Posted on December 19th, 2012 by scot
Posted on December 6th, 2012 by scot
I expected the boulder setting project in Idaho to take three days, but we finished in only two. Is was a real treat to have a free day to drive the long way back to Boise. Cody, one of the guys helping set the boulders, recommended I visit the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Warm Springs, just at the edge of Boise. It was built in 1870 and closed in 1973 and is now a museum. I was definitely intrigued and ended-up spending the afternoon there since many of the buildings are open for a self-guided tour. While seeing the cramped cells up-close and visualizing prison life was a little unsettling, I was fascinated by colors, textures and patterns throughout the buildings.
Posted on December 4th, 2012 by scot
I was in Idaho a few weeks ago setting very large boulders at a cabin where we’re helping with the landscape. Roger, the general contractor, has a great crew who assisted me. Hats-off to Cody and Jake. I really appreciated the care they took in protecting the rocks (notice the pieces of carpet) from potential chain damage. I’ll post more pictures when the project is done.
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by scot
Posted on October 25th, 2012 by scot
I was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Battle of Chefs hosted by Luxe Interiors + Design & Bradlee Distributors. I was paired with the Head Chef of Pearl, Bradley Dickinson. The teams where given one hour to complete a dessert and appetizer using the secret ingredients: Bacon and Chinese 5 spice. What fun! We ended up making a Banana Pudding with Bacon Brittle and a Pork over Apple Pepper Slaw. To try some of Bradley’s recipes yourself visit Pearl: http://www.pearlbellevue.com/
Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by scot
It was a treat to lead a tour of my garden a couple weeks ago for Marty Wingate and the Northwest Horticultural Society. We talked about outdoor rooms, creating privacy and how to design for small spaces.
Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She is the author of the Potting Shed Mysteries. Her first book of that series, The Garden Plot, is a mystery novel set in historical English gardens.
To find out more about Marty and her books check out her website: http://www.martywingate.com/
Posted on September 18th, 2012 by scot
The combination of ecology and design is coming together once again with the idea of insect hotels. That’s right, sculptures of organic materials with varying textures and voids for little critters to inhabit right in the middle of the city. Urban Hedgerow is one of the forces behind this new concept. They inspired Kevin Smith and Flora Grubb from San Francisco to create the amazing rectangular hanging sculpture pictured above. To find out more check them out online: http://floragrubb.com/florasblog/?p=1114
It seems that this isn’t just happening in the US, The City of London also held a “unique architectural competition to design five star hotels for insects” called Beyond the Hive. Designers Arup Associates (pictured last), created an insect hotel that “consists of a series of compartments based on a Voronoi pattern found in the natural world.” Read more: http://library.the-group.net/britishland/client_upload/image/Beyond%20the%20Hive/BTHSchemeD_design.jpg
Posted on September 12th, 2012 by scot
Atelier Vierkant is a great line of pots that Terris Draheim recently told me about. They are handmade is Beernem, Belgium, a small rural town in west Belgium. Above are a few of my favorite pieces.
Please check them out: http://www.ateliervierkant.be/
Posted on September 7th, 2012 by scot
Posted on August 1st, 2012 by scot