I happen to be insatiably curious and an exceedingly fast learner so I get into a lot, often. I was the kid who took the lawnmower apart to see how it worked…then put it back together again, flawlessly. What can I say? I’m funny that way. Strangely, most of my adventures turn out quite well. Go figure.
Architectural & Interior Design
I have a thing for design & architecture. Call it an eye, if you will. And this eye is called upon occasionally for some good times. Behold my very good friends’ Studio City reconfigured home designed by CHA:COL. I was asked to collaborate on the palette of finishes, materials, and lighting (which, like most things, I Type-A’d to death. For you design geeks, I used Sketchup for this project, built from blueprints, Google Earth snaps, and “before” photos.) The final project is truly a gorgeous experience, which is much more than a pretty picture, isn’t it?
Another splendid residential transformation came with the extensive renovation of a film composer’s vintage Santa Monica bungalow that I transformed into an airy, modern abode by moving walls and windows to open up views, add privacy, and create optimal flow for entertaining.
I was also fortunate enough to collaborate with Environment, Sustainability, Public Policy and Design Consultant Susan Cloke to contribute 3D concepts to Santa Monica’s “Green Streets” pilot project. The effort involves redevelopment of the Ocean Park corridor (one of LA’s most picturesque roadways) to make room for storm water mitigation improvements and designated bike lanes. The project was opened to the public in Feb, 2013.
Here’s a fun one. In collaboration with production designer Karin Hasse-Sehr, I designed a low-budget trade show booth created entirely from reclaimed and found materials such as in-flight cargo containers, thrift-store clothing, and an enormous vintage console television. The booth, created for GOOD Magazine, was a roaring success and with that, others followed.
In my 20’s, when I was wildly ambitious and stupidly optimistic about how much I could accomplish in 24 hours, I started a catering company aimed squarely at the hundreds of other busy 20-somethings in the downtown core where I lived. I called it Summers’ Home, after my father and grandmother and I adored everything about it. It was a personal chef sort of deal before there was a moniker for that. Word spread. I couldn’t bake the damned signature cookies fast enough. Then I talked to a few successful restaurateurs I knew and considered a life in professional food service. Conclusion? I stuck to my day job in the new and exciting dot-com industry. Yeah. That’s what I did. If you’re interested, my old food blog is here. I add to it now and again. Mostly I spend my time enjoying the kitchen rather than writing about it.
Screenwriter and novelist Diane J. Wright is the founder of The Story Spot and co-founder of Milkboss, a feature film and television development joint.