Showing posts with label Light Fixture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Light Fixture. Show all posts

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Garden Pantry: Staples

Bare essentials, below.


Pair of square planters, pair of round planters, and jewelry.
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Just as salt/pepper are pantry staples, gardens have staples too.
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Love the garden jewelry, above.  Garden jewelry?  The rails.  Pure jewelry.  Lights too.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pic via Habitually Chic.
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If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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Garden books by Tara Dillard, Amazon

Friday, February 14, 2014

Table Top Heat

Home Depot has propane outdoor heaters in a half-pint size.


Table top sized.  Easily moved.  Where have I been?
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Lost provenance of the pic.
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If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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Garden books by Tara Dillard, Amazon.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet Serendipity: Tuteurs + Lights

A picture note for the garden.


Shopping list: lights.  Prefer to make my own tuteurs.
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Twigs/wood can be found easily.
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Why have I not done this sooner?  Must get it done during this season of early nightfalls.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic, lost provenance.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Garden Design: Creating Shadows


Do you have a shadow-on-the-walls fetish?
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They are my catnip.  Especially their ephemerality.
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In particular, the shadows of mature crape myrtles on walls or blossoms running along cherry tree branches in spring.  Maybe Chinese snowball blossom shadows are my favorite.

                                                                     
                                                             Details from creator here.


Adore paradigm shifts.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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pics Hilden Diaz.   And I thought designing tree shadows across lawns was fun.  Seems lame now.
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If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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                                                          Garden books by Tara Dillard, Amazon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Faux Bois: Shaw Park


At a century old the faux bois lamp post, below,


in Shaw Park Botanical Garden, Jamaica, is perfection.
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Walk too fast & you would think it was a tree.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Use for Erosion Control Fabric

Hanging from a large oak tree, below, chandy stays on 24/7.


Recognize the tablecloth?  Erosion control fabric.  Bought in huge rolls.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pic this month from Susanne Hudson's garden.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Place Sofa Table


Sofa table, below, rather formulaic with pair of lamps & table toppers.


Laughably obvious!  Yes, put the sofa table outside.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic taken this month in Susanne Hudson's garden.  She has a totally warped way of looking at & doing the obvious.  Lamps on 24/7.   Don't know where to start furnishing your garden?  Sofa table seems easy.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Farmhouse Kitchen

A real farmhouse kitchen.  


The island, above, is an old dresser with detailing applied to  the back.


She removed a wall between table & kitchen.


The cafe curtains win a Garden Oscar.  Beyond those curtains, inches, is their driveway, Funeral Home parking lot, and, ta-da, a Funeral Home !
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Sky & tree canopy are all you see.
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Perhaps the solution to your garden eyesore is inside your house.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics at jobsite, same garden as previous post.  Yes, she made lunch, blueberry mini-muffins, pimiento cheese sandwiches, chicken salad, fresh fruit......iced tea mixed with lemonade.  And, I got the story from him of how he met her when they were teens.  They're grandparents now.  The story began when he was a bagboy at Piggly Wiggly.
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You did notice the rug under the island?
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They've asked for a Chicken Coop, Pole Barn, Pond & a few other delicacies.....
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Design Interiors From Outside

Front porch, below.


 Lamp seen from the front porch, above, and from inside, below.


Further to the left of the lamp, below.


You do know this already?  Interiors must be gorgeous from every garden view.
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Your home is the focal point of the garden.
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Walking with new clients, around their garden, seeing an ugly interior view I will turn my head, look into their eyes and my right eyebrow goes up.  Enough said.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics taken at jobsite last week.  Same home as previous several posts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chandeliers

Often I'm designing a garden when the interior is being renovated.


I adore seeing the lighting chosen.  Breakfast room, above, master closet, below.


A chandelier in my music room will soon grace the harvest table on the patio.  Beautiful & violent it has hit  many people in the head.
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Anticipating the new harvest table & chandelier on my patio is a January joy.
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Sourcing chairs now, table must seat 10.
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And which bonbon from the garage will grace the harvest table center?  Yes, this is fun.
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I'm not impatient.  This layer, the hunt, is excitement.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pics taken last year at a client's home.   Before pics are already taken of the patio!
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If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
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Details about online design services.
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Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
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Details about lecture titles here.
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I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Front Door Pendant Light

Endangered object, below.


Sweetly scaled pendant light.
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A front door is always a focal point.  When architecture & materials are already good why compete?  Beware 'too large' exterior lighting at your front door.
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Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
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pic via DIY Home Staging Tips.  You'll love the link, it's the best tips of Home Staging for 2012.  Of course, too many decades of USA homes lack good materials/architecture, mine is one, so you want to consider the possibility of large exterior lighting.  Then, beware of lipstick-on-a-pig.
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If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
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Details about online design services.
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Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
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Details about lecture titles here.
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I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Rustic Light Post

Function, a certain elegance, and a craftsman who obviously cared.


Antique junk shop with vendor stalls this building, below, started life in the late 19th century as a horse/carriage business.


Of course I bought some things, but seeing the antique light post is the real treasure.
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Garden & Be Well,          XO Tara
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Was trying to find the antique car museum in Houston, TX.  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Curb Appeal: Color, Pots, Lights

Pair of pots, pair of lights, pair of sidelights, black front door.


                                                       Works in myriad situations.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics taken at a client last week.  KISS.  Keep it simple sweetie.
                                    

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Garden Stairs

All new construction, below, constraints galore.  Never knew steps & under-the-steps could be this joyful.


Use lattice or ceiling boards under the step treads?  (1 of 87 questions about the steps!)


Across from the steps, below.


Repetition wins again.  Paint color too.
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Lattice is special order, Magic Man added a strip for more privacy.
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A new room & deck were added above creating wonky space below.  We should all be so lucky.
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The space is grand enough to be used as a Foyer in addition to the Outdoor Kitchen we created.
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Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
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Hired a professional to shoot this project in January.  Leaving the Foyer yesterday I said something about keeping a green table because of the green urn blah-blah.  Beloved Burt wasn't there.  Apparently Burt said the exact words only hours earlier.  Finally, a Tara'ized Burt!!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

How To Create Vanishing Threshold

Gardens begin inside.


Looking out the window, above/below.

And, looking in the same window.
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Landscape Design is more than plants.  It's Vanishing Threshold with your interior, exterior & life.
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Garden & Be Well,          XO Tara
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Pics taken at jobsite last week.  Love the layers of this project coming together.

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!

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!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Front Porch

A disintegrating brick, too small, front stoop when I arrived.


Covered, lighting, doors, stone terrace, new paint colors, columns, iron rail, ceiling fans, furniture.
   The view, below, has been there, ignored, for over 3 decades.
Now it's honored, and lived in.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pics taken this week at a past client.  Her house & garden the most perfect HORRENDOUS before.  Of course she's going to be a before/after story.  Best part is how it's changed their lives.  Literally.  House is amongst many in a subdivision near town, yet it lives like Piedmont forest. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Simplicity


Dare you?  This simple?
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Yes.
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Gravel to the walls, color theme, mix of stone-wood-iron, vine-on-house, evergreen cones in pots, round downspouts, beautiful views into the home, finials on the roof, custom shutters, 3-d lite over door.
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If you like it, break down the reasons.  Beauty in one spot can be translated into yours.
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House is the focal point.  House is the backdrop to the landscape.  Specifically, the front door.
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It's brutal to be this simple.  But POTENT.
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And low maintenance.
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Garden & Be Well,  XO Tara
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pic via Things That Inspire .  Even a disastrous brick ranch ca. 1963 can be turned into a historic caretakers cottage.  This house , above, tells you how.  Have fun.  If you, indeed, live in the disaster.  Of course I can be this blunt.  Living in a brick 1986 box.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vanishing Threshold: Perfect Bathroom

Lighting is even designed to hang from the tree.  Garden nor room are too big.  Simple.
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Humbling, the talent designing this.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic from Velvet & Linen.  Years of beautiful interiors & gardens with Brooke & Steve Giannetti and they only get better.