Category Archives: exteriors

Courting Summer

For my first post back from my mini break, I’d like to share some gorgeous outdoor spaces that I’ve come across during my surfing sessions.

Some are just really lovely backyards but quite a few are interior courtyards. I adore interior courtyards – they’re are honest to goodness “secret gardens”. Here are a few I’ve found:

I hope you’re having a beautiful, sunny Tuesday!

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New Moon Changes

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OK, it isn’t really a ‘new moon’s! It is a catchy title though, right? I took these two pics on the way home from work. I just thought the clear sky and the mix of bare and evergreen trees with the moon hanging above them was a beautiful sight!

Speaking if beautiful sites… OK. Full disclosure (and slight change of subject): I’m combining my blogs together. So if you go back in the archives you’ll see a lot of posts on yarn crafts and sewing. You might see a few more pop up that are about books and their covers. I decided to just follow all my interests on As Is. I mean, really, they’re all integrated in my life so why seperate them when I’m blogging? I’ll be simplifying my categories and looking for a theme that makes all the subjects I have and will be covering look good. If you have any suggestions feel free to drop me a line!

Hey, That’s My Bike!

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All Reality Bites references* aside, springtime is nearly upon us and what better way to get out and enjoy the upcoming weather than on two (or three) wheels?

Here are some really nice looking, classic bicycles and tricycles to feast your eyes on (and from least to most expensive).

Bicycles:
Cream 3 Speed – Schwinn
Aluminum 5 Speed Unisex – Kronan
Granturismo Donna – Abici
Sonnet Bliss – Pashley

Tricycles:
Manhattan Trike – KHS Bicycles
Picador – Pashley

I would love to own the Abici bike but my budget is more in Schwinn territory! It’s definitely a goal of mine to buy one this year and when I get it, I’m going to add on a bell and basket to trick it out. Do you have a cruiser or adult tricycle? How have you knitted yours out?

*the title of this post is named after the band Ethan Hawke’s character was in in Reality Bites. If you like grungy garage music, check out their song (with Ethan really singing the vocals) from the soundtrack – I’m Nuthin’. And I think I just put an expiration date on myself with that!

Around Charlotte: Dialect Design

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I have modernist tendencies. I know that might be hard to tell from pictures of Miles Redd rooms and the Marmouset Jungle cabinet but… I do. In fact, my interest in interiors stemmed from stumbling across a picture of a John Pawson designed house. My taste has evolved quite a bit from his strict minimalism but I still have those tendencies: clean lines, streamlined ornamentation (if there is any), and embracing the function in forms. Now that I’m in Charlotte I’m starting to look for signs of other modernists. The signs are subtle… but definitely here.

Local design/build firm Dialect Design offers stock plans, architectural and general contracting services, and also holds a salon featuring local talent on a regular basis. I discovered them when design principle Toby White commented on a status about modernist architecture on Facebook started by niche realtor, Gail Jodon, of ModernCharlotte. Check out Dialect’s stock plans when you give their site a whirl; I’m especially taken with Pod 1, an expandable plan that is designed to be built locally for $105/sqft!

Ooh, sparklies! Or how a parking garage makes me happy…

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The above picture highlights one of my favorite sights, so far, in Charlotte. It is the back exterior wall of a parking garage in Uptown. Whenever I see the little, silver, highly polished tabs that are gently moving there, the way they sparkle in the light… it makes me smile.

A pretty parking garage. Who knew?