Monthly Archives: February 2012

A pair of orange planters…

Ever since Tangerine Tango was named 2012 color of the year, orange is just everywhere.  I figure it’s okay to add to that conversation…from a retro perspective.  Aren’t these fiberglass Danish 60s planters cool? Alas, they’re in London.  They’re at Sigmar … Read more

LABELS: color, Containers, Gardens, vintage Leave a comment

Print and Pattern Choices: Mansion in May

I’m trying to nail down some of the details for the show house garden and I’ve narrowed my print/pattern choices down to what I think I want to use. I’ve also experimented with some combinations. These are the details that … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Gardens, Mansion in May, Outdoor Fabric, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

Late Winter Plants in glorious bloom!

Earlier this week I walked around The New York Botanical Gardens with landscape designer Naomi Brooks of Verdant Landscapes.  The two of us were like kids released into the sunshine after a day too long in school.  Our walk was … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design, plants 5 Comments

Garden Portrait: Boat’s End, Australia

Since the local bookstore with a great selection of foreign magazines closed I have missed leafing through (and buying) stacks of international design magazines.  Now, unless I’m making a trip to NYC where I now buy and browse, I look … Read more

LABELS: Australia, gardeners, Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 2 Comments

Garden Safari!

I was looking for something really fun for a client’s garden wall.  They want something surprising, contemporary and humorous.  These safari ‘trophies’ from Bend certainly fit the bill. Bend also makes some beautifully designed garden tables and chairs. All photos from … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Desert Dreams

There’s a fantastic article in today’s New York Times about Arcosanti.  What’s that you ask?  In my mind, it is/was the first eco-concious city of the future.  In other’s it’s the mad idea of architectural genius Paolo Soleri.  Before there … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, sustainability 2 Comments

Antique Cart Wheels

Last week I was scouring Michaelian and Kohlberg’s warehouse for pieces to use in the Mansion in May show house terrace  and I fell totally in love with a group of cart wheels.  They had amazing iron detail which I … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Gardens, inspiration, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

Garden Color Inspiration: Navy Blue

It’s winter and so I’m thinking a lot about color.  Lately blue, specifically navy blue, looks fresh to me.  I’m thinking about how to incorporate it into a garden scheme–with paint and accessories since there are no true navy blue … Read more

LABELS: color, Creative Process, Gardens 3 Comments

Black and Tan–a dramatic winter palette

During the summer months, the busy corner where these grasses are on the street side of the fence is nothing special.  In midwinter, however, they made me stop, look and shoot some photos.  This bold color palette would be just … Read more

LABELS: Fences, Gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 7 Comments

Under the Big Top…Tuesday’s Find!

I haven’t posted a find in a few weeks.  My question this week is why wouldn’t you want this?  It’s happy, nostalgic and contemporary all at the same time.  In a garden it would be a remarkable temporary ‘building’ with … Read more

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Sticks without stones in the garden…

Winter is all about branches or sticks if you will.  I like to make things out of sticks although what I construct doesn’t always stay together.  Stick projects always end up looking slightly quirky, which I like.  These aren’t the … Read more

LABELS: Fences, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 3 Comments

Color Inspiration: Mansion in May Designer Show House

I’ve been working on the Mansion in May designer showhouse concept.  I’ve titled the space The Voyager’s Lounge.  I have to have sketches in color done in about two weeks so in advance of that I developed the preliminary color … Read more

LABELS: color, Gardens, India, inspiration, Landscape Design, Mansion in May 3 Comments