This week we started installing a clients’ house on Gibson Island. We wanted the house to have a modern lodge look. So we chose to use a series of decorative paddles from the Sanborn Canoe Company as art in the great room.
When cousins Todd Randall and Zak Fellman turned their summer hobby of handcrafting kayak, canoe, and stand paddles into one of the most celebrated and sought after heritage brands, their craftsmanship and dedication made their paddles collectors items all over the world from watermen to loft dwellers. They learned about woodworking from their grandfather as well as from their summers spent in canoe country in Minnesota. Their paddles are constructed from strips of wood made of cherry, ash, cedar and black walnut. Their Artisan series paddles feature colorful patterns of arrows, crosses and stripes that have been influenced by Native American art and camp lodges from the Great Lakes region. Each paddle is a functional piece of art. So the next time you are in their neck of the woods head down Little Trout Valley Road and check out their workshop. It’s worth the trip, and they’re really nice guys.
The word of the summer, it’s all about looking good, living well…effortlessly!
July is one of my favorite months! It is when everything in my all white garden begins to truly bloom. This year I added 115 white daylilies, 50 dahlias and 2 new crepe myrtle trees. It is also my first year of doing a cooks garden which has turned out to be very successful. I think I am becoming an urban farmer.
How fun is this…classic American brand, Dockers, now has college team Chinos with embroidered logos above the right back pocket and the team motto printed on the waist band. It’s a great way to show your school spirit! And they are damn cute too!
If you ever find yourself out on the left coast and you are anywhere near Seattle you should make a special trip into the city and visit Dale Chihuly’s, Garden and Glass exhibition. It is a remarkable display of history, influence and technique. It’s worth every penny of the $22 admission. Here are just a few, and I mean few of the pieces you will see and experience.
Last week Elizabeth and I headed out to the Left Coast to work on a super secretive project, more to be revealed later. We spent a great deal of time in both Portland and Seattle and everywhere in between and now we have a hundred things to tell you about over the summer. So, lets start with a little bit about Seattle. It is a city full of modern buildings and modern attitudes. Like most new metropolises there is a lot of gray, tan, glass and some black in all the modern structures. It was quit a surprise to come across Frank Gehry’s amazing, colorful 140,000 square foot EMP Museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. The building houses multiple galleries, the sky church, the largest indoor LED screen, interactive activities, the Sound Lab and the largest collection in the world of rare artifacts, handwritten lyrics and personal images celebrating the music and history of Seattle musicians, Nirvana and Jimmi Hendrix. It was an amazing structure to see in person. If you are ever in the Pacific Northwest, PNW to those who know, definitely go experience this structure for yourself.
My weeks are always busy but this week was busier than ever. Sometimes I can not believe all I have to get done in a week…It all started with…
Planting seven new hydrangea bushes in my garden
Then a whole house installation where everything is black, cream and gold. It looks amazing!
I finally found a brown crocodile watch band
Just by chance I stumbled across the perfect rug for a clients master bedroom
Then my week was full of finding things for my clients like this beautiful antique table
And then I had to get a hair cut
Then these beautiful glass vases arrived from an artist we commissioned
Then I found a perfect accessory for a client
There is always time for a little midnight online shopping
Discovered a new artist
Found a new Tumblr page
Dinner at the bar Mourayo with Elizabeth
Found some cool leather chairs that were even on sale
And ended the week with a photo shoot at my house…what a week!