Dining Out for Life

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder that tomorrow is Dining Out for Life. Kelly and I will be joining the rest of the KW gang at Pack’s Tavern. We will be hosting from 7 to 8pm. We would love to see your faces there. However, be sure to get out and be a part of our supportive community somewhere on Thursday. Cheers! Troy1902780_10152355384236015_2018396457_n

Chunn’s Cove Mid-Century

HoneyKelly and I were out previewing some homes for remote clients and checking in on an upcoming listing this morning. We took the opportunity to check out this mid-century home in Chunn’s Cove that was on the market for just a few days before going under contract.

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Fletcher Contemporary Conversion

Kelly and I stopped by to visit with Sally Spiegel at one of her projects today in Fletcher. She has been working to convert a traditional, suburban home into a warm and clean contemporary. We will be doing a more detailed tour of it after IMG_3314completion, but we thought it was overall a great transformation and a perfect example of how this style of home could be updated for today’s more modern lifestyle. Below Kelly and Sally are standing in the newly expanded kitchen waiting on some of the final details to be installed. More coming soon. Great job Sally!

Artist George Peterson

IMG_3270During a recent trip to Brevard I was finally able to meet with artist George Peterson. It has been a year since I stumbled upon his work in an Asheville venue and I was an immediate fan. I witnessed five skateboards mounted in a row that had been cut, burned, scarred and painted as tribal art. The iconic, pop culture shapes had been put through destruction and rebirth giving them an immediate and powerful new story that holds my attention even today.

Geoge’s studio occupies a mid-century church building in the Arts District of Brevard. The sanctuary has been built out as a skate boarding and performance venue while the adjacent rooms are filled with his equipment and materials. He calls himself a “working class” artist and dedicates himself from 8 to 5 daily on his craft there.George Comp

George is self-taught. His influences are Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, Finn Juhl, Bob Stocksdale, tribal art and punk rock. The combination of influences from 100-year-old tribal art, 80’s California to the Western North Carolina mountains and interior fashion today make them from a time period and world all of their own. His graphic and rhythmic twist to classic wood-turning gives his pieces a rawness and vulnerability that evoke history and narrative. For me, it takes an intuitive hand to craft something that offers subtle complexity masked by simplicity. In George’s hands, Punk is reinvented and becomes a timeless and sophisticated art form.

George’s work will be showcased in a new show later this month at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in downtown Asheville. For more on his work visit his website.

Enjoy!

Troy

SHAPE: A Film about Design

Good Morning. I came across this clever, short film this morning while doing some design research. It is a less is more, approach to illustrating how small changes in design can affect us daily and improve our lives. In many ways it is how I  travel and move through the world. While driving down a street or walking intoshape_play_screen a home for the first time I am reworking everything I see. Though the short film is geared towards children it is a good reminder for adults that simple things like window placement, space flow and indoor/outdoor relationships can improve our day to day life both functionally and energetically. We often think we have to live with what is given to us when it comes to our environment. However, what if we could change something. What would you do?

To view the film click here.

For a light touch on homes click here.

Enjoy!  Troy

Happy Zero Anniversary to Us!

Today, Kelly and I celebrate our Zero Anniversary. Though we have been working to get our new company off the ground for a few months we chose April 1st as an official launch day. {Yeah!} And we are celebrating by…well…working on what we love. Lustron

Our morning started by showing our clients Asheville’s original Lustron House in Beverly Hills. What a beauty! It is all original and super efficient. It is in the process of changing owners. Search the blog for my past article on this one-of-kind Lustron home.

Cheers!

Troy