Monday, March 20, 2017

Tasha Tudor & Robert E. Smith: Ahead of Their Time, Living in the Past

Tiny historic cottage, in Louisiana, was moved to a new site and given its historic interiors, exterior & garden, below.
Immediately, moth to flame, I noticed the historic exterior color trinity, green-brown-white, below.
And, its subsidiary color, golden harvested wheat. 


A complete historic (rare to see overdose-on-a-theme) front porch, below.  Furnishings, lighting, colors, footings are brick piers, probably not a lot of stone in Louisiana delta.  

Pigeonnier, below.  


Add a run to the pigeonnier, and it's a perfect chicken coop, above/below.

Before/after, above/below.

 The garden, above, Smith copied from another historic site.

Axis view, above.  
Copying the historic template, Robert E. Smith, Antiquaire, created a world.   More, within the world a manner of making a living.
Before Robert E. Smith there was Tasha Tudor, Jill Adams-Vancimalano said of Tasha Tudor, "She was ahead of her time, but she lived in the past."  Tudor also copied historic templates of home & garden, then moved in to stay, finding a manner of making a living.
More amazing they did it without internet.
More than once I've been told, "Quit living in the past."  I just smile.  Really, someone thinks they can judge another person's relationship to G*d and how they choose to live on this Earth?  That smile?  It's a Cheshire cat smile.  You know the one, it says, Bless your heart, without uttering a word.
Garden & Be Well,    XO T
Thank you Joni Webb, Cote de Texas for writing about Robert E. Smith.  If you like this tidbit about Smith's garden, the full article, here.     
We're still living with a temporary Chicken Coop, focusing on other renovations.  Glad of it.  Pigeonaire, above, gives more scope for the imagination.  Brick piers, above, make me think the vernacular historic brick piers under front porches in rural middle-Georgia, where I live, were chosen as an 'upgrade'.  Why?  The homes are set upon stone piers.  Sadly, our stone piers were painted at some point.  Our stone mason said sandblasting the paint off the stone piers will probably harm the mortar.  


Dewena said...

I love this cottage! What does the quaint staircase lead to? I'm sorry your piers were painted at some time and I wonder how you'll handle this. I also look forward to seeing your someday chicken coop.

When I read your quote about Tasha Tudor I remembered that when I wrote about seeing her here in Nashville in 1995 that you wrote you purchased some of her signed prints after her death, although what you really wanted was one of her marionettes! What I really wanted was the corgi sketch she did in front of us and did not win. But I'll always remember her smile and treasure her books.

Penelope Bianchi said...

Love this post!

Stripping can get the paint off! At the San Ysidro Ranch; the local sandstone building had layers of paint. It took patience; but the stripper took all the paint off, and did not harm the mortar or the sandstone!
Good luck!!! said...

I love the outside ladder/then steps to the second floor.

La Contessa said...

I hear STOP living in a FANTASY WORLD A LOT............
JOY JOY JOY ..............we MUST keep DREAMING!