Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Observing The Winter Garden

Winter’s solstice has past and New Years is fast upon us.  Amazing that another year has gone by, calling for introspection in those rare moments when we have a minute of down time.  I finally got a chance to get … Continue reading

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Vintage Finds

When it comes to vintage—it’s all about the hunt.  Those of you who find bliss in garage sales and antique malls know what I’m talking about.  It’s the quest for a bargain, for serendipity, for that missing piece. In our … Continue reading

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Get Outdoors! Perennial Bookworm

Outdoors: The Garden Design Book for the 21st Century, Diarmuid Gavin and Terence Conran, 2007.  The Monacelli Press, 271 pages, 14” x 10”, $60.00 (hardcover). Conran is an iconic design figure in Europe for good reason. This book, as well … Continue reading

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Pebble Tech–The Perennial Bookworm

Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook: Revised and Expanded Second Edition, Maggy Howarth, 2009.  Firefly Books Ltd., 256 pages, 8 3/8 x 11 1/8”, $29.95 (paper). An evocative landscape encompasses many arts.  In this book, we are treated to a mesmerizing exposé … Continue reading

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Charleston, S.C.–Design Inspiration

 Garden elegance—that’s Chas, South Carolina.  A walking tour is the best way to see the fine touches that make this downtown très cool.  Peeking through the ironwork Charleston is known for, reveals the most divine of garden spaces, mostly small, … Continue reading

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Little and Lewis: Design Inspiration

Garden Magic—we’ve all witnessed it, envied it, tried to create it.  Some gardens are just pure magic and seem to have dropped out of the sky whole, landing on earth and rooting in place.  Imagining blueprints, backhoes or rototillers would … Continue reading

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