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Photos by the maker, John McBride

 

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John McBride and I saw a post like this at a castle in Northern Italy. It seemed like a nice detail for a little cottage in Berkeley.

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Last year I spent a week in Mexico City with my aunt, a retired Mexican history professor. What an architectural treat! I’m finally getting a chance to share a few of the highlights.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes- Inside this recently restored, golden-topped, art nouveau building are several spectacular murals by Diego Riviera

Casa de los Azulejos

Casa de los Azulejos- This is the dining court inside a department store in the Centro Historico. The mural wraps around all sides of the light-filled courtyard. I don’t have a photo of the outside of the building, and old palace covered in blue and white tiles

 

Bold Facade in Centro Historico

Bold red-orange facade in Centro Historico

More Facade Decoration

Another facade in the Centro Historico, this one a bit less flashy, but has a variety of artful details

UNAM Giant Sundial

Aunt Susan at the giant sundial at UNAM

 

Approaching the Biblioteca Central UNAM

Approaching the Biblioteca Central UNAM – This walkway seemed a bit out of scale, but the shade was nice

Biblioteca Central - UNAM

Biblioteca Central – UNAM – The Central​ Library at UNAM was built in 1948, a collaboration between artist and architect Juan O’Gorman, and Architects​ Gustavo Saavedra and Juan Martinez de Velasco. The exterior is covered in murals depicting the history of Mexico and made out of stones collected from around the country.

Biblioteca Central - UNAM

Around the Biblioteca Central was a grid of grass squares and concrete pathways that seemed like they could be a giant board for a game.  The simple white painted arrows on some of the paths direct bikers properly through the maze.

Grid of lawn squares and concrete paths

Grid of lawn squares and concrete paths

Bike Path Arrows

The graphic simplicity of bike path through UNAM

 

Zona Rosa Art Deco Industrial

Zona Rosa Art Deco Industrial

Zona Rosa Green

Zona Rosa greenery

Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa Glass and Steel

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora

Amber Dome- Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico

Amber Dome- Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico

Living Roof - Jardin Botanico, Chapultapec

Living Roof – Jardin Botanico, Chapultapec

National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology Fountain Column

Marquee - Polanco

Marquee – Polanco

 

Mural and Fountain in Los Danzantes Coyoacan

Mural and Fountain in Los Danzantes Coyoacan

 

 

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I am pleased with the way this bathroom is turning out!

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Photo by Alex Wein

Recycled glass and ceramic tile from Fireclay.

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Blue rays

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Ash Flooring

Ash

This photo does not accurately show the light blond color of ash hardwood flooring, but it does show the beautiful and interesting grain pattern.

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colors in the afternoon

With this many bright colors, it will be hard not to take note of where the sunlight is falling throughout the day and year.

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I took this photo a while back when I installed my blue powdercoated steel Ikea cart in its spot. I was very excited because it was a perfect fit and made use of an underutilized space in my kitchen. It was also very affordable. You can also see my nifty reuse of sailboat rigging (cleat, block, and line) to make an adjustable countertop. The diamond cabinet is also from Ikea but the drawer faces were custom made by me out of fir plywood and white paint. The coordinated geometric pattern dish towel was also from Ikea, but hand dyed with tea, coffee, and beets to get rid of the bright white background. The mini wedgewood range is at least 50 years old and works great with style.

kitchen

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de Young Museum SF Main Entry in Morning Light

The main entry to the de Young Museum in the late morning – If only we all could afford skins of copper in custom patterns.

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front elev4.5

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Pair of windows for the bedroom

Triptych for the diningroom

Thanks to Sabina Frank we will have cheerful colored light streaming in from the south side where we once saw only the neighbor’s looming stucco wall with aluminum windows.

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