Garden Memories

Gardens, I believe, are a part of our collective subconscious, even if one’s personal experience with gardening is nonexistent. Maybe this stems from the ancient story of the Garden of Eden, or perhaps because we are all fed by the most noble of gardeners – the farmer. No question, gardens are in our...
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...

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 Party!

Garden Party!

Summer calls out for celebrating in the garden. To make your parties sing, it pays to attend to the visual details. Sometimes the smallest detail can lift up the look and spirits of your party, making it an event that your guests will remember for a very long time. Photo: Steven Nilsson Afraid your guests will burn up in the unblinking sun during an afternoon garden...
The Visitation

The Visitation

Some years back, when I lived in California, our west coast office was located in a small artist’s cottage nestled within the garden of very dear friends. No standard-issue garden, it was an enchanting paradise. On the outside, the studio looked like a Spanish casita, but inside it was a soaring mid-century space with a pitched ceiling and the most beguiling slanted window facing the San Gabriel...