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Monday, August 22, 2011

A Year in the Making: A Modern Family Lodge

St.James Chair from Donghia

  modern solid wool blankets from Pendelton Wool.
    A vision is born from the conception of the wellspring of ideas that flood into the mind  of your client. What is a modern family lodge? It could not be anything but perfect. Only a slight ode to the idea of camping but never escaping from the clear vision of peace, harmony, the mountains or the mountain home. The structure and the feel of the space revealed itself as to what it was to become. Simple, warm, with the heart beat of the American family welcoming to visitors familiar to the heritage. Placing objects of sentiment into the space along with found objects and  blending with new found favourites.
    The birth pains of  the deliveries began.Bulldozers, cranes, trucks,   lumber, stone and steel. Workmen hustling to put a roof on before the snows arrive.  When it snows it is five maybe more foot of it.  Every moment my phone rang, new ideas and creative solutions were solved. As My client drove to the job site practically everyday to supervise what I could not. She catalogued everything from her i phone emailed it to me and we discussed every detail of tile, wood finishes, wood species. wall colour, window covering and textile for furniture existing and new.
   Our business relationship was built on trust and communication. When we seemed to boxed  in by a canyon  with no resolution, we   creatively tripped over an idea which  actually became the revelation. It was better than the original idea.
   The excitement of the walls taking shape, furniture being ordered, Galvanized steel wainscoting surrounding the outside of the lodge for when the snows arrive early in October or November . What was once sketches from an architect's  drawing pad became  the working drawings.  The PDFs were  sent via email to me, the interior designer in Portland, Oregon the vision was molded into the reality of a family vacation home in the Northern Lake Tahoe area of California.

By phone call, text, email and trust and a great team a house was built. Through trust, communication, sticking with the goals , the vision becomes clear and the house becomes a home. . Another satisfied client becomes a long time friend offering referral after referrals. national magazines have scouted it out and get ready to photograph it.The vision becomes a masterpiece.
 Thank you to all that were there for me during this wonderful time of recreating my life and helping to set my goals.Thank you all who helped shape my clients vision into their wonderful piece of art known as theirModern Family Lodge.

 I know that I have been transformed by this experience and look forward to many more.

John A. Thompson
Associate Member of the Interior Design Society