Category Archives: Seattle Life

15th Ave. Merchants Association Street Fest

15th Ave. Merchant's Association Street Fest: Jeff Brings the Balloons - Cropped for Featured Image
What did we do for the 2nd Annual 15th Avenue East Merchants Association Street Festival? We set up a living room on the street, of course! Complete with carpet tiles donated by Flor, lounge chairs, and, of course, a big bowl of lego bricks, we offered attendees a comfortable seat to join us and #AskAnArchitect.

A Visit to the NUCOR Steel Plant

A crew from Board & Vellum took a trip to tour Seattle’s NUCOR Steel plant recently to understand what goes into this critical building material that keeps our buildings standing up while almost never being seen. Jeff Sandler reports back with all the details from this illuminating trip to Seattle’s “Little Pittsburgh.”

The Best Ice Cream Shop 2014

A few may know that I come from a family of gelato artisans and own a gelato shop, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, with my husband in Maple Valley, WA. It would have been so easy to open a place in Seattle, we live and work here… But we knew that there were already good gelato shops […]

Love and Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave. District

One of the many reasons working at Board and Vellum is awesome is the location of our office. While many people assume I grew up Children of The Corn Style when they learn I spent the first two thirds of my life in Ohio, or putting out pesky river fires when I clarify that I […]

Le Dîner en Blanc – Seattle

Back in 2010, I was searching for something special for my husband Tolga’s birthday, when I got an email from an old client inviting me to be one of the “Gentil Organisateurs” (GO) to host a table for the first ever Le Dîner en Blanc in Seattle – A flash-mob style dinner where everyone dresses […]

Summer Hikes by Ryan

Warning: this blog post has absolutely nothing to do with architecture or design. Please read at your own risk. This summer I have been exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in search of some fun hikes in my free time between the office expansion, softball, and a bunch of other trips… My girlfriend (Steph) […]

Everyday Heroes of the Built Environment

Seattle is changing rapidly. Even if you don’t have a strong opinion about our growth, you fall somewhere on the spectrum ranging from calling for maximum density to a “BANANA” (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything – a step up from the now ubiquitous “NIMBY”). I often lament that I did not take photos around Capitol Hill when we […]

The Bertschi School Field Trip

                                                                   Photo Courtesy of the Bertschi School and The Collins Group Last week we were fortunate to be invited to tour Capitol Hill’s […]

Happy Summer Solstice!

Once in a blue moon, the Fremont Solstice Parade actually occurs on June 21st – such  this year! Considering this is a once every 7ish-year phenomenon Atlas and I couldn’t help ourselves but to join the party. Fremont is a short stroll down the hill from our house, so we got there early to check out the arts […]

Seattle Tilth – Edible Plant Sale

“Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system.” First, we started small with sun-gold tomatoes and spearmint. It wasn’t only the delicious bruschettas (try: tomato + feta cheese + fresh mint on olive oil rubbed & grilled artisan bread), but also our son […]

Some Seattle Love for Everyone

While I live in Seattle now, I’m originally from a small city in New England.  I recently went back East to see my family where I had a wonderful trip.  We went camping, hiking, and tubing in Vermont, toured the Maine Coast, and partied with friends in Central Massachusetts in a gorgeous old farm house […]

You May Be an Architect and Not Even Know It

I recently went on a backpacking trip to Shi Shi Beach, which is on the Olympic coast almost as far northwest you can get in Washington.  It was awesome!  I highly recommend you get out there some time.  The drive took us a little bit longer than expected (literally 3 times as long), but it […]