Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mansard Rendezvous

So the next time you find yourself chilling and boozing at the Rendezvous Room on Vandeventer  in Midtown, gaze across the street at these beastly mansards.  I've seen a lot in the 4 years I've been authoring bad mansard.  But I have never seen the mansard part of the roof done in what appears to be plexiglass?  Are these buildings undergoing rehab and the plexi is part of the process?  Is the third floor going to be a greenhouse?  I am so confused.

I guess I'll have to go hang at the Rendezvous room to stare across the street and find out for myself.  As for the Rendezvous Room, I found this review on yelp.   

If you're looking for a new place to get some cheap drinks, throw some e-darts and jam out  to some old Keith Sweat songs, it's worth a look.

I think you can also get your car detailed while you drink.  The Rendezvous Room and these mansards are at Vandeventer and Clayton Road in Midtown.  It's the "little" part of Clayton Road that runs behind Goodwill and then into Forest Park.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Benton Park mini green giant.  I found the photo of this gem buried in my iphoto.  I think I was saving it for Christmas and forgot about it.

Sorry I've been a little slow to post lately.  If you're a fan and want to know what's been going on in my life, check out my 63104mom tumblr.  The link is to the right.  I try to update it every day with pics, quotes and opinion.

Finally, could someone please tell me how to re-size the header picture?  I know it's too large but I can't figure out how to downsize it.  If you're saying to yourself, "isn't badmansard's husband an award winning designer?  Couldn't he do it?" the answer would be I haven't asked him.  Every time he sits down at by macbook he loses his mind. "Why haven't you updated your operating system?  How come there are 102 items on your desktop ?  It's a mess.  You're keyboard is filthy.  What's with the bad typeface on badmasansard?  The kerning is terrible!  Oh my god. Do you know what color correction is?  What, did you take this picture with one of the kids' cameras?  It lacks depth."  And his number one complaint, "You cannot leave this many applications open."  So I guess I'm too scared to ask him =)

Saturday, January 12, 2013


An Atlanta, Georgia bad mansard sent by Richard S.  Study it a bit.  Can you see it?  It's a little hard to see.  In this bulky study of gray, brown and green is a tiny splash of blue and red.  It's a kid's swing hanging from the tree.  Swings say a lot about a neighborhood.  If they're hanging from a tree that means you live in a neighborhood with trees mature enough to handle a swing.  And everyone knows* big trees are awesome.

I don't find this mansard to be quite so bad.  The lot is nice and roomy.  The window proportion is pleasing and the trees soften everything.  I almost wouldn't mind standing the front yard and pushing a small child in the swing.

*Phaedra/Real Housewives of Atlanta reference.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Happy New Year!  I wasn't crazy about 2012.  I can't say it was a terrible year, but I am looking forward to 2013.  John bought me a great gift.  I have yet to find a perfect iphone app for my ever evolving to-do lists.  John bought me a to-do list calendar.  It is awesome and combines my favorite things:  list making, grid paper and good design.  See here.

We celebrated New Year's Eve at friends' (Darf and April) farmhouse out in the country.  We spent the night and the kids had a blast.

Chickens, horses, dogs, beer, bourbon, bonfire, barns, food and kids.  And the adults (carefully) shot clay birds.  John has decided that if there is a zombie apocalypse that we are going to his friend Darf's place for sure.  Here are Gus and Mimi.  Gus is looking very Mardi Gras in purple and green.

Oh yes.  Mardi Gras.  Today is Epiphany which means we transition here in Soulard from Christmas to Mardi Gras.  There's even a bunch of the local characters who have a mini-parade and proclamation declaring the start of Mardi Gras.  Every year my husband thinks there is gunfire.  It's not honey.  Just fireworks!

I like to send out our invitation to our Mardi Gras party near Epiphany.  They went out yesterday.   Punchbowl (my favorite of the evite sites) asked me, "you are about to send the invitation to 254 people.  Do you want to proceed?"  Gulp.  Yes.  Sure.  Click.  And now we are having a party where we've invited 254 people.  We always invite about that many.  And to date we've never run out of booze, food or toilet paper.  And that's all people really expect out of a Mardi Gras party.

The entertaining I do at Christmas is a mere warm up for Mardi Gras.  Take the extra leaf in the dining room table.  It sat 14 for Christmas Eve dinner.  Come Mardi Gras I push it against the wall and it holds 5 gallons of red beans and rice and a ton of other food.  The sweet pink and purple lights on the Advent tree?  They stay out for the purple/green/gold colors of Mardi Gras.  The green bow will stay on the wreath on the door; it's getting some purple ribbon to be Mardi Gras festive.

Here we go!