March 30, 2010
Everything is happening so fast!
Piles are looming.............landscape designs.............interior designs............phone calls..... a gazillion details.......time wasted searching for things; keys, cell phone, files....... And I miss reading my favorite blogs and commenting.
Autism Speaks. And April is Autism Awarness month.
Laura Slatkin, creator of NEST candles has an autistic child and Laura has developed the 'Blue Garden' fragrance, a refreshing burst of spring with scents of Blue Hydrangea, Hyacinth and Forget-me-nots with fresh green notes. BUT...........100% of the proceeds goes to Autism Speaks!
Join us in the launch April 1st and April 2nd at the shop. Refreshments, extended hours (until 7pm) and Scentimental Gardens will be donating 10% of our sales to Autism research.
But I am excited to share some news........we are opening our third shop in Chicago. Preparations are fast underway and there IS SO MUCH TO DO as we hope to open in May! But until further updates save June 18th for our grand opening party......and I cannot wait to reveal who our special guests are once all the details are finalized.
Opening at the same time, next door, will be my good friend Julia Edelmann of Buckingham I.D. and the Chicago blogger of Material Girls.................Oh do we have plans!
Some of our conversations;
Me; "If I need a bathroom break will you stop?"
Him; "Of course, I am retired now!"
Him "I will help you buy"
Me: "Ok, so....you will learn about antiques?"
Hin: "No, I will watch what you are spending".
Table 52' is a must!
March 22, 2010
Corporate by day...........master carpenter........ as time allowed.
BUT, I have been terribly selfish..........terribly
The vast majority of his craft has been for me and my ever expanding list
Translate...................(we can get someone younger and cheaper)
So girls............here is your chance!!!! Remember those past posts, the one's that showed his handy work and all of you that wrote saying "I sure wish I had a Steve in my life!"
Let's review his projects with minimum commentary and "impartial" enthusiasm
Having always heard "couples that hang wallpaper together go to court together."
Wait, I just remembered.........I need shutters on the house in high gloss black, the real kind that open and close, with shutter dogs!
March 17, 2010
How do you determine if yours are a match to your home?
My business is to "know" but........ taste being subjective...........let's explore options
- A sense of formality
- The colorway would mirror the limestone trim
- The body scallop is a near repetition of the limestone
- Informal container as the home is country French
- The large empty spot on either side of the door could be nestled with this container
- As this container ages it will take on the color ways of the house, stain would make that instant
- An obelisk as shown in the smaller existing pot would be a nice touch
- I am partial to the container on the right....it's simplicity does not upstage the house
- The interjection of some curves to a very square profile
- Would paint it white to match the trim or the teal/gray of the left option for a pop of color
- The existing containers work; they do not upstage the complexity of the house
- These are another idea........the formality and strong colorway are complimentary
- The height of those on the left counterbalance the low profile of the structure
- The large picture window would become a focal point with window boxes
- Color? I love the color of that pale blue. What do you think if the shutters went to a dark bluish/charcoal?
- Both home and planter are not too formal but has elements of formality
- Love the spheres near the walkway, this color would highlight them
- Personally would do some re-arranging and place the planters on plinths for height and set in front of the shutters where they meet. What a perfect stage for the plants.
- Two options here, both could work and both are very different.
- The fish scale pot replicates the shingles at the peak. I would place at the bottom of the stairs on a matching base and put a rust toned glaze over the pot to blend
- The wire pot on a stand suggests the Victorian era. If kept planted profusely, I would place it on the ground centered on the front porch to the right
- Notice the prominent slate roof? The amazing colorways?
- This choice picks up the lead color in the roof, and the cistern nature blends with the era and style
- The angular nature of this contemporary home needs a softening effect
- The wavy motion like form in the same colorway could be planted with exotic/architectural stop in your tracks plants
- There is already the cedar fence which introduces an opposing color, this choice does not add to that confusion.....ps; i would stain the fence grey
- There is a lot going on here architecturally. I would add a complimentary, to the window trim, planter and allow the plantings to "speak"
- GORGEOUS!! The Faux Bois oversized cement planter created by friend Richard Taylor
- Mimics the same old world charm, would not upstage but enhance
- Folk Victorian; in the day.........a middle American take on the more elaborate Victorian
- The black pots are classic but not fussy. Black will bring down the height and blend with the shutters.
- A blend of architectural styles does not replicate any one look. I would say the overall look is traditional in a relaxed manner.
- My choice would be these wooden containers stained in the dark brown of the trim
- Italiannate......what else but the same; black and large
- Formal...... meet formal
- From about the same era, the white is perfect and I would place them on either side of the front door....between the door and window........the red brick is a perfect back drop
- Two strong elements here are the tile roof and the curved arches.
- Placed out into the garden this would both enhance and create a tie-in
- Let's be different! A window box would be expected. A series of free formed pots mounted under the window would be charming......horizontally that is.
- Prairie styled home............prairie styled pots. And, the color is perfect!
- Lot's of action here.....would keep it simple, match the shutters and fill with bronzey foliage plants and primary colored flowers
- Two options here;
- An eye popping contrast with the over sized copper pots
- Charming wooden planters either allowed to age to the mellow gray or painted white
- This home is very asymmetrical. One planter near the bench in an aged patina would work
- Choices choices!
- Against the home and within the courtyard allows for many styles. Love the cylindrical lead planter as shown and the strapped and hinged planter in the center
- Arts and craft meet arts and craft!
- South Carolina courtyard full of frills..........meet your pot!
- I would stain this concrete urn BLACK and place on a plinth in place of the low ringed bowl as shown
- You guessed it.............A HOUSE OF TIRES.....needs.......tada!
This home's height can be imposing. By replicating colorways OUT into the garden "brings down" the structure. LOVE when pots come out onto the property versus always on either side of the door.
Unsure of your planters? Send me photo's, we will look together