A Different Kind of Horsepower

A Different Kind of Horsepower

This certainly is not my usual kind of post, but I mentioned in yesterdays post that I would share with you the excitement of last weekend. KBJ and a friend had decided to allow themselves to experience a day of adrenaline rush that called for a certain level of guts and athleticism, or maybe just a bit of craziness. It involved a different kind of horsepower than the magnificent equine kind. Have you ever heard of Ariel Atom race cars? I hadn't either, but I know all about them now. Their ...Continue reading...

Such a Happy House…..

Such a Happy House…..

My regular readers know how it tickles me when I come across a fellow designer that was previously unknown to me, and whose work is such that I just have to dedicate a post to it. There are many designers that I have admired over the years and who have portfolio's that extend over decades, but I especially love it when I discover exciting younger designers. ...Continue reading...

Extravagant Tree Branches

Extravagant Tree Branches

Bringing in natural elements into home decor, adds not only interest, but texture, color and sometimes surprise. Birch trees are one of ...Continue reading...

My Totier Gardens

My Totier Gardens

I missed sharing early spring garden photos so will try and catch you up with some photos from around my gardens. During my down time in the early spring when it was still cool, ...Continue reading...

More Fantasy Swimming Pools

More Fantasy Swimming Pools

Last summer I did a post on Fantasy Pools. If you missed it, you can see it here Fantasy Pools. It was quite popular, so today, while many of us are wishing ...Continue reading...

Summer Tablescapes

Summer Tablescapes

Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors, friends and family. It is a time when we are  able to easily ...Continue reading...

Seeds

Seeds

“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.” ― Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education ...Continue reading...

Faux Bois

Faux Bois

There is a way to add the rustic, yet often elegant look of wood to your garden and home in the form of faux bois. This art form dates to the mid 1800's, when it was invented by Joseph Monier. Faux bois (from the French for false wood) refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. The craft has roots in the Renaissance, and was popular from it's inception until just after WWII, when it died out as the artists who created the work did. Few pieces remain save garden ...Continue reading...

Capasa~An Italian Manor Farm Restoration

Capasa~An Italian Manor Farm Restoration

Relais Masseria Capasa is a Manor Farm in ancient Martano, Italy. The farm, which I will refer to in the abbreviated Capasa, is a place rich in history, built in 1746 and renovated in 2013 by architect Paolo Fracasso of Porto Viro, Italy. Owned by various families throughout its life, the property fortunately fell into the hands of  Earl Charles Gaetani. Mr. Gaetani achieved this beautiful restoration using his own funds. His coat of arms are carved on the pillars at the entrance to the ...Continue reading...

She’s Back!

She’s Back!

  Sheee's Back……...    They say the best way to get back to writing is to start writing! I do feel I owe you, my loyal readers, some explanation as to my absence. Right after I passed the one year anniversary of this blog, ...Continue reading...