Category Archives: Antiques

Garden Travel: Back and Forth

Next week I’m travelling again. This time on a search for garden antiques and vintage in the markets in Paris and parts of Belgium. I am continuing on to Rome for a few days of play after that. For the … Read more

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A Tale of Two Garden Sphinxes

Imagine my surprise, while visiting Hillwood Museum and Gardens, when I saw this sphinx at the entrance to the formal gardens.  There are four of them.  I’ve seen them before, in bronze at Blairsden–the house that is also the location … Read more

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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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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

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

Garden Shop: Detroit Garden Works

One of the great garden shops in the United States is in Detroit. Yes. that much maligned and blight filled city has an big upside. Part of that upside is Detroit Garden Works. I’ve wanted to visit for years, and … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Detroit, Gardens, Ironwork, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, vintage 4 Comments

Garden Inspiration: Tile Medalions

After a trip, sometimes I don’t see nuggets of ideas until I look at my images.  I chose the shots after all, so there is some vague through line.  So here goes. When I was in Chicago two weeks ago … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Gardens, inspiration, paths, paving pattern, project 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 Shop: Vintage Sculpture

I’m switching out Tuesday’s Find to Garden Shop.  I scout objects and products of all types for my landscape design clients from small accessories to large sculpture.  I also love the hunt.  So my inaugural post for this semi-regular theme starts … 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

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

Guadeloupe, Gardens, and Prie Dieu

Have you ever visited a garden that as a whole didn’t speak to you but parts of it made you smile?  That happened to me last week.  A garden I visited incorporated an extensive and lively collection of Mexican folk … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find: 50s Folding Garden Chairs

I’m old enough to remember the same chairs in my great Aunt Julie’s garden in Coney Island.  They came out of the garage and onto her painted concrete driveway whenever we came to visit.  The adults would sit and gossip … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…Stone Mushrooms

At first I thought I was the one stoned.  For $80 this set of six vintage stone garden mushrooms are a steal. Not everything on 1st Dibs is expensive and out of reach!  These are available via Ma(i)sonry in Napa, … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…A Dovecote

Dovecotes fascinate me.  The ancient Romans had immense pigeon housing/raising structures.  They brought that idea with them on their march through Europe.  In the Middle Ages pigeons were a common part of the menu used for both eggs and meat, … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Gardens, Sheds and Outbuildings 2 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a boot scrape

I need one of these.  Gardens are muddy and those wimpy little boot brush things to put outside the door don’t do the job.  This boot scrape is elegant in its simplicity and utilitarian design.  It  would fantastic outside my … Read more

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A Raj inspired Patio Umbrella…Tuesday’s Find

Over at the magazine we didn’t end up using this umbrella in our Bollywood Mood piece.  I still think it’s pretty and would love to have it on a patio or deck. Here’s the garden inspiration from pages 68-69 of … Read more

LABELS: Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, vintage 1 Comment

Child’s Play…Tuesday’s Find

This probably wouldn’t pass any safety test.  It comes from the age when hanging by your knees upside down on monkey bars without an adult in sight was the norm. As a child I used to love to go to the school … Read more

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DIY inspiration…Tuesday’s Find

Many of the objects I post on Tuesdays are impossible to duplicate, but here is one that’s not. Every spring as I purchase more plants than I have places for, many go on a plantstand that I made out deck … Read more

LABELS: Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, vintage 2 Comments

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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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

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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

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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Tuesday’s Find…turquoise planters

This garden find is more about the color than the actual pieces.  I’ve written about this shade of Robin’s Egg Blue before.  It can be contemporary or vintage looking depending on the context.  It plays well with other colors without … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, color, Design, Gardens 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…a rustic wheel table

For my first garden find of 2012 I’m going to revert to an old theme.  We know how much I love faux bois, but this is a bit different.  The table top is an old cart wheel from Guatemala and the table … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…Harlequin Garden Tables

Love!  These are super fun tables for any patio.  Sometimes I find things that I just have to share and these were one of them.  They just jumped out at me from hundreds of choices…I don’t question it.  Have a … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…a rustic glider

When I was a child, my grandmother and I would shell peas while gently rocking back and forth on her garden glider.  She would do the shelling, I would do the day dreaming.  This glider isn’t at all like that … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…Walter Lamb Chaise Lounge

This one hits all of my outdoor design buttons…modern, curvaceous, cleanlined and vintage. Oh! would I love to have this in the garden that’s in my mind…not the one I currently have which is in shambles after the two punch … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…carnival swing

Ever since I visited the local carnival this past summer I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to use all things carny in gardens from neon to vintage rides and signs.  (More on that later.) This swing goes beyond the usual and would be a … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…a bamboo chaise

This bamboo chaise from the 1940s has so many DIY possibilities.  It’s simple, elegant and fun all at the same time.  It’s also sold…so you’ll have to make it yourself!

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Tuesday’s Find…a fantasy folly

Architectural models are one of my things…so are garden follies.  Years ago when I visited the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, his collection of architectural models stuck in my memory.  So it’s fitting that my ‘find’ this week is … Read more

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Tuesday’s Find…a rustic wood bench

Sometimes when I’m scouting things for garden clients and Leaf Magazine I find something that is beautiful more for how it was made than for the actual object itself. More than anything I’ve seen in a long time, this bench … Read more

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