Archive for September, 2011

Another delicious recipe from the kitchen of a client with class! This recipe and kitchen are featured in Robert McArthur Creative Spaces for Cooks.

Golden Cream Scones
2-3 ounce piece of unpeeled ginger root                                          Glaze:
3-4 lemons (zest only)                                                                              3 Tablespoons butter melted
2 cups flour                                                                                                   2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder                                                                 (reserved zest from above)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
3/4-1 cup golden raisins
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the unpeeled ginger into large chunks then use a food processor to chop it into tiny pieces. Set ginger aside. Use a zester to remove the zest from the lemons, avoiding the white pith. In the processor, chop the long strips into tiny bits. Set zest aside in two equal amounts, reserving one for the glaze. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Mix well with a fork. Sprinkle the ginger, 1/2 of the lemon zest, and the raisins evenly across the surface of the dry ingredients. Toss together with a fork. Use your fingertips to keep the moist ingredients from clumping together if necessary. Using a fork, stir in the cream until the dough holds together in a rough mass. Lightly flour a board and transfer the dough to it. Knead the dough a few times to finish combining ingredients if necessary. Pat it into a circle about 10 inches across. For the glaze, spread the butter over the top of the circle of dough and sprinkle first the remaining lemon zest and then the sugar on top. Cut the circle into 12 wedges and place each piece on an ungreased baking sheet, allowing about an inch between pieces. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. For smaller scones, make two circles cut into 8 wedges each.

These are my variation of the raisin scones traditionally served at teatime. I like them for breakfast.

Creating Personality in a Home

September 27th, 2011

Continuing with the creating inspiring pieces theme of last week…. I feel designed and manufactured furniture, when put together correctly, can be quite artistic. As artistic elements in a home come together they give unique personality to the home rather than a “canned” look.  I designed bed frames for our St. George Studio/Model, working with Funder Welding & Design. I wanted the beds to have an industrial/contemporary design element. Here are a few shots of the process to create them. I am excited to see them in the space!

Creating Inspiring Pieces- Part II

September 22nd, 2011

The right piece of upholstered furniture can add inspiration and meaning to a space. In the model home below I had a headboard and two chairs custom made. I had a specific style, shape and fabric that I wanted. Rather than searching for something close to what I envisioned that would also fit into my budget, I had my favorite upholstery shop help me create it. If you are having a hard time finding the perfect piece to finish off your room, try having one made for you!

Contact me if you would like to recreate one of these pieces or for help creating your own custom piece!

Creating Inspiring Pieces

September 20th, 2011

I believe that furniture serves its purpose best when it has meaning; whether designed by an artist, or having historical or family significance. I worked with talented craftsman George Merrill to create a conference table for my St. George Studio using reclaimed wood with historical worth. The base was designed to look like a bridge given the history of the wood as you will read below.

I asked George to take a few photos of the construction of the table and share its history with you.

The legs of this table were created from the Jarrah wood from an old bridge in Queensland Australia

Forgotten dreams
People from years long past, the silent ones that left this world as quietly as they came, never seeking infamy or notoriety, rather just to build something for their family, to make their children’s life better than their own. Their simple dreams and aspirations not of grand homes or fine clothes, were virtually void of extravagance and grandeur. Instead aspirations of dry
warm homes in the winter, and dinner tables laid out daily with food that feeds the soul as well as the body were their dreams. We rarely hear or read about these people, the ones with earth under their fingernails and sun baked wrinkles carved into their faces. Now, at this very moment their blood still silently flows through our veins.

Is it possible to connect with the forgotten dreams of our forefathers? To sift beyond the cluttered remnants of the questionable aspirations most of us work towards today?

Holding a heavy weathered piece of old Jarrah wood reclaimed from a turn of the century bridge just may be that connection.

Sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s in Queensland Australia a callused hardened hand of a simple laborer took this very Jarrah beam from a horse drawn wagon, heaved it onto his work weary shoulder and carried it to the spot that would be this beams home for the next 100 years.

At the end of that day this man went home, washed the days work grime off his hands, arms, and face then sat down to a simple table with his wife and children to enjoy the food that his daily labors provided. Later that night not giving another thought about that wood beam he laid down in bed next to his wife and quickly drifted off to sleep. Only to arise well before sunrise the next morning, eat breakfast, and start it all over again.

Could something from this man be imprinted upon this old Jarrah beam? Could this beam serve as some sort of interface between this man, his world, his dreams, and ours?

We don’t know the answer to that question. However, there is one thing we do know, we can take those materials and resources from this mans world and reintegrate them into ours. These precious reclaimed items of wood and steel can be reintroduced into our world today. They can serve as a respectful reminder of this man, his dreams, and his world and hopefully, somehow, bring a richer meaning to our world.

Hand cut mortise and tenon joints held firmly in place with hard wood pins.

In the 18th and 19th centuries people didn’t have readily available kilns for drying wood. Nor did they have available the years of time required to properly air-dry wood planks for building furniture. The bread-board edge was attached to both ends of tables to hold the planks in place and straight as the unseasoned planks continued to dry and move over time.

Being a very dynamic material wood will continue to move, expanding and contracting with the weather changes it is exposed to. There is nothing a wood worker can do to stop this. In fact if the wood worker either ignores this fact or attempts to restrain the wood from its absolute eventual movement he is assigning to his piece of furniture a premature course of self-destruction.

The UDLA Reception held last night was an exceptional event. We were honored to have UDLA members, Excellence in Design award recipients, Margret Shuff owner of Utah Style and Design, a representative from the clipper, and other community members present. Eatery 1025 was an ideal venue and provided us with delicious food. Among those we honored was Amy Wylie from the Refugee Services who helped us arrange details for our Refugee Housing Project. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event a huge success!

Amy Wylie, with her husband, accepts her UDLA award.

The Utah Designers League Refugee Housing Project on Saturday was a success! We were able to furnish and stock 3 homes for families coming from Somalia, Bhutan, and Ethiopia. The apartments were completely empty with the exception of new mattresses. We were able to provide furniture, linens, kitchen supplies, toiletries and more. Thank you to the Utah Designers League Association, our clients, the community and the Bountiful 58th and Muller Park 2nd ward for your donations! We were able to put everything donated to good use.

Special thanks to the Bountiful 58th ward and Unique Deliveries for supplying our moving power!

Two of the apartments were in a nice complex in Holiday. The refugee services office has helped many families relocate to Utah.

This apartment will house a family from Somalia with a 10 year old boy, 9 year old girl and single father.

We got the thumbs up from the sister of the family coming from Bhutan. They were amazed at how beautiful everything was and that it was all donated!

Park City Homeshow

September 7th, 2011

This weekend I was  impressed with the Park City Area Showcase of Homes. The quality of construction in each home was refreshing. I appreciated that the accessories weren’t overdone, but enough to give each home personality. The photos below are from one of my favorite homes on the tour, home #4- Phillips Development in the Colony.

Herm’s Inn Update

September 1st, 2011

Update on Herm’s in progress! The renovation of this historic building in Logan is moving right along. The structural integrity of the old building is being updated to make it safe to use as an eatery. Note the extra height in foundation to make the lower level more usable. We are really working hard to preserve the old building.