Monday, July 19, 2010


Bright and early this Monday morning, my life will take a dramatic turn. For the first time in years, I will climb into my car and drive to work. (as opposed to walking across the hallway from my bedroom to my home office - you can read about what happened to that job here)

I'll park my car near this corner and, while waiting to cross the street, I'll check out what's new in the windows of Pottery Barn (the competition) and J Crew (where I'll try not to spend my whole paycheck).

On my way down the block, I'll pass more tempting shops and restaurants housed in fantastic, original Old Town architecture like this . . .

. . . and this . . .

. . . before turning into one of the alleys that leads to the courtyard, the heart of One Colorado.

On any given day in the courtyard, I'm likely to encounter such surprises as a 'Rainbow in the Sky' . . .

. . . or a juried show and sale of works by local emerging artists . . .

. . . or the largest free outdoor film festival in Southern California . . .

. . . or live music . . .

. . . or a giant Christmas tree!

On New Year's Day, if I were to stand on this corner, just steps away from my new place of business . . .

. . . I would see this in person instead of on tv.

Back in the courtyard now, have you guessed yet where I'm headed to work? That's right! It's my first day at Crate and Barrel's Pasadena store. Under one of those black awnings is the door that will take me. . .

. . . through the housewares department . . .

. . . and up those stairs . . .

. . . to the furniture floor where I will be surrounded by and selling such beauties as this . . .

. . . and these . . .

. . . and these.

After four weeks of training, by mid-August I'll be on my own, working to help Crate and Barrel customers beautify, energize, design and create that place that's most important to all of us - home.

Wrapping up my old job and preparing to start this new one are what's kept me from posting (and commenting) as much as I'd like to lately and I imagine this adventure might keep me away from the blogs altogether for a while. At least until I get used to my schedule and figure out if blogging still fits into it. I have a couple of half-written posts about a recent "field trip" that I hope to get up soon and, at some point, I'll update you on how the job's shaping up. In the meantime, have a great week and wish me luck!

Oh, and if you find yourself shopping in Old Town—great shopping by the way, if you're unfamiliar with the area—please stop in and say hello!


Jennifer, Decorum said...

Good luck Tracy. Sounds like the perfect job for you to be surrounded by pretties. A change in your "day job" will make all the difference and soon you will be fully fledged and flying solo giving welcome advice to all and sundry. Enjoy the ride and we look forward to catching up when you have caught your breath.

Jennifer XX

Michelle said...

That's so great Tracy!! Let us know how it goes :)


the gardener's cottage said...

hi tracy,

good luck. i'm so excited for you. my son works across the street from j.crew at bella's pizza place. well, he did the last time i talked to him! anyway, you never told me whether or not c&b knows that you have a blog. i'd be interested in that. have a wonderful day. you are going to be amazing. and if i'm in the neighborhood ever, i'll stop by!


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Congratulations and best of luck to you!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Super exciting....congrats!!!
C&B has always been one of my VERY favorite stores. I own so much of their things from my Dunhill chairs to my white dishes.

Wishing you all the best on your fresh start!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Yes, Good Luck! It's exciting to start a new job. And lucky get to work at Crate and Barrel. I love that store! Best of luck to you!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Good luck, Tracy! : ) It's always good to start a new venture like this on a positive note! What a beautiful courtyard and it looks like they have a lot of fun things going on there, too. Make sure you find out all the important stuff while you are training ~ like the employee discount.

An Urban Cottage said...

Looks like a really cool area. Best of success!

René said...

Congratulations to you! All of that coolness will make getting into your car every day worth it.


Averill said...

Congrats Tracy! Do you get a discount?

Kathiey's World said...

Congrats on the new job. A new adventure:-)

Pauline Wiles said...

Best of luck! What a fantastic store to work in :)

Splenderosa said...

You know, this is a huge opportunity for you to speak to 1000's of people, see how they think, what they like, how they live. I'm sending your armloads of encouragement & luck, precious Tracy. I will be in Pasadena visiting friends the 2nd week in September. I promise to try my best to get them to bring me to meet you. Marsha @ Splenderosa

Simony said...

Dear Tracy, congratulations! I was reading about your story and sounds sooo much like mine! But mine has not had a happy ending YET! I am still looking for a job, which is very hard to find in the construction business, in this economy and even worse, in my small town! I just hope God is watching and will guide me to the best.
Good luck, dear on your new beginning!
I just became your follower! Loved your blog!

Unknown said...

congrats, tracy! next time i buy for a client from c&b, i'm buying from YOU!



All The Trappings said...


You will do FABULOUSLY at this job, and you will adapt to your new lifestyle seamlessly, I just know it :)

All the luck in the world! I can't wait to see where this takes you :)



My Galveston Cottage said...

You are going to do fabulously!!!! Those lucky C&B customers! They're definitely gonna get a lot more than they originally thought by shopping there! Have fun! (but don't quit blogging.....-s

Traci Giles said...

I hope you are loving your new job! I will stop by when I'm down there (which is slightly often)!

Renae Moore said...

You will just make that store and all that you help will be blessed beyond measure. You are a super talent and I know this will fit you perfectly.
Good luck friend.
Blessings and hugs!

kayellen said...

Looove Pasendena..I am about and hour away from you~~~
One my fav places to go!!

Congrats on the new job!!

Kay Ellen

JustJoan said...

Hope the new job is going well!

Lauren said...

hope your job's going well Tracy!! We miss you!

Kathiey's World said...

How is the new job going? I hope you are enjoying it and making a lot of money:-)

Content in a Cottage said...

Tracy...Best wishes for much success at the new job. It sounds like fun.

for the love of a house said...

Hope you are loving your new job! What a great area to work! Can't wait to hear all about your new adventure.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Tracy, I've just stopped by to see what is going on & read your note! So happy that you have landed something & I hope that it goes wonderfully well for you. You will do well no matter where you are, I'm sure. Looking forward to reading an update, my friend!

Josh Healy said...

Hi, hope it's OK to contact you here. We would love to include

your blog on our giveaway search engine: Giveaway Scout

( Have a look and if interested,

use our online form to add your blog

( ). thanks, Josh

Renae Moore said...

Sooooo's it going? I know you are doing fabulously!

Henna @ AboutFurniture said...

good luck for you, it seems like a nice job, all you need is to fit in and work hard to make it up, creating a home for others is a great achievement and suggesting other people to buy the best pieces that make home is a great help, good luck for your job

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

All the best on your new place in the retail world. I think that you have joined the right team.

Much success and happiness.

LiveLikeYou said...

Change is always so exciting. Great set up. Best of luck at your new job. Looks like fun!!!

La Petite Gallery said...

new visitor,
swell place to work.

good luck on your first day.


La Petite Gallery said...

new visitor,
swell place to work.

good luck on your first day.


La Vie Quotidienne said...

I will have to come and visit you some day...I live in Arcadia. I love Crate and Barrel; the parking is a challenge, but it is worth the effort.(-: Good luck with the new job.

Renae Moore said...

How is everything going? Miss hearing from you but know you are super busy. Just thought I would say 'hey'!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy! Not sure if you still get the comments from here or not, but just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope all is well with you...

ecig said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and it's one of my favorites.
Thank You and Merry Christmas to you.

campwandawega said...

This blue chair is beautiful....I love it.

Love Design Company said...

Good luck! Change is exciting and I like you put such a positive spin on it.

Agnes Borja Rosen said...

Cool post...loved it! I guess because my husband and I were just there a few months ago...reliving our times there for our wedding anniversary! It has really changed...for the better.

frugalscholar said...

First time visitor...forgot how I got here. husband grew up in Pasadena. Sadly, his parents had to leave their home of 40plus years a few years ago. Would love to visit again--esp the Norton Simon.

Home Interiors said...

Congratulations! Nice photos. Nice blog!

Home Constructions said...

It seems that it's a very long and exciting way to work. Good for you. Enjoy! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Love the armchair... take a look at this one. It's kind of similar, isn't it? And beautiful,too!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this information via blog.We are globally furniture supplier.We are office

furniture suppliers USA
.We are also Office,Home, Restaurant and Canteen furniture suppliers in Austin USA.We are online furniture

stores USA.

Unknown said...

I'm very enjoyed for this blog. Its an educational topic. It help me quite definitely to resolve some problems. Its opportunity are very fantastic and working style so speedy.costa rica wedding

Janet said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Clipping Path Service said...

I m so glad to visit this blog.This blog is really so amazing

Anonymous said...

Easy Indonesian CoursesLearning Indonesia
Indonesia Courses
Indonesia Courses
Kursus Indonesia
Service Center HP
Kursus Indonesia
Makalah Bisnisilmu konten
Makalah Elektronika

Clipping Solutions said...

Awesome article! Thank you! What will you post about next?

Background Removal Service
Car Image Editing service
clipping path service

Table Mate said...

A Brand New Solid Multi Tablemate - Single
Multi-Table Mate Proud Made in India Table Mate with Cup Holder 3 Times Stronger than CHINA table mates
Call To Order By Phone 98499 90968

table mate said...

This is the best table mate you can buy table mate from here and this is the this is the best buy table mate online India there is no difference between table mate 1 and 2 you can use it as Dining table mate,Table mate for kids,Table mate for laptop

table mate cost said...

ABLE MATE is a finest quality multipurpose table furniture for your home that can be used for eating, using as a laptop stand, study desk, reading, writing, drawing, arts and craft, board games, as an outdoor tray table, trade shows, gardening, patio tray table, serving tray table etc. Table mate is an advantageous advent that can be used for both indoor and outdoor activities. It is an ultimate adjustable and portable folding table that slides right up to your body and provide optimum support for doing your work.

table mate said...

Some of the many other ways you can use the table mate are
1) Laptop desk
2) eating table
3) Reading / study table
Salient Features:
1) Sliding Cupholder
2) Strong Plastic
3) Complete single color
4) 6 level height adjustment
5) 3 level slant adjustment
6) Detachable and Foldable
7) Spares available

table mate said...

Table Mate India is suitable for everyone due its adjustability in shape. It gives plenty of relaxation to our spine when at work.
The structure of this table is excellently designed and it perfectly fits to every home and the size of all rooms.
The pulling of ordinary tables make cause scratch to your expensive flooring of the houses, but with this table that problem never occurs.

table mate table said...

Table Mate India is suitable for everyone due its adjustability in shape. It gives plenty of relaxation to our spine when at work.
The structure of this table is excellently designed and it perfectly fits to every home and the size of all rooms.
The pulling of ordinary tables make cause scratch to your expensive flooring of the houses, but with this table that problem never occurs.

cloth drying hangers in hyderabad said...

Benefits & Quality
100% Aluminium Anodized Tubes For Long Life
Ultra Space Saver Dry Clothes Inside Or Outside The House
Dry Your Clothes Without Electricity Using Clothes Drying Systems
Protect your cloth Color
Optimum Space Between Individual Pipes Allows Smooth Air Flow Between Clothes And Reduces Mildew And Smell
100% Rust Proof
No Repairs: No Tension: No Maintainance
Reliable And Long Lasting Use
Gain Privacy By Drying Indoors
Enhance Beauty Of Hour House By Not Having To Dry Clothes Outside

cloth drying hangers in hyderabad said...

ever dry cloth drying system is india’s best clothes drying hanger system. a professional manufacturers and suppliers in hyderabad for years. Our main products include cloth drying solutions that are ceiling mountable, wall mountable , cloth dry stand and regular wall fix airers. Our pulley operated system takes the toil out of drying clothes every day and gives you an elegant and effortless way of drying clothes. ever dry cloth drying system guarantee to provide all our customers with reliable quality and superior performance products and reasonable price and first-class service.

Frgenerique Team said...

thanks for sharing dude it really help me to understand thank you.
dp full form
free me website banaye
polytechnic kaise kare
ip full form
email id banaye
strange vpn
anti ban host download
vip script download
anti ban vip

Unknown said...

togel online
bandar togel terpercaya
agen togel
judi togel

Anonymous said...

Roof Cloth Hangers Hyderabad,
ceiling hangers in hyderabad,
cloth drying ceiling hangers in hyderabad.

Roof Cloth Hangers Hyderabad
ceiling hangers in hyderabad
cloth drying ceiling hangers in hyderabad

Anonymous said...

Roof Cloth Hangers Hyderabad,
ceiling hangers in hyderabad,
cloth drying ceiling hangers in hyderabad.
Roof Cloth Hangers Hyderabad
ceiling hangers in hyderabad
cloth drying ceiling hangers in hyderabad

Sarkari Result said...

if you are want to download gfx tool then click on this link to download anti ban host file for pubg with use of strange vpn and if you want also anti ban vip script then check out this post in this post we write some full form don't mine read my first full formthat is full form rip

Astrid said...

I read your blog frequently and I just thought I’d say keep up the amazing work! heating repair bowie mdhvac repair bowie md