As a lover of architecture and interior design, I recently took a little trip to Spring Green, Wisconsin to see the home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Taliesin is a journey back in time, with a look to the future.
Frank Lloyd Wright - The Perpetual Home Renovator
This home was built in 1911 and added on to and remodeled many times over the years. Because he could! I love his experimental courage, always innovating. True to his Organic Design philosophy, all of the building materials were sourced locally. Sadly, the soft sandstone is beginning to deteriorate.
The photos can not possible capture the spirit and beauty of the place, so I encourage you to visit and donate to the preservation of this national treasure. Check it out www.taliesinpreservation.org
ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE Frank Lloyd Wright loved the land, he integrated his structures into the surrounding nature, and surrounded the home in lovely gardens.
He experimented with his use of windows and doors in unexpected shapes and ways.
You can see the influence of Japanesse architecture, the roof lines mimic the hills of the surrounding countryside.
What I found fascinating about #FrankLloydWright
In some places the ceilings were very low, apparently Frank was a short man.
The kitchen was the smallest room in the house, I thought it was a butler pantry and didn't even take a photo.
The furniture was not designed for comfort, as he believed we should not spend our time sitting around.
His book collection was truly amazing. I would like to spend 6 months in his library.
He designed tea cups to camouflage women's lipstick marks. A man of function and good taste!
His apprentices were highly involved in the construction and building.
Plywood was used in everything from flooring to light fixtures.
He was highly influenced by Japanese design and had an extensive collection of Japanese artifacts.
Before and after kitchen remodeling pictures and money saving ideas.
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How to update a kitchen with white subway tile.
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Using black as an accent color in interior design.
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