We have three Basset Hounds and one cat at the Urban Oasis. The dogs and cats are not allowed in the bedrooms and because the loft is so big ( 30 foot ceilings) without a lot of upholstery, most people with allergies are pretty much okay. But one thing we always tell people is, “Don’t pet the cat”. The thing is, Shelly is a big tease. She will come around and rub up against your leg and look at you very seductively, but start petting her and she will yowl at you and tell you in no uncertain terms that you are not to pet her. Her behavior is confusing and I have tried to tell her that it is not very nice to tease the guests but I guess you can’t teach an old cat new tricks.
I guess you could call the design style here at the Urban Oasis, retro-modern. We have pieces by Heywood Wakefield, Sarinen, Herman Miller, Eames, Naguchi and Mies van der Rohe to name a few. But, I love to mix these pieces with things I find at flea markets or our big old farm table that was at our beach house before we sold it.
I have always wanted an Eames Clock and a few years back I bought one but there was a perfect place for it in my Mom’s new house so I gave it to her. Finally, this year I got one for my birthday and found the perfect place for it at the Urban Oasis.
Our neighbor, renowned chef Kevin Rathbun has three restaurants on either side of our building here on Krog Street, Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steaks and The Krog Bar. Each year in the Spring and Fall Kevin sponsors a charity barbecue. This year the food was from Fox Brother’s one of our local Barbecue greats and music was by local band, Snapperhead.
Craig Longfellow on the rug in my office. Sometimes, when he is lying down I can’t see him at all.
I was practicing taking a picture with Instagram on my iPhone and posting it directly to my website and it seems to work really well.I can now take photos of all the good restaurants in the neighborhood and easily upload them for our guests to get an idea of what goodies await them here in Inman Park.
One might wonder what I am doing with a microphone and business books here at the Urban Oasis. I am fortunate to have a home office for my other company, New Tricks, where I build WordPress websites and teach people how to grow their businesses. One the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM, we hold the Atlanta WordPress USer’s Meetup Group at the Urban Oasis. So if that is your thing, you may want to join us here.
Chris is coming back to the Urban Oasis for his book signing for the new book on May 15th at 6:30. You are welcome to come and tell your friends. We want to out do ourselves from last year and that will take some doing!
I met Chris Guillebeau on Twitter. Last year, Chris Guillebeau had himself an unconventional book tour for his first book, The Art of Non-Conformity. I reached out to him and told him that the Urban Oasis would be a great location for his Atlanta stop. Chris took me up on the offer and we hosted the event. It was quite an evening with 125 people, a band and lots of fun. Chris sold out of books and a good time was had by all.
Last summer, Chris returned the favor by [Read more…]