Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Landscaping Dilemma

I'm always ready to tackle a garden project.  I decided to take on a challenge
 ------a vast expanse of wall with a very narrow bed.
 I've been thinking about what to do in this space for a while.
The side of the garage is basically a huge blank canvas.
 My first thought was to create an espalier on the wall.


You know I'm way too impatient for that although I love the look.  
Then I saw these narrow planters with grasses.  Hmmmm.


I also considered covering the wall with climbing roses that worked so well on the side of my house.

Climbing Roses on the Side of My House

I also like the look of lattice on a wall.

Or lattice and  an espalier.


I'm still not sure what's going to happen, but I got started with the plantings.
 I decided that I needed  a shrub that was narrow and tall for the space.  
The Sky Japanese Pencil Holly was perfect for the narrow space
 and would provide the vertical accent that I needed.

Sky Japanese Pencil Holly

Eventually they will grow tall and stay narrow like these.


Boy that wall is large and empty and those plants need to grow.
They looked so large in their pots at the garden center.
 I couldn't tell that the spacing is off too until I took the picture.
Oh no.  Too hot to move anything right now.

My Garage Side Wall
Home Goods to the rescue.  I found four of these geometric trellises.
For now they supply the height I need.

Geometric Trellis

Here they are with my pencil holly shrubs.

Still not working for me.
Now I need some advice. What should I use to fill in between the holly plants?
 I'm thinking that shaped boxwoods would look good between the tall plants 
with some annuals tucked in for color.


Should I put them in pots?


What about a border of lariope?
 I already have some in another garden so I could divide it.
Free is good.

I also would love to have a window box in the upper window of the garage
 with a whole mix of flowers and dangling vines stretching to reach the tops of my trellises.

Something like this but not quite as ambitious.


I'd love some suggestions.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Next To

I just realized that I spend way too much time figuring out ways to break design rules.
But hey, rule breaking is good, not bad.
And anyway, aren't rules made to be broken?

Lately I've decided that pairs don't belong separated and symmetrical;
 they need to be next to each other.

The designer could have placed these columns on either side of the mantel or only used one, but instead chose to place them next to each other for an asymmetrical look that is still balanced.


This double take isn't just next to, but actually stacked above.
Would you do this in a room with cathedral ceilings?
I could see some art or a mirror layered with art "framed" in the upper mantel.


Here's another tall idea.  Love the  pair of doors above the fireplace.

What about dressers next to each other? 


 Or, why not have two pendant lights alongside?  They don't even have to match.

Why separate bookshelves?


Sconces can be next to each other instead of flanking the artwork.


Two chunks of wood side-by-side instead of on either side of the sofa.


 I also can't get enough of tables butted against each other.  



My all time favorite pairs are beds.  What about these beds end-to-end?


Who said twin beds must be separated?


Via Pinterest



What do you think of  pairs end-to-end, stacked on top, or side by side?


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Saturday, July 19, 2014


I've always had a dog or two and they've always been great dogs.  Bella, our current Lab, is no exception.  We rescued her when she was two and the whole family agrees that she's probably our best dog ever.

Dog In The Hood

She always loves us no matter what.  She does have a few "habits" though.
  She carries throw pillows around the house and even greets us at the door with them.
Yes, most of my pillows have dog spit on them.  

She also likes to carry shoes around.  She doesn't chew them thank goodness,
but it does make it hard to get to the school bus when you can only find one shoe.

Lately though, Bella has become obsessed with the wild life in our yard.
She was only outside for a short time, but she'd been very busy.
 Our gutters and downspouts  are main travel routes for mice, chipmunks, and snakes.
 We think this is what happened since she's not talking.
 She was after a chipmunk in our downspout.  I guess you could say she was determined to get that animal.
Here's what we found.

When we discovered the damage, the chipmunk was inside the downspout squealing.  She had chewed above and below him and he was trapped.  My son and my husband had to pry the metal apart so the chipmunk could escape.  Chipmunk and dog are fine thank goodness.
 My son and I were laughing that the chipmunk probably thought he was in the equivalent of rodent Jurassic Park.

Now she's focusing on the deer in the back yard.

I wish she could intimidate them enough that they'd stop eating my hostas.

I want all my cat-loving friends to stop gloating right now.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Way Too Many Vintage Finds

Get ready for tons of vintage finds.  This month at Sweet Clover I'll have quite a lot for sale.

This cupboard was plain oak.  I gave it a coat of black paint and detailed it in gold.  
Now it has a frenchy vibe in addition to being a great size for storage in a small space.
Love the angled sides too.

I dangled the calipers in a row on my chalkboard. 
 Although I would never have any use for calipers, I thought their shape was very artistic.

I updated this vintage buffet with some grey paint. 
 It's such a compact size and has that extra shelf.

Here it is in my booth.

Don't you love the applique on the drawer?  

Great legs on this MCM piece.

Map print is resting in the MCM magazine rack and a Shakespeare folio is on the desk.

I hit the mother lode of pop out cameras.

Behind the shelf on the wall are map transparencies.

More cameras and maps.

This metal table can be used as a bar and it folds flat for storage.

This knee hole desk is perfect with so many drawers. 
 Secret surprise:  I lined the drawers with a leopard print.

I dressed up this manly dress form with a vintage hat and pearls.  

That chippiness on the mirror is all natural and the hatbox is faux snakeskin.

Frenchy night stand with more gold detailing.

I always have some jewelry somewhere.

This teapot didn't have its lid so I asked my husband to make it into a lamp.  

So have you had enough?
Please come see me at the barn.
I'm working Sunday.


Sweet Clover
4051 Stanford Ct
Frederick, MD 21703

July 18,19,20 

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