As part of the process of continually updating my portfolio, I created an imaginary house set in the Pacific Northwest to work on techniques for creating natural environments in addition to architecture.
I think that a lot of the appeal of a building comes from its environment as much as the design itself, so I wanted to take a fairly ordinary house design and use the surrounding landscape to make it engaging. I had in my mind a clammy, damp evening along the Pacific coast , where the warm light coming from the house gives you that feeling of anticipation just before coming out of the damp cold and into your warm and comfortable house.
For the interior shots I wanted to continue to give a feeling rather than just a visual description of the house. Toys are great for that because they add a little chaos and since they are usually in a mess in a real house, there aren't any rules about where they go or their colors, so they can be completely at the service of the composition.
For the kitchen, just like the living room, I wanted to show it being used, lived in a little while keeping it clean and attractive. Italian food is a perfect prop for any kitchen because it is delicious and visually rich.