Category Archives: American Architecture

Garden Travel: Nebraska

I spent last week in Nebraska. I was invited there to teach a design workshop to other designers. Not one to turn down any travel opportunity, I went a few days early and visited with Marti Neely, a super talented … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Garden Design, Gardens, Travel 1 Comment

Leaving Las Vegas

I spent almost a week in Las Vegas representing APLD at a board meeting as well as at an industry trade show. I had never been there before and it is the first place I’ve ever been where I would … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Gardens, Las Vegas 10 Comments

Garden Travel: Planting Design and Architecture in Chicago

I took a walk very early this morning to The Lurie Garden and Roy Diblick’s new garden at the Chicago Art Institute.  My first observation (actually I walked them yesterday afternoon also) is how distinctly the spatial and planting design … Read more

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A Mid-Century Birthday

I have a benchmark birthday tomorrow. You know, one of those decade defining ones.  One I never expected or could even envision–back in the youth driven 1960s and 70s.  I am part of what is still the largest generation in … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Gardens 4 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Maintaining a Grand Plan

I had the privilege last week of free and unfettered access to one of America’s great country estates, Nemours. Happy for a working day out in a grand garden I had only heard about, I went.  Nemours, in Delaware, was … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Gardens, Landscape Preservation, romantic ideal, sustainable landscapes 17 Comments

A Facelift for a Tudor Grand Dame

Some of my favorite landscape design projects involve American Tudors.  I love the romance of these houses, their quirky details, their materials and how often they survive the wrecking ball.  Many of these homes were built in the 1920s and … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Garden Design, Landscape Design 2 Comments

Tuesday’s Find: A set of 10 blue chairs

It’s spring and I’m scouting furniture and accessories for clients’ gardens and patios so I’m reviving Tuesday’s Find.  These blue steel Pascal Mourgue chairs from the mid-80s stopped my virtual browsing.  I love the color and the styling.  They can work … Read more

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A Re-emerging Trend…Tuesday’s Find

Things are in flux.  The economy looks a little bit brighter and that is creating some impetus for collecting again.  Art Deco looks exciting again.  Funny that it was the high style of the Great Depression, but many of my … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, vintage Leave a comment

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

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LABELS: American Architecture, sustainability 2 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Hort Idols the Live Show!

Today I want to take a different approach (are you suprised?) to the idea of who my horticulture idols are and share how much I’ve learned from visiting the gardens I’ve seen with the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  Some … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Garden Designers Roundtable, Gardens 21 Comments

Garden Designer’s Roundtable | How Did I Get Here?

You may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?” –Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime Indulge me please. I have enough years behind me to be able to view the paths and detours I’ve taken. Some things have been … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Creative Process, Gardens 13 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a Gehry gazebo

No I’m not kidding.  No I don’t like it and I’m I hardcore Frank Gehry fan.  I love the corrugated furniture produced for Vitra in the 70s.  The Bilbao and other buildings are incredible and inspiring in so many ways. … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture 2 Comments

Garden Design Details: Cleveland Underfoot

I was visiting gardens in the greater Cleveland area last week and what struck me most was the details.  There were wonderful, thoughtful ideas in almost every garden of the more than 30 we visited. Here are some of the … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, APLD, Gardens, patio stone, paving pattern, Stone 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…wood strap finial

One of the many things I like about my weekly hunt for something interesting for gardens is that I always find something.  I never expect to find anything.  It’s what keeps me hunting.  Later this week I’m going to Brimfield … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, architectural salvage, Gardens 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…boardwalk planters

Coney Island amusement park opened this week.  What does that have to do with garden design?  Here’s the tale… You wouldn’t really know it, but Coney Island is in my blood.  My uncle owned and built Astroland on the site … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, architectural salvage, Gardens 4 Comments

2010 Top 5 Posts–Yours!

I’ve never done a “top”  list before.  I was interested in what everyone was here was reading so I took a look at the numbers.  As a landscape designer I’m interested in trends–self generated as well as user generated. The … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Art, color, Design, fashion, Film, Garden Design, Garden Designers Roundtable, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Trends Leave a comment

In My Reader…The Style Saloniste

In my reader this week is The Style Saloniste by well known interior design and architecture author Diane Dorrans Saeks.  As you’ve probably figured out by now, I read a wide range of things.  This week is all about passion.  … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, Art, fashion, inspiration 2 Comments

Local History

Sometimes when I just have to get away from the design studio.  I’ll take a few hours off and just go somewhere.  No mumbo jumbo, just a little bit of spontaneity in an increasingly less spontaneous life. Anyway last week … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, New Jersey 4 Comments

To Buffa10 with Love – Part 2

I have to learn to take more pictures.  When I travel I’m so intent on absorbing the mood and fabric of a place that I don’t look through my lens as often as I could.  Buffa10 was one of those … Read more

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LABELS: American Architecture, Travel 15 Comments