Friday, October 17, 2014

Urban Sketching






Participating in the local Urban Sketchers activities is so invigorating and fulfilling.  While my sketching ability has deterioriated without my continued practice,  every time I attend I become inspired to spend more time in this important activity.  Learning to draw is really about learning to see more thoroughly and spending quality time with the subject matter.  This past Saturday, a group of about 12 braved the cool, cloudy weather and ventured downtown to Sundance Square.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was able to visit with several designer-types!  I met architect Bob Smith, and it was delightful to see TCU student Christina Catterson and fellow TCU teacher Doug Vail participating.  I want to do more of this.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Local Vendors

A local source for interior products is a huge time saver. I came across a great source for stone, porcelain, granite, Vetrazzo, ceramic and a host of great flooring and wall products. I hope their service lives up to the lovely products. I'm working on 5 projects that need similar products. This was a great find!  Check out the mosaic of soft aqua, white, and an apple green marble. It will look amazing in one of my projects. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer is at an End

Wow, what an amazing and eventful summer!
Alec graduated from high school.
I traveled to Colorado, Wyoming, Belize, Hondurus, Cozumel, and of course DENTON.
Last Thursday I received an amazing and prestigious National ASID Chapter Educator Medalist award at the Legacy  of Design awards in Dallas.
Alec left Sunday morning for UNT. School starts Monday for both of us.
I finished all of my required CEUs in health, safety, and welfare in order to maintain my RID with a couple of extra to spare while at MetroCon, in Dallas last week.

I've been forcibly slowed by a 9 mm kidney stone that was blasted by sound waves (lithotripsy) very early this morning. I'm glad to have that behind me, whew!  I look forward to feeling better.

I am so hopeful about a positive year teaching at TCU since we have new leadership in the department and the resignation of a negative influence.  I also have a workable teaching schedule, finishing at 11 am everyday.  I still need to complete my teaching & creative portfolios by mid-September - doable!  Some very good things on the horizon for the Shannons and Inside Inc.  Some really outstanding projects on the boards and on a waiting list.

Here's to looking forward.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Presentation of work at Harvard University


I received amazing news this week.  While at the Green Mountain Ranch Fellowship, I gave a presentation on a universally designed project that my firm Inside Inc. completed.  I was assisted in the creation of this lecture by Amy Roehl, Associate Professor at TCU and a valued colleague.  Amy was the videographer.  Cynthia Leibrock, the fellowship leader and respected researcher, practitioner, and author in the field, has asked to utilize the presentation in a course that she teaches at Harvard next week!

I can't think of many things that would excite me more ..... except  that she has invited me to be a guest lecturer in the Harvard course next year. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Movie Binge

I have binged on movies this weekend. Parenthood, To Have and Have Not, a documentary on Tesla, From Time to Time, Pearl Harbor, Jane Eyre 1939, Mr. Nobody, World War Z -a variety of genres. I worked so hard this week, I didn't have much gumption this weekend.  Back at it tomorrow!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Work In Progress

Exciting work is underway for our Omni Residences project.  At our last consultation with our client we reviewed initial schematic options for the color and fabric palette.  Depending on the calibration of your computer monitor, the colors include greys, soft green-greys, acid yellow-green, charcoal, and char-browns.  We are beginning the next phase now of refining the selections and choosing furnishings and interior materials for a cohesive design.  It is going to be stunning!  My design team has helped so much in pulling products and creating digital drawings.  My appreciation goes to the following designers/architect:  Jo Bryan, RID, Mary Cole, Andrea Becerra and Mike Shannon, RA - kudos to you all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

360 West Feature Coming in July



Make sure to check out the upcoming July issue of 360 West. Our recent urban urban living project will be featured.  I had a boatload of help setting up for the photography!  Many thanks to Jo Bryan, Mary Cole, Andrea Becerra, Mike Shannon, Alec Shannon, John Jett, and Sean. It couldn't have happened without all your hard work.