After being invited to a wonderful wedding reception held in a restored barn this summer, I am fascinated by these converted spaces (I measured one of the barn floor boards at 21" wide, incredible!). They once held the sustaining grain store, feed and shelter for animals, but with care and thoughtfulness now provide an intriguing place to entertain.
Stepping in this beautiful home on Lake Keowee in South Carolina would be an ethereal experience. Gabriel Builders Inc. is known for attention to detail which is incredibly evident in the fantastic trim moulding detail in the foyer alone.
The chilly air and perfect snowboarding/ skiing weather has got me thinking about designer lodges, particularly the stellar lodges by Architect Michael Upwall. Born in Utah, Michael understands the temperments and overall glory of beautiful Utah, where he designed this ultimate skiers haven.
My favorite architectural element would have to be columns. Out of the three types; Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian, the later is the most detailed and sublime. This image is taken from the Lantern Slides of Classical Antiquity from Bryn Maur College. This capital detail shows the volute (the scroll) and acanthus leaves that generally indicate a Corinthian column. This particular capital is from the Forum of Augustus, Temple of Mars the Avenger. It is certainly impressive how the artisans sculpted this so intricately out of stone.