Showing posts with label Conservatory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Conservatory. Show all posts

Friday, April 11, 2014

Views In: Conservatory at Dusk

 Looking into my Conservatory at dusk this week, below.  Your home is the backdrop to the garden.  Views in must be seductive.  Inviting.  Every view in must tell me who you are.


Returning from a lecture I gave in Chicago/Moline Wednesday there was a little pile of cards & gifts on the harvest table in the kitchen.
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The best present was working, aka lecturing, on my birthday.  Adore a job on my birthday every year.  Gift to myself, loving what I do.
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Back to the little treasure trove.  Had Beloved gather everything, I grabbed the champagne, and we trotted off to the Conservatory.  Fine way to spend a late afternoon.
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This morning, and the Conservatory pic, I realize pics must be made for every window of my home, from the garden, at dusk.
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Game on.
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Tick Tock
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Deadline, Dec. 2014.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Conservatory: Multiple Axis

Near the door of Susanne Hudson's conservatory, below.


And her great garden pun, below.  A plant in the conservatory!  As if.  What?  As if the Conservatory were for plants.  Ridiculous.


The same lamp, below, from a different axis.


Another axis, below.


Same hydrangea, below, different day.  Heavy rains in the interim.


The more axis a focal point has the more successful the Garden Design.
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One of the best arrows in your quiver.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken in Susanne Hudson's garden this month.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chandelier with a Tin Roof

Reflected lite, even during the day, of chandelier on a tin roof.


In my conservatory.


Doors, windows, tongue/groove all a century old.  Field gathered for over a decade & all free.


Conservatories must be at least 12' x 18' and have doors on 2 walls.  Minimum.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken this month in my garden.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: Williamsburg, VA

A perfect distance from the house.  The Tea House.  


Abby Aldrich Rockefeller's home in Williamsburg, VA.  She spent April/October here yearly.


The scale is exquisite.


Knowing a bit about the depth of her philanthropy the scale and sweetness of her home speak much of her character.
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Her gardens are intelligent, potent in simplicity, narrative, formality, rusticity, line, axis, Nature.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken earlier this month while I was lecturing in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Perfect Flower Stand

Something new learned from something old, below.


A flower stand must be so fabulous......it needs no flowers!
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic taken last weekend in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.  This is from Bassett Hall, home of Abby Rockefeller.
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Love the colors, slab of light, scale, calm, bricks with the redolence of .........     something I can't quite name.    A sweetness with harshness, a story.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chairs after Lunch

 After the party, or lunch, chairs are pure narrative.


Warmth, connection.


Conversation.
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Grace.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pics taken last month after lunch in the Conservatory.  Torte de Shelle top pic.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Conservatory Dreamtime

You must have a Conservatory in your garden.  Direct connection to an experience of Australia's Dreamtime.  


Too many busy days had passed without being in my Conservatory.  I feel its loss in my spirit.  Yesterday's 14 minute lunch had-to-be in the Conservatory.  Short & out of proportion to what is gained.  Spiritual well is filled.  No words to describe this direct line to Dreamtime.  


Moments in the Conservatory are atonement.  And abiding.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Designing Anticipation


Junking last month I found a huge birdcage on plinth.


'The-plan-is', lunch with girlfriends in the Conservatory with a pair of heirloom chickens in the birdcage for entertainment.
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The Girls will love the change of atmosphere from their Chinoiserie coop & run.
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Life is good when Garden Enhancements are in the anticipation realm.
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Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
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Pic via It's About Time  Can't imagine  having a day of life without Garden Enhancements percolating in my imagination.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Table, Diane Von Furstenberg

Lunch in the Conservatory yesterday.  Who can eat alone without a book?  


Had to make calls to clients, then leave for appointments.  The book remains anticipation.
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$2.02 from the thrift store I knew it would be worth it without perusing.  Diane Von Furstenberg is a huge supporter of the High Line Garden in NYC.  Better than expected, Diane's own garden in Connecticut is featured.
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Interiors, gardens, recipes.  Beautiful photography.
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Garden & Be Well,               XO Tara
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Pure catnip getting this book so cheap.  Plenty more here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lamp in the Landscape

 
Women who have these lamps, I thought as a child, are wacko.  Ticky-tacky gold leaf, gaudy.
Was there an exact date I grew up to be 'wacko'?
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Even in the afternoon I can see the sparkly light bulbs from the house, and they make me happy.  More stupid, about this lamp was its price.  Found at my favorite Antique shop I waited several visits for its mark down.  Not.  I made an offer & you see my trophy!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Conservatory Built With Existing Wall



Too many garden walls haven't had their

Conservatory attached.
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Today's assignment: walk your garden, exactly as Mrs. Wilcox did at Howard's End, and decide where your Conservatory is to be placed.
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Garden & Be Well,        XO Tara
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Pic via Belgian Pearls.   

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blue Lamp in the Conservatory

 In honor of good service, the peacock blue ginger jar lamp with original shade.


Been in the library for years & now rotating off duty from 2 years in the Conservatory.
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We are each allowed to love a hideous lamp.  This one is mine.  She will resurface. 
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Notice the tassel hanging from the key on the French door?  A punctuation of delight.  Who needs drugs with these amusements?
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Pic taken last month.  Conservatory view is to the new French doors in my kitchen.  A bit of gardening still to be done at the landing.  Life is good, a gardening project awaits!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lunch in the Conservatory

Lunch in the Conservatory.
 Pears, yogurt, cottage cheese, pistachios.  There's something about multiple little bowls,
mismatched silver spoons, plate, linen napkin, making the choices.
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Walking across the garden & choosing where to sit in the Conservatory.  These are the great dramas I want.
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Amid hectic days my Conservatory never fails to enrich my spirit.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Wish lunch in the Conservatory were more often but you know I'm happy to be at jobsites too.
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Decorate With Multiple Collections

She drinks alot of Perrier perfect bottles for rooting cuttings, below.
 She inherited boxes of shells, it took about a year of spare time to sort them, below.
 Old, broken, water salts & moss make her terra cotta better.  Of course the arrangement is fabuloso, below. Have you noticed how people that arrange flowers seem to be able to arrange anything?
Clustered & themed, she uses collections to decorate. 
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This trinity of collections are close to each other in her Conservatory.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pics taken last month in Susanne Hudson's Conservatory.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lunch In The Conservatory

Friends for over a decade, we've kept up for too many years via ambient community, aka mutual friends & social media.
 We had lunch in my Conservatory yesterday.  Each of us brought to tears several times during meandering conversation.  Happy tears.  Tears of knowing.  Tears of bearing witness.
 Mostly laughter.  And buzzing with energy.
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Grace comes unbidden, and by nurture.  Yes, you want a Conservatory in your landscape.
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Garden & Be Well,            XO Tara
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Smallest Conservatory footprint, if you have a choice, is 12' x 18'.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cotton In The Conservatory

In the garden, below, 2 days ago, looking into my Conservatory thru the century old French door.
 It's an arcane delight, looking into windows.  Seeing cotton (or anything pretty) already 'painted', not real, in the past.
This is my first high cotton.  Literally, this year, in-high-cotton.  Inside Conservatory, above, looking into my tiny back garden.
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The old pottery jug, above, with broken handle, was a very good day at the thrift store, $2.94.
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From the house seeing this jug of cotton has been a joy.  A garden view, it's why I garden.
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Garden & Be Well,  XO Tara

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lamps Beside The Daybed




Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Susanne Hudson redecorated her Conservatory this year.  Sconces are laid on the table in my Conservatory, primer/paint/brush nearby, new packages of screws/hooks, brown/white ironstone transferware.  Soon, a bit of my own redecorating in the Conservatory.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Decorating Alone

Decorating my Conservatory late Tuesday, alone, I got frustrated. Typically with a client moving things or, most often, with my guys.Multiple trips to attic, garage, mudroom and back to Conservatory I had a sweat going. Along with a mess & the transpiration of TIME; 3 hours passed.
What I completed looked like 12 minutes of work. And there's more to complete.
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I did what any grown-up pouting girl would do, I called Susanne Hudson with my tale of woe.
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She laughed and said, "Tara, it took me over 50 hours to get the sea shells organized and my conservatory redecorated." She, too, worked her Conservatory alone.
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Susanne's redecorated Conservatory & sea shells, above pics.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Took the pics last weekend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sea Shells In The Conservatory

Seeing Susanne Hudson's sea shells, below, in her Conservatory,I was inspired to gather mine from attic & garage. Before Georgia I lived at Cape Canaveral &
Galveston Bay.
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Why wasn't I honoring my past?
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic taken last weekend. What parts of your past need to be honored in your garden?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Daybed In The Conservatory

Pink & brown & hydrangeas & a Conservatory in the garden. With a daybed.With large terra cotta pots as legs.
Our jute draperies
pool, below, outside.

Susanne Hudson & I were on the front page of the paper. Did I know the photographer was coming? Sweat, hat hair, gardening clothes, dirty. We were the happiest women in the galaxy.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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I took the pics yesterday in the garden Susanne Hudson & I created for the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival.
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Thank you Douglas County Sentinel for promoting the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival. Newspaper pic by Winston Jones.