This luxurious, subterranean wine cave, designed by Andrew Bartolotta AIA of Beinfield Architecture, won an award in the months I’ve been off the internet grid. The Connecticut AIA bestowed the coveted Encompassing the Art Award for Architecture on this project at the end of 2012.
I can’t help but imagine the award had something to do with the wall of brightly colored cylinders that are actually repurposed snare drum cases. That’s clearly my favorite design element because if it’s uniqueness, but also because the LED lighting glows through the acrylic adding a playful sparkle to what could easily be a much more serious room.
All I need is a tasting table and a cocktail dress…
It’s been a while, friends. We are a full 2 months into 2013. Wow. You haven’t seen me here, at one of my favorite places on the web, Tripping on Asphalt, since the fall. I’ve missed you.
There is tons of new excitement here at the studio and beyond, and I am so thrilled to share it with you over the next few months. And in the midst of the whirlwind, I’ve been quietly working away on amazing projects with inspiring designers and developers.
A sincere thank you goes out to all of you who have been supporting me behind the scenes both personally and professionally. And I thank all my wonderful blogger friends who have inspired me with their great content during a time when my keyboard has been silent.
One of those people is Gretchen Black, co-founder and designer at LuluBelles, where she and her cousin, Natalie, design wonderful handmade jewelry pieces from vintage finds. We met at a bloggers’ workshop last year and I was struck by her creative lifestyle and entrepreneurial spirit. At the start of the year, when I was too overwhelmed and tired to even consider resolutions, I stumbled upon a blog post where Gretchen described her process of dedicating a single word to the upcoming year. What a wonderful idea!
I immediately knew the word that would best help me embrace the journey of my year to come. And today, I am thrilled to be back here, including you in my Adventure, guiding me to explore, take risks, and create the life I most want to live.
It’s been a while, and a lot has happened since we’ve talked here on this blog. Like Hurricane Sandy. Over the next few weeks, and into the new year, I will love catching up with you, but today I’m here to remind us it’s the season of giving.
Whether or not you are in the holiday spirit, it’s getting cold and there are many, many more people this year without homes. Friends and family here in the tri-state area have had their worlds turned upside down, and although Dug and I are grateful to have recovered from the effects of the hurricane by now, plenty of people are just starting the process of rebuilding.
I know everyone wants to continue to help.
Some wonderful bloggers have gotten together, led by Jessica Senti of Serendipitous Things, to spread the word and provide a quick and easy way for you to donate money, all of which goes directly to the American Red Cross. If you’d like to donate, you can click here and be taken directly to our fundraising page.
There are, of course, many other ways to help. Some talented people in Rockaway have organized a fantastic Facebook page, the Rockaway Emergency Plan, which connects people who want to help, with people who are in need, be it goods, services, employment, or strong hands. Friends of Rockaway dot org also provides great information about how to get directly involved in the recovery process in the area. And I am sure there are equally incredible organizations being run by regular folks in all of the hardest hit areas. With a tiny bit of research, you can find a local community to help that’s near and dear to your heart.
Wishing you all good health and happiness through the holiday season and the coming year! And tune in tonight to watch, 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief.
Last week we had some puddle controversy. The outdoor shower should be luxurious, not distracting. Who wants to be reminded they need to go home and mop their floor? Nobody. Especially me. My floor, which I am ignoring in favor of work so far, has a light sheen of toddler from all the ice cream served this past weekend.
Since I have another week to get this competition entry together, we are revisiting our modern, Cor-Ten, pool pavillion. I promise, after this post I’m going to be sick of it. Actually, I don’t think I could ever get sick of this amazing structure, which I just learned was originally conceived as a tractor rusting away in the field, but I promise to show you a different project next week since this is the 3rd time (who’s counting?) I’m asking you to chime in here. Without further ado, here’s the big questions:
Which image best represents the outdoor shower?
Thanks for all your input. I really enjoy the discussion every week. And I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I’m thinking of crashing the Pool Pavillion…
If you’re new here, on Wednesdays I open up the comments for you to tell me which view from a recent photo shoot you prefer. And why. I love hearing what you have to say. You can peruse past Which One? features here.
These guys look to do a ton of lap sitting, especially during the knitting hours. In today’s edition of Yorkies in the Wild, we are at Uncle CawfeeGuy’s house and I’ve just completed a knitted bird’s nest in preparation for Susan B. Anderson’s awesome reversible bird and egg knitted toy. Funnily enough, someone discovered the bird’s nest makes the perfect sized hat to transform a Yorkie into an old Russian woman. Since those pictures of Rufus have been deemed too undignified for a Terrier by way of Yorkshire, you get this picture of Chewie looking (shocker) annoyed.
Chewbacca the Yorkie | How is this helping me?!
Photo Shoot Soundtrack | A Little Respect, Erasure
Feel free to suggest your own caption in the comments. Chewie wants to hear what you have to say.
- graphic design
- hustle and flow
- iPhone photo
- little guys
- on the nightstand
- personal projects
- rolling in glitter
- sarcasm font