From Pattaya’s Floating Market to Traditional Chinese House Design

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I had a great vacation in Pattaya, right before Chinese New Year. Besides the beautiful beaches and ocean, my wife and I really enjoyed travelling in the city as well. In Pattaya, vendors sold delicious Thai food, and exotic souvenir shops could be easily found at every street corner, spread throughout the whole city. If you want to go to one place and one place …

design decisions feeling like a stretch?

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“Will other guys be there?” I asked my doctor when she suggested I try a yoga class as part of a new health regimen. The image of clumsily doing downward dog surrounded by a sea of lithe ladies in pink spandex wasn’t a fitness move I’d previously considered. “You’ll be fine” she said, “try it.” Later that week, I was off to my first class. …

Hanna House – Whistler

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Whistler Home Sometimes we feel the success of Synthesis Design is in the hands of our most prolific clients.  Two such clients are Bill and Diane Hanna.  Almost 20 years ago, Diane & Bill took a chance on a green firm (and by green I mean rookies, not environmentalists) to redesign their home that sits proudly, if not somewhat precariously, on a very steep hill. …

Snuggling up with Synthesis

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As fall approaches, our attention turns to the indoors. From cozying up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa and a warm throw, to cooking a delicious dinner and sharing it with friends and family, to slipping into a hot bath of bubbly water and letting the days stresses melt away. The idea of the fireplace has certainly changed with an elongated linear dimension …

“life as it should be” a labour of love

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It’s 2 a.m. and I sleepily struggle down a dark street barely keeping hold of an oversized box filled with candle holders, picture frames, vases, and decorative accessories. This is the New Veshki development just outside Moscow, Russia, and in spite breaking a sweat while carrying my fragile cargo I am happy. My work is done!

Designing for sun on the Sunshine Coast

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Just in time for summer, our modern waterfront cabin project has reached a few milestones. (We use the term “cabin” lightly.) The dock has now been connected to the terra firma via a concrete landing with an inset cedar deck and a set of locally cut, open riser landscape stairs. Our experiment with using a stained cementitious cladding, complete with exposed connectors and metal flashing …

design button (for in-ies and out-ies)

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The design button is synthesis’ quick results consultation service. whether your design needs are interior (in-ies) or exterior (out-ies) we’ll give you the knowledge and product information you need to move towards transforming your home. to get the most from your design consultation, bring photos of the space or spaces you’d like to focus on, as well as any finishes, fabrics, or colours you are …

to russia, with love

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Synthesis Design is heading back to Moscow, Russia to stage and set up the latest 5 show homes that we have designed for the 550 house subdivision located 20 minutes north of Moscow in an area called Novie Veshki.