Sunday, November 14, 2010

Todos Santos Mexico for Art & Relaxation

Art in Todos Santos Mexico

I am leaving this week to go to Pescadaro and Todos Santos MX (north of Cabo San Lucas.)  I will be visiting my son & family who have built their personal home in Pescadaro just south of Todos Santos.  I blogged earlier in the year and posted pictures of the home in progress.  I am so anxious to see the finished project. My son has built it himself over a 4 year period. Lots of beautful hand work has gone into it.  I will be posting photos later this month when I get back.  The plan is to continue building some homes in the area so if you know anyone thinking about moving to Mexico be sure to give me a buzz. We are currently locating lots that we can build some nice "retirement" homes on. Between my son, my husband Don who is a  home builder and designer and myself to do interior design I think we can create some lovely vacation or retirement homes for a reasonable price.

Todos Santos is such a cute little town. I will be going to some galleries in Todos Santos where there is a nice art community.  I also plan to paint with my grandaughter while I am there.  I am a very new painter learning to paint in acrylics.  They have beautiful sunsets and; lots of ocean to see from the veranda so hoping to create something beautiful.

More people are realizing what a nice area it is, especially since Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo have become so crowded.  Now that the 4 lane hwy between Cabo & LaPaz in going through there is much easier access through the area.  I hope it won't grow too fast.  Already the Cerritos surfing beach that housed only an outside banos a couple of years ago has a bar, condos, a private high end housing development started & plans for lots more.  We have to keep going further away to find a private beach. I guess I better get my piece of land while I can still afford it. I like this one above.

Local Galleries
Beautiful art

beautiful beaches

Beautiful Sunsets

Lots of blue sky

And of course, the cutest grandkids in Mexico

Monday, October 18, 2010

Johnny Grey kitchen Island Design

I always love the  innovative designs from Johnny Grey, kitchen designer from England.  Here is a great example of something I just found on his web site.  This idea could easily be incorporated into a variety of styles. Finding your inspiration piece of wood (or other material) can set the tone for the whole kitchen or home design.
Notes from this post on Johnny Greys blog

Five Easy Pieces: The Cooking Island

Posted by charlotte on September 28th, 2010

When we found this piece of burr oak, it was clear that this should be the key feature for our evolved take on a cooking island. Our vision for the piece began as a series of wonky-edge planks with gaps as cladding. Imagine looking across a field at night and seeing an old barn with gaps between the boards and light peeping through. The mystery of what lies behind and the darkness all around provides a comforting feeling as well as a desire to know more. We tried to capture that quality in this design.
The glass panels behind the burr panels are hand-cast, which blurs the impact of the concealed LED lights and creates a texture like captured water. The natural concrete is the same composition as that used in garden sculpture and incorporates the colour variations and natural imperfections found in the mix.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pictures of 2010 COBA tour home built by Artisan Homes and Design

The start of something great.

Finally got around to downloading photos of our Central Oregon Builders Assoc. tour home for this year.  Built from 100% concrete Structuralstone, it is maintenance free and highly energy efficient.  Lots of interest in this fabulous new building system.

 Fireplace BEFORE                                               

Fireplace AFTER
Reclaimed redwood from burned forest used for custom mantle

Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Landscaping & Best of Show in the $1,000,000.00 and up category.

Cherry cabinetry, concrete and granite counter tops

Fabulous custom front door.  Forged iron scene of Three Sisters, Aspen Lakes inset between the glass.

Dining room, Custom hutch

Custom draperies & forged iron pine cone  hardware

Entry from both sides.  Hickory floors and knotty cherry wood work

1000 bottle temp controled wine storage.

Aunt "Gertie" seems to show up at our tour homes every year.

All concrete structural stone exterior
1 acre of park-like landscaping

Getting ready for move-in.

Lots of bathrooms

Master bathroom inacludes soaking tub and oversize shower

Two Guest Suites

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ode to my PT & welcome to my new "fun" car.

I purchased my trusty little PT Cruiser way back in 2001. It was the new "fun" car back then.  I had one of the first ones in the state &; I really loved it.  It has given me such great service all these years.  I have crammed many a sample book  into the flip down cargo area, & I have carried long drapery rods & shades putting down all the seats including the front passenger seat & sticking the rods & boxes out the window.  I have carried grandkids & groceries & even furniture in my trusty little car.  It was a great little work horse. (I hear this is the last year of production for this little cutie). I guess the only people buying them now are the little grannies. Alas, all good things finally need replaced.  I put 139,000 miles on her &; it is time to go.
Farewell my little PT.

I have just purchased my next "fun" car.  I have looked and looked some more &; I keep coming back to the fun of a Jeep Wrangler Sahara.  I really liked the look of the 2 door but unfortunantly, with all the "stuff" I have to carry I went with the 4 door.  I know it isn't quite as "cute" as the 2 door but tell that to my grandkids when I can't take them all at the same time because I wanted "cute".  Anyway, I think it will be fun to take the top off & go cruising. (And it does hold a lot of cargo).  So if you see a crazy woman speeding up a mountain or cruising town, take a look.  It might be me.

Doesn't this look "exciting"!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Artisan Homes Wins 4 Awards

Artisan Homes and Design, owned by  my husband, Don Denning and myself,  built a new concept home in Sisters at Aspen Lakes golf course. It can be viewed as part of the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) annual home tour again this coming weekend July 23-25.  The home won 4 major awards in the $1,000,000.00 and up home division this year.  Best Landscaping, Best Master Suite, Best Kitchen and Best of Show.

The new concept about this home is it's concrete Structuralstone TM exterior.  It is the first of it's kind to be built in Oregon.  It consists of an 8" steel reinforced wall of structural concrete stone. It is maintanance free and provides a whopping R-33 r-value.  It is highly energy efficient and great to look at.  I will be posting pictures soon and invite you to come out to see it.  Details for the tour can be found at this link. TOUR OF HOMES The link for the map & details can be found on the left side of the page under View The 2010 Tour of HomesTM ONLINE -Click Here.  Artisan Homes is house # 35 on the online catalog.

We will have a free DVD for you to take home to find out more about this great new concept.

Monday, May 10, 2010

One of My Clients is Moving. Needs to Sell Some Great Items

One of my clients here in Bend is moving & she has to sell some of the items from her beautiful. home.
She has a like-new 48" Sub Zero on Craigs list as well as a beautiful 1800's antique french vanity & mirror. 
See them on Craiglist.  Maybe you or a client could use them.  They are priced very fairly.

antique French vanity & mirror

48" sub Zero

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Swimming Pools Soooooo Beautiful!

I can't imagine a lot of swimming going on in these beauties
but they are sure fun to look at.

I found these fabulous photos on line. 


Can you imagine!!
Below: Albuquerque, New Mexico, architect Bart Prince wanted “a sense of excitement” in the house that he designed for Steve Skilken in Columbus, Ohio. The curvilinear glass-andcopper-clad residence “had to be beautiful from the air, since Steve comes in by helicopter.” Above: A 75-foot-long pool winds its way along the lower level of the house. “The owner wanted a lap pool running through a tropical garden, with palm trees and bananas and views of the sky,” the architect says. “The living spaces are arranged around that.”

Another Fabulous Indoor Pool
Below:  “We wanted to retain its inherent character but lift its atmosphere and give it more light,” designer Emily Todhunter says of a neo-Georgian London house she reworked with her partner, Kate Earle, and architect John Newton. Sunlight, filtered through the round glass blocks that line the sculpture pool on the terrace above, illuminates the indoor swimming pool. The murals were painted by artists Nencia and Fiona Corsini. Jerusalem stone column mosaics and floor limestone from Paris Ceramics.

Below: Set on a South Carolina rice plantation dating to 1830, a poolhouse with a conservatory sensibility was conceived by architectural designer Jim Strickland and his team at Historical Concepts for an insurance executive, his wife and their extended family. Above: The columned entrance. European fan palms and a skylight continue the orangey effect.

Above:  A 61-meter-long swimming pool winds past the guest bungalows at Casa Triton, the retreat architect Marco Aldaco and associate architect Humberto Muro built next to the owners’ original house in Costa Careyes, Mexico.

"Rocky's" Pool

“Now tell me, do you think this place is pretentious?” asks actor Sylvester Stallone about his Miami home. “Because I’ve always hated those Palm Beach piles with a forty-foot dome over an Olympic swimming pool lived in by some four-foot bald guy.” Set on 14 acres, the house, a Neoclassical-style villa he shares with his wife, Jennifer Flavin, and his daughter, Sophia Rose, was in a state of disrepair when the actor purchased it in 1993. A bronze of Rocky Balboa is at one end of the pool behind the house. (November 1997)

Above: Using material suspended from flagpoles, Val Selleck transformed the pool area of his West Palm Beach, Florida, cottage into an outdoor theater so popular that his friends now say, “Everybody comes to Val’s,” paraphrasing the title of the play that inspired the 1942 film Casablanca.
Six 15-foot flagpoles and a seven-by-12-foot movie screen were ordered on the Internet. A 100-yard bolt of lightweight curtain material strong enough for outdoor use was bought at a Dixie Highway fabric shop. A local sailmaker was enlisted to put seams, bindings and grommets in the appropriate places. Cables, shackles and bungee cords were selected at a hardware store. It all went up quickly and according to plan, to the amazement and delight of Val Selleck’s friends.

Lots of Changes.