a simpler sound.

Meet my [teenage] bedroom.

I was passionate about photography and had fun displaying my photos of Hawaii along the wall in a trail.  Really graphic and fun.  

Color. Music. Posters. Art. Color. Everywhere.

I've been a 'designer' since I was a kid.  I've always been changing the spaces I inhabit, on a constant basis, and I recently found some proof of my earlier days of design mayhem.  While transferring all my digital photos onto my new computer [having everything in one place rather than fragmented on multiple external hard drives is a dream come true!], I found these photos.

This is my bedroom from my childhood home in New York.  These were actually taken sometime during my freshman year of college, somewhere between 2004 and 2005. I'm still trying to look for photos of my old college dorm rooms, because they were something to behold [I went a little overboard]. This room isn't too far off from that though, and if there's one thing you get my from my design back then, it's my personality.

Everything was perfectly laid out, strewn about the walls, and organized in a perfect chaos.  If you wanted to know what music I listened to, there was a poster for it.  If you wanted to know my favorite books or CDs, they were organized in bookcases I built into my closet. My love for Hawaii was all over the place: in tiny hula bobble heads, in floral leis, in the photography I would display. Little hints of my love for impressionist art are all over [in my calendar, in my paintings, even in my favorite Simpsons poster mimicking Georges Seurat]. My obsession with the color green was pretty obvious too.  As a kid, it was purple EVERYTHING, but I matured into a bright granny smith apple green. Now I love teal and different shades of grey [totally not a reference to the book...].

It's amazing how tastes evolve.  My style has absolutely changed over the years, but it's interesting to see how I still hold onto a certain atheistic.  

I hope you enjoy this peak into the younger Jo.  More [current] design to come...

My obsession with band art hasn't changed.  I'll admit though, it wasn't always for the right reasons. I remember loving the band in the corner, not because they were particularly great, but because I thought some of them were really cute...I was never one to put up posters of the Backstreet Boys or N'Sync, but you bet I had ones up of my punk rock bands!  I've since stopped putting up posters of boys [shocker, I know]. Here you can also see one of my favorite Salvador Dali pieces, as well as this light up art of the Brooklyn Bridge [it was a little tacky, yes, but at night I loved how it gave my room this bluish glow].

My biggest regret is not taking care of my band art the way I should have.  Most of these posters are really tattered on the edges, and some downright ruined due to the constant moving of them each year of college.  I was able to properly frame some of them, but these really bring me back...

I built these 'custom' shelves with my Mom, mostly because I didn't have enough room anywhere to house my massive CD and book collection!

I love having old pictures [check out little Jo with her awesome bowl cut bangs!] around and check out my adorable bobble heads [not sure where they are anymore, how sad!]

More of the overflow of DVDs and video equipment. I wonder where my Wiffle ball bat is these days...

I kept that vase of artificial gerber daisies around for the longest time. Now I hate the thought of fake flowers.  I love having real deal around when I can these days.  I think the daisies finally retired to my mom's work office.  And check out my old iPod! That isn't my original one, since that was actually stolen at a party the year before.  Back then who could have predicted my large succession of Apple devices to follow...
I'm not sure if I knew I was taking a picture of myself or not, but there I am at 18...where has the time gone?!

Places I want to visit: a city of water, green and glass.

You might be wondering why I have tons of photos of Vancouver when I titled this as a place I want to visit.  When you consider I spent a total of about three hours in Vancouver, most of which was sitting on a cruise ship in its harbor, the title makes more sense.  The photo above is actually the view we had from our cabin while docked and waiting to set sail for Alaska. Although I didn't take many pictures while riding the bus from the airport, I could tell this was a place I'd love.  Great little shops, cafes, gastro-pubs, and restaurants lined the clean, green streets.

Being a city of water, Vancouver is naturally a major shipping port. It was amazing watching the gigantic shipping containers being effortlessly moved around like a game of Tetris

We were so fortunate to have a 180+ degree view of this gorgeous city.  I love how the buildings are clad in glass, creating a skyline that mimics the beautiful waterways of British Columbia.  This city also happens to be one of the greener cities I've ever been to, and is actively working towards becoming the greenest city in the world. Right now, they're creating green roofs on major buildings, like their convention center shown above.

Canada Place reminds me of the Sydney, Australia skyline [another city I spent only a few hours in, and have added to my return-bucket list].

This city is chock full of beautiful green space and towering trees, all part of what was originally considered a temperate rain forest.  The "Central Park" of Vancouver is Stanley Park, a beautiful green space that has biking and running trails all along the water. I'd love to come back here.

I don't think we could have asked for better weather that day.  

This looks like a great climb, and must have an unbelievable view looking out. A nice piece of Canada pride at the tip of Vancouver.

The Vancouver Bridge has a really bold green color, and blends seamlessly into this green city.

My view as our cruise ship passed beneath the bridge.  I don't think I've ever been this close to the belly of a bridge before!  Even though we were just passing through, I got a good feel for this city, and can't wait to come back and stay a while longer.