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30
Jul

Seattle | Gasworks

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Gasworks is a cool urban park outside of Seattle. It’s a nice combination of seaside location, weird industrial remnants, pleasant walking trail and urban drug element. Maybe not the best place to let your kids dig around and jump on things, like we did, but how’s a tourist to know unless one tries.

I did take one of my favourite shots from the trip. The kids are usually searching for fish in any water we come across. I’m often struck by the beauty in the ugliness of our collective human remnants. People leave big crumbs.

28
Jul

Seattle | The Burke Museum

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On a recent getaway to Seattle we checked out the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Definitely worth a visit, located on the grounds of the university—also worth a stroll. I could look at this stuff for hours. There’s something soothing about repetition for a designer. Pair that with old stuff, historical oddities, dead animals, cool labels (and a coffee)  and you pretty much sum up the perfect day for me.

18
Jul

West Coast Modern Home Tour

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This past Saturday was the annual West Vancouver Museum West Coast Modern Home Tour. I love this event. It’s hard not to go home and despise your own living conditions, but it makes for a great day and gives you a glimpse of what it must feel like to be surrounded by beauty on all sides in a home (both site and structure). I think I could handle it pretty well. I think I might just become a calmer, more peaceful mother and self. I might start baking, or pick up on a raw food diet. I imagine taking up yoga in my living room while my silent children run about in bare feet padding on concrete surfaces, dressed in white linen.

But seriously, for me the striking difference in these homes is less about how they are furnished (I do like my own home in that way), it’s more about how the architecture and its interaction with the surroundings make you feel while inside. Of course, the amazing views don’t hurt, but it’s also the layout and materials, attention to detail and subtle but palpable design decisions that have been made with the structure to maximize an overall feeling of harmony. I love the feeling you get when you’re inside some of these homes.