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National Pet Day

Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 11, 2012 in Studio Stella | 81 comments

National Pet Day

Everyone knows how much I love my pup, Stella. I guess it’s pretty obvious by the title of my blog! In honor of National Pet Day, here are some random facts about dogs:

A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.

The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.

An adult dog has 42 teeth.

It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.

If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!

The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.

In 1957, Laika became the first living being in space via an earth satellite

A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human’s

Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill.

Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s

More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog.

The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order:
Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd,
Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle,
Shih Tzu, and Bulldog.

Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.

A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.

New York New York

Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 5, 2012 in Studio Stella | 21 comments

New York New York

In my dreams, I live in New York, I have a driver, lounge in the hip meatpacking district, shop in Soho and Fifth Avenue. My husbands response, “You want what everyone else wants, the finer things in life”. Haha. Ok, so its true. But what I would want the most is a fabulous apartment. An amazingly decorated pad, in an amazing part of the city. I could just picture myself in this house, sipping my morning coffee on the bench in the master, having a swank party in the dining room, relaxing on the plush living room sofa….I really need to stop thinking about this.

*more images at Elle Decor

Sporty Style

Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 4, 2012 in Studio Stella | 8 comments

Sporty Style

Sport style is making a comeback and I like it. I never wore varsity jackets in high school, or anything sporty in nature. My teenage years consisted of bright colored jeans (think cross colors), denim overalls and jean jackets. Track pants, baseball caps, varsity jackets…let’s see if this is a trend that will last more than fifteen minutes.

*Images via Jak and Jil


Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 3, 2012 in Studio Stella | 11 comments


I was lucky to hear Steve Glenn speak last year. He is an innovator in sustainable design and I found his insight in the field inspiring. But I wonder, are consumers willing to part with their sub zeros and vikings?

*more on the article at Elle Decor , on Living Homes.

New Head of NPR: A Bruin

Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 3, 2012 in Studio Stella | 1,998 comments

New Head of NPR: A Bruin

Repost from UCLA magazine:

Rocked by controversy in 2011, including the resignation of its chief executive, NPR launched a search for a new president and CEO. They found public television veteran Gary Knell ’75, who was tapped to lead the venerable public radio operation in October. The former CEO of Sesame Workshop, Knell helped turn Sesame Street into a more global brand, ushering the iconic children’s TV program into the digital age. Similar change is in the air for NPR’s 26 million-plus listeners with Knell at the helm.


Posted by Kala Roberson on Apr 3, 2012 in Studio Stella | 9 comments


Shake it, loosen it, wrap around neck twice, loop both ends over and fluff. What the hell am I talking about?… only one of the most exciting things ever (sarcasm) – how I tie my scarf. There is some method to the way most women do it, some do the loop pull through, some all the way around, thus the invention of the infinity scarf. Why all the talk about these particular accessories? Blame it on last nights insomnia and trolling through pages and pages of online magazines. The moral of this blog post: on the runways of Celine, there’s a new way to do it, part western, part ladylike. I may attempt, rather than my typical fluff and fold….