2012 Recap

2012 has been a great year for Visbeen Architects.  We look back at the ups and downs and cannot help but be thankful.  Thankful for the opportunities we have had, the people we have met, the clients we have served and the projects we have worked on.  We have shared what has been happening along the way in our little corner of the architectural industry, so we thought we would give our own little countdown and recap of just some of our events of 2012 on this, the eve of a new year...

Top Five of 2012

5.  MoDiv:  Our project with Rockford Construction for a retail incubator downtown opened it's doors in January and finished off the year by winning the Ideation award from the ABC Construction Awards for Innovation.  It was a pleasure to be a part of such an innovative retail design in the heart of our hometown.
Read more here: 
MoDiv's grand opening - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/01/modiv-grand-opening.html
MoDiv is a hit! - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/01/modiv-is-hit.html
Ideation Award - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/11/modiv-wins-2012-ideation-award-from.html

4.  The Parades:  This past Spring and Fall Parades proved to be shining moments for our business.  We had six stellar projects in the Parades here in the Greater Grand Rapids and in Kalamazoo.  Between the six projects, we took home 14 awards of excellence from the HBA!  What an honor!
Read more here:
Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes - 
Kalamazoo Spring Parade of Homes - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/06/kalamazoo-spring-parade-of-homes.html
Spring Award Winners -
Fall Parade of Homes - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/10/fall-parade-of-homes.html 
Fall Parade Winners - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/10/awards-of-excellence-winners.html

3. AK Rikks: Visbeen Architects had the great pleasure of designing one of the most significant projects of our company history this year - AK Rikks.  This retail powerhouse was really a dream job for us and when we were able to see our vision come to life, with it's doors opening in August, it really doesn't get much better than that!
Read more here:
The Project Announced - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/05/big-news-for-grand-rapids.html
Fashion's Night Out - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/09/fashions-night-out.html

2. Happy Anniversary to us!:  We celebrated twenty years of business this past June.  For twenty years, we have had the pleasure of doing what we love to do, creating beautiful, functional, impactful architecture for the clients that have kept us in business.  Thank you again to everyone who has impacted our business!

1.  VAI + GMB = VA:  The biggest news of 2012 by far has been the merger of our company with GMB Architecture + Engineering.  In July, the two became one and Visbeen Associates, Inc. became Visbeen Architects.  We could not be happier to become a part of such a great company and look forward to the great things we can do together as an integrated team.

Read more here:
Visbeen and GMBae Join Forces - http://visbeen-associates-architects.blogspot.com/2012/07/visbeen-and-gmbae-join-forces.html

Looking back, 2012 has been a great year and now looking into the new year, we cannot wait to see the exciting things that 2013 will bring.

Happy New Year to you all and we look forward to doing business with you in the year to come!

My Perspective On Some Things

I was reading recently on the internet, the only place we can get news since we don't have or want a television. I rarely if ever have the radio on either, even in the car. I usually listen to my CDs of old music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I try to live a quiet life centered around God. Trust me, I need a lot of work! But I live in the world and try not to be of the world. But this article just floored me.

A "civilized" European country is seeking euthanasia for minors and Alzheimers patients. This is what they are seeking: the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate. What child could make this decision?! Have we sunk this low that we would kill our children and older citizens? I'm astounded. I know of a professor at a leading university that advocates killing of children who are Downs even after they're born and have reached a certain age. What a sad commentary. I also shouldn't want to be standing near him when our Savior comes. I'll sometimes find myself weeping for what goes on in the world. That's why I try to not read much about it, keeping my life centered on good instead of evil.

One of the little girls killed in Connecticut recently was a member of our Church. Her bishop in her ward is the son of a member of my ward. He—our ward member— called my hubby, a leader in our ward, to say he couldn't help with putting together our yearly widows and single ladies Christmas baskets because the little girl's family wants her buried in Utah and their bishop to travel with them to conduct the service. So the bishop called his dad (our ward member) and asked him to come help him get through the service. I imagine it's going to be a very tough day for everyone. Life is so fragile sometimes and we've cried over the tragedy but we have an eternal perspective that we'll all be reunited once again. Sometimes, that's all that can keep some of us going. Me? I'll just let the Lord decide when it's my time to leave this world. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I've heard people ask the eternal question: How come there's so much evil in the world? Well, we believe the Lord allows it to test us. How would we know what was good if we don't know evil? They're complete opposites! Now, don't get me wrong; I hate evil. But it's what we do in life that defines us, not the clothes, the cars, the big homes or celebrity. It's how we live our lives and the good we do. Again, don't get me wrong; I have a lot of repenting and work to do, but I'm trying my best to be a merciful, good person. It's my daily trial in life Trust. me. ;-)

This is a hotel. Wouldn't you love to stay there?

Sweet and cozy kitchen.

A lovely large bedroom with old wood floors and the most gorgeous lace spread I've ever seen.

I have enough lamps in this house but if I could have one more, it would be like this one. Maybe I'll redo a shade on one. Hmmmm......

This has given me an idea. You can make little crowns with lace by using decoupage and paint and fit them to your kids' heads or add a piece of elastic at the back. I think I'll do one for Caroline and Juliette.

How would you like to have an exquisite bedroom such as this one? Fantastic!

Another quaint cottage with a turret.

This hydrangea is one hundred years old. My hubby saw this and said, "WOW!!"

Cute container for when clipping your roses.

Gorgeous decorated bottles with their very own holder.

Beautiful rose soaps.

Beautiful way to store your laces. I wish I had saved my old spools from laces now.

Talk about isolated! Your own house on your own teensy, tiny island. Going out for a loaf of bread or quart of milk takes on a whole new meaning. ;-)

These have the look of MacKenzie-Childs. I doubt they are as there are so many duplications being made now of their items, but these are still gorgeous.

A Mary Francis designer handbag. It's my favorite one and I'd buy it if it didn't cost almost $300. I think it's absolutely, gorgeously stunning!!!

Washington's Mount Rainier was named for a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.



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I'm dreaming of a....warmer location

I hope you all are enjoying lovely celebrations with family and friends during these holidays.  Here in West Michigan, our white Christmas came a day late, but we are looking at a snow covered landscape now!  Let's be honest, raise your hand if the thought has crossed your mind wishing you were in a tropical location right about now (I know you can't see me, but my hand is up).  If you are looking to get away from the ho-hum after the holidays funk, even if it is just in your mind, here are some images of our design of a resort in Costa Rica that might assist you with your day dreaming. 

I may be wearing a wool sweater right now, but after looking at these beautiful images, in my mind, I'm lounging in one of those beach chairs sipping a PiƱa Colada in front of that pool!

For more information about this beautiful resort, please visit DayStar Properties' website.

Beyond The Pale

I was perusing the news on the internet the other day. We all know that one story can lead to another and that's what happened this day.

I clicked over to a UK site to read a story and saw another story on the site, with photos—uuugghhh. The story was about a nudist man opening a spa for nudists. That wasn't the disgusting part. The disgusting part was the news show had him and 3 others, another man and 2 women, on the television show. Nude. All of them. The women had a "paper daisy" pasted on the tip of the breast and they all had their hands in their laps, blocking view of the most private area, which didn't do much disguising.

Now, I have no problem with people who want to run around naked in their own homes or at designated camps, which are out of the sight of others, especially children, but to put them on television for any kid or adult to see goes beyond the pale in my book. Why would a program want to air something so disgusting? Don't dare tell me the human body isn't disgusting! I don't think it is. Displaying it for all to see certainly is though.

I have told friends for years things are going to get worse and they just did. How low can we go? I'm afraid it's not going to get better, but much, much worse. I hope they gave them towels to sit on while on the sofa because I doubt many would want to sit on it after they've been there.

When I saw these rings I thought they were beautiful. Now we can have colors in our wedding rings.

Lovely lavender cup and saucer.

Yes, I truly love these old vintage sinks.

Lovely decorated cage.

Another gorgeous bottle.

Sweet brooch.

One of my favorite things: laundry drying on a line in the sun.

Darling center piece of bird nests with blue eggs.

Suitcase full of flowers.

Another cottage in the woods.

Romantic soaps.

Colorful window display of old pots with flowers in them.

Just what our roses look like this morning. We had snow last night.

A sweet pink restaurant along a quaint street somewhere in Europe.

Cuter than a button...pink button. ;-)

Tidbit:In 1954, Brownie Wise was the first woman to appear on the cover of Businessweek. Who was Brownie Wise? A housewife who made Tupperware what it is today. She didn't invent it, just came up with the idea of home parties.

Merry Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house...

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

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