Knock Knock

November 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

A series of traditional door knockers. Just because I love them.

But here’s the thing: Size matters… make sure your door knocker is in proportion to your door! In the last shot (and my favourite door knocker of the bunch), the door knocker was at least 8″ in diameter because the door itself was about 30′ high. It opened into one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever visited… Igreja de Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon.

Interiors: Black, Gold and a Tub

May 28, 2012 § 6 Comments

Yes…that kitchen is a wonder! As in, I wonder how to keep those pine-slatted walls dust free?!  Me thinks my clients are starting to influence the way I see design. Ha ha…

Anyway… back to the love-in! That kitchen pendant is amazingly beautiful. So simple in shape and finish. Matte black and burnished gold. And then that crystal sparkle underneath just adds so much loveliness to the whole… I must find out who makes this fixture!

But I think what I love most about this interior are the architectural details… the sliding pocket doors and the way they retreat, revealing arched openings. Their black frames and integrated hardware so simple, so perfect. Not to be outmatched by the black framed windows, so tall and so definitive in framing the view outside.

And then there’s that bath tub. No, dear clients… it’s not comfortable but I don’t care. ;)

Toronto the Lucky

April 14, 2012 § 6 Comments

Lately, I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all the construction in my neighbourhood. I don’t just mean minor road work. This is major upheaval! Infrastructure upgrades, railroad overpasses, retaining walls and of course, building a condominium or two (or a thousand for that matter). The noise, the dust, the traffic delays… all of it was really starting to get under my skin. I decided to go out and look at it from a different, more positive point of view. Thru my lens, I realized, there’s beauty everywhere – if you look close enough. The setting sun really helped too. :)

And then, there was this shot…

I’m pretty lucky to live in a city as beautiful as this. I heart Toronto.

Trail Blazing

April 9, 2012 § 7 Comments

I saw this house last year and it’s never really left my mind. Designed by Swedish architect Elding Oscarson, it’s unlike any townhouse I’ve ever seen. The stark contrast between it and the rest of the street really amazed me.

It reminded me of a residential project I worked on several years back where the home owner wanted the same sort of thing: a super contemporary house in a very traditional neighbourhood. I’m not sure what the process was like for this house but my client’s neighbours were not happy neighbours! They fought him every step of the way. In the end, his house was practically designed by committee. The end result… a more traditional façade (albeit, a modern take on the traditional). Ironically, four years after the fact, several of the homes on his street have decided to go modern! I guess it’s never easy being the trail blazer.

Here’s to those who take risks, stand out from the crowd and push the envelope.

To read the architect’s notes about this house, click here.

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