I’ve got another Fallingwater layout this week. You can check out the previous three layouts here, here, and here. If you want to check out the Fallingwater live cam here. You get the iconic view of the home, in all seasons, and at all different times of the day.
This photo is taken from halfway up the walkway between the main house and guest house. You can see the stepped cover over the walk, and the full and lush rhododendron bushes that grow all over the site. As is usual with Wright’s designs, the entrance to the house is tucked away and not visible until you’re right in front of it. It adds a wonderful feeling of seclusion and privacy, as if it’s a secret place that only you know the way into.
Here And Now
Keeping in line with the other layouts from this trip, I kept to a narrow colourway of neutrals with an accent colour that references the photo. In this case, the ColorMagic die cuts from Heidi Swapp were perfect. The leaves look natural on the layout, and remind me of all the rhodedendrons we saw that day.
- Recollections, kraft cardstock
- My Mind’s Eye, Follow Your Heart, Be Happy
- American Crafts, DIY Shop, Gold Foil on Black
- Staples, shipping tag, size 5
- Sookwang, Scor-Tape
- Crystal Glitter Ritz, Warm Highlight
- Heidi Swapp, ColorMagic, die cut embellishments
- Peerless Watercolors, Olive Green and Myrtle Green
- Heidi Swapp, ColorShine, Bronzer
- Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Ephemera Pack
- Tsukineko, VersaMark, Watermark ink
- Tsukineko, Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Frost
This is the third layout featuring a picture from Fallingwater. You can check out the first two layouts here and here.
The view in this photograph is from the main house, looking up the hillside to the guest house. The two buildings are connected by a covered walkway, formed by one of the few curvilinear lines Wright used in his design. Most of the views are directed towards the water, but this view looking to the hills is beautiful.
Another simple layout with a narrow colourway. I ran a 4×6 journalling card through my printer for the journalling. If I’m going to add journalling, I love using my printer to do it so I can choose the font style, size, and formatting I want. To make the title, I ran some adhesive backed cork through my die cut machine. It was easy, and worked perfectly – crisp, sharp edges and no tearing. To finish it off, I added a couple metal staples, wood stars, and a subtly metallic horizontal line of paper.
- Recollections, grey cardstock
- My Mind’s Eye, Indie Chic, Ginger “Pictures” Flourish
- Becky Higgins, Midnight Edition Kit, 4×6 journalling card
- Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book, “this” die
- Karen Foster Design, adhesive cork sheet
- We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutter
- Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
- Studio Calico, wood veneer stars
Another post about on of my favourite places. Actually, this whole month will have layouts of this place. You can check out last week’s post here.
This layout includes a photo of one of the first view’s of Fallingwater you get when you walk the path from the Visitor’s Centre, down the hillside, and along Bear Run. You start by seeing parts of the home between stands of trees, and when you get to the bridge that takes you over the creek, this is what you see. Those iconic cantilevers floating over the water, before the water drops over the edge of the waterfall. It’s this moment when you realize you’re standing in front of the building you’ve seen in thousands of photographs. All of a sudden this feeling of a life size cardboard cutout coming to life floods your brain. It’s an amazing moment.
Again, a simple layout without a lot of ornamentation. And again, a narrow colourway that references the photo. I purposely matted the photo in a paper with a pure white background instead of an off white or beige colour. I wanted the photo to stand out – to be bright and alive and in contrast with the papers of the layout. I also added in a few white rub-on details just to confirm that I purposely chose white.
- Authentique, Hope, Foundation One
- Sticko, Nostalgiques by Rebecca Sower, architecture stickers
- Basic Grey, bas-3984, letter stickers
- Basic Grey, Transfers “Obscure”, rub-ons
- Heidi Swapp, “Brilliant” clear stamp
- Tsukineko, VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
- Tsukineko, VersaColor, 171 Pinecone ink
- Tsukineko, VersaMark, Watermark ink
- Staedtler, Triplus Fineliner, light grey
- date stamp
A little warning – this post will be longer than most. I love, always have loved, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fallingwater, and tend to ramble when I come across a chance to talk about them. :)
During the road trip of 2005, we also visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous design, Fallingwater, near Mill Run, Pennsylvania. It consistently makes the lists for places to visit before you die and most recognizable buildings in the world, has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and has recently been nominated to be placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. The home, and Wright, provided inspiration for the Vandamm residence in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, and inspired Ayn Rand when she created the character of Howard Roark in Fountainhead. It is a captivating piece of architecture that includes design elements that continue to be on the edge of what is happening now. It’s timeless, and gorgeous, and anyone who loves architecture or design will love how the site is cared for and protected.
It’s set up so that you can walk through the main home and the guest house with a guide. The guides are wonderful – they know the history, the facts, the rumours, the stories, and it’s obvious they have a passion for the place. There are also trails on the grounds that you can walk along unescorted, and getting to see the home from various points on the hills around Bear Run.
We opted to buy tickets for the longer tour that allowed visitors to take photographs and I’m so glad we did. We also set aside the whole day to be there, and that let us wander the paths and enjoy some time in the beautiful Visitor’s Centre. The Centre is in a pavilion designed by Spanish architect Paul Mayén. It too has been recognized for how well it blends in with it’s surroundings, and is the perfect compliment to the site and to Wright’s intentions for it. There is also a lovely cafe and gift shop, and places to sit and relax before or after your walk.
I made such a simple layout for this photo. Partially because images from this day bring up so many full memories that I don’t feel the need to add much, but also because Wright disliked too much ornamentation and it felt wrong to ‘cluttering up’ something that had been so perfectly designed in the first place. Odd? Probably… :)
- Recollections, kraft cardstock
- Glitz Design, Uncharted Waters, Scallop
- Teresa Collins, Nine & Co., Rub-Ons
- Jenni Bowlin Studio, Canning Jar Fun, Rub-Ons
- Basic Grey, letter stickers
- American Crafts, DIY Shop, Cork Sticker Arrows
- Ranger Foam Blending Tool
- Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
- My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, round brads
- My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, enamel dots
- My Mind’s Eye, Now And Then “Milo”, Inspired, enamel dots
- My Mind’s Eye, Collectable, Notable “Cute”, enamel dots
- Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink