Que bella!

Special Note: My blog is veering from its usual format for a few days as I take time to attend the Emerald City Hoedown, a three day celebration of country music and dancing. I’m going to be really busy dancing and socializing—it’s like a mini-vacation right here in Seattle. Yay! Pigeons will return to its usual format on Tuesday, April 29th. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the change of pace.

Today is the final installment in my vacation format. I’m sure that while you’re reading this I’m recovering from a very joyful and energetic weekend. Yee Haw! I’ll be back to my usual tricks tomorrow.

In the meantime, I’ll share another online pleasure. I’ve told you before that I love design and the glories of our manufactured world. My brother, who feels as I do, shared these sites with me, warning that I might become addicted. Indeed I have. NOTCOT provides two sites that I love, NOTCOT.com, a blog; and NOTCOT.org  which is more like a visual compendium of links. Here you’ll find the latest in design trends of all kinds–the sleek and the silly, the practical and the inspired. The site’s name stands for Not Couture, implying that good design is both practical and for everyone, not just those with fat wallets. It’s a mission I stand by. Since the site is so visually oriented, I’ll excerpt a bit of their About page, and let them explain themselves.

* WHAT IS NOTCOT? (From Notcot.COM, by various authors)

Design Network of sites reaching over 2.5 million pageviews monthly.

NOTCOT Inc is a growing network of design sites currently including NOTCOT.com and innovative community contributed sites NOTCOT.org + TasteSpotting.com + NotCouture.com.

NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT’s two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against “creative block” since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.

NOTCOT.ORG is a community of creatives, design lovers, and trendsetters – where .org serves as the studio bulletin board gone digital – Continued at http://www.notcot.com/about/story/

Tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual format. Who knows what I’ll get up to? Come back and see!

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

90.  Find an object in your house that strikes you as particularly beautiful. What about the design makes it that way?

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