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Women and the Making of the Modern House: The Schroder House

The second innovative modern house project, involving female clients and well-known architects, is the Schroder House, in Utrecht, Netherlands. The house was designed by Gerrit Rietveld for Truus Schroder in 1923-1924.This house is of particular interest to me because as an architecture student I made the pilgrimage to The Netherlands specifically to see it. I was studying in London when I made the trip to see this fine example of the De Stijl (aka Neoplasticisim) movement and icon of modern...

SUMMER FRESH IN A JAR: DIY BUG REPELLENT LUMINARIES

Summer Fresh In A Jar:  DIY Bug Repellent LuminariesSummer time is bug time.  Instead of using citronella oil, this all natural recipe, from A Little Claireification, uses fresh rosemary and citrus in a mason jar with essential oils. No chemicals in these luminaries! Thanks Claire for this recipe!We love that these can help to ward off the bugs and they are just so beautiful as well!So here is what you need to do to make these gorgeous, beautiful smelling designer table luminaries.Supplies you will need:3 or 4 Mason Jars (you...

Women and the Making of the Modern House

Today's blog, introduces the idea that women played a big role in the origins of the modern house. We will explore a few modern houses and look at why were the clients, independent females, such powerful catalysts for innovation in the modern house?Women and the Making of the Modern House, written by Alice T. Friedman, is a thoughtful book that explores two seemingly unrelated topics: gender roles, and architecture.Specifically, the book discusses 6 innovative projects, involving female clients and well-known architects. ...

Architectural Open House Tour in the Silver Lake Hills

The design highlight of our recent trip to Los Angeles was a self-discovery architectural tour of Silver Lake. I had no idea Silver Lake was such a hot bed of architectural activity. So many of the houses, mid century modern in style, were designed by very well known architects, including Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Lloyd Wright to name a few.The icing on the cake was a stop at an open house perched in the hills overlooking...

Our Designer ‘Eat Pray Love’ Moment

Our Designer 'Eat Pray Love' Moment [caption id="attachment_6592" align="alignleft" width="865"] Meet April Tidey[/caption]Every once in a while you meet someone who shakes up your preconceptions and makes you see possibilities you had not even considered. So was my meeting with Vancouver Interior Designer, April Tidey. I have never met anyone like her before, and feel so grateful for the introduction by our friend Heather Ross.Brooke and I, along with Heather Ross of Natural Eclectic, went on a reconnaissance trip to Los...

My Year of De-cluttering, Styling, Selling, Downsizing, Moving and Renovating

My Year of De-cluttering, Styling, Selling, Downsizing, Moving and Renovating Holy Cow what a year I have had! I finally feel ready to share how this whole saga went down. As many of you know, Graham and I decided the time was right to downsize. Not just to reduce our house size, but also the size of our debt, our overhead - our whole operation. We sat down one day and realized there was way more to life than what we...

No Throwaway Disposable Culture For Us: Meet Miele!

Brooke and I were delighted to be invited to see the new Miele Experience Centre showroom and meet the leadership team behind Miele. Besides getting a chance to see their beautiful products (and taste the treats made in the Miele test kitchen), we had a chance to learn about the goals and philosophy of the company which we are happy to share with you. Some of you may already be Miele fans, and we hope that for those new to...

Coming soon! LOCAL SPRING & LOCAL CHILD POPUP SHOP

Get excited! Mark you calendars!Designers Collective is excited to announce our third Curated Pop-up Shop, June 3-11, 2016, at 2885 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver.Come meet our designers June 3 at noon for our opening reception.We have some new designers, artists and creative people to introduce you to. In addition, we present LOCAL Child, makers specializing in kids fun. Makers include: Botany Living, Cabyn, Jai Style, Mitani Designs, Lauren Morris, Nicole Durocher, Vera Harris, Barbara Tevarotto, and Domestic Objects.Designers Collective’s LOCAL...