Wing Luke Museum Exhibition: Tales of Tails

At long last, here are some pictures of the Wing Luke "KidPLACE" children's book exhibition that I worked on - my biggest collaborative art project to date! For the past 10 months, I worked closely with a small planning committee at the Wing Luke Museum (a historical heritage museum devoted to Asian American culture) to plan, design, and install the exhibition. Our team had free reign to transform a 10'x12' room into a lush, forest-themed exhibit titled "Tales of Tails." I was responsible for creating many of the printed designs as well, including the text panels and the reading panda illustration.

This project was headed by Minh Nguyen and involved many talented contributors. My friend Rodney Bambao did all the production design for this exhibit, even going as far as building a to-scale diorama of the whole thing! My friend Ken Taya did a bunch of the cute animal art, and I also roped in my husband Sam LaMonica to write all the text panels, since he works as an educational writer.

On opening day, I led a 2 hour art activity for a large classroom of children. The best part of that was after my art demo, when a bunch of the kids lined up to try out the digital tablet I brought. It was so much fun watching kids live-draw their favorite animals on the projection screen! It really lit a fire in me and I definitely want to pursue more teaching opportunities in the future!

Our Home Is Now A Mid-Century Modern Greenhouse

Sam and I moved into a highrise condo a while back, the nicest place we've lived in to date! It's caused me to go on an obsessive decorating spree in an attempt to recreate the West Elm catalogs that keep showing up in my mailbox. I also learned that Overstock and Amazon are a godsend when you live downtown; nearly all of the items pictured below were bought online and shipped to our door. Details and product links are listed at the bottom!

My goal was to create a minimalist zen aesthetic, believing it'd be the easy thing to do. (It's not.) Sam, being the practical one, seized the opportunity to push for a massive Spring Cleaning before our big move. In an effort to simplify our lives, we donated/tossed two-thirds of our possessions accrued over the past 2 years! I was really happy to finally kick my compulsive hoarding habit. Adulthood status attained! I still misplace things constantly and forget that the glasses I'm searching for are on my face, but that won't never change.

This also marks the first time ever that I've made an effort to buy non-IKEA furniture — the kind that won't fall apart after two more moves. The live edge walnut coffee table was my biggest splurge; it was custom built by a talented woodworker from Kansas and I intend to treasure it for a very long time.

The open kitchen is my favorite area; it's been totally utilitarian and brightly sunlit for all of summer. I feel somewhat pressured to keep it spotless, but I am lazy by nature. So I sweep food crumbs under the rugs.

In the midst of all this decorating, I've acquired something of a green thumb. I am convincing enough that people ask me for recommendations, despite the fact that I selected every plant in our home based solely on hardiness. (Also, that orange orchid arrangement is fake.) I am pretty happy with how the driftwood terrarium turned out, though! That one was fussy as hell and took three tries to get right.

Living Room


Small Plants

  • Mini Succulents (terrarium)
  • Mini Cacti
  • Jade Plant
  • Aloe Park Avenue
  • Tillandsia Air Plants

Large Plants

  • Heart Leaf Philodendron
  • Silk Orchids (I cheated a bit)
  • Xerographica Air Plant
  • Green Hydrangeas (table vase)
  • Prayer Plant (keyboard)

Leavenworth Nature Photography

I thought I'd kick off this blog with some photos from earlier this summer, during a weekend getaway Sam and I took to Leavenworth, WA. The river and mountain view shots were taken at Waterfront Park, just a short walk east of the Bavarian Village. This city is one of my favorite weekend destinations for some R&R and photography!