Antiques – The Beauty of Botanicals

Antiques – The Beauty of Botanicals

The world of antique botanical prints spans many centuries, various techniques of printing and an endless variety of herbs, flowers and fruit. European botanical prints were typically created as a larger work and bound in books or set into portfolios. The purpose of early botanical prints were varied, from “Herbals” which were educational manuals that shared the useful properties of plants to “Florilegia” which were educational picture books of ornamental and exotic plants, many discovered and documented on voyages to the New...
The Hillsdale Town Hall Public Garden

The Hillsdale Town Hall Public Garden

Before I moved to New York I lived in Pasadena, California. Anyone who has been there knows that it is a lovely city with restored historic buildings lining the streets of its commercial district, making it a true destination to shop, walk and eat. Years ago, downtown Pasadena was a dilapidated, mostly empty ghost town, but today it is a perfect example of what a good urban plan can...

A Greenhouse Of My Own

Ahhh, the summer garden! Preparing a meal from freshly picked, homegrown veggies not only makes the dining experience more healthy and delicious, it makes it more meaningful. At my house in the country our growing season is surprisingly short, so this year for the first time we planted seedlings in two tiny prefabricated...
Garden-Inspired Green Rooms

Garden-Inspired Green Rooms

These days, when you hear the term “green design,” your mind immediately jumps to worthy notions of sustainability and environmental sensitivity. Commendable practices, for sure, but with summer upon us, we can’t help but celebrate another form of green design – the bold use of Mother Nature’s favorite color. As diverse as life itself, the color green has always been a staple in interior...