Honoring the past with a nod to the future

Part of the reason why it’s taken us so long to open after the fire is that we have a vision for Still Waters that includes infusing everything with artwork, so that our guest experience is like being inside of a work of art.  This needs to be subtle because we want our guests to have a meditative and relaxing experience.

Tao makes a lot of the elements you’ll see on our property. He incorporates the wood from the former house in many elements. The wood is old—1700s and earlier old. It’s a blessing that we don’t have the budget to buy all the things so we choose to make them. Because as an artist, Tao handcrafts our outdoor dining tables, nightstands, bathroom vanities, even the bridges and so much more with his artist touch. We hope our guests will appreciate all the pieces he made, even if they don’t realize when they’re enjoying them that’s why they feel so special.

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Handcrafted buffet table by fine artist Tao LaBossiere, made from pallet wood and floor boards from the 1730 house.

About last night

Last night, outside in the crisp air, I looked up and saw the moonrise, then turned toward the house and saw this sunrise. 😉 Our neighbor Laura Parsons created this beautiful stained glass art and Tao was determined to get it into the new part of the house, literally. Tao built the encasement and our builder installed it. Guests staying in the sunrise bedroom see the view from the other side. It is breathtaking and a showcase piece of our second story.

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Details!

There are so many details to manage when rebuilding after a fire. We are fortunate to have this challenge. As artists, we deeply care about the aesthetic details. We want our guests to be creatively inspired and happily relaxed. Everything is being re-created with an artistic, rustic, and contemporary feel. I'm so happy that Tao and I have similar taste. He has been hand building the sink vanities out of the 300-year-old wood that was salvaged from the house fire. This important reuse pays homage to the past, with a nod to the future. And it's simply beautiful. He's also custom building the end tables for each of the guestrooms from that rescued wood. We can't wait for you to see it when it's finished! 

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Morning coffee at the amethyst sink. 

Progress Progress Progress

March 30, 2017 marked three years since the fire in the main house. What an amazing three years it has been. We've learned so much about expecting the unexpected, working hard and never giving up. We've made great, albeit extremely slow, progress at Still Waters, with regard to the rebuild of the main house and preparations for our Company relaunch. We've been busy working on our other businesses, too, because those bills won't pay themselves! How grateful we are for the opportunities we create through Art of Tao LaBossiere LLC and Amy LaBossiere's marketing consulting and health coaching. We've been getting so many inquiries: Hey, when are you reopening? Everyone's been so supportive, encouraging and helpful. We are still not sure when our precise relaunch will happen, but we are shooting for later this fall. Life is what happens when we're busy making other plans. We shall keep you posted. Please keep us in your thoughts, and prayers if you practice.