We all know ceramic garden stools have been the rage in recent years, and definitely with good cause. They fit indoors and out, and stand up to major wear and tear. Now here's something just a little different: 1950's set of four Italian terra cotta pumpkin stools. Aren't they lovely for the right patio? Perfectly sized for seating or add a round glass top for a smart little end table.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The 13th Annual Farmington Kitchens and Gardens Tour hosted by the Friends of the Farmington Library was held Saturday at six private homes and seven public gardens and museums. The oldest home dates back to 1659 and most were in the Village, as we refer to the central, oldest part of Farmington CT.
An incredible variety of both kitchens and gardens, from modern to stately to eclectic provided a draw for many despite the early rain.
I can't tell you much about the event other than my little corner of it. We were on the tour for the first time. Imagine hoards of garden lovers dropping in to see your outdoor spaces, and then checking out your kitchen too. I'm a designer, and I was stressed out ahead of this event! But, as always, I have a team I can rely on to make things happen!
First, the delightful and fun Cynthia Dodd from Plantscapes arrived to design and execute stage 1 of "The Plan". For me, hiring a designer for the first time was a novel experience. As we discussed choices, I made a concerted effort not to ask for changes that would compromise the design — even when I could not visualize the finished project. I will admit I did hem-and-haw about the fountain color, but we laughed through the whole thing and we eventually compromised on a color that suits us both. Having someone else dress up my home was a wonderful experience! I can't imagine why everyone doesn't hire a designer!
Some peeks at the garden:
Stage 2 of the new gardens will bring even more color and energy to our landscape. And maybe in 3 or 5 years, as the newest plants mature and fill in, we'll be on the tour again.
To add some floral zing to my kitchen, I called on the über-talented Robin Weir of Haworth's Florists. She is amazing! I show up with a vague concept ("give me funky"), and a fabric sample, she delivers original, energetic and all-around fabulous arrangements. Here are the three she designed for my kitchen:
A few details from my kitchen — I'm a lousy photographer, so can only show snippets!
I understand from the organizers the Farmington Kitchen & Garden Tour was a success and hope significant funds were raised for the libraries in town. Many thanks to the volunteers who looked after my home!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Here is another example of sustainable design in the world of fabrics! From Australian company Mokum, the Australian Botanicals Outdoor collection is constructed entirely from post-industrial waste fibers using an environmentally friendly production process. These fabrics are themselves fully recyclable and Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Certified.
Just a few samples shown here, but other exciting colors are available. The collection, including graphic patterns, stripes and coördinating solids, is for indoor and outdoor use. What a fun chance to extend your green decorating philosophy to your outdoor space!
As clients become more open to embracing sustainable design alternatives, it helps when those alternatives are aesthetically appealing even without their green story. Bravo to Mokum for this lovely collection!