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Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Five

While perusing the world via our reading list, we stumbled on a mix of stories - including items  about politics, fabric, art and environment.
We live in a country rich in diversity, where we celebrate cultural differences, opinions, life-styles and view points. When America is at its best, it protects our environment, informs us of our rights, allows us access to the visual arts and music, and is open and unafraid of new ideas.
So, today we celebrate the following stories. Please press the link under each image.
Thank you for taking time with us - and keep the faith!

Obama Administration Protects the arctic until 2022 - Inhabitat

Babak Golkar, vessels distorting space and our frenzied screams! - cfileonline

Kvadrat + Raf Simons, Textiles, Avenue Road - CoolHunting

"Where we Go From Here" - by Clissa Bassist of The Rumpus

Not Your Everyday Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert - Colossal

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Cat Playland at Home

A house for both owners and cats
We came upon this story / video while exploring a contractor's website and because we love animals, we post it here. It is self-explanatory - no need for further text. If you love cats and creative design, you will love this story. 
Story and video: HouzzTV

Thursday, September 8, 2016

More Montecito Golf Club Images

Ronald Frink Architects' recent residential project was professionally photographed by Jim Bartsch, Santa Barbara. As promised a few weeks ago, we include more photographs by Mr. Bartsch. Our portfolio of images is now complete. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Thoughts

Time has meandered, hesitated, pirouetted, making its way back here, from the long ago into the now. And so, today - finally - we post selections from out there into the here.
First, don't think about picking these delicate flowers. They're not real. But, you might ask, they look so real.  And that's the idea. Kate Alarcón, a paper artist from Seattle, makes these eye-catching/fooling wonders.
Then, we move into the sublime. Christine Nofchissey McHorse exhibits pottery and sculpture at Peter's Projects, Santa Fe, NM. Her work is described in Cfile.daily as possessing "a cultural splendor that is as fertile as the Northern New Mexico forest where McHorse harvests her clay."
Basil. What comes to mind? Pesto for pasta? Yes, however in this case, David Lebovitz uses basil to make a thinner vinaigrette which can be used over most anything. And if you take the time to visit his website, you will be given the recipe!
Last but not least, what does a jewelry designer do to extend her repertoire? Well, she creates cakes. Yes, cakes. And not just simple, everyday cakes. London-based Danish designer Kia Utzon-Frank makes bespoke cakes, specifically for events / clients.
 There you have it. Enjoy each of these "delicacies" by visiting the links, below.
Kate Alarcón - Colossal

Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Double Rain Bird 1997,
bronze, 11.5 x 9 inches - Cfile.daily

Basil Vinaigrette, David Lebovitz

KUFcakes, KUF Studios


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Montecito Golf Club House

Ronald Frink Architects' recent residential project was professionally photographed by Jim Bartsch, Santa Barbara. We present Mr. Bartsch's photographs here - and will look ahead to  more views at some future date. Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweet Friday

As my thoughts turn and churn, suddenly my sweet tooth is activated and I begin day dreaming images of Parisian eclairs and glossy innovative cakes and chocolates and floral tarts. As each thought elevates into the next, the level of excitement grows until, one by one, images of desserts are magically conjured.

•Devour a most unusual and delicious eclair by Christophe Adam of L'Eclair de Genie, Paris.

•Behold  your image in polished mirror cakes designed by Russian baker Olga Noskova.

•Take a trip to Paris via David Lebovitz and roll your eyes as you enjoy the chocolate of  Jean-Charles Rochoux.

•Learn to make your very own Chardonnay Mango Pecan Tart with Pati Jinicvh.

Food for your sweet tooth. Enjoy!
L'Eclair de Genie, Paris

Olga Noskovaa, Mirror Cakes

From David Levovitz,
Jean-Charles Rochoux Chocolate Shop, Paris

From Pati Jinich, Chardonnay Mango Pecan Tart

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday's Selections

Curated for your enjoyment and information, today we present a newly designed bed, a planter which can be almost anywhere, provocative installation art and an amazing pop-up book.
- Belluga Bed, a "smart bed" designed by Joe Katan, as seen on Kickstarter.
- another Kickstarter creation, the Livi Planter, referred to as a "versatile planter for virtually any vertical surface."
- Installation art by Peter Zimmerman.
- a pop-up book by Tauba Zuerbach, [2, 3], as seen on a Colossal.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mesa House

Haciendas at Rancho de San Juan, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
For more information regarding the sale of this lovely land, please contact Emily Garcia.
Note: Plans for the home described below are available.

With sculptural sandstone rock outcroppings and a meandering arroyo, the gentle sloping 10+ Acre site on the western face of Black Mesa, offers an amazing context for this RFA designed Mesa House.
Mesa House is nestled into a meadow and optimizes views to the adjacent rock formations, the meandering arroyo and steep cliffs, including dramatic views down into the Ojo Caliente River valley.
A contemporary residence within the Haciendas at Rancho de San Juan near Ojo Caliente, NMthe Main House is 2400 SF with an additional 600 SF guest house. It is designed within a southwestern context using natural earth tones in the plaster and stone pavers, with a low building profile to complement the topography, and thick walls with recessed windows and large portals (1200 SF) to shade the interior and exterior living areas.

A serpentine entry drive traverses uphill through the juniper groves leading across the meadow leading up past the Guest House to the east facing sheltered entrance court of the Main House.
The Main House Great room, master bedroom and guest room suites are designed to enjoy optimal privacy and daylight views with easy access to adjacent terraces, portals for indoor/outdoor living.
    Sustainable design features include: rooftop photo-voltaic system for generating electricity on site, storm water catchment system for irrigation of drought tolerant landscape, thick exterior walls with high performance insulation for optimal thermal mass, insulated glazing systems, radiant in-floor heat­ing and passive solar orientation with shaded portals.

      Photo, Cfile - Ra Paulette's sculptural caves. One of Paulette's caves is now part of Origin at Rancho de San Juan.
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