Jul 31, 2012

From a day in the winter

Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
Ambleside Beach Winter Driftwood Artist
English Bay may have their rock balancing guy but over here in West Van we have late night driftwood stacking person. The past three winters that I've lived here I've awoken to a morning beach transformed over night into a driftwood art exhibition. These photos are all from one morning's walk along Ambleside Beach. They spanned the entire length of the beach. On my list of things to do, (along with taking up pottery), is to take up abstract oil painting so I can capture scenes like those above or this:
Ambleside Beach Winter

What's on your list of things to do?

more images here

Jul 30, 2012

Design Lover - Hermes Pippa Portable Lounger

Herm├Ęs Pippa Chaise Lounge - 1987

Jul 23, 2012

Boyd House - Another West Vancouver Home Demolition

Boyd House

Boyd House

Boyd House Living Room

Boyd House Fireplace Detail

Boyd House Living Area

Boyd House

Boyd House Front Door

Boyd House Kitchen

Boyd House Kitchen - above sink

Boyd House Dining Area

Boyd House Kitchen Ceiling

Boyd House Den

Pacific Northwest Coast Surf Boards

Boyd House Guest Bedroom

Boyd House Wall Texture

Boyd House West Vancouver Canada

Boyd House Master Bedroom

Boyd House Master Bedroom

Boyd House

Two weekends ago we were out for a rainy day walk and decided to follow some Open House signs to see what was up -  luckily for me I had my camera as we had stumbled upon Boyd House. Built in 1954 by Pacific Northwest architect Ron Thom, Boyd House reminds me of a mini Taliesin West in the rainforest. The exterior of the home is virtually impossible to photograph as it blends into the environment so perfectly - Frank Lloyd Wright would approve. Other Wrightisms are evident in the fireplace, the corner to corner glass walls (also seen at The Staples Residence), the angled ceilings, use of raw materials (cedar, concrete), the intelligent use of windows and skylights, and the overall sense of calm and stillness the home evokes. If you've toured a Wright home you know the calm and stillness I'm referring to. The home is settled.

Unfortunately, the cynic in me doesn't think that presenting this stunning mid-century Pacific Northwest Modern home in West Vancouver as, 'a work of art by renowned architect Ron Thom' will keep it out of the hands of Rondelle and Ronald McDonald and their McMansion loving ways. I highly commend Judi White and Robbi-Layne Robertson for presenting the property so thoughtfully - they have created a website specifically for Boyd House which not only showcases the home but also notes the importance of preserving what little is left of Pacific Northwest Midcentury Modern here in West Vancouver - please visit their site to learn more - ronthomhouse4sale.com.

At 1669 sq. ft, the same size as the mid-century home we rented in Palm Springs last summer, Boyd House, in my opinion, is the perfect size. Perhaps, just the perfect size for Ronnie's Escalade as well.

While we were touring the home architect Peter Pratt - son of mid-century West Van architect Ned Pratt, also came by for a look see. Pratt's comment about the home that stuck with me the most, 'The nice thing was, the concrete slab floors could just be hosed down'. Now that's an architectural feature I could live with.

More of my Boyd House photos here and out takes here.

PS - the home is listed at $1.9 million.

Jul 19, 2012

When I think it is bad

I think about this little guy.
The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 104pp, Buy this book.

Jul 18, 2012

How to Make Steamed Spot Prawns

these guys could've been steamed 30 seconds less

Here's another easy one.

What you need:
  • 1 lb fresh spot prawns - they really should remain in the shell (deveined) The legs and head creep me out though so we cleaned them.
  • a bunch of fresh tarragon
  • lime (optional)
  • a bamboo steamer
What you do:
  • lay tarragon in the steamer
  • lay spot prawns on tarragon
  • steam no longer than two minutes - not even two minutes for the guys without their shell
Serve with poached halibut topped with ginger, lime, and avocado. 

Jul 16, 2012

Vintage Chloe

1982 Chloe 
by Karl Lagerfeld

Jul 14, 2012

7 Cool Bathrooms

via The Selby

via The Selby

via Trulia

via vintage Architectural Digest

Schindler House

via Elle Decor

via The Selby

Jul 12, 2012

It is Official - I am Stuck in 1987

I was thumbing through my old mags and have come to the conclusion that I am stuck in 1987. 

 I want to wear this this weekend.

Pilgrim shoes!

Glitter star tights. Where were these when I was actually hanging out with rock stars - sorry, make that reasonable facsimiles of rock stars.

Grunge before the word was even invented.

Well, this outfit means I'm that weirdo at the gym that wears the old work out gear.

Dear Hipster Girls, these are not attractive. Never were, never will be. Stop wearing them.

I had this Calvin Klein set. I wish they still made it. Demi cups rock.

Estelle - my first and only super model girl crush.

I usually wear this to work.

Note - women have hair on their arms.


images Vogue September, 1987

The Wind