Monthly Archives: January 2009

blog post 1.24.09

RFPs…in response to the numerous REQUESTS FOR PORTRAITS…[of our dependents], here they are.

we LOVE our kid + animals – they are inspiration, amusement, amazement.kiera_01

Kiera (Knightley)  is the newest addition to Amy’s family.  She shares the delicate features and huge eyes of her namesake, and we’ve heard that she’s terrified of  unstable wardrobe mirrors.  She experienced her first snow this week.

Calvin is still drumming and exploring all things rock-n-roll,   but he has also developed a passion for whole-album production, and  comic-book creation.   He also loves movies, football, and labyrinthine blanket-intensive house-forts.  We wish he would spend as much time considering his homework and chores.calvin-drums-co

Lula,  deputy dog to her late wonderful dad, Chief (aka shoeshine,)   is crazy for Calvin, tennis balls, squirrels, ‘piggies,’  Bruce (occasionally,)  swimming,  and ‘blue bunny.’  Her nicknames are Lu-ton (as in ‘futon,’) Lu-sagna, Lu-bear, Mini-van, and Lu-da-cris.

Bruce the Bat Cat does not realize he is a cat, and has managed to reorganize the family hierarchy such that his comfort is our highest priority.  His hourly demands include…water from the tap,  40 door openings per day, canned dog food from a spoon, bedtime stories with Calvin, and ‘making biscuits time.’ cuddlepup21

Sonny and Spike.  Our surprisingly vigorous/long-lived guppies keep Bruce entertained in their strange, globe-shaped bowl.  Sonny is the extrovert, and Spike is his shadow. (think Looney Tunes ‘Spike and Chester,’ w./ roles reversed. ) They have not produced any offspring…

Harold(ina?), the eastern box turtle,  lives in our yard, and makes occasional appearances after heavy rains in search of fruit and partially digested catfood. (Yes, that’s what is on his/her face.)


Carolina Wren babies…every year, a nest appears in the bucket where we store ‘Keiko,’ our 11’ foot inflatable watercraft.

BUGS!!!  In southeastern NC, you sure see a lot of them.

Scout, the plastic horse from the mall.  (Lara’s 40th birthday gift, along with a magnifying glass, Bean-o, a jar of gingko biloba, and a large-print book.)  Someday, Lara hopes to own, lease, befriend, ride, or just groom a real-live horse.  Calvin would also like to ride horses, but Scott prefers terrifying rides in helicopters and weekend soccer to a casual trail ride.  bruceharold-cat-fud-face

Pet rock.  (ok, not in the animal kingdom, and not even a stand-in for some other creature.) No pictures yet.


In the news

We were recently in the Greater Wilmington Business journal as part of the Barrier Island Study Center team, which received a Stewardship Development award for 2008 in November.  It’s great to think that in our relatively short time here, we’ve had the great experience of working with/on 4 different projects for clients who’ve gotten recognition in this 3-county program over our firm’s existence.

It’s really rewarding for us & in retrospect- nice to see the small way we can make a difference in the Cape Fear area.   So thanks to all those clients & colleagues who make doing good design so much fun for us;

stewdev BHIC study center- 2008 winner- significant   achievement

Tonbo Meadow- 2007 winner- significant achievement

Preservation Park- 2006 winner- outstanding achievement

Village of Woodsong- 2005 winner-outstanding achievement

For more information on a great program- check out their website @

Tonbo Meadow mentioned in Green Building blog!


see the entire article here:

showing our age….

Hello- in kicking off planning for the new website, we wanted to have a looser forum for other thoughts, images, ideas, etc.  Thus- ‘B(+O)sides’.   We’re old enough to remember those little vinyl 45’s and how the ‘other’ sides were often as interesting or more compelling that the ‘A’ singles that created the ‘single’.  They were often songs of a different style, a live version, a remix, a cover,  or duet w/ another artist.  Those vinyl offerings evolved into CD5’s where the single would co-exist with 4 other tracks;  remixes, off-casts, seconds, etc.

Well- that’s the idea here.  Our new website is cleaner & more refined from our initial one, but we wanted a place for the ‘marginalia’ of our studio.  Links, design thoughts, pictures, travels, on the boards/process stuff, other musings, etc.  So every once in a while check it out and see what were thinking!