Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wednesday Woodworks – Spiral staircases

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Any woodworker can appreciate the craftmanship required to build a spiral staircase. Here are a few examples where imagination has equaled mathematical precision.   Have you ever laid eyes on anything quite like the above?  I want to get my hands on this book desperately, can only imagine what deliciousness is featured on the inside if this beauty that graces the cover!
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Another great example of clever craftmanship on this industrial staircase. I love all the visible grain and rich color. perfect for this space.
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And last but not least, a very traditional narrow spiral staircase, cozily nestled in amongst a bevy of woodworks; wide planked flooring, rustic cabinetry, hallway paneling, all the way to the front door.

Happy Earth Day!

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Big thanks to the TCHTA for organizing  another great TCI Shines on Saturday morning to celebrate Earth Day 2012!  Great job to all the participating businesses and volunteers.
All images by Eric F. Salamanca

The TCI Environmental Club and TCI Rubbish Runners joined forces with the Enid Capron School and the Gansevoort to tackle the litter in Five Cays.

Lead by example like these young people pictured above; please make earth day everyday, get the green-week list of ideas on ways which you can make a difference right now!

Real Life Magazine – Sanctuary Behind the Scenes

A few of my behind the scenes images from the Sanctuary shoot, be sure to check out the feature story From Fashion to Compassion.  Loved the texture of this pavilions thatched ceiling.  Giant sliding mosquito screen doors keep in the view and keep out the pests.

Apparently the design of the entire estate unfolded around this incredible table.

White orchids not only grace nearly every room, they can be found nestled within trees outside as well.

The surrounding nature truly envelopes the architecture.

My favorite room; sleek white walls and woods in every variety in every direction.  If I ever have the chance to work or play at Donna Karan’s Sanctuary again, I hope to plop into one of these cozy poufs and peruse a couple of the books from her eclectic collection.

Real Life Magazine – Styling for Donna Karan’s Parrot Cay Sanctuary

Early last month I received a phone call from photographer Steve Passmore inquiring if I would be interested in photo styling  for him for an upcoming project; the showcase property story for Real Life Magazine.  As soon as he uttered the words “Donna Karen” I interjected “absolutely!” before he could finish his sentence.
An old friend of ours, Chris Johnston, was the client site architect for the construction of the estate over the course of several years so I knew a great deal about the magnificence of the place but had never had the opportunity to lay eyes on it. Even when TC Millwork was contracted to build the bedroom dresser pictured below, the stars did not aline for a site visit.

The second story pool was even more incredible than I imagined; framed by swinging sofas, giant teak lounge beds shaded by white sheers, and that pure Parrot Cay view.
It is truly a unique vision, no other property in the Turks and Caicos quite compares to this very fittingly named “Sanctuary.”

 The Sanctuary’s sense of balance was striking to me, not only evident in terms of symmetry and size like pictured above and below, but also in terms of
modern elements like crisp lines and polished glass to natural elements like knotted woods and weathered timber furnishings.

 Juliet Austin writes in the article “Channelling twenty-first century minimalism, the intelligent design blurs any distinction between outside and in. Carefully lit exterior gardens extend spaces outward at night, just as oiled Ipe decking blends with interiors by day. Answering the call of nature, inspiration drew from Karan’s love of Bali’s Begawan Giri Resort. “There, harmony – between man and man, man and surroundings, man and god – is enshrined in life,” explains Kuan. “In Parrot Cay, synchronicity with landscape was paramount. Every element is visually and experientially heightened.” Co-existing with nature, the home unequivocally leaves an impression, “but paradoxically, no trace,” says Kuan. “Buildings are strong, filled with wind, light, air and rain; open to the elements, yet conversely, able to disappear amidst a cocoon of green.”

Please read the entire article here, or pick up your very own copy from the local grocers or many fine businesses.

I extend my gratitude to Steve and Real Life for thinking of me for this project which was an absolute dream to style, but especially to Mary Beth and all the lovely staff.  After our jaw dropping grand tour they kindly read our mixed faces of amazement and overwhelming “where on earth do we start” panic and made certain we had all the direction and hands on assistance we required to create all of these beautiful images.


To close, my favorite, the image that for me tells the story of why this incredibly globally fed and influenced home was ultimately built on Turks and Caicos shores . . .

it’s a magical place, just as Juliet quotes Donna, “the kind of place that inspires you to make memories.”