April 27, 2016


My head is still in a whir of all the beauty I saw at the recent High Point Market. Next post I'll share!

One line that struck me were these signs. Actually I have long tired of signs and sayings in one's home, haven't we been there, over done that? 

These were different, what do you think? I just could not resist ordering for the shop

 The fun of this sign is that you get to choose your 10 favorites, this is from a wife to her husband.  Think of your Mom, any Mom would love this, newlyweds and graduates, tis the season

In the same vein, this is completely customized and in this case a father to his new born twins. I can think of so many 'telegrams' I could have made, for so many reasons, for so many people...LOVE
The Mom that began this company wrote and made this for her children, when they were young, this would apply at all stages of life. This is one of the most popular items in her line.

Have a message? Why wait?

with love,

April 11, 2016

Garden Trends 2016

Ready, set, go..........In the Midwest that is,  the new landscape season is nearly upon us.

The trends I experienced last year, that are carrying forward this season, are very intriguing to me. Some are a new take on an old theme, particularly propelled by millennials, others an uptick in established patterns. (actually hate the thought of following a trend, but these appeal) Let's take a look, any of these to your liking?

Taking the Interiors OUT..........
Not a covered patio, fully emerged in the elements. The use of upholstered outdoor furniture up markets your space instantly. The comfort level soars. A favorite manufacturer is Lee Industries
From interesting rug patterns, poufs and high fashion outdoor pillows.....enjoy decorating this extra 'room'
Empty Vessels
 In the above image, place your thumb over the pot and notice how your eye will 'float' across the photo. When removed, your eye will focus, while encompassing the surrounding environs.
With the aid of empty vessels you create instant focal points, a foil against plants, an exclamation point of interest.

Could these be planted? Of course! Whether creating focal points or no maintenance accents, the typical pot leans towards the Grecian oil jar style
Ornamental Grasses
From no maintenance to low maintenance, people are gravitating towards the ease of these plants.
Wispy and romantic to columnar and structured. Tall to short and in a variety of foliage colors, these specimens have much to offer. I noticed on our garden tour to France last year, the heavy use of grasses, not what one typically thinks of when in French gardens.

 Free standing Espaliers
Espaliers are most often seen hugging a wall, as originally intended. In Europe when few people had land, a spot would be found or carved out against a wall, preferably south or west, to plant a fruit bearing tree for food. Today aesthetics rule the day.
Pre-formed trees are most interesting to me as free-standing sentinels. They delineate a space, add massive interest, create a fence like barrier in limited spaces and yes, bear fruit.
A Garden within a Garden
When designing a garden, I keep in the back of my mind, the principle of creating a getaway spot for intimate conversation or as an individual retreat. In Europe, where I studied gardening, homeowners spaces are often a series of 'rooms' requiring one to explore and sit within the garden. In the US, we usually have one vantage point, say a deck or patio from which to survey our 'land'. Consider creating another space within, providing new views uses and perspectives
A Clothesline
I am of a certain age that remembers laundry day at my Grandmothers. My parents had a washer and dryer, Grandma had a wringer washer and a clothesline. It screamed summer to me and the clothes were oh so fresh. Unlike my Grandmother, I was endlessly fascinated.
This is a movement sparked by those who have never experienced a clothes line. It 'romanticizes' wash day. 
A few years ago, I was working with a client creating French gardens on her expansive property. I suggested two solid lavender beds, a bit larger than a king sized sheet. After washing her sheets, they were spread over the lavender for drying.The lavender released their fragrant oils in the sun as they dried.....viola!
In the aid of Bees
As the below quote states, this is a serious predicament.
There is welcome interest in the preservation of bees. Along the way we can create colorful borders with bee favored plantings, pick up a new hobby as a beekeeper, enjoying the tasty rewards of bottling honey, become a soap maker, craft colorful beehives......

A friend of my husbands became a passionate beekeeper, hoping his enthusiasm would rub off on him, I began to design the beehive and borders filled with lavender.......sadly, not to bee

Imaginative Lighting
Up lighting has long been a staple. This is still a format I employ, but ask me for help with the exterior lighting on your home and I am in heaven. Let's peek at a few other options........
Wall Washing with lighting
Rope lighting along a rock border
Oh yeah!!!!!

It is that time again, enjoy!


March 16, 2016


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
~Naomi Shihab Nye~

May 1, 2006 - March 16, 2016

March 3, 2016

Design contest results!

Recently I announced a contest for an E-Design, an interior, exterior, patio, or gardens. By random number generator the winner was Joanne wanting to update her Master bedroom.

A typical design includes some back and forth's. In this instance, being a contest, it is just a reveal.

Typically, each design includes a supply list and instead of a Mood
Board, I like to address section by section. 

So Joanne.......hope you like!

ps....sorry for this back and forth sideways format with the photos and text. Obviously a big, FAIL!


Venetian Plaster abstract art workshop!

Below is another example of this art, for your D-I-Y
nature. Yes, we all have it and this art requires zero experience. Sign up and take home your art piece, ready to hang.
MARCH 4TH & 17TH  5-7PM   $55.00

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