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I may have said it before but I’ll say it again, this is the do-it-yourself I was raised in. Think big, make it happen.

My parents wanted something to provide privacy between themselves and the neighbours, something a bit more unique than your standard fence or hedge. Being in the kitchen business for quite some decades, they knew where to find granite. My step-dad found this piece and decided it would be perfect mounted beside the deck he had just built.

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These two slabs were originally one, but were broken along the fault line you can see on the right hand side of the hanging slab. The other granite slab was made into a table, which is a great material for outdoors. This thing shows zero signs of wear. They had a welder (oh, to have a go-to welder) do all the steel work. This is actually a lot more simple than you would expect, the bulk of what you see is a unique idea well executed.

That’s good design.

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One heck of a home office, right?

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At the height of living room renovations, we found ourselves in a sea of scaffolding in the middle of winter with nowhere to sit and enjoy the fire. When my niece and nephew came over one night, my parents pulled up a beam close to the fire so we could roast marshmallows. And so, the marshmallow bench was born. Once renovations were finished, my step-dad went back to the idea and made this bench from hickory and sealed it with tung oil. Aside from being raw and beautiful, it has proved to be wonderfully functional given our big family.

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It’s Genetic is a series exploring my roots. I’m often overwhelmed and inspired by the talent that came before me and the creative family I’m surrounded by today. These are some projects and belongings that feel too good not to share. 

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