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sketch for Tuesday

today’s sketch comes from a project i was working on  last week.

see, we’re “playing” with a new design. technically, i’m not allowed to say “playing”. it doesn’t sound professional and it may come across like i’m wasting time or something. but really, when i’m just sketching and trying out different ideas… i feel like i’m playing with the ideas.

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this sketch was for an addition that wants to be a breakfast/sitting room with all windows because to the right there is an awesome view of the ocean.  the room includes a bar and bathroom, it has asian influence, and we have to include space for the client’s antique jade horses…which means that my 5th grade fascination with drawing horses actually came in handy at work. who knew?! hee hee.

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this sketch is a little off- i think i’m missing a couple of feet because it looks too narrow- but it shows how we were playing with different locations for the bar area. in the first one the bar and the bathroom are across from each other. in the second one the bar is next to the bathroom on the left side of the sketch(you can’t really see it). the wall for the bathroom would be paneled so that the it would seem like a piece of cabinetry(…the door would be “hidden”)

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so of course i had to draw an example of the cabinetry. with the asian influence i thought of course the cabinetry should feel like a chinese apothecary cabinet! hee hee. playing at work is fun!

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the yellow house with the pretty windows stole my heart {architecture post}

there’s a house in Princeton that still has my heart. it’s yellow and it has pretty windows.  it has about a million other beautiful characteristics to the house… it’s way too big and grand for me and i could never live there… but it still has my heart.

i remember when i first saw this house. i actually saw it on paper during my interview for the job way back in 2009. i even got to see the original plans from 1890. it looked beautiful and my mouth watered at the idea of getting to work on such a cool house!! i couldn’t believe such an amazing opportunity was placed before me.

and then i got to! i got to work for the company and i got to work on this project! {can you tell i’m excited about it?}  i really just drew what i was told and got to tag along on site visits…so i can’t take any credit for how beautiful it finished out, but i really got to be involved in the entire project. it was the first time in my career that i was able to be that involved. to see it from start to finish and get to see the construction all the way through. it was an awesome experience and i loved taking friends and family on site visits with me. Husbuddy loved hearing all about it too. {at least he humored me}

anyway, i remember talking in the office this spring about applying for this contest. it seemed like a good idea, but it was a little bit of extra work. and did we have time? we weren’t sure. luckily we had awesome photographs, we had our favorite marketing person write up the description, and for the day time shots and a couple of close ups, i got out my handy little camera and took a couple! 🙂

well, this summer we found out that Knight Architects won the Marvin Window Contest for the yellow house with pretty windows!  Go check it out!! 🙂


this photograph was my handiwork…(i don’t think i cropped it that much tho ;)…) but i’m so proud of it for being used in the contest!

the other evening and interior photographs were done by a local professional. he takes beautiful photos.

i’d say that the little bit of extra time that it took to apply for this contest was totally worth it for Knight Architects. I’m so proud of them and I’m so happy that they won!

and for some more free marketing for KA, if you’re in the Princeton NJ area this fall, you should totally check out the Historical Society of Princeton’s House Tour. it is awesome because the general public can walk through cool old houses, this one included. don’tcha want to see more of the inside? {remember when i blogged about the house tours here and here?} you should go! 

and you know what else is cool? i have a couple of their OLD -i think original- windows in my house now. 🙂 one person’s trash, another’s treasure, right?!  {please forgive the camera phone photo, but i just wanted to show you what it looks like in my new home! i’ll take better photos soon… maybe.}

i LOVE  old windows. i LOVE that these came from my favorite project and i know the history of  them. and i was so involved in their history.

i LOVE that we moved both of them(yup, i got 2!) safely from P-town to here {and hoping that it makes it into our more permanent location in the future so we can hang them}

and i LOVE that KA won this contest and got a little credit that they totally deserved.

there ya go. a whole post about how a historic, yellow house with pretty windows stole my heart.

xo-kimberly renee


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sketch for tuesday {#18}

my sketch for today comes to you straight from my day-job. 🙂

i was trying to figure out how to make a crown similar to this one:

i’m sure, since this is a fancy house that i’m working on,  we’ll have a custom crown made up to match the existing one exactly. that can be pricey though. because there’s a couple of pieces to it and it has a picture rail(it’s an old home with plaster walls so you don’t nail pictures into the wall) and you have to cut a custom knife.

if i wanted to make a pretty crown like this at home, i’d put together a few prefabricated(less expensive!) trim pieces to make my own “custom” crown!

a-ha. “genius” i heard you mutter under your breath. 🙂 but-nope, not my original idea… don’t ya know, this is a trade secret!

so it’s just that easy- just put together a couple of different trim pieces to create your own! easy-as pie- right?!

(right… but then you have to install it beautifully for it to look right… i’m just the designer how draws up all the pretty pictures… good luck with the installation part;) hee hee)

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the residential architecture of Balboa

i just have to share some of the architecure of the island with you!  one morning i just walked around the small island and took pictures of all the cute homes. i’m pretty sure people thought i was crazy. but i’m an architect! what can i say? these photos are going in my “inspiration folder”!

*click through the pictures below and pretend you’re walking along with me!*

some pretty amazing houses, right? and i got tired after 2 or 3 streets! there was so much more eye candy that i totally missed! guess we’ll just have to go back to take some more pictures!

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