Jan 12 2011

brion vega cemetery

I first visited this place when I was doing a semester at syracuse’s florence program – it is located in the middle of nowhere in the midst of cornfields and very small towns. finding it again years later was a challenge since it was still the early days of internet and very much before gps systems. the entire experience from the perimeter walls, which are built to the height of a stalk of corn – to the common color of the cast angled concrete walls begin a story of what this cemetery is all about. this was arguably carlo scarpa’s masterpiece work and on one of the exterior walls, in an unimportant corner – scarpa, himself, is buried there standing in a vertical position 6 feet under the ground. it is a magical experience to walk through and realize every material, every decision is deliberate but still extremely poetic – as scarpa was so very capable of creating. it is well worth a visit if you are in the veneto – it is close to many of the palladian villas – like Emo…

Brion Vega Cemetery
San Vito d’Altivole
near Treviso


Dec 24 2010

the boys room – in apartment therapy

Names: Roman, Milo, Luca
Ages: 9, 5 and 2
Location: Bel Air, CA
Room size: 11′ x 12′ (roughly)

With a two-bedroom house and three young boys to accomodate, Irwin Miller had to get creative. His innovative use of all the nooks, recesses and alcoves results in a comfortable, efficient room that gives all three brothers their own place as well as an inspiring shared space. read more…


Dec 4 2010

paradise cove

chilly week in LA. heidi’s brother visited and we spent the afteroon at paradise cove…


Dec 4 2010

the miller chicken coop

We ended up finally getting chickens last year from my son’s kindergarten class. each spring the students in our local school hatch eggs the chicks are available for ready and willing parents and neighbors. we got 2 chickens to start and once they got larger than the original wooden wine box they were living in as chicks – it was time to build a more substantial home. the majority of the project was repurposed content from my wood shop, fallen fence elements and a lot of borrowed aged wood timbers from my neighbor’s yard. the approximate size is base on a 24×48 standard size. there are 4 beds and a sort of side sun room on the side.

After months of use  and a rainy LA winter – the house has performed extremely well – it has stayed dry inside and cozy and the chickens use the side room to stretch in the morning and let us know when they would like to be let out. We have recently added some new birds and I foresee the main coop getting an addition this summer.

Update: after a year of having the chickens roam totally free on our property – I decided to add a chicken run to keep them a bit more contained. Chickens like to eat all plants and everything green – and the love to dig in dirt. The new chicken run is mostly 2×2 redwood studs with 3 shades of green paint and an accent orange. We reused our former kitchen screen door as the entry – and they seem very happy and content with their new property

Read more here at Apartment Therapy


Dec 4 2010

hannukah light saber duel

the first blog entry. wordpress is working! now I have to catch up 0n 20 years of mental posts that I have not recorded. well…here we go