Monday, February 22, 2010

Light The Way....


We are currently working on an extensive remodel and, along with the architect, we've finally ironed out the electrical plan. Now the fun part begins! We are helping our client choose chandeliers and pendant and sconce lighting for various areas in her home.
The above picture is from Solaria. It won't work in our client's space, but Ashley and I would sure like to try to make it work in one of our personal spaces. We love this light!
Below are some gorgeous pieces that caught our eye.....

Image from Veranda


Image from House Beautiful


Image from Cottage Living


Image from Country Living


Image from Veranda


Image from Veranda


Image from Cottage Living






Some kitchen island lighting ideas....
Image from House Beautiful


Image from House Beautiful


Image from House Beautiful


There is a lighting company located in Decatur, Georgia that we just love. Their name is Solaria. The innovative designs and materials they use creates a piece that sometimes seems very polished and at other times seems very raw, but every piece has an organic quality to it. They use recycled and reclaimed materials whenever possible and handcraft each piece and it shows.
We are hoping that our client will agree to use this lantern for her entryway.



Look how fabulous it looks here....

All the remaining images are from Solaria.































Sunday, February 7, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow


I have lived in my house for 2 years after planning and building for an additional 2 years. Some of the basic foundation plantings were done shortly after we moved in, but honestly I was feeling tired and burnt out about my house after so much time living and breathing every aspect of the design and build. This year, I finally feel enthusiastic about designing and planting gardens and perennial beds.
I have been looking through books and magazines for inspiration and thought I'd share with you what is inspiring me.


Now only if I had thought of creating a mud room like this in my house!
Image from Living in New England


I love this raised slate patio.
Image from Living in New England


This is an interesting way to create a room in the garden. They used re bar which you can hang lights from, as they did, or train a vine to grow over to provide shade.
Image from Courtyard Gardens


Here is one of my absolute favorite plants, Lady's Mantle. I like it planted in between the stones that make up the patio.
Image from Patio Garden


I am going to try my hand at some vegetable gardening this year and I think this is an interesting way to create a raised border.
Image from Garden Stone


I like this traditional herb garden using boxwood and yew as a border.
Image from Garden Stone


Woven willow is used for raised beds of boxwood on this crushed stone patio. I don't know if this would be very practical, but I love the look!
Image from Courtyard Gardens


What a beautiful and private retreat.
Image from Courtyard Gardens


A nice shade garden with ferns. The rocks add interest and, in my opinion, don't look contrived like they do so often when used in the garden.
Image from Garden Stone


And lastly, but certainly not least.....a beautiful bucket of forsythia. A lot of people think that forsythia is a boring weed-like plant, I however, love it. It is the first blooming plant I see in the spring and always makes me feel like winter is over. It brightens up the brown, gray, late winter landscape. I will definitely be planting some of these bushes soon.