parapet peeves

September 25th 2014 Comments: 0

While the angular form of the traditional (and more common) triangular gable has a certain staid formality to it, the frivolity of the Dutch and Flemish parapeted gable always seem to convey friendly invitation. They almost hint the owner has a touch of humor or kind countenance. Their roots originated … [read more]

open house: beach aerie

September 18th 2014 Comments: 1

As Summer wanes, I’d like to open the door to one of our beach homes.  This house, elegantly simple in its design, rests in the popular panhandle Florida town of Rosemary Beach.  Founded in 1995, this seaside hamlet has become a popular destination for vacationers, escapists and design enthusiasts.  Serving … [read more]

musical shares

September 11th 2014 Comments: 4

We have a long-standing Friday ritual called “Show tune Friday.” It’s a musical custom, adored by some (mainly me) and abhorred by others. But in the words of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” – it’s tradition. Every day, we help to imagine houses that eventually become homes. Recently, I … [read more]

capturing the mood

September 4th 2014 Comments: 5

Our challenge as Architects and Interior Designers is to communicate that mood – the design vision – to our clients as well as to the contractors and craftsmen who see the design through, bringing it to reality. Color and texture, what we refer to as “finish,” is central to this … [read more]

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