Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sun and Suds!

May I have a bit of sunshine with my shower please? Whether it's the daddy of all versions (above) or a more intimate but thoroughly modern version below, I am thinking that this would be the perfect ending to all my garden exploits.

Useful article and How-to Video on Outdoor Shower Installation on Thisoldhouse.com

Friday, March 27, 2009

Walls of Windows

Walls and walls of glorious windows. Let's luxuriate in these light-filled rooms, shall we? If I had windows like these I would have little need for artwork on my walls. Frankly, I don't think I would get anything done in a bedroom like this.
Photos from ras-a, inc. a building design studio (they are featured in the February '09 issue of Dwell)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bring The Outside In

Two beautiful examples of blurring the line between indoors and out.

images from Dwell and InsideOut

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shades of Green LA

The contrast of color and texture in this Turkish Mediterranean garden is stunning. I love the hints of red from the kangaroo paw peaking through a sea of compact grass. On a breezy day, this garden would be in constant motion.

Photos via Shades of Green Landscape Architecture studio.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rambling Rose

Crisp and carefree describe the look of these lovely home accessories from San Francisco based textiles company India Rose.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Backyard Bliss

At a garage sale a few summers ago I scored old issues of Martha Stewart Living. Many of the issues go back as far as the mid 1990's. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful food and flower photography. Then I realized there were many relevant DIY ideas like the outdoor canopies shown above. These canopies add instant atmosphere and intimacy, not too mention sweet relief from the sun, to driveways and backyards alike. I love the notion of turning a boring driveway into another living space especially if you are lucky enough to have a privacy fence or gate for seclusion. This is just the kind of excuse I need to hit the flea markets for vintage fabric and comfy lounge furniture. Both canopies were made from simple materials and can be taken down easily.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Spring Hill Nursury has a $25 off coupon (with no minimum order) in their latest catalog featuring these bold garden regulars with a twist...Green Envy Coneflower, Chocolate Cosmos, Carolina Moonlight Baptisia, and Red Hens and Chicks. These beauties tolerate/flourish in full sun, are deer resistent and the Chocolate Cosmos has an alluring chocolate fragrance.