08 May 2014

TURNING UP THE DESERT HEAT



JUST FINISHED INSTALLING A PROJECT DOWN IN THE CALIFORNIA DESERT.  THE VIEWS OUT ARE SURREAL, INSIDE CALLED OUT FOR PURE STRONG FORMS AND WARM TEXTURES.  THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE AND SOME LAST FINISHES ARE WEAVING THEIR WAY IN BUT THE HOUSE IS COMING HOME!


THE LARGE DOORS FLANKING THE FIREPLACE ARE SCRUBBED THROUGH TO REVEAL LAYERS OF COLOR BENEATH.  THE HINGES ARE CARVED POSTS THAT ARE SET AT THE TOP AND BASE.  THE "GRAB" IS A SLIT/CRAVASSE AT THE MEETING OF THE DOOR PAIRS. AT THE BASE ARE WAXED STEEL LINED WOOD BINS.  


DINING ROOM CORNER CABINETS


DR WITH TEMP SEATING



ENJOYING THE VIEW AND WAITING FOR UPHOLSTERY


HOW DOES THAT GRAB YOU?


CUTTING STEEL CORNERS ON A WOOD BOX





PULL MY CHAIN?



DRAWER LINE UP


SOME TRICKS OF THE TRADE





STUDIO TRAFFIC JAM 


 CARPETING AND STEEL FP SURROUND STILL TO COME




12 April 2014

SAVE THE DATE!

THE ANNUAL KITCHENS IN THE VINEYARDS HOME TOUR IS JUST AROUND THE BEND. 26 APRIL 2014


VERY HAPPY TO SEE ONE OF THE FIVE HOMES IS A RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECT THAT I DESIGNED.  TO ME IT STANDS AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN OWNER/CLIENT AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER AND A TALENTED BUILDER AND TEAM OF CREATIVES COME TOGETHER.

COME SEE!






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21 January 2014

NESTING INSTINCTS






Was speaking to a friend and client the other day on how to approach her new house project.

What were her goals/what did she "want it to be".....seemed timely; coming at the end of one and the the beginning of the next year.  I am not sure why I/We get hung up in marking the years with beginnings/ends, but I do.  Maybe it is an opportunity to start fresh and renewed, a reset, a chance to raise your stewing epiphanies and set them into motion.  Scrape new tracks or push the cart back into ones that were doing the job but somehow fell away from you. Part of our discussion (maybe what struck me most deeply) was the concept of what to design and also by design what "not to do" .....leaving/preserving resources and space for a "well lived life".  Wanting spaces and environments that work and inspire (and are just plain COOL) and also leave enough quid in your purse to travel/experience/LIVE.

The search for BALANCE will not be solved permanently any time soon.  Part of the nature of that beast is that it needs maintenance and prodding and constant FEEDING.  Like its brother beast of CREATIVITY with much the same needs.....pushing, pruning, feeding, piquing and testing and then more FEEDING. 


DAZZLING WITH HIGH FLYING FEATS AND FLIPS NO LONGER CUTS IT


BUT VALUING EXPERIENCES


LETTING THE HALCYON EMBERS WARM YOUR FOUNDATIONS 


AND SOME THINGS ARE CONSTANT.....DREAMING BY MY POOL OF BLUE


CLASSICS INFORMING




OUTLOOKS INSPIRING


                                      PURPOSES ENVELOPING


AND LEARNING THAT MANY HANDS NOT ONLY MAKE LIGHT WORK BUT MAKE THE LIGHT YOU HAVE WORK BETTER


KNOWING WHICH TOOLS TO BRING TO THE JOB


AND WHICH BOX TO CARRY THEM IN





 NEW VIEW POINTS


AND NEW WAYS TO FRAME THE VIEW


AND KNOWING WHEN THE DESIGN GETS IN THE WAY OF THE VIEW OR WHEN THE DESIGN IS THE VIEW


The year is showing good promise.....new structures/projects/works...encounters and collaborations with other CREATIVES.  Bring it on baby!


COMING SOON.....



                                            A working Barn


                                          A Learned Library


                                            Indian Wells idle

An island of Calm

The Back 40

STAY TUNED.....MORE TO COME




06 December 2013

LATE TO THE PARTY BUT VERY WELL DRESSED...


Dolly was impetuous
she was a go anyplace and up for any challenge kind of angel
she looked deep inside you
she had very fine wings
and an exceedingly lovely backside
there was a ferocity in her kindness