Category Archives: architectural salvage

Garden Antiques Shopping…next winter!

Anyone who has hung around here for a while knows that I love antique and vintage garden ornament and furniture.  I buy things for my landscape design clients and often, what I’m buying has been found in Europe.  Since this … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, folk art, Garden Art and Antiques, Gardens, Paris, vintage Leave a comment

Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

Letters and words have been a long term design and decorating trend.  Think ‘Dream’ above a bed, or ‘Eat’ in the kitchen, or ‘Grow’  in gardens. What happens when letter forms and words step outside of those cliches and become … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, patios, vintage 2 Comments

Field Trip: Urban Garden Center NYC

Never have I seen so much done with so little.  A garden center under the railroad tracks with no running water and no electricity?  That’s Urban Garden Center in Spanish Harlem. Plants, seeds and tools happily co-exist with dumpster dive … Read more

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Garden Trends: Dumpster Style

If you haven’t figured it out from previous posts, I’m having a visceral and negative reaction to quaint upcycling. Please do not show me something else made out of pallets.  Yuck. A good dumpster dive involves a deep understanding of … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, recycling 8 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

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

Tuesday’s Find…a fan

Sometimes being out in the garden is just hot and unpleasant.  Imagine this floor fan retrofitted as an outdoor sculpture and fan!  Industrial artifacts are on the horizon in garden trends…not farm artifacts, but things from our factory past that … Read more

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NYDC Outdoor Roundup

On the final day of Blogfest2011 we visited the New York Design Center (NYDC).  It is the oldest of the four major New York design showroom buildings.  Here’s a small round-up (I need to go back) of things I liked … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…Brimfield Antiques Show

Last Friday I headed to Massachusetts to meet up with some designer friends at the Brimfield Antiques Show.  I was also shopping for garden furniture for a client and hunting.  I could have easily spent three days there was so much … Read more

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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…garden swag?

This pair of architectural fragments caught my eye this week. These are not what you would typically think to use in a garden. They’re carved wood so they would need a sheltered place to last any length of time, but … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Gardens 4 Comments

Garden Design Details: Fences

Whenever I see an interesting fence I take a photo or if it’s online or in a magazine I clip it and save it for future reference…someday I’ll get to design a garden fence that’s more than a functional backdrop, and when … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Fences, Gardens, Landscape Design 3 Comments

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

Garden Trend Watch: Rough Refinement

Last Thursday I scouted the Architectural Digest Home Design Show for outdoor furniture and accessories.  I wasn’t just looking for pieces, I was shopping the market for trends and innovations as well.  I found all three–great pieces, emerging trends and … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Styles, inspiration, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, Trends 5 Comments

Garden Design Details: Rustic Wood Gates

One of the most neglected ideas in garden design is that of entry and exit in a garden.  Too often gardens are islands in a sea of turf, shoved against a building or relegated to the property’s edge.  There is … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Design, Fences, Gardens, gates, Landscape Design 5 Comments

Trend Watch: Belgian Beige for Garden Rooms

For the past few years, a major interior design trend has been slowly trickling down from the high end to the mass market.  ‘Belgian Beige’ is perfect for translation in garden rooms.  Upscale mass merchants like Restoration Hardware and Pottery … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 8 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a Clock

This clock has some edible garden chops…in a roundabout way.  It hung outside and over the vendors at the Los Angeles produce market for more than 80 years.  It’s for sale now and available from Off the Wall Antiques.  I … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…a portable greenhouse

This small portable greenhouse from The Elemental Garden struck my fancy.   I don’t have enough space or sun for something more permanent–even a cold frame.  This could also be interpreted as a somewhat easy DIY project with found casement windows … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 7 Comments

They Give Great Shop

On my recent trip  to the San Francisco Bay area I visited  a quartet of garden shops.  Having worked in the fashion industry, I understand the power of  visual merchandising and have a healthy respect for the best of it … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Centers, Garden Styles 8 Comments

Garden Designer’s Bloglink: 5 Regional Ideas

Grab a snack…this might take a while… In December, as a guest on Garden Gossip, I extolled listeners to ‘celebrate their regions’  instead of trying to emulate a garden design style that is at odds with their specific location. That … Read more

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LABELS: architectural salvage, green, Landscape Design, landscape designer, native plants, New Jersey, Planting Design, recycling, sustainability, sustainable landscapes 23 Comments

Silent Partners

A great landscape designer always has a long list of contacts and resources that inspire them and help them to get the job done.  In the design business, anyone who doesn’t know what’s out there and where to get it  … Read more

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LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Creative Process, Garden Design, Landscape Design 1 Comment

The Fence from ‘Trash or Treasure?’

It’s almost finished–glad it didn’t get damaged on its trip to and from the dump! Here’s the fence. It needs paint and the posts need to be trimmed and capped. A simple loop will keep the gate closed.

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