My New Architectural Project

A Featherweight Singer Sewing Machine!

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It’s well proportioned, the color is is basic, the texture is smooth…it reflects light, has accessories, i.e the emblem on the front, and it’s Vintage. Made in 1947, this newly acquired machine is a work of art! Not only does it have form, but it functions like it ws made yesterday!

Much of my architectural work requires spacial thinking. Working with planning of a home, heights, materials and virtually moving about the home. Many times, I’m managing decisions, assisting in selecting materials, and advising clients. Most recently I have been working spreadsheets for budgetary purposes. And as always the end result is a piece of Architecture…many months later.

In the case of sewing, there are the similar aspects of proportion, measurements, texture of materials, selection of materials, selection of project, and then just drilling into it and creating something!

So last week, between my normal Architectural activities I was busy running down to the Garment district and creating a couple of tablecloths, placemats and napkins.

One of the amazing areas in NYC is the garment district! Dirty and disgusting on the outside, each store is a dream of feathers, buttons, zippers and fabrics that just doesn’t stop. I walked into a zipper store, only to be in a fabric area, that turned into a vinyl area, that ended with every accessory you van imagine. Similar to the food markets in Chinatown, where you enter foe book ahoy and end up in the nuts and basket area!

Lace in every form….

Lace in every form….

Fabrics in every color and texture

Fabrics in every color and texture

This is old world Garment district probably when my machine was used!

This is old world Garment district probably when my machine was used!

so many choices

so many choices

My project

My project

With all of the choices, whether it be fabric, accessories or thread….the process is actually so similar to creating good architecture.

This week’s Inspiration for Yoga center….more materials!

This week’s Inspiration for Yoga center….more materials!

Inspiration for Yoga Center

Inspiration for Yoga Center

You have to stay focused

You have to stick to a palette and make it intentional.

That could be the material, the lines of the design, the ambiance….of all the different parts of Architecture, as in Sewing…there has to be a thought that runs all thew ay through the process…and it’s actually difficult with all of the choices out there!

So patience! Or find “your” design guru to help you through the process!

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Palm Springs and Mid Century Modernism

Palm Springs is the home of midcentury style. And the pinnacle of Mid century modern style is in fact an English country estate, reimagined for the American desert….what I am referring to is the home called Sunnylands. Designed by Quincy A Jones, and interiors by William Haines, this masterpiece is a have to see!

It is impeccably restored, and tells the story of design of that era. The furnishings, the colors celadon and peachy peach, the indoor outdoor feel and basically teaches a good lesson on how to live right in the desert.

I particularly was entranced with how the Architecture of this home is as Contemporary as todays homes. In fact, it is where true Modernism started in many ways.

The furnishings are are very Mid Century Modern.

Sunnylands Center

Sunnylands Center

Palm Springs in its Glory!

Palm Springs in its Glory!

Sunnylands back yard

Sunnylands back yard

Sunnylands Visitor center

Sunnylands Visitor center

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Proportions and Paris

Arguably the most-visited museum in the world, the Louvre is a rambling, glorious palace that includes three wings, a dungeon, and IM Pei’s glass-and-steel pyramid at the main entrance. Exploring all of its millennium-spanning collection of 35,000 pieces would take years, if not a lifetime.

But did you know that the roof leaks something awful?

However, the French always have the correct proportions in their architecture. Take a look at the windows, the way they are 1/3 ,2/3 in such a manner that it just “feels right”. The reason behind this is that the classical architectural “orders” are very present in the design and there is a hidden formula to all of this. The Classicalist understands and believes that these proportions make the architectural elements are the reason why one feels comfortable or at ease when in the presence of classical architecture.

Not only do the French do Architecture well, but the formulas continue to shoe design, sculpture and even a smattering of mushrooms and flowers, just hanging out in the marketplace!

Copy of India Trip and Rethinking Colors in Decor

Our trip to India was intense and an eye opener. I have never seen so much color used in all my life!

When I design Interiors I always use a very minimal palette when it comes to color. I like a soft monochromatic background, and when I add color I add it sparingly.

When in India, everyone uses color in their wardrobe to the max!. The smaller and poorer the villages the louder the color becomes. Many villages purposely dress in a particular color, with hot pink being the loudest.

I was so inspired to get on the “Color Train”, and found an incredible spot where fabrics and ornament was sold to all of the hot spots in the USA like ABC Carpet in NYC. When I entered, I knew I could have stayed there for…ever…and I think my husband saw the look on my face and he said…Nancy …like one hour…we are here to see the rest of Jaipur…..so I shopped every wall corner and floor sorting through all kinds of items.


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Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.




From Hindu festivals to Tamil temples, India is home to many religions. What is most refreshing is that everyone meets at the Temples in lieu of Shopping Malls like in America!.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple appears to float on a “pool of holy nectar” There are over 20 million Sikhs in India, representing a small percentage of the 1.3 billion population!

The community kitchen, where volunteers prepare free food for 100,000 people each day. Vast cauldrons of Dahl and rice.

 
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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No I did not go in!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!  The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!

The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

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India Trip and Rethinking Colors in Decor

Our trip to India was intense and an eye opener. I have never seen so much color used in all my life!

When I design Interiors I always use a very minimal palette when it comes to color. I like a soft monochromatic background, and when I add color I add it sparingly.

When in India, everyone uses color in their wardrobe to the max!. The smaller and poorer the villages the louder the color becomes. Many villages purposely dress in a particular color, with hot pink being the loudest.

I was so inspired to get on the “Color Train”, and found an incredible spot where fabrics and ornament was sold to all of the hot spots in the USA like ABC Carpet in NYC. When I entered, I knew I could have stayed there for…ever…and I think my husband saw the look on my face and he said…Nancy …like one hour…we are here to see the rest of Jaipur…..so I shopped every wall corner and floor sorting through all kinds of items.


The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

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Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.




From Hindu festivals to Tamil temples, India is home to many religions. What is most refreshing is that everyone meets at the Temples in lieu of Shopping Malls like in America!.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

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The Golden Temple appears to float on a “pool of holy nectar” There are over 20 million Sikhs in India, representing a small percentage of the 1.3 billion population!

The community kitchen, where volunteers prepare free food for 100,000 people each day. Vast cauldrons of Dahl and rice.

 
Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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No I did not go in!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!  The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!

The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!