'Tis the season for green in my world.
1. Badminton - who doesn't love?
2. Root Base Table - from Philadelphia-based Groundworks
3. Perennials Rugs - in custom colors
4. Boxwood & Pea Gravel - natural, low maintenance, and orderly
5. Interlocking Garden Stools - stylish and flexible
6. Adirondack Chairs - modern chairs from DWR come in many colors
7. Alliums - or any purple flower
8. Sutherland Teak Side Table - adds dimension
9. Perennials - fabrics have a beautiful hand
10.Adjustable Iron Candleholder by Sutherland is super functional
A more coastal version of the scheme includes a display of Moss tents (top left) and my very own Spectator Chair with grass seat (bottom right.)
Included is a photo of my brother Dave's outdoor bar - decked out with fresh herbs and a refrigerator. It's one of my favorite spots!
Wishing you all a bright and happy summer!
My obsession with Moss Tents began when I first visited Maine 20 years ago. More than a few houses in town had sails mounted to them to shade sunny decks and patios. The geometry was striking. The portability and lightness offered a novel solution to summer sun
The following article from Maine Home and Design's AIA Design Theory illustrates beautifully the value of sustainability.
Sarah Holland and David Foley Discuss What it means to design sustainably
Architect William Wurster once said, “When I am given a hillside, I embrace it and do not long for a meadow.” He believed design should serve genuine needs: “Architecture is not a goal—architecture is for life and pleasure and work and for people. The picture frame, not the picture.” Sarah Holland and David Foley of Holland and Foley Architecture in Northport embrace this philosophy in their practice. They believe sustainable design is about exquisite adaptation and that the alternative is brute force: uncreative, uninteresting, and unsustainable. MH+D asked them to explain.
The eighth grade yearbook predicted that I would spend the rest of my life looking for the perfect song on the radio. How true! Today the radio is all but obsolete and my search for "the perfect song" has manifested itself into a career that piques my curiosity, evokes my creativity, and brings me joy. I sincerely hope to bring joy to you as well.
So I have plunked myself up here in Maine for the summer, a place rich in cool breezes, sunshine, and breathtaking views. Work and play are not mutually exclusive. My days include scouring antiques shops, galleries, and road side stands. Maine is flooded with artists who capture beauty in things great and small, elevating simple things to new glory. The antiques shops here have pieces that I sometimes don’t recognize. Today I found a basket of antique spools from a woolen mill that will make a dramatic statement in grouping. One of my best scores was a walnut mortar and pestle from 1868 that now graces the shelf of a modern farmhouse kitchen. Its humble origin brings patina to a gleaming wall of stone.