre is done!
3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with detached 1 car garage and detached wash room/man cave.