Those of you (especially my fellow design buddies) who know me well know that I have had a love affair with TND communities ( or New Urbanism) for many, many years. The first one I fell in love with was in North Carolina twenty something years ago. I vowed then that I would be a part of one …..some day.
I didn’t care if it was the mountainy look of Mt. Laurel
the southerness of The Waters
the beachiness of Watercolor
or the European feel of Rosemary
I just loved them all. Still do.
Well that day and those dreams finally came together about 8 years ago.
I was hired to work with the developers and builders at The Waters in Alabama and ruined many a pair of shoes before the streets were in but shared in the excitement of watching a community literally come out of the ground. My first visit was in Andrew’s 4-wheel drive as we drove through pasture land with him saying, “Now there will be a 200 acre lake that horseshoes around this section and the tree lined streets will be laid out in a grid here and there.”
Amazingly, we could see it all, right down to the white chapel at the top of Chapel Hill Street. We bought a house and opened a shop
Then came the day that made me smile for a full year. I was hired to design a fabulous house at Watercolor on 30A in Florida, then another and another.
I felt like Walt Disney had waved his magic wand. But in my heart of hearts I knew from whence the blessings flow.
The learning curve is steep in these communities. The footprint is small. The windows are many. The walls few.
Furniture that worked last time won’t work here. Parking is tight. Streets are narrow. And never have I experienced the love of neighbors that exists here. It’s just a special kind of living. It’s that simple.
Therefore, I am celebrating my good fortune and the lessons learned learned along the way by offering a series of seminars built around the topics of design, decorating and entertaining. We will look at everything from current trends to tackling some of the challenges unique to these communities. I will, from time to time, be sharing some of the content here. It should be “large fun” as my neighbor, John, would say.