8 places to visit in BEAUTIFUL BATH

Something about the combination of magnificent Georgian architecture, rolling hills landscape, historic Roman baths and a pretty 13th century Abbey that is pure elegance has me returning for my fourth visit... my favourite places to visit when in Bath Somerset England

old Royal Naval College Greenwich LONDON

  Maritime Greenwich is a World UNESCO Heritage Site – since 1997 – The ensemble of buildings at Greenwich, an outlying district of London, and the park in which they […]

GARDEN seating

Gardens of all sizes on the West Side of Vancouver – from professionally landscaped to the sweat and tears of the homeowner, they all have the passion for the garden and it is a pleasure to view them.

mid century MODERN homes YVR

West Coast Modern – Is both how the building situates on the landscape and how the interiors relate to nature – connecting to the environment…

1930s MILANO villa necchi campiglio

selected leading Milan Architect Piero Portaluppi (1888-1967) who was already building several residences in the neighbourhood.  With a distinctive career in architecture, city planning, decorative arts, restoration, exhibition display as well as writing and teaching. Portaluppi was well established and considered brilliant and creative.

MILAN fornasetti

As a longtime fan of Fornasetti’s work, I could not visit Milan without a visit to Fornasetti HQ and Showroom on Courso Venezia. Bold, whimsical and distinctive – Fornasetti’s work […]

MILAN poldi pezzoli MUSEO

his former private Palazzo from the 17th century, now Museo, is located on Via Manzoni, Milan (near Teatro alla Scala) is the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822-1879) who was the last heir of the possessions of two prominent families.

MILAN bagatti valsecchi

Villa Bagatti Valsecchi. A mansion located between Via Gesu and Via Santo Spirito in Milan,  Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi’s extraordinary collections showcasing their love for the past and the Italian Renaissance

CLOVERDALE kitchen

Recent kitchen project in Cloverdale – I love the Navy, White and Gold combination.   Brilliant Brizo faucet, Blanco sink, Cosentino quartz counters and backsplash with a feature hood cabinet.   […]

lingyen MOUNTAIN temple

Buddist Temple in Richmond, BC – an off shoot of Lingyen Shen Monastery Taiwan. Ling Yen Mountain Temple built 1996, in the Chinese Palatial Style.  View inside the inner Courtyard. […]

WHISTLER audain art museum

Nestled in the forest next to the Fitzsimmons River facing Blackcomb Way, the Audain Art Museum is a worthy visit next time you are on the mountain.

1913 private VANCOUVER club

A beauty of architecture on Hastings – designed by architects Sharp and Thompson in the style of London’s Victorian Gentleman’s Club and the front facade seems unchanged since built in […]

arthur ERICKSON architecture west van

Arthur Charles Erickson (1924-2009) – Vancouver Architect and urban planner – internationally known for his futuristic designs and commercial architecture – Monteverdi Estates in West Vancouver was one of his […]

cozy contentment – Autumn arrives bringing more HYGGE

All of these simple enjoyments in life are encompassed in the Danish concept of HYGGE (pronounce hoo-ga) which does not have a direct translation to one word but rather a broader feeling of contentment and well being.  It is an important part of Danish culture and national identity.  

sweeping VIEWS + local art

Views of English Bay, Vancouver’s North Shore and Spanish Banks, this terraced garden sprinkled with exquisite BC Native sculptures + art.  A highlight of the Heritage Vancouver annual fundraiser garden […]