Category Archives: QueerMakers

Queer people who are creating original media and/or design.

4 Rad Bar-Carts on Zillow.com by The Queer Interior

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The Queer Interior Team is psyched that we’re featured on Zillow.com today. Big ups to the amazing folks who chipped in to style, decorate, and capture these enviable bar-carts! 

We put together 4 distinct bar cart set-ups for your Mad Men viewing party, house warming or just to impress your next one night stand. The fabulous shoot for Zillow.com was made possible by a talented team of Brooklyn movers and shakers! Kristen Blush who we’ve worked with before got effortlessly stunning images of each cart on location at Patina Rentals. The floral designs by Hops Petunia captured the mood of each bar-cart. Guest staring: Foxy and Winston bottle openersVan Brunt Stillhouse booze, and lemons and limes from the Park Slope Food Coop. Below are just a few of my favorites!

Head to Zillow and comment on your favorite and spread the love! 

aw!The above shot is one of my favorite. The pink accents bring the 60s Shoshanna out in me. The flowers by Hops Petunia are spot on! #GIRLS
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This vintage guy is the hot nerd in the bunch. He’s got a twee thing going, but he’s butched up by the trophy and oil painting. Highly dateable.

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On set we were calling this set up the modern painter and it ended up having a very new-money feeling that I love in the final look.

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This was everyone’s favorite look of the day. Maybe because it evoked so much Summer vibes. We’re itching for the west coast and this little piece of heaven could really scratch! LOVE!

Tabletop Trends for Fall Dinner Parties by way of Zillow.com

Excited to share these trends and entertaining tips for your next Fall dinner party. If it’s a casual lunch, fun dinner party, or holiday potluck I’ve got you set with 2 very cool very different table set ups. Share this video as a cheat sheet if you’ll be co-hosting a cozy dinner soon!


 

Shot thanks to some amazing production sponsors in The Queer Interior studio we put together two really rad tables that combine some classic Fall favorites and fun retro-cabin vibes. Table settings and accents that help to create a cozy vibe are showcased in this video staring yours truly as the host. So funny watching it back for me. It was a great day of shooting and I’m so pleased with the outcome.

Shop these looks! Here are some of the rad folks featured:
Patina Rental: Brass glass candle holders
Foxy and Winston : Tea towels
A&G Merch: Flasks and animal plates
Jill Lindsey: Blankets

Stay tuned because I’ve got move videos coming!
Excited to help you entertain with style!

THE GET THERE: Unsolicited Advice to a Freelancer

Credit: Michael Popp Studio
Credit: Michael Popp Studio

I haven’t done a post in a while and I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned in the last 10 years in New York. Seeing everyone “get there” in business or personal life is something that starts to happen when you hit 30 in New York. Either folks are having babies and buying houses or peers start to find a niche for themselves professionally.

Recently, out to coffee with my friends I’ve noticed all are in varying stages of either realizing or investing in their own professional success in non-profit sectors and freelance capacities. Some are expanding their businesses, some are starting new bigger/hairier projects and some are packing-up and heading west. My own philosophy for a long time was to find money. I took every gig under the sun and that nomadic freelance lifestyle always paid, sometimes not with actual dollars, but always with a lesson or a scar. That philosophy has served me for as long as it could. I have survived in New York and now I gotta get there.

Below are 3 things that continue to work for me and that I learned from folks further down the road than myself.  Some or none of these will apply to your experience.

1. Ask for what you want

This is something I learned from my parents and something I really take for granted. Everyone has goals they’ve either sketched out on a map or keep tucked away til’ something magical happens. You can’t bank on that magic and often times the map you’ve laid out doesn’t include the whole picture. The conventional ways modeled for creative people “getting there” haven’t proven useful to me. The way I’ve gotten to a fair majority of my professional success is by asking people for exactly what I want and working backwards. The truth is that people want to help other people and it’s made a whole lot easier if the people in charge have a full understanding of what you want.

2. Better done than perfect

There are jobs where things have to be perfect. Doctors, judges, architects all require a monastic commitment to details and perfection. Luckily the jobs I’m good at don’t. I work in interior design editorial, fundraising, events, styling and other creative industries and I know we aren’t saving lives, we’re making things pretty. There are tons of logistics and attention to detail and those moving pieces are very important, but not science. The personal experience someone has is the only part of the job that should be perfect; the getting there doesn’t have to be.

3. You are doing it wrong

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I’ve messed up on projects or left things uncompleted and had to experience the consequences. It’s in those hair-raisingly awkward interactions or dramatic emails that you learn the most. You have to do it wrong. I learned way more from my slip ups than I did from my successes. The caveat here is that you want to be doing wrong less and less of the time.

What are the tools you use to “get there”?

Where these tips useful? irritating? Comment below

ASIDE: It’s Spring which means open garage times at Atelier Roquette

Red Hook brags one of the sweetest event spaces around, Atelier Roquette. Here is a #ThrowbackThursday shot of our time their with Kristen Blush last Spring! Book them for your fab shower, intimate wedding or for a creative project!

credit: Kristen Blush
credit: Kristen Blush

THREADBARE THEATRE WORKSHOP GETS ITS SEA LEGS AT WORD BOOKSTORE.

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pictured: Threadbare Founder Kate Russell credit: Michael Cinquino

Longtime friend, Kate Russell (a fellow at ELNYA) is producing a staged reading of her adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick entitled “or, The Whale.” As founding member of Threadbare Theatre Workshop she’s hustled together some really talented actors and creatives who will all be hanging out and drinking wine  from local sponsors.

Mark your calendars for an Earth Day (April 22nd) at 6:30 pm at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint Brooklyn.  After the reading there will be a creative conversation talk-back with one of my other favorite creative ladies in N.Y .C (and sometimes L.A) Jen Tullock.

Get into it! I’ll see you there! GO THREADBARE.

@ARTS&QUEERS MARKET, NETWORKING AND DAWGS

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Made it a point to hit up @Arts&Queers at Little Field in Brooklyn today to meet some talented vendors and take in some tunes. It didn’t hurt that Yeah Dawg was dolling out their addictive vegan hot dogs. Founder of Yeah Dawg Marina Benedetto and I kicked it for a while and she fixed me up an inspired snack with all the fixin’s. Ran into the always darling Dakota Bracciale. We used to hang back in the SouthPaw/Bar Four (R.I.P) days when I was hosting Gender Bender/ Queerespondence in partnership with BrooklynTheBorough.com. In other words, A LIFETIME AGO!

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We spilled the tea, mostly on me, because  she read my cards and let me tell you it was church #selfcare #balance. After my reading, I handed out some totes and got lost. It was a lovely beginning of spring hang and I hope it’s a sign of my getting out into my community more and more. Have fun y’all!

 

A Throwback to our FIRST ISSUE: ED ROTH (STENCIL 1)

EDROTHIn honor of the spring refresh we’re doing on the site I thought it would be neat to post this look from our 2012 prototype issue. We built it on ISSU.com and Colleen and I spent the launch day drinking coffee and cursing at her desktop making sure everything was just so. This shot is of Ed Roth and his right-hand lady who had just stenciled the big bear with chalk paint for our fundraising party in Brooklyn. He was a big shot then and now he’s basically a famous person. He recently won Product of the Year 2015 for new line of stencil wallpaper. He’s got you covered  from wallpaper to crafts to textiles, all highly versatile and  reusable featured in his books published by Chronicle Books. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL POPP STUDIO

Vegan Hotdogery Yeah Dawg Needs You! #UPDATED

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Yeah Dawg needs you as a backer on Kickstarter. Head that way and show love! New York City is a hot-dog city and it’s about time we could all be in on the fun! #YeahDawg

UPDATE:

Yeah Dawg has raised over $20,000.00 ! This means they’ve got 12 hours to make their remaining $5,000.00. Tweet them: @YeahDawgVegan  / Facebook them: Yeah Dawg Facebook / A Instagram them: @YeahDawgVegan to help spread the word. These final hours are the most important ! Godspeed you vegan hot dog! 

Y.D is an organic plant based pop up hot dog cart that serves soy and gluten free dawgs along with an assortment of home made fermented krauts, pickled toppings, coconut bacon, and our own cashew mayonnaise. The Y.D is homemade and hand-rolled using a blend of beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, GF flours, herbs and spices. They are unique because they are the only soy and gluten free dawg to hit the market.  Founder and Chief Marina Benedetto is a mover and shaker in New York and has donated services and been an awesome leader/advocate in the LGBTQ community for decades. Show Marina’s brand some love and make the Yeah Dawg Team’s day!

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They are over half way to their goal and need backers on Kickstarter.com. I’m sharing because I realized my own start-up dreams on Kickstarter for The Queer Interior.com and I know how meaningful it can be to feel so supported. If you can’t donate, don’t. Just share the Kickstarter link on your social media and spread the word.  A post on Facebook or Instagram is super helpful especially in the last 72 hours. They’ve got 3 days left and it’s not over til’ it’s over. Share with your foodie friends and brooklyn peeps and let’s get Marina that money.

Here are some helpful links so you can learn more! Feel free to pass any of these along to your followers, friends, and coworkers because every $1 counts! 

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Village Voice spent a day working for Yeah Dawg.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.44.54 PMWatch Marina as interviewed by Brooklyn Independent Media talk about the brands goals in philanthropy and taste!

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Check out the reaction of New Yorkers trying these banging’ dawgs through a NY CITY LENS. (Spoiler: THEY LOVED THEM.)

 

 

Our Fall Favorites! Q.I Creator and Founder Plays Krrb.com Currator

featuredI’m a big believer as a renter in NYC that reclaiming or inheriting odds and ends is a better and kinder way to populate your space. Krrb.com is the perfect place to do just that. They’ve honored me with the task of picking some of my favorite Krrb finds for Fall and I hunted down some really lovely (and equally strange) objects on the shop by stoop home sales website. Krrb is easy to use and I’ve had a blast selling and buying on it myself. Anyone can build a “corner” where they list home decor, furniture, or homemade wares for sale. You can easily post and edit pictures or information about the object and tag key words. The site helps you search by zip code and category and it’s a real blast to find out what’s near by.  Look for The Queer Interior and my 20 selections on their newsletter and website today! Here are my top 5 and why I picked’em!

1. Table to the rescue: A small space hero.

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As featured on Remodelista and AllModern.com. This Hunter Green Blue Dot Strut Table is an awesome use of space. It’s highly functional as a desk or dinning room table. It’s the perfect freelancer find and if you’ve got a neutral space the green is going to be a really great contrast color.

2. Sleek adustable coffee table

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You can custom this no-frills coffee table to fit your room and what we’re wondering is if James will throw in the coffee tables books. Tom Ford and Marilyn? We’ll take it!

3. Fire engine red toolbox #butchcity

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Looking to ironically store toilet paper or have legit tools to store? Then you should buy this awesome tool box! I think it’s really sexy and sleek and if I had more than a hammer and bad attitude about home repair I’d buy it. in. a. heartbeat.

4. Himmeli Light makes a corner special for less than $200 bucks.

hanginglightOne of a kind hanging light treatments would be great in a dorm or home office. Loving the shape and price point, run don’t walk.

5. Um. This crazy skull madness is rad.

skullWhen I think about what’s great for Fall gourds and painted leaves are not my first thoughts. This Swarovski covered animal skull, now this, this is autumnal. I want it on my dining table or coffee table, really anywhere someone can see it.

*Big Thanks to Krrb.com for letting us play!