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Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
9.11.19

Designed to last - celebrating 25 years of TBL

This month, TBL celebrates our 25th anniversary: a quarter-century of inspired collaboration. Our friends, family and partners play an integral part in our world. For this, we are keenly aware of the importance of social interdependency and the role it plays to allow us to produce our best and most thoughtful work.As part of this milestone, our team knew we wanted to partner with My Friends Place (MFP) for a second time (see 2018s project here). This Hollywood-based resource center knows the va . . .

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Soucie Horner, Ltd.
Founded in 2000 and based in Chicago, Soucie Horner has been commissioned for projects throughout the United States, Mexico and the UK. The firm provides architectural design services for private clients and SH Studio residential developments.

Our interiors illuminate the individuality of each client with a sophistication and flair that serve to refine lifestyle through design. Every detail is considered in creating environments that are comfortably livable and absolutely lovely. Ultimately, Soucie Horner homes make a gracious personal statement about the people who own them.
9.9.19

Travel Diaries: Explore the City of Jaipur

Routinely ranked as one of Asias best tourist draws, Jaipur has all the pomp of ancient royal history and every amenity of modern Indian life. Shea has made countless trips abroad, whether to Marrakech or to Kyoto, Japan, for the Leaders of Design Council. But...The post Travel Diaries: Explore the City of Jaipur appeared first on Soucie Horner Ltd.. . . .

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Soucie Horner, Ltd.
Founded in 2000 and based in Chicago, Soucie Horner has been commissioned for projects throughout the United States, Mexico and the UK. The firm provides architectural design services for private clients and SH Studio residential developments.

Our interiors illuminate the individuality of each client with a sophistication and flair that serve to refine lifestyle through design. Every detail is considered in creating environments that are comfortably livable and absolutely lovely. Ultimately, Soucie Horner homes make a gracious personal statement about the people who own them.
9.9.19

Travel Diaries: India

Routinely ranked as one of Asias best tourist draws, Jaipur has all the pomp of ancient royal history and every amenity of modern Indian life. While on a recent trip to develop our newest collection of rugs, Shea fell in love anew with the majestic...The post Travel Diaries: India appeared first on Soucie Horner Ltd.. . . .

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Barnes Vanze Architects
Our co-founders, Anthony “Ankie” Barnes and Stephen Vanze, established Barnes Vanze Architects in 1989. In 2018, the leadership expanded to include four new principals: Wayne Adams; Melanie Giordano; Ellen Hatton and Michael Patrick.

Our architects and designers have a laser-like focus on clients’ needs—from the first sketches to the final walk-through—whether it’s a home, retail or office environment, university building, or church.

We’ve brought old city dwellings back to their original splendor; used classical architecture to imbue new homes with rich historical references; and transformed builder-grade “Colonials” into the real thing. Each time, the style and layout responds directly to a client’s aesthetic needs and daily routines.

We take the same careful approach to commercial and institutional work, which includes complete rehabilitation and additions to historic commercial properties; new university buildings that respond to their historic surroundings; and modern facilities for an expanding secondary school. “They are beautiful buildings, constructed with the quality of a home,” Barnes says.

For that reason, our work has earned dozens of awards, including the John Russell Pope award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Traditional Building’s Palladio awards and the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Awards for Excellence. We’ve been featured in more than 100 magazine articles, online publications and books, and are consistently published on lists of the best architects and designers in the Washington region.

Steve Vanze and Ankie Barnes have both earned the prestigious “Fellow” ranking within the American Institute of Architects; they and BVA’s principals are grooming the next generation of great architectural talents with each new commission.
 
8.23.19

A Look Back on 30 Years at BVA

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Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
7.24.19

Green Design & Architecture: What it Means for Tim Barber Ltd.

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Barnes Vanze Architects
Our co-founders, Anthony “Ankie” Barnes and Stephen Vanze, established Barnes Vanze Architects in 1989. In 2018, the leadership expanded to include four new principals: Wayne Adams; Melanie Giordano; Ellen Hatton and Michael Patrick.

Our architects and designers have a laser-like focus on clients’ needs—from the first sketches to the final walk-through—whether it’s a home, retail or office environment, university building, or church.

We’ve brought old city dwellings back to their original splendor; used classical architecture to imbue new homes with rich historical references; and transformed builder-grade “Colonials” into the real thing. Each time, the style and layout responds directly to a client’s aesthetic needs and daily routines.

We take the same careful approach to commercial and institutional work, which includes complete rehabilitation and additions to historic commercial properties; new university buildings that respond to their historic surroundings; and modern facilities for an expanding secondary school. “They are beautiful buildings, constructed with the quality of a home,” Barnes says.

For that reason, our work has earned dozens of awards, including the John Russell Pope award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Traditional Building’s Palladio awards and the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Awards for Excellence. We’ve been featured in more than 100 magazine articles, online publications and books, and are consistently published on lists of the best architects and designers in the Washington region.

Steve Vanze and Ankie Barnes have both earned the prestigious “Fellow” ranking within the American Institute of Architects; they and BVA’s principals are grooming the next generation of great architectural talents with each new commission.
 
6.12.19

Steve Vanze Talks Solariums

The Wall Street Journal turned to BVA Principal Steve Vanze last week for his take on the growing popularity of glass-enclosed garden and sun rooms, because the firm has done many of them for its luxury residential clients. If youre in an urban environment, its a way of capturing outdoor space and still not being in the middle of what could be an unpleasant city environment, Steve told the paper. And if youre in a rural or suburban environment, its a way of reaching out from the house into natur . . .

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Barnes Vanze Architects
Our co-founders, Anthony “Ankie” Barnes and Stephen Vanze, established Barnes Vanze Architects in 1989. In 2018, the leadership expanded to include four new principals: Wayne Adams; Melanie Giordano; Ellen Hatton and Michael Patrick.

Our architects and designers have a laser-like focus on clients’ needs—from the first sketches to the final walk-through—whether it’s a home, retail or office environment, university building, or church.

We’ve brought old city dwellings back to their original splendor; used classical architecture to imbue new homes with rich historical references; and transformed builder-grade “Colonials” into the real thing. Each time, the style and layout responds directly to a client’s aesthetic needs and daily routines.

We take the same careful approach to commercial and institutional work, which includes complete rehabilitation and additions to historic commercial properties; new university buildings that respond to their historic surroundings; and modern facilities for an expanding secondary school. “They are beautiful buildings, constructed with the quality of a home,” Barnes says.

For that reason, our work has earned dozens of awards, including the John Russell Pope award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Traditional Building’s Palladio awards and the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Awards for Excellence. We’ve been featured in more than 100 magazine articles, online publications and books, and are consistently published on lists of the best architects and designers in the Washington region.

Steve Vanze and Ankie Barnes have both earned the prestigious “Fellow” ranking within the American Institute of Architects; they and BVA’s principals are grooming the next generation of great architectural talents with each new commission.
 
6.5.19

Prague: An Architectural Time Capsule

Following a recent trip to Prague for the annual conference of the Leaders of Design Council, BVA co-founder Ankie Barnes reflected on the magic of this ancient city:One contributing factor is this city has never really been either air-bombed or destroyed by house-to-house fighting, so theres a mix of Medieval, Renaissance and 17th, 18th and 19th-century architecture thats largely intact, he says. The best of these older buildings from many different eras were retained because their beauty was a . . .

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Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
5.10.19

Honoring Design Icons: The Story of Our 2019 LCDQ Legends Window

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Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
3.26.19

Art in Architectural Design

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Barnes Vanze Architects
Our co-founders, Anthony “Ankie” Barnes and Stephen Vanze, established Barnes Vanze Architects in 1989. In 2018, the leadership expanded to include four new principals: Wayne Adams; Melanie Giordano; Ellen Hatton and Michael Patrick.

Our architects and designers have a laser-like focus on clients’ needs—from the first sketches to the final walk-through—whether it’s a home, retail or office environment, university building, or church.

We’ve brought old city dwellings back to their original splendor; used classical architecture to imbue new homes with rich historical references; and transformed builder-grade “Colonials” into the real thing. Each time, the style and layout responds directly to a client’s aesthetic needs and daily routines.

We take the same careful approach to commercial and institutional work, which includes complete rehabilitation and additions to historic commercial properties; new university buildings that respond to their historic surroundings; and modern facilities for an expanding secondary school. “They are beautiful buildings, constructed with the quality of a home,” Barnes says.

For that reason, our work has earned dozens of awards, including the John Russell Pope award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Traditional Building’s Palladio awards and the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Awards for Excellence. We’ve been featured in more than 100 magazine articles, online publications and books, and are consistently published on lists of the best architects and designers in the Washington region.

Steve Vanze and Ankie Barnes have both earned the prestigious “Fellow” ranking within the American Institute of Architects; they and BVA’s principals are grooming the next generation of great architectural talents with each new commission.
 
3.20.19

Q&A With BVA Principal Ellen Hatton

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Michael Del Piero Good Design
Michael Del Piero founded Michael Del Piero Good Design in 2007 based on three simple principals: Strive for balance. Create interiors as current as they are enduring, as sophisticated as they are approachable, and as unusual as they are beautiful. And take care of clients as if they are royalty, serving their needs and lifestyles above all else.

A curious soul, a world traveler, and one of the earliest vendors on 1st Dibs, Del Piero is known for her accomplished eye and uncommon knack for a serene and simple mix that bridges generations of style. Her distinct aesthetic fuses rough with luxurious and ancient with modern. 

Her fresh approach to "the mix" has garnered accolades from a worldwide and most discerning clientele.  Recognized by industry leaders, Michael has been touted by Metropolitan Home as a tastemaker, The New York Times as a style maven and in 2009 was honored with the distinguished "Ones to Watch" award presented by the Chicago Design Community.
3.14.19
Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
2.26.19