pecha kucha, interiors & an invitation

part i: in which the blogger gives a pechakucha talk
Last weekend, about this time last Saturday night actually, DP and I waded into unfamiliar waters when we each chose to deliver a PechaKucha at our school’s PechaKucha Night.

Here’s how the folks at define this event:
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Here is a link to my talk. It’s called “Interiors” and is 400 seconds long.

Photograph by Jamie Raskin

I want to slow down here and tell you how nervous I got… primarily as a result of the PechaKucha time constraints (I normally have time to tell stories and wander ever-so-slightly off-topic) but when it was finally my turn and I got up in front of my colleagues and other community members, I could feel them rooting for me. It was a pretty blissed-out experience, especially for a public speaking gig, and that is definitely a tribute to the positive environment created and nurtured by the staff and families of Yokohama International School. (Yay YIS!)

part ii: in which the blogger asks for your help
In the last slide of my talk about interior design, I showed my hand… dreamed a big dream out loud… made my intentions clear.

Here’s what I wrote for slide 20 (which is more or less what I said):
I’ve been blogging since 2006 and my blog has become a kind of home for me. What I’m dreaming of right now is to publish a weekly feature in which I showcase photos of the homes of lovely international teachers/couples/families – along with their thoughts about “home”. Please let me know if you are interested in participating.

That’s my pitch. If this idea is interesting to you, I’m looking for photos of your home (taken by you… or by DP and me if you’d prefer and if we are nearby) and the answers to about ten questions. You would pick the questions from a long library of questions I have been compiling and/or respond to your own questions. Each feature will be as unique as the international teacher showcased and I’ll run the first edition in January 2012.

I’m still working on a title that is as cool as this idea is… so don’t hesitate to share your ideas!

Please comment below.


  1. Wow–what great ideas. I have been reading Apartment Therapy for years and just started with Pinterest and getting ideas and inspiration for my living space. I’ll volunteer to be part of your international homes experience. 🙂 –april

  2. Hi Monna,

    Nice to see you in Lisbon and Damian via skype 🙂

    i think your project sounds really cool, count in our London home if we make the cut!


  3. Oh Beloved Monna! You sound wonderfully happy and I’m thrilled to watch your video. BEAUTIFUL. Your apartment looks fabulous. What a lovely eye(s) you have! So welcoming. Course I’m nervous, but I’ll have a go. I do hope your work is developing as positively as you seem to be.
    love allie

  4. Monna, you gave a wonderful presentation on Interiors. I have been reading your blog for a while, and enjoy hearing your thoughts. I would be happy to volunteer for your project. I work at ASIJ in Tokyo. I have also lived and worked in Bangkok, London, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Australia and Germany as a teenage nanny. I guess that started it all. Along with a love of culture and travel I am addicted to decorating, and reading decorating blogs and shelter magazines. I love to shop, and could never be called a minimalist. I “work” for wine and maybe a meal, helping friends declutter and decorate their homes. Ask Naho Kikuchi, she was one of my “employers”.

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