'Country Houses'

Monday, July 16, 2018

Image Eric Piasecki

The pages of the premiere hardcover work, Country Houses: The Architecture of Mark P. Finlay, invite readers on an intimate tour of twelve properties, selected from the award winning portfolio of this Connecticut based architecture and interior design firm.

From the onset, Mr. Finlay's personal introduction - including significant stories from childhood & influential employers - helps to frame the foundation for the qualities and characteristics that define his firm's signature style. Spending much of his youth surrounded by nature and crossing paths with a variety of animals in need, Mr. Finlay credits time taken to design & build structures for their shelter as serving to inspire the architect that he is today, "Someone who strives to develop a fine-grained, closely observed, intuitive understanding of my clients; to craft my designs as closely as possible to their desires; and whose greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the joy they take from my efforts." Noted apprenticeships that began at the age of 15 and continued through college years, helped cultivate crucial client skills, including taking care in watching and listening. And Mr. Finlay's early job experiences not only set the tone for creating a productive office environment, "Respect your coworkers, create a friendly atmosphere, and let every team member take ownership of every project," they also demonstrated lessons in time, "How much time and effort it takes to get a building right, to perfect the details and really make a project come to life."

These early & effective accounts spill over into each chapter, as Mr. Finlay painstakingly extends an in-depth & insiders guide into the design discussion unique to the creation of each client commission. Attention is paid to personal needs & wishes while also being mindful to the conditions of the existing landscape, use of native materials and consideration for the site's history - perhaps retaining & seamlessly blending classic form with current function. A chapter selection w/ photos include.....

Image Warren Jagger Photography

'Heritage, With a Sense of Humor' -- Located within a bedroom community of New York City, this stately Georgian Revival marries period defining details with the custom accents requested by the homeowners. Interior design by Mark P. Finlay Interiors.

Image Eric Piasecki

'Preservation and Reinterpretation' -- Mount Fair, an historic farm located within Virginia horse country, embraces the firm's expert ability at respecting the past while meeting their clients' present day needs.

Image Warren Jagger Photography

'Expressing Permanence' -- A client's getaway home perfectly poised lakeside and designed to accommodate a range of ages. The Adirondack style is a nod to the area's architectural history of family compounds and camps. Interior design by Mark P. Finlay Interiors.

Country Houses is an all encompassing text, paired with rich photographs that capture the grand scale views & fine finishes of every inspiring example and architectural drawings provide insight into proportion as it pertains to the terrain. Yes, these client commissions are dream like, but by honoring unlimited design possibilities, Mark P. Finlay Architects create treasured testaments in a true reflection of artistic reality. I highly recommend adding a copy of Country Houses to your design library.

*September 20 - Country Houses & Mark P. Finlay book signing in Greenwich, CT -- details here

*Many thanks to Images Publishing for extending me a copy to preview. All photos have been provided by the publisher.

On The Market : Noted Designs

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I've noticed a couple of really great properties currently on the market, designed by some of Atlanta's noted architects & interior designers.....

*Image AH&L/Erica George Dines photography

Literary List : Summer

Sunday, May 20, 2018

*Image Vogue Living / Anson Smart Photography

I have a couple of local Atlanta literary happenings to highlight.....

This week, keep a look out for further reading recommendations.....  I have been extended three new releases to preview:

CL : Clarence House Inspired

Sunday, May 6, 2018

*The Clarence House Tibet Print fabric inspired this selection of Atlanta Craigslist finds..... 

New Work : Atomic Ranch

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

*Image Atomic Ranch

I have two assignments featured in the Summer issue of Atomic Ranch, available on newsstands now! One of which is the cover story, taking a closer look at Boise and a real estate agent's initiative of shining a spotlight on the city's Mid Century homes hitting the market. The growing appeal for buyers of these period gems has also prompted the praise of their noted architects and designing interiors that seamlessly blend Mod and Modern style.

*Image Tindall Architecture Workshop

I also got a chance to talk with Tindall Architecture Workshop about their completed client project in Greenville, SC (image above). A quintessential MCM home that received a painstaking remodel within the original footprint, keeping classic design principles in mind for a current 21st century lifestyle.

When you pick up your copy, check out the piece 'Curating Midcentury'.....  A really great article on a couple's Boise MCM home that they have filled with a mix of original decor and today's reinterpreted styles. I couldn't help but spot Hip Haven's Retro Bullet Planter, a bright pop of color nestled by the home's restored fireplace. Read more about Hip Haven's founder Kelley Sandidge from our 2016 Q&A.

*Image Mid-Century Homes
Styling: Jessica Luque

April Covers

Monday, April 2, 2018

  • The cover story of belle features a Melbourne, Australia home designed by Dylan Farrell

  • The interior design work of the Brooklyn, NY studio White Arrow is featured on the cover of Livingetc
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