Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Sketches
Tim Bjella

Rothenburg via Pencil

Traveling along the Romantic Road in Germany many moons ago, Robyn and I came across the very essence of picturesque. A town that almost oozes character. From this place you can imagine what medieval towns were like 1000 years ago. You may

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Tools of the Trade
Tim Bjella

The Perfect Pencil

Often, people ask me what pencil I use to draw and sketch (by often, I mean nobody, ever). So here is my current favorite tool, recently received via Kickstarter. If you have a hankerin’ to put lead on paper, the Penxo pencil is for

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Travel-tecture
Tim Bjella

Unintentionally Anthropomorphic

Many years have passed since Robyn and I visited the romantic town of Rothenburg, Germany. A quick image search confirms it is still as picturesque as ever and, best of all, my favorite tower did not wander off. Huh? Wander off? Notice the stubby, little

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Kitchens
Tim Bjella

Can You Spot the Focal Point of this Kitchen?

Hint: It’s not the dust bunny in the corner (just kidding, there will NEVER be a dust bunny in this kitchen). While the area that draws your attention is, in this case quite obvious, focal points are typically more subtle. Most spaces have one, although it is

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Name this place!

I know some of you have been there, but I’m still betting no one will guess where I sketched this. C’mon, prove me wrong!   It’s Disneyland!

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Travel-tecture
Tim Bjella

An Architect’s Dream Commission.

Notice the sublime use of color. The exquisite attention to detail. The horizontal layering juxtaposed with vertical stacking. Not to mention the symbiotic prose creating a didactic metaphor expressing the joy and sorrow of life itself. They just don’t teach this stuff in

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Art & Craft
Tim Bjella

Design Matters – Pinewood Derby

This was our third year competing in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. Once again as expected, Team Bjella came in DEAD LAST. Apparently aerodynamics have some sort of effect on the outcome 😉 . Even finishing last, we WERE the winners (especially

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