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What I have learned working with Tina

As I wind down my time in Vancouver I find I have been in reflection mode a lot.  Moving cities brings with it a multitude of emotions that need to be worked through.  There is excitement beyond measure at the changes ahead; I find myself dreaming of lounging in my new back garden and finding new little coffee spots and walking along the breakwater and there are also wistful moments as I think about leaving my beloved family and friends....

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. ...

Reflecting on 5 Years of DC

Life has a funny way of shifting around and veering off into unexpected directions-- but who are we to run away from a challenge? Designers Collective started 5 years ago and we started with big changes-- we created a partnership out of a mutual love for all things design and jumped in to exploring our local design community. Now, we have more changes coming or way! Over the next couple months we will be embracing a few new things (including...

Dual Purpose Furniture

Small space living calls for furniture that can be used for one than one function. These can be pieces that fold, morph, stack, rotate, expand, or collapse to make the most of the square-footage you're working with. Whether you are downsizing, starting out, or have a funky floor-plan, being able to efficiently use the space you have is a serious skill!  Below we scoured our favourite sources of internet inspiration for a few examples on creative ways to make use...

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...