Saturday, July 24, 2021

MY OTHER GARDEN FEATURE

I've written many posts about my absolute favorite garden feature, my Limelight Hydrangea.   My Dragon's Eye Pine is another centerpiece in my garden.  Its sharp spikey branches are the perfect contrast to the soft blooms of the hydrangea.   The texture and the color variations on the pine more than compensate for its lack of flowers.   Its branches stretch to the left over the slate walkway and create an appealing asymmetric design.   You can see the limelight hydrangea peeking out from the left corner of the image.  It's very close to full bloom.

 

DRAGON'S EYE PINE

ANOTHER ANGLE

AGAINST THE LAMP POST

CLOSE UP

ANOTHER CLOSE UP

Do you have a favorite garden feature?

Link to my post about my Limelight Hydrangea here.  Click on the highlighted word or on the image below to be directed to the post.

MY LIMELIGHT HYDRANGEA

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Design Musings: Layered Book Shelves

Last week I wrote about layering art and mirrors over windows.  I thought this post from 2016 was a good follow-up post, so sharing again.  (Link to last week's post at the end of this one.) 

I'm all about layering, especially when it involves book shelves.  It doesn't matter if it's a mirror or framed prints, I love the look when they are layered over a styled bookcase. 

This is my all time favorite.  The shelves, the books, the fabulous randomly placed prints.



The prints don't even have to match each other.

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This over-sized art consumes the shelves but it looks fabulous.  

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The art repeats all the colors in this boho chic room.

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Stacked vintage oils work too.

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Another block-the-bookcase art that makes the room.

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It even works on a small bookcase in a tiny bedroom nook.

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More mis-matched art in this mix and match fun room.

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I haven't forgotten about using mirrors in the same way as framed art.

The contrast of the white against the dark background makes these bookshelves and the room.

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A layered mirror works in a very traditional room.

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It works with bohemian too.

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What about a very small mirror?

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And last but not least, mirror and framed prints in a row.
I love that fabric on the sofa too.

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Do you think you'll give this look a try?
Prints? Mirrors? Large?  Tiny?  All?

Link to my post about layering art and mirrors over windows here.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

LAYERING WINDOWS

When I realized that I layer windows, my first thought was "Oh no!  I've run out of wall space and I've moved on to windows."  After I thought it through though, I realized that there were no blinds or draperies on these windows.  Whew!

I layered a sunburst mirror over the window in my dining room.   

MIRROR LAYERED OVER MY DINING ROOM WINDOW

 I used a ribbon to suspend it from the window latch.

MIRROR SUSPENDED WITH A RIBBON

You've recently seen my vintage bird print in my kitchen.  Again,  I suspended it with ribbon.  Can you see my giant Black-eyed Susans in the background?  My cottage garden is coming through for me again.

VINTAGE BIRD PRINT IN MY KITCHEN WINDOW

 There are large windows on three of the walls in our sun room.  Two have draperies, but the ones facing the back yard are drapery-free.  They were the perfect spot for me to suspend some sea life prints in mirrored frames.  

SEA LIFE PRINTS IN MIRRORED FRAMES

I attached the prints to the window frames with picture hooks.

SEA LIFE PRINTS ON WINDOW FRAMES

PRINTS ABOVE THE BAR CART

ROOM REFLECTIONS IN THE MIRRORED FRAME

Do you layer windows?

To see my post about how I layer my retail space, go here.

Or, click on the image below.

HOW I LAYER A RETAIL SPACE

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

MAPS AS ART: YEA OR NAY?

I frequently frame maps and use them as art.  For me, art doesn't always have to be an oil stretched on to canvas or a print matted, framed and hung on a wall.  I like to call it un art.  

Originally, this map was in my living room.  I moved it to the dining room after our kitchen renovation.


Originally this art was in the living room.  When we renovated the kitchen I moved it to the dining room. 
MAP OF ROME IN ITS NEW LOCATION




Of course I like the map because it's black and white.  

CLOSE UP OF THE MAP

The frame is pretty wonderful too.  It's vintage and I was so happy when I realized the map would fit in it.   Hoarding sometimes pays off.  I had it in waiting for years.

FRAME DETAIL


Here it is in its previous location.

MAP OF ROME IN MY LIVING ROOM


If you'd like to see the post when the map was in my living room, go here, or click on the image to be directed to the full post.

I've also written about un art before.  If you'd like to see that post, go here.

What do you use as un art?

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

GIANT ALLIUM: MY NEWEST GARDEN ADDITION

Last Fall I purchased  allium bulbs from Holland Bulbs.  I planted two under the windows on either side of my chimney and a third Giant Allium in a side garden.  They did not disappoint.  This first image is before it bloomed.  I planted it in front of a vintage chimney pot.  I use chimney pots as tall planters in my garden. 

GIANT ALLIUM BUD

You can see it in the lower left corner of the side garden.  I can't wait for it to multiply.

GIANT ALLIUM IN THE SIDE GARDEN

This is what it looked like in full bloom in front of the chimney pot.


GIANT ALLIUM IN FULL BLOOM


MIXING IN WITH FERNS

Do you add to your garden every year?  

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

ANTLERS

 Do you add antlers to your decor?  I do.  Enjoy some of mine. 

Shed antlers in a container in my family room.

SHED ANTLERS COLLECTED IN A CLEAR JAR

I always use them on stacks of books.  I've included Bella.

ANTLERS ON PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS AND OF COURSE MY FAVORITE LAB, BELLA

I turned an old framed oil over and added some antlers.  Rustic + nature.

I'm not sure where this is going yet so it's currently resting on my zebra rug while I decide.

ANTLERS ON FRAMED OIL PAINTING

My neighbor's tree sheds these wonderful curly seed pods.  I combined them with some antlers in an urn.  They were my Fall decor on my porch a few years ago.

ANTLERS AND SEED PODS IN AN URN ON MY PORCH

You know I love orange.  I combined the antlers with some Hermes boxes and finials.  (The finials are Christmas ornaments that I refuse to pack away after the holidays.)

ANTLERS AND ORANGE


ONE OF MY NATURE-INSPIRED EVER-CHANGING MANTELS


TUCKED INTO A DOUGH BOWL

How do you add antlers to your decor.
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Saturday, May 29, 2021

DO YOU DO PURPLE?

Do you do purple?   I do in my garden.  

Purple perennials pop up in my cottage garden in the Spring.

This lilac topiary is relatively new to my garden.  It has a wonderful scent and a soft lavender color.

MY LILAC TOPIARY WITH GARAGE IN THE BACKGROUND

It's in a small bed outside my screened porch.

LILAC TOPIARY WITH SCREENED PORCH IN BACKGROUND

I enjoy it when I'm sitting on the porch.

VIEW FROM THE SCREENED PORCH

There's more purple in another garden.  My clematis climbs and curves over the garden arch.  This is the garden path to the back yard.

GARDEN ARCH COVERED WITH CLEMATIS

CLEMATIS GARLAND

CLEMATIS CLOSE UP

ANOTHER CLOSE UP

What colors appear in your garden?


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