After several cold but sunny days, Sunday started gray, with snow now coming down. My mood was already a bit bummed because on Saturday I received notice that “Garden Design” magazine would no longer be published and the issue I received Saturday would be the last. No warning at all, the new CEO felt that this magazine was a high level boutique magazine (180,000 subscribers) with not enough ad revenue for their liking, so ka-poot, ended it. This was an amazing magazine, kind of the Architectural Digest for Garden Design. It was not so much “how to”, but a showcase for amazing gardens and their designers, photographed impeccably, and endless inspiration. Everything now days has to a be huge moneymakers or out the door. What about the value of art, in this case gardens as art; simply art for arts sake? They are not going to even go digital. Like other incredible magazines of its kind – “Southern Accents”, “Home and Garden”, I am beginning to wonder if a magazine that you can hold, study, flip back and forth between pages, save and read and reread, will all eventually go by the wayside. Digital has its place, but there are certain books and magazines that deserve better. What was even sadder, was they offered to replace our remaining issues with Prevention, Parents, and a few totally unrelated, and no comparison magazines. Corporate America………don’t get me started.
Soooo, between snow again, and no more of a great magazine, I was thinking about another of my favorite places……the California Coast, and in particular, Big Sur. I came across this rare offering of a home in Big Sur. Sometimes the view is everything, but this also includes a home designed by an architect, Mark Mills, who worked quietly, and now is getting considerably more National recognition for his body of work. Mr. Mills graduated with an engineering degree, and had long admired Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. Enough so that he ended up working and studying with him for four years. He then set out living and building in the Big Sur area, where he died in 2007. He built homes that were often hard to find, and because of his deep respect for nature, they melded into their setting. This home has 180 degree views of the Pacific as well as views of the surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains on the other sides. Homes in Big Sur fit the rustic surroundings. Even today there are fewer than 1,000 residents, most descendants of the original ranchers, artists and writers. Rugged indeed, they did without electricity until the 1950’s, as it was extremely remote because of difficult access.
Here is a gorgeously designed and crafted home, true to it’s intent of being at one with it’s surroundings, as would any lucky person living here.
This beautifully crafted and built home is one that deserves being seen again, built by an architect who built with great respect for the land and a love for what he did. Serene architecture in an awesome environment, still pristine, wild, unspoiled for the most part. Long may it live. For now, back to the snow. Thank you for stopping by. cheers! charisse