Showing posts with label Paint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paint. Show all posts

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How To Create Exterior Simplicity

The hedge is brilliant.  Vine on the risers is more brilliant.
Topiaried green meatballs are fun.  Terra cotta on the table?  Perfection.
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Notice the lack of pattern on the textiles?  Be careful with exterior textile pattern.  Very careful.
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Many interior rooms look onto this view.  Without going inside I know it's an obvious Vanishing Threshold.  Without going inside I know the owners.
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How little can the landscape have and hold together?  Whoever 'tossed' out this much simplicity is good.  Very good.
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Low maintenance, weekly blow & trimming 2x/year. 
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Choose a color theme.  It should flow from the interiors. 
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pic via Cote de Texas.  When I worked at a nursery one assistant manager was incredibly talented at displays.  BUT, we would always beg him to stop.  He would create the above, BUT keep going.  On his off day we would cleanse the abundance. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Foundation Plantings & Front Porch Opening

Typical USA foundation plantings, along with incipient pruning, below.

 The Cottage has good bones.
 I have sure thoughts, below.
Plants have been moved to a tapestry hedge, rails removed and The Cottage is sighing in relief, below.

Next?  Granite curbstones will be placed as a step at all 3 sides of the porch.
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Next?  Gravel arrives, a potager, boxwood, brick painting.
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Adore this process. 
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Garden a bit slow, The Cottage needed new windows & pipes.  All the copper had been stolen.  Roof is beyond its life expectancy but honored heavily for its steadfastness.  A penny saved is a garden installed.....
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3rd pic via Griege Design

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Penelope Bianchi

Penelope Bianchi, below, is brave.  She didn't 'think' about growing a vine inside.  She did!



 She's timeless.  There's always comfort, & a garden.
 Her sense of flow, scale, comfort, history, fun,
 are direct from her muse.
And her home has been chosen for the top 10 romantic homes.
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I learn everytime I see pics of her home.  Didn't want you to miss seeing some.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics from Penelope here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Getting The Scale Right

Once or twice a year I work with a home that looks normal but the closer you get you realize its scale is much larger than 1st impression.
 This tiny area, above, is truly larger than it appears.
The lanterns are almost  3' tall.
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Anything smaller & it's Dinky Is Stinky territory.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic taken last week, lanterns sourced by Suzanne Hudson, Le Jardin Blanc.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Formula: 2 Chairs + Table

Woodland, palace, mid-century modern, cluster, townhome, shotgun, split-level ranch & etc.2 chairs + table; works every time.
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Of course, you must choose the correct vernacular.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Another pic from MIXSON at my job in Charleston, SC.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mark Worthington, TV Decorator

"If you have 5 period styles in one room, you're going to have a problem." Mark Worthington says.
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One focal point per area in your landscape. "Colors should match exactly or they should provide enough contrast that the contrasts feels like a conscious decision." Mark Worthington says.
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Drifts of green foliage next to drifts of burgundy foliage next to drifts of variegated foliage & etc.
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"It was one little change, but all of a sudden the whole volume of the space was different." Mark Worthington says.
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When I painted the white trim, of my red brick home, a faded Monet green my house grew taller & sat further back from the street. White jumps forward, darker colors recede in the garden.
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"show the history of how you've developed the space, with individual pieces from different moments of your life." Mark Worthington says.
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Do not buy all your patio furniture & focal points & pots in one afternoon from 1 store.
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You don't want, "a train-wreck look." Mark Worthington says.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic taken at Atlanta Botanical Garden last week. I'm teaching a 4 week class there this month.
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Mark Worthington is a TV production designer. He was interviewed by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

At The Gate


From the Tea Olive Terrace, below, looking into my backyard. At the same gate, in my backyard, below, looking into the Tea Olive Terrace.

Double Axis: 2 views fabulous. A fabulous view in 1 direction must be fabulous in the opposite direction.
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There are no exits in a garden, only entries.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken last week in my garden. See the template? A Trinity of the Ages: Path, Gate, Boxwood. Ramped up: painted gate, gravel path, blooming hydrangeas.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Vanishing Threshold

Looking out, below, the Garden Room. Looking into, below, the garden room.
Vanishing Threshold.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken in my garden last week, Hydrangea 'Penny Mac', dug from her garden. Found the antique French garden chair at my favorite junk shop last year. A rusty, flaky $22. Have this Vanishing Threshold pic with: azaleas blooming, camellias blooming, pittosporum blooming, oakleaf hydrangea blooming & snowfall. Will get them combined for a post; at some point.
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Debut: exterior paint, Bemjamin Moore HC-Waterbury Green.
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I'm quite serious about Vanishing Threshold. AND it must be for every window of your home.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

KAY O'TOOLE: VIEWS & SUNBEAMS

Kay O'Toole, below, had the sunbeam hit its mark. A woman directing sunbeams deeply considered her fence: height, length, color, style, axis, materials, focal point, contractor. Controlling her view out, and in. Compare statue & misc. styling, above/below. Adore this attention to detail.

Kay's bedroom, below.
Ha, a feeling of deep rest glancing at it.
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And mystery. I really want to see her garden from the windows.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Found the pics yesterday via Verdigris Vie. Kay owns, Kay O'Toole Antiques.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

BAY WINDOW: BEFORE & AFTER

Desk & Petunia, below, at my bay window. Paint 20 years old. Note, horror, mini-blinds. After, below, this morning. Painting complete. Note, delight, curtains. A soft 100% cotton burlap.
Bookcase from top pic now in Garden Room, aka kitchen, below. And it's sitting on a different base.


Yes, I liked the 'before' in my home. After 20+ years it was time. CHANGE!
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Paint Color was a taupe. Now it's Benjamin Moore HC-105 Rockport Gray with HC-174 Lancaster Whitewash trim. Did you notice my Christmas cactus decided to become an Easter cactus? Aren't the daffodils happy? Tulipiers are fabulous; 18 seconds to toss daffodils in. Tulipier, thrift store, $1.99.
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NOTE: This is THE bay window overlooking the new Bay Terrace in my garden.

Friday, March 5, 2010

SMALL CONTENTMENTS

Wallpaper, 24 years old & still adored.The urge, energy & creativity to bring flowers inside, below, was absent for years. Blooms outside these windows every day, all year, no effort. Of course I must tolerate birds, butterflies or honeybees everyday too. Camellias, blooming outside, below. The brown? Dormant hydrangeas. The green? Azaleas. (Tara's Trinity of the Southern Garden: Azaleas, Camellias & Hydrangeas.)
Old wicker from an estate sale around the corner 3 years ago.

The cloche had been in the garden over 5 years, until hellebores were cut last week.

After 20 years, my house was painted. A decorator, Susanne Hudson, hired to help with colors & interior design.
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I'm basking in the joy, serenity & energy my new spaces are giving me.
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Above, When stamens drop, I'm taken out of time. (Lucky me, I think some people need cocaine to feel like this. As the Sea Witch in Little Mermaid says, "...Poor unfortunate souls........")
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What mentors have shared with me the most? Small contentments.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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That fabulous cloche? TJMaxx, $9.99!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

VANISHING THRESHOLD: Lighting

When it moves outside it's a trend. Fabulous lanterns. First Rules of Landscape Design: copy, simplicity, repetition.
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SENSUOUS, above. Crunch of gravel, trilling water, warmth of candle light, hearing refreshments poured from a pretty pitcher, feel of foliage upon your arm, repetition of color house-furniture-shutters-arbor-fountain-gravel, scale, flow, texture, vanishing threshold.
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Beauty w/Low Maintenance in the garden is sensuous & feng shui.
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Design, above, for yourself. Grace IS a destination.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic, Michael Partino via Brabourne Farms

Monday, November 16, 2009

COLOR: BEFORE & AFTER

After creating garden rooms, color is my #2 choice for what's important in a landscape. Came across this pic, below, yesterday.
OMG, so glad I stained the teak and painted the iron.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

RANCHBURGER: Before & After

Contouring of the land, below. What to do, what to do?
The most important thing you can do to a Ranchburger? Let It Out Of Jail.

Remove the rails, and those ratty (Rattus rattus) evergreen meatball shrubs, which are naked at the bottom and chopped at the top, the builder planted decades ago. Shall I wax poetic about builders landscape design? Hmm, PUPPET BARBUDA is too busy today.

Aaaaaaah, the brick was liberated too. This ranch is going country French.

Furnishings & Pots aren't 'done' yet. But the Ranchburger is done. Done gone!!
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Thank you for sharing your Ranchburger before/after pics Krystol. Love the dogs & your intuitive landscape design. Fabulous.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PATH & PATIO

PATH GIRL, born 1935, hired me early summer. She was stuck in her backyard. One glance, I knew. First, stain patio furnishings a shade from inside.

More important, paths. PATH GIRL created a beautiful garden but the paths weren't 'done'. A roundabout, below, radiates paths.

Gravel to the rescue. PATH GIRL shoveled her own. Edging garden beds with stone found on-site & fallen tree limbs. Not quite finished yet. Yes, dearies, part of the design, use what's at hand.
An alcove of path with an antique marble bench &, while sitting on the bench, a pineapple, symbol of welcome, at your feet.
And the pre-built potting shed, Magnolia Hall, is steeped in gravel too.

Up to its side, adding a new sitting area.

Many weeks of shoveling then an invitation to lunch.


Crabcakes & conversation. Hours of connection.

In the dining room a 2nd, smaller, table for games, reading or dining with a view.

Vanishing Threshold views, above & below.

NOTES & RESOURCES:

* Edge gravel path, with stone or brick, closer to the house.

* Edge gravel path with fallen tree limbs farther away from the house.

* Transitioning edging materials creates another layer of interest.

* Paint Colors for deck furniture: Behr Ultra Exterior Satin [primer & paint all in one] at Home Depot. Antique Red UL 170, Native Soil 179-22 [taupe].

* Powder Coating of wrought iron table/chairs: http://www.millerpowdercoating.com/. 4251 Wayside Ct. #B, Lilburn, GA, 770-931-1505.

* Rug for deck, not shown, http://www.rugsusa.com/

* Shot pea gravel: Atlanta Landscape Materials, 5996 Buford Hwy., Doraville, GA 770-936-8462

* Lantern, not shown, http://www.nadeauimports.com/, Buckhead Store.

* PATH GIRL had the shot pea gravel delivered to her driveway. It took her several weeks to shovel from the pile to a wheelbarrow then dump into place. A neighbor, seeing her shovel, offered help. With a smile of appreciation she happily declined. Enjoying her gardening too much to let others in on her fun. Remember PATH GIRL, born 1935, is DIY.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RUSTY vs PAINTED

Rusted was great until it became invisible. What to do? Paint. Found the 'gates' at Scott Antique Market years ago. They are late Victorian fence sections from Egypt. I put 2 nails into a post & with galvanized wire attached them. They're non-functioning, always open.
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The rusty gates arrived, below, with specks of Robin's Egg Blue.
Gathered a few chips to color match at Lowe's.
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Studying landscapes in France I loved how they painted most accents the same color. Good enough for France, good enough for me.

My newest gate, above, from Rustic Rooster in Loganville, GA. There is no fence only the abelia hedge. Yes, you knew what color I would paint it, posted here.
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Rusty things in a garden are soothing. But I wanted to SEE my things.
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Let's dish gate money. Bought the old gates for $80 ea. and have seen them in antique shops, since, for $400.00 ea. Newest gate was, $125.00, made in Mexico.
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No 'correct' answer to rusty iron vs. painting. Look inside your home. Often I'll see a color in artwork, fabric, wallpaper and use it for painting iron. Sometimes I leave it rusty. It's the house AND garden telling you which to do. Vanishing Threshold.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara