Aug 24th, 2020 Photography as art can give you many different moods and responses. We are working on a bay side condo that has soft light and white walls. To inspire the images of relaxed beauty a large driftwood colour wooden frame will complete this image. In contrast a high lacquered frame would heighten the stare: use the framing of art to entice.
Aug 17th, 2020 Summer 2020 is not the year to travel except in our own back yard. Family, friends in our bubble and lovely meals was the medicine of the Lake House. On this particular day we had a Co-vid Concert with the band called The Spoons with social distancing and masks. In usual style it rained and the wind blew but we all did our thing listening to the music, sheltering from the elements and going from 2Pm onwards to the evening. A day to remember.
Aug 10th, 2020 For this version of the Globe light it pulls the discussion on the sameness for the function and the shape but the colour is different. How a simple different shade can produce such a dramatic difference in a fabulous way. We are celebrating diversity and we are making purposeful decisions on equity. Light us up.
Aug 3rd, 2020 Every day is a different one where we are not quite sure what is happening next. The pilot, the client and I as we land to explore a country property that we are developing. A ride like this one allows us to get to our destination and back all in a morning to get to work on the design. Computer, choppers and ideas and we are good to go. This will be an interesting process as the development is the three dimensional as well as the plan articulation on 100 acres.
Jul 21st, 2020 A casing is enriched by a plinth block and can solve issues on site to aid in proper finishing. The design of a plinth block should follow the lines of the casing but be simpler as well it should be slightly higher than the baseboard. Ideally, the baseboard runs into the back of the back band of the casing. This may seem like another language to others but this is how we talk shop. Yes, this block head carpenter will be speaking our language soon, re-do.
Jul 14th, 2020 The original island had a wood cabin that was inhabited for the summer months by a family for 100 years from the United States. I kept the wood theme and grandfathered the original setback to build the new main cottage. Blue cedar shingles play with the sky and today travelling is between lakes. The island is in the shape of a bow tie and from the various angles you can’t tell whether is it mainland or island, it is constantly changing and settling in. What remains constant is the view looking out with the endless horizon and…
Jul 7th, 2020 Our new crest for our fashion capsule; we are ready to launch and in the process of grading the patterns for production. Designing a crest start with an impression of the past; I looked to Empress Josephine combined with Fred Perry for the historical reference then adding the depth of personal life. The butterflies, flower of peony, icebergs and water mixed with a crown of royalty. Freedom, beauty, strength/subtle and life all in a structured setting. It is powerful with lasting love.
Jul 1st, 2020 Working with amazing trades is a true treat and a long relationship develops which is the test of beautiful work and striving for quality every day. At THA we are very lucky with excellent trades that execute our work; we developed this transitional niche detail that we have highlighted in a contrasting material. A thicker frame with thinner shelves and a deeper bottom rail incorporating a reveal. This is cut into the slab and appears seamless. Further to this design is a border detail that frames each wall. Not just a simple place to place shampoo but…
Jun 22nd, 2020 My cottage lake house that has the rules set up to be broken. Setting up the bays with gable tops in a classical mode shingled in a blue cedar. In front a limestone column arcade with fir wood beams going back to the main cottage adorning the stair to the second floor on the exterior. The structure is set and now you can play between the columns with open to the sky and additional purlins with sail cloth sunshades. Rules are meant to be broken to create beauty.