Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Cool Details
Tim Bjella

You call that a staircase? THIS is a staircase.

Architects LOVE staircases. To us, they’re like candy, except less sticky. Ask us to design a house and we’ll probably suggest you put a staircase in every room, just so we can design a few more. A typical exchange with a client goes

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Kitchens
Tim Bjella

Something Alive

I’m beginning to think that all of our kitchens should have a special place set aside for a flower – a place for something alive (but not alive like a monster or Frankenstein – unless you are into that kind of thing. In which case,

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Art & Craft
Tim Bjella

The Making of a Christmas Ornament

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what was involved in making this year’s minimal Christmas ornament (I say it’s a snowman, some say chicken, others penguin). My wife, Robyn, thinks these ornaments just appear by

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Art & Craft
Tim Bjella

Snowman Ornament – 2015 – Part 1

For each of the past twenty-three years I crafted a Christmas ornament for my wife, Robyn. Because of this, for twenty-three years I haven’t had to go to the mall and buy her a real gift (I bet you guys wish you had thought

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Miscellaneous
Tim Bjella

Merry Christmas 2015

Check out our final two Christmas card alternatives for the year. Which do you prefer? Wishing you a Frosty Christmas and a snowy new year!

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Venice Via Pencil

If you are going to get lost, do it in Venice. And, bring a pencil… Someday I’ll have to put some color on these. It just isn’t Venice without.

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Cool Details
Tim Bjella

My Favorite Cartoon Duck

Designing anything unique has its pitfalls. Sometimes unexpected things happen, don’t work correctly, or a cartoon duck shows up! The design of this stone tile floor emblem is a great example. Most people never see it (I didn’t until a couple of years after the fact),

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

North Shore, Minnesota

Cold, Cold, Cold, in the winter. Chilly in the spring. Cool in the fall. Summer… awesome. Wait a minute… is it winter or summer?

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Houses
Tim Bjella

Flashback: Our First House Design

A walk down memory lane leads back 20 years to the first home I ever designed. Thank you Scott Addyman! You trusted me to design your home when we had zero, nothing, nada in our portfolio. Here’s to you Scott!

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