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visiting palm springs

visiting palm springs

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

I spent the first week of 2017 touring about Palm Springs.  It is a fantastic town full of amazing mid-century architecture, stunning views and wonderful people.   I snapped this pic from the parking lot at the Palm Springs Visitors Center.  The landscape is other worldly. I stayed in the Albert Frey room at the Orbit In  Check out all that fabulous decor! It was so great curling up with a book at night in front of a warm fire. I checked out the MetaModern exhibition at the Architecture and Design Center  The Palm Springs Art Museum surpassed my expectations. I loved their piece by Dale Chihuly. My hotel was in the Historic Tennis Club District and each building was just as beautiful as the next one. There were so many amazing antique and vintage shops.  I spotted this A-frame architect’s model at Stewart Galleries. When this is the exterior, you need to stop and pay a visit to Dazzles. I had a chance to pop into my hotel’s other location, The Hideaway, and loved their lounge. I really can’t wait to visit Palm Springs again as I felt that I only saw a snippet of this great town. I did take an amazing architecture tour but really wish I had the chance to walk around those communities as there is just so much to...

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medalta – more than a museum

medalta – more than a museum

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

It was a hot day in July when my Mom and I rolled into Medicine Hat to visit the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site. This place is more than a museum. It showcases the ruins of the original factory, the history of Medalta pottery and the items once made there, an art gallery and working studio where you can see pottery being made. These kilns were used as ‘hotels’ in the evenings during the Depression by men looking for work. The main entrance is pretty stylish. Several Medalta crocks on display.  The size of the crock is stamped on each piece and refers to the gallons the crock can hold.  I have a one gallon crock from Redcliff, AB (a Medalta copycat) that holds all my cooking utensils. A view of the enormous space where you can read about Medalta through the years and how they needed to innovate their product to match the changing times. Shelves full of pottery moulds (and I spy lots of lids on the floor – very coveted as they were usually quick to chip or break when being used on a daily basis). There is a huge collection of objects at the museum with lots of unusual pieces of pottery.  Here are some parrots created in the ’30’s that were substitutes for flower frogs. A look inside one of the kilns.  They are beautifully built. A collection of material in one of the rooms showing the original factory with a chipped Medalta brick. This museum exceeded my expectations and is worth the drive to Medicine Hat (this was my first trip to the Hat and it won’t be my last...

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2016 – what i’m planning

2016 – what i’m planning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016

As I look at my #2015bestnine from Instagram, it makes me think of what images will appear for 2016. I always like to take time at the beginning of a new year to look back on what I accomplished and to look forward at what I hope to achieve. I usually set some personal and professional goals and start mapping them out in my calendar (colour-coded of course!). I slacked off quite a bit last year on the blog front and as I pare back on my design clients to focus on my own house this year, I do hope to post more. I’m going to continue with some of the goals I set last year including “simplify” and “learn, learn, learn”.  Looking back at last year’s calendar, there were certain months where I was clearly over scheduled and I’d like to see my time more focused on what I really want to achieve than what I feel I have to do.  I’ve also taken so many great courses over the past two years but feel like I never have time to implement what I’ve learned.  This year, I’m going to pull out my notes and actually start applying them. What goals for 2016 have you...

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remembrance day

remembrance day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

Here is an old scrapbook photo of my Grandma Brennan (nee Miller) with her brothers.  They all joined up during WWII.  Never...

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