Showing posts from February, 2014

Things that confuse me

Efficiency committees

Initiatives that take the initiative out of initiatives

Quote of the Week - Lao Tzu

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
image © Stacy Reynaud

A Community Plan that Defeats its Purpose

information on issues relating to McMansions and possible District actions to make new housing better fit existing neighbourhood character.

In West Vancouver there's this mentality that renters are an unruly, degenerate dirty bunch who will settle for anything (as interpreted by the state of the rental portfolio and letters to the editor of the North Shore News). Those of that particular mind set aren't reading this blog so telling them to get their heads out of their (gl)ass (house) won't matter. It also shouldn't give them the right to try and rent us a termite infested crack house off the highway for $3000 a month (such as one on Palmerston & 14th we saw recently) or this black mold mid-century we looked at in 2012.

Just because we live in West Van doesn't mean we're going to pay you more to rent your 'tear down' house you just bought until you can afford to put up your 'trophy house'. You know what we see …

You Know This Pile of Dirt - Another West Vancouver Home Demolition

The Baker Residence
built 1958 - demolished 2014

View my post and interior photos of the homefrom April 2013
The home was listed as a significant West Vancouver support building.  The West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975, (West Vancouver, BC, 1994), pg 88.  Architect - Peter Faulkner-Smith  Date - June 1, 1958  Location - Altamont, West Vancouver, BC 
I'll post a photo of its replacement once it's built.
all images Stacy Reynaud

The Internet Killed the Luxury Brand

At the beginning of January I was having a discussion about fashion with a colleague at work -  he's Italian and his family is involved with the fashion industry in Milan, so that makes him an expert, right? We have a similar chat every season, however, this time it was different, not because I missed our previous season's discussion but because my views have changed - you've probably noticed I rarely write about fashion anymore. He asked me who and what I was watching and I said no one. I'm done with those shows and mass marketed pseudo luxury.

You see, back in the olden days before the Internet, fashion bloggers, and phony street style street style blogs, one of the defining aspects of a luxury item was the exclusivity of the item itself. One never, well at least in Vancouver, saw an Hermes bag for example, in real life. I remember going to LA in the early 90s and being awe struck over actually seeing people - in real life - wearing the luxury pieces I'd seen on…