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The Emerald City
December 21, 2008, 7:13 pm
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I’ve been working in Seattle for the past couple of weeks and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  It was my first time to visit, so I was anxious to explore all the city has to offer.  Alas, I couldn’t skip work during the day, so most of my site seeing was done in the dark or quickly over an hour lunch break, but I still managed fairly well.  It’s cold there and those that know me well, know I’m not a fan of that, but the temperature plus all the christmas lights helped get me in a much more festive mood. 

Here are just a couple of the highlights:

The Boat Street Cafe– my favorite restaurant that I visited, and I’ve been eating well, so that’s saying a lot.  It’s a little gem kind of tucked away off the beaten path.  The ambiance was amazing and the food was delicious! 



The Seattle Library:    


Obviously a must see in the city.  It’s by Rem Koolhaas and it opened in 2004.  Last year it was named one of the 150 best structures in the US by the AIA (American Institute of Architects). 

The Olympic Sculpture Park:


Unfortunately, I only saw this briefly in the rain & cold, so I don’t think I really got to experience how wonderful it is, but I’m definitely planning a trip back during the summer months and this will have to be my first stop.   It just opened last year.  It covers 9 acres and was a brownfield site occupied by oil and gas companies until the Seattle Art Museum had converted into a public park.

Tom Douglas restaurants:


I’d never heard of Tom Douglas before, but based on a recommendation, I tried one of his restaurants and afterwards made it a goal to try as many of the rest of them as I could during my stay.  I tried Lola, The Dahlia Lounge, and Serious Pie.  They were all amazing!!!   Potato Leek Ravioli with carmelized onions, truffle oil, and a little creme fraiche on top… Need I say more?

I’m obviously barely scratching the surface here.  There’s so much to do and many neighborhoods to explore.  If it weren’t for the weather, I’d seriously consider moving. 

Rebecca _SF


Dominus Winery
November 20, 2008, 2:03 pm
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I had the unique privilege of touring Dominus winery by Herzog & de Meuron yesterday.  They’re notorious for not allowing tours or tastings, but once a month to do allow a small architectural tour and I was lucky enough to tag along with a group.  The builidng is Herzog & de Meuron’s first in the U.S. and for those of you non-architecture geeks, they’re the same architects that designed the De Young Museum in San Francisco and most recently the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Olympics in Beijing. 
Fall has come to Napa and the colors were amazing. Enjoy!
the vineyards
the main arch/ entry

offices on the 2nd floor



November 4, 2008, 12:01 am
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I’m about to start a new project designing a hostel/hotel in SF and to get some ideas forming, I started going through some of my favorite travel quotes that I’ve gathered over the years.  All of them had me dying to plan my next trip.  See what you think.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, & narrow-mindedness.”- Mark Twain

“The world is a book & those who do not travel read only one page. “- St. Augustine


“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” -Paulo Coelho

“Adventure is a path.  Real adventure- self-determined, self-motivated, often risky- forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.  Your body will collide with the Earth and you will bear witness.  In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness & bottomless cruelty of human kind- and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both.  This will change you.  Nothing will ever again be black and white.” – Mark Jennings

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do.  So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain


“A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” – Isabelle Iberhardt


Study time
September 30, 2008, 1:40 pm
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We’ve been light on the posts these past few weeks since Jackie is on a break with her beautiful baby Cade and Alison and I are busy studying for our Interior Design license exam.  The test is this Friday and Saturday so, this week is cram time.  Wish us luck. 

I thought I’d leave you with some pictures of my recent trip to The Met in NYC in the mean time.  The whole trip was amazing!  I’m ready to go back already!

view from the roof

Jeff Koons exhibit


Return to India
August 20, 2008, 10:05 pm
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Our good friend Jill returned to the U.S. 1 year ago from India after interning there for a consecutive 317 days working on architecture and city planning as well as experiencing the culture and not to mention shooting amazing photos

Just recently Jill got asked to go back to India by an organization called eMi who is in need of an architect for a campus plan & school design to serve orphans and children of leprosy parentage.  I have to mention that she was a little hesitant at first because this is strictly volunteer work and she didn’t think she would be able to afford it.  It wasn’t until a light bulb turned on in her head, she thought she would try to raise enough money by selling her previous photos to make the trip and donate any extra funds to the building. So, on September 6th Jill plans on returning to India to help with the program and take another round of outstanding photographs!

Please visit www.jillmlcom to view and purchase her photos from the past in the effort to not only make this amazing opportunity happen for her, but also to help the children!

Kelsey – Vail, CO


The Race to Space
July 31, 2008, 7:13 pm
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Who would have thought that we could take a commercial flight to space within our lifetime?  It definitely wasn’t ever in my realm of possibilities until I started seeing this stuff from Virgin.  They’ll fly you a little over 62 miles up in the air (62 miles is considered the “boundary of space”).  You’ll be allowed to feel weightlessness for up to 6 minutes.  They’ve already sold seats on the first flights starting at $200,000, but after the first 500 passengers it will be reduced to $20,000. Those rumored to already have tickets include William Shatner, Philippe Starck, Dave Navorro, Paris HIlton, Stephen Hawking, and more. 
They’re using the existing SpaceShipOne technology and creating their own SpaceShipTwo for Virgin Galactic.  There will be room for  2 pilots and 6 passengers on each flight.  They’re requiring 50 test flights of the ship before tourists are allowed to go on and that’s scheduled to start in 2009.  The intent is to have regular flights going by 2010.  Both the test flights and the initial tourist flights are set to take off from the Mojave Spaceport in New Mexico.
Interestingly, they do actually have some competition in this field from other companies like EADS Astrium, Rocketplane Limited, Space Adventures, and Benson Space Company. 
I think I might have something new to add to my list of things to do before I die!

favorites from Teva mountain games

Every year I can always tell summer has finally come when the Teva Mountain Games come to Vail.  I had the opportunity to join in the festivities a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t believe how popular it was this year…it was flooded with people!  To give you a little background…the Teva Games is basically a celebration of all mountain sports. Locals and athletes from around the world come to compete in events such as kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, fly fishing and even dog jumping.  Aside from the sports, tons of tents are lined up throughout the village where the events take place.  If I had to guess, the tents consisted of approximately 40% outdoor gear, 30% health foods, 30% anything “green”… aka lots of great shwag! 


Not only am I recommending that everyone check out the Teva Games, but I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite finds.

Green Guru Gear – Located out of Boulder, CO and is an “innovative eco-conscious line of bags and soft goods developed for people who want tough, dependable, functional gear, yet do not want it at the expense of the environment”.  All products are made of billboards, car/bike intertubes, climbing ropes, bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton.  They make anything from messenger bags, to wallets, bracelets, clothing, goggle straps and even surf and snowboard bags.

Re-Art –  Artist Jeremy Collins along with a couple other artists created amazing art on site.  All of their pieces contained only materials found in junk yards and were auctioned off at the events.  I was astounded by how great the “trash” art turned out and am now regretting not bidding on anything.  The best part is that Collins is from my home town Kansas City and his studio is in the Crossroads district!!  If you check out his website, it looks like he uses all types of media in his art.  Unfortunately he doesn’t have any of his recycled art shown on his website, but I’m hoping that is was such a hit that he starts producing more.

There is so much more that I could share with you, but I don’t want to spoil you all in one day.  I hope you find as much enjoyment in the above as I did!

Kelsey – Vail, CO