Category Archives: Designer Showhouses

Designer show house reports and reviews.

Showhouse Season: Mansion in May 2017

When I first started blogging on a different platform in 2007, my subject was my designer show house garden in Rumson. Hardly anyone saw those posts or again in 2009. Now all these years and many designer show houses later I’ve … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, Mansion in May, Mansion in May 2017, New Jersey 1 Comment

Looking Forward by Looking Back

I spent the first grey working day of 2014 tromping through an old house and garden. Later this year, for the month of May, Blairsden, in Peapack, NJ will become a sparkling designer show house and gardens.  I was there to preview … Read more

LABELS: Garden Art and Antiques, Gardens, Mansion in May 3 Comments

Two NYC Designer Show Houses, Part 2

Last week I was able to preview the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House.  Of course, amid a crush of 150 people trying to get into and photograph every small space, I headed out to the patio.  The smallish urban … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, Landscape Design, New York, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Two NYC Designer Show Houses, Part 1

As part of Blogfest2012 I visited two New York City designer show houses.  Since I am a veteran designer of these types of temporary installations on this side of the Hudson River, I am always interested to see what and … Read more

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Departures and Debuts

May is (as they say) busting out all over and it’s not even really here yet. Today I’m travelling to Little Rock to visit P. Allen Smith’s real Garden Home. Photograph via  The New York Times Smith invited 20 bloggers … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, Mansion in May 3 Comments

Sprung!

I haven’t been here very much in the past few weeks…this April has been unusual in more ways than just the weather.   It’s been busy…way beyond what is usual.  March was warm so  my super active design season started … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, landscape designer 1 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

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

Mid-Winter Garden Design Project

I started blogging soon after I started creating conceptual gardens.  I wanted a way to describe the process as it was happening.  That grew into something else entirely and now Miss R has a life of her own… With that … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Gardens, New Jersey 6 Comments

Props and Ideas

I thought I’d share some great ideas from the designer show house…from other designers.  Within the context of an extremely traditional setting, there are some wonderful details.  Enjoy! A tour de force hand forged arbor by blacksmith Charlie Spademan from … Read more

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A Garden Gives Back: Crops

A Garden Gives Back showhouse project has taken on a life of its own.  Originally, because it’s the way I think, I just thought it would be a good thing to donate the produce to those who most needed it.  … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Garden Styles, organic vegetable gardens 5 Comments

A possible Win-Win…

I have my hand out here. Once again I’ve been asked to create a garden for ‘Mansions in May’,  a local designer show house that will benefit Morristown Memorial Hospital, specifically the Emergency Services Unit. I want to give back … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Landscape Design, Mansion in May, organic, organic vegetable gardens, volunteerism 1 Comment

Show House Videos No. 1 and No. 3

It’s the beginning of designer showhouse season.  Designer previews for one that will take place in May 2010 are going on for those invited to submit their concepts for  a design space.  In the past I’ve kept an on-line journal … Read more

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Yak, Yak, Yak–My Big Mouth!

Here’s a podcast I recorded about my experience as a landscape designer who blogs. The others on the podcast are Rochelle Greayer of Studio G and Chris Heiler of Landscape Leadership. Click here. Listen and enjoy. Old School Recording Device … Read more

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Showhouse Season, Volume V, Issue 13–Party Time!

Last night was the gala opening for the VNA showhouse at 99 Rumson Road in Rumson, NJ. Over 650 people wined, dined and danced after touring the house and gardens. I highly recommend that anyone who can attend this event … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Garden Design, Landscape Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments

Showhouse Season, Volume V, Issue 12–The Home Stretch

Things were hopping at the showhouse garden today. I’m beginning to be somewhat satisfied with the results… My assistant, Joanne, and one of Frank’s guys drove out to Steven Snyder’s Cedar Maze studio in PA to pick up the bird … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Garden Design, sculpture, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 10, Mud & Mayhem

Here’s some photos from today. Furniture and pots arrived. Irrigation and lighting was installed. Today was complicated by too many people in too small a space and downpours. The plywood & tarps are protecting one of our walksIt’s the only … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 9, Simplicity

Yesterday I took a walk around the gardens, mostly because it was the only way to a port-a-potty that didn’t have a mud pit in front of it. All of the gardens are formal. Mine is formal and simple. No … Read more

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Showhouse Season V, Issue 8, Mud & Annuals

I will try and post short bits until we’re done–hopefully on Friday. No progress pix today since nothing’s really changed since the last ones. We delivered as many annuals for the containers as my pickup would hold. The staging areas … Read more

LABELS: annuals, Containers, Designer Showhouses, plants, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 7, Rain

Here’s a laundry list (with today’s progress) of most of what has to be done this week and it’s going to rain until Thursday. ARGH! Irrigation intstallation Lighting installation (outlet installed today via electrician) Pick up and deliver containers (done … Read more

LABELS: landscape designer, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 4 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 6, In Real Life

Yesterday morning was dedicated to show house business. Frank Scheppe, my contractor extraordinaire, and I were at a local wholesale nursery soon after it opened to choose two Styrax japonica for the garden. After they were loaded we delivered them … Read more

LABELS: Garden Design, patios, paving pattern, Planting Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 1 Comment

Showhouse Season V, Issue 5–For the Birds

Many of the architectural details at the Sheep’s Run showhouse depict birds, so of course I have to honor that. The birds on the grill work shown below are typical of these formal early twentieth century details. They have been … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, sculpture, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 4.1, The State of Things (con’t)

Every designer showhouse I’ve been involved with suffers from the same malady–too little interdisciplinary/committee/designer cross communication. Yesterday, my entire day was dedicated to solving issues with my garden space that could have been a non-issue had all parties worked with … Read more

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Showhouse Season V, Issue 4, The State of Things

There was a big pow-wow between all of the landscape designers, contractors, and showhouse committee members today. I made some short videos of the garden space to share here. I have to make some design changes to create appropriate transitions … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Styles, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ, volunteerism Leave a comment

Showhouse Season V, Issue 3, Early Decisions

As I said in Issue 2, this is going to be a formal garden. The garden’s official name for the showhouse journal and website is ‘A Formal Invitation’. The ‘invitations’ are implied the the garden’s design. Its layout allows views … Read more

LABELS: craftsmanship, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 2. The Design Process

All of the landscape design invitees for the 2009 showhouse were provided with a master plan which illustrated the homeowner’s and the consulting landscape architect’s very formal vision for the property. There would be an addition to the east side … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Styles, inspiration, Landscape Design, Sheep's Run, sustainable landscapes, VNA of Central NJ Leave a comment

Showhouse Season V

This is the start of my 5th designer showhouse season. I am drawn to the charitable nature of these month long benefits, which often raise several million dollars for their charities. This one, Stately Homes by the Sea, benefits the … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments

Design with Discipline, Plant with Abandon

I have always had a fondness for the clean lines of formalism. To my eye its geo-organization looks contemporary and fresh. I know there are a many designers who would rather die than design something with a formally organized space–they … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Landscape Design, Planting Design 1 Comment

#24–Last day to finish

We started first and are finishing last. For the past week there’s been little but this crazy sprint to the end. The almost completed rockery There have been soooo many issues this week that it’s hard to even recount them. … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, green, sustainable landscapes 2 Comments

#23– Four Days and Counting

The deadline for completion of the gardens is Thursday. Today, hopefully, the pool is being installed in the patio. This week has been so stressful because every hour I spend on this project is an hour that I’m not doing … Read more

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