Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Small House, Hendersonville

A small house near downtown Hendersonville, NC with a
walkout basement at the rear.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chimney Rock Cabin

Small cabin off the beaten path in Chimney Rock, North Carolina.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum has gardens, trails, educational
exhibits and integration of art throughout the grounds as shown in this gate.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Druid Hills Historic District

An example of Craftsman Bungalow in Druid Hills Historic District

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dry Falls, Highlands NC

Dry Falls is accessible from Hwy 64 near Highlands, NC in
the Cullasaja Gorge of the Nantahala National Forest.  The
winding road reminds me of driving in the mountains of Jamaica.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Nostalgia Courtyard Shops, Saluda

An interesting smattering of shops that I recently stumbled
upon in Saluda during a lazy Sunday afternoon drive.

Monday, October 18, 2010

St James Episcopal Church

St James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC has excellent
stonework and an enclosed courtyard.
                                                                 There is a fenced English garden located beside the chapel.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Carl Sandburg Home

Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard were guests at the
Carl Sandburg Home National Historical Site in Flat Rock, NC.
A very good impersonation of President Lincoln.
For more on the Carl Sandburg Home see

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Summer Music in Flat Rock

Peace Out performed on October 2nd at the final concert in Flat Rock.
Their music is an eclectic blend of folk, country, African
and Celtic.  It was a great occasion to listen to some
good music and look at the audience - kids,
retirees and young folk.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Art on Main in Hendersonville

The Art on Main show took place last weekend
in Hendersonville.  This booth featured
the art of Michael Bedoian of Saluda whose
detailed paintings highlight local black bears.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Landscapes

This little building really showcases its business of landscape design.
Regional architecture (sort of), two water features, accessible design,
and of course landscape design.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Garden Gate and Fence

An interesting fence and gate at a house in
Hendersonville, NC.  Gravel drive, nice plantings,
natural materials and a suggestion of mystery beyond...
The fence at the neighbor's house - gravel drive,
stone wall, plantings and the fence repeated.  It all seems
to go together very well.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mike's On Main Street

Mike's on Main Street in Hendersonville. NC is a coffee/sandwich
shop that is located in an old pharmacy/soda shop.  The prices are
very reasonable and the decor is interesting.
Soda counter with stools, booths and a case with old
pharmacy bottles and containers....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Heavenly Hogs

An interesting shop in Chimney Rock, NC.
Yep, it's all about bikes...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival

Each year Asheville does a good job with numerous fairs and festivals.
The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAF) takes place
on North Lexington Avenue and engages the community with
art, crafts, childrens activities, food and music.
This group was very good with a bohemian/indie/rock genre.
One of the couples dressed for the festival doing
their part to "keep Asheville weird."

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hendersonville Depot

The historic Hendersonville Depot is located on Maple Street at 7th Avenue
in Hendersonville, NC.   The structure was constructed in 1902 and replaced
the first depot which was built in 1879.
The Hendersonville Depot is home to the Apple Valley Model
Railroad Club which features  over 1700 feet of track running through
model areas of Hendersonville, Asheville, Canton, Saluda as well
as several other NC towns.  For more info see the link

Friday, September 3, 2010

Local Color, Brevard

Interesting sign for a shop in Brevard, NC.
See more at this link

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is located in the Pisgah National Forest
in North Carolina.  If you like waterfalls you will NOT be
disappointed as this forest has several. 
Looking Glass Falls is easily accessible from the
road and is one of the most popular of the falls in the Park.
For more information see

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Natural Bridge, Chimney Rock NC

A very natural bridge spanning the Broad River
in Chimney Rock/Bat Cave.  The railings would have
been better if "natural" wood pieces were used...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fishes in Brevard

Birds gotta sing, fish gotta climb...
Interesting public art in Brevard, NC.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brevard Jewelry Store

Diamond Rush Jewelry in Brevard, NC.
Interesting sidewalk treatment at door sill.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Vegetable Garden

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Flat Rock Shops - Part 3

Smokestack ornament on the BBQ restaurant.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Flat Rock Shops - Part 2

Bakery cum restaurant cum gift shop.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Flat Rock Shops - Part 1

Flat Rock, NC is a small village near Hendersonville
that has several small shops, restaurants and galleries that
are very interesting and unique.  These establishments will be
featured over the next few days.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Surf Fishermen

Interesting sign/sticker on a
building in the Montford Historical District.
Yes, it is a valid website.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bele Chere 2010

The Bele Chere festival took place in Asheville this past weekend.
Lots of people, arts and music.  This group was very
entertaining and featured local musicians.  There were also
 some big acts like Toubab Krewe; good vibes...
The ever popular Drum Circle was set up outside the Lexington Avenue Brewery
(Lab) on Lexington Avenue.  They had some great chicken/pork
tacos/burritos for $2.00 each - delicious.
Check them out at 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jammin' in Pritchard Park

A typical Saturday afternoon in Pritchard Park, Asheville.
This small, urban park is the scene of the Drum Circle
on Friday nights as well as the impromtu
gatherings of music, arts and crafts.

A couple of free spirits gettin' down..

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Iron Horse Legacy, Lincoln

The Iron Horse mural/bas relief in the Haymarket Historical District
is an excellent representation of the westward expansion
of the railroad.  This piece was sculpted by Jay Tschetter
of Yankee Hill Brick, fired and then erected on site.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pack Place Railing

A very interesting, artistic railing at the new Pack Place Park
in Asheville.  I like the way the ball/globe appears to
be  escaping the confines of the railing as
the top rail attempts to hold it in check.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Residential Fence Design

Build me a fence, open and closed.
Wood would be nice, or metal.
Give it a cap; match the roof, maybe..
Step it down the hill nicely.
Be sure to make it interesting and different.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Asheville Pizza & Brewing

Pizza, beer and a movie all together.  What more could you want?
And the movie admission is only $3.00 with the food and beverage
delivered to you while watching the movie.  Great pizza too.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Small House

I recently saw this vehicle in downtown Asheville which is
still under construction.  The chap working on it
said that it is a house, albeit a very small one.  It could be
used for camping or a a temporary abode by someone
who is able to get by without the trappings of society.
Or it could be used as a small office.

An interior view showing incorporation of recycled
materials on the "porch" and the use of various wood species.
There is a small loft over the small area at the front
that could be used for sleeping. Notice the small space
heater on the right wall.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Montford Houses

The Montford Area Historical District has many fine examples of
historical architectural styles as well as some new interpretations on
design.  This house has Arts and Crafts as well as Asian influences.
I especially like the deep roof overhangs which negate the need
for gutters.  Not too sure about the curved wall on the left though.

Totally different design - more contemporary in volume and materials.
The space in front of the vehicle is a home office and the main
entry is to the right of the wood wall.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wedge Brewing Company

The River Arts Studios were open this weekend in addition to the  food and
drinking establishments in the area.  Wedge Brewing Company has an
excellent outdoor drinking/eating location with a "fence"
that is a work of art.

Another view of the drinking patio showing
the sun shade and incorporated parts welded together
to form the enclosing fence.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kenilworth Neighborhood

One of many historical residences in the Kenilworth neighborhood
in Asheville.  This house uses a lot of stone and relates well to the site.

Garage with apartment above; notice the matching mailbox.