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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

INTERNS: Designing our Future

networking with other designers

Exploring valuable places to shop.

   I fondly recall the late Wayne Martin would often say" Your home can be filled with beautiful furniture, unique accessories and surrounded with exquisite art, but if you weren't compassionate toward others then all of this luxury meant nothing".

           In the last few months, I have had the opportunity to explore other avenues  in the World of Design. In my discovery, I have found wonderful opportunities in the luxury of giving back to my community. The love of interior design has brought me to new dimensions staying connected to this world of creativity. I have  become involved in professional groups,charities, committees and advisory boards for design schools. These volunteer opportunities helped create the dream for success in other people's lives and in my own life.
       Recently, I also have had the great joy of personally mentoring an intern from a local design .In my former career as the showroom manager of the prestigious Wayne Martin Inc in Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity to help shape the careers of many design students imparting skills in selling great products and helping them to be knowledgeable mercers of fine textiles.The  network of other designers, contractors, workrooms can be invaluable to our future designers.These students of Interior Design schools  are our future employees to our design firms and worthy competition.The talents and skills of a design students can only grow so much. An internship can give more clarity  to a student. Their abilities are to put to the test and honed under the guidance of an experienced Interior Designer. I have found in offering interns my experience  that I have always learned more about design and myself.

Adding another dimension to an education.
     Many of you who personally know me or who have read my blog over the last three years know that I have been on journey filled with insurmountable danger and risk. Today, I have never been more healthier, happier and  encouraged by my future. It holds a lot of promise.
     We create, we design, we decorate. We fill our rooms with all rich and pleasant treasures. This is our how our house is built by the strength of  our professional integrity and the understanding of our own personal character. It is at this time in our lives that we know that we have accomplished great things.Giving back to our community brings us the encouragement to be more than we ever hoped to be. To rise above adversity,to blossom into who we were designed to be. We become great men and women of design. Being true to who we are  can bring out the best in what we design.

Invest into your community, Invest your career in a student intern from your local design schools.

                                                           john thompson designer

          Associate Member of the Interior Design Society

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Details: The elements of wonder and a smile.

Spring arrives in the mountains.

details of bunkhouse shower

Galvanized steel panels are  already for next winter.
Galvanized steel has gone through a chemical process to keep it from corroding. The steel gets coated in layers of zinc because rust won't attack this protective metal. For countless outdoor, marine, or industrial applications, galvanized steel is an essential fabrication component.

The principal method of making steel resist corrosion is by alloying it with another metal, zinc. When steel is submerged in melted zinc, the chemical reaction permanently bonds the zinc to the steel through galvanizing. Therefore, the zinc isn't exactly a sealer, like paint, because it doesn't just coat the steel; it actually permanently becomes a part of it.

The zinc goes through a reaction with the iron molecules within the steel to form galvanized steel. The most external layer is all zinc, but successive layers are a mixture of zinc and iron, with an interior of pure steel. These multiple layers are responsible for the amazing property of the metal to withstand corrosion-inducing circumstances, such as saltwater or moisture.

Stair rail detail in the bunkhouse.

Antique Indonesian teak bench to use while taking your snow boots off and enjoying the warm cozy fire.

The whole reason to have a family retreat in the Mountains.
john thompson designer
Associate Member of the Interior Design Society

Friday, April 22, 2011

stairway to success!

Brand new this season
Alustra Woven Textures

                                   The Craftsmen are busy completing the stairs to the bunk house.

john thompson designer

Thursday, April 21, 2011

getting ready for the great reveal

  The  Modern Lodge in the mountains is getting close to being finished. I promised my client that no one could see anymore new photos.
 GENIUS. Powerful, Thoughtful,

Imagine what it really looks like.
 Hint: BOLD patterns, Sadly no stripes were used.

It was such a privilege to be a part of it. I am so excited about all the limitless opportunities for success this will bring.  I was once told when one door closes many windows open. Thank you very much Wayne for your faith in me and your insight.
  This is Beyond my wildest dreams. It is wonderful to be blessed far more than I could ever imagined.
WOW! this is only the beginning!

It is EXCITING TO SEE the new progress everyday!
The Trees are clapping their hands right now! It is Time to Soar on Wings >i<


john thompson designer

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Back in the mountains!

Everything is coming together nicely. in the city furniture is shaping up nicely as well.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thank you!

Textiles for dining chair from Mark Pollack.

Thank you Ashley, Ed and David the dining table is AWESOME. It is handcrafted from Brazilian Cherry and Western Walnut
Light Fixture from PH Reed. you David and Peter.

Dining Chairs are by ERIC BRAND FURNITURE.

Pillows by Thorpe Draperies

headboard, pillows and bed skirt custom made by Thorpe Draperies

Tile work by Benjamin

Photography by Adrienne

Live edge fireplace mantle from endurawood.
      The Macleay project is completed. I wanted to give special thanks to all of you that participated in making this wonderful and unique space a success. Patrick, James,  Benjamin, Adrienne, Katie, Ivan, Mike, Kathryn B,Mark P.,Ashley, Ed, David, Dann B., Eric B,Susan and Bill and all of the others subcontractors and suppliers that put their expertise into this beautiful home. This meant alot to me. You all made it very special. I know that my client thanks you as well. Thank you all again. Looking forward to working with you all again.

John A. Thompson
john thompson designer
Associate Member of the Interior Design Society