Thursday, November 29, 2012

All I want for Christmas - Taxidermy

It seems like you cant open any design magazine these days without seeing some sort of taxidermy, antlers, or replica of both. Though it may seem a bit morbid to some, I'm completely hooked. (as you can see from the pictures) I love the woodsy natural feel you get when you accompany them with Christmas decor. pic #1 - I found these neat little copper wire lights from Restoration Hardware and wrapped them around a set of antlers that I already had... I think it might be my new favorite thing, and it couldn't be simpler. I made the garland from scratch using several types of eucalyptus leaves, branches, berries/nuts, and layered them with evergreen. You cant beat the aroma, and eucalyptus still looks good when it dries out. which is good, because its going to. I want to post some step-by-step photos and directions on how to make your own. I hope to have them posted soon.      

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Staging Jobs.


   (Photo by realtor company) 
                                          (photo by realtor company)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Textures and Color

One of my favorite things about my job is creating compositions. whether they are bold and striking with color and drama, or calm and subdued and calm by using plants and pots with similar colors and tones...just playing off the different textures and letting the plants speak for themselves. I have been accused of "hating color"...I like to think its just a deeper understanding of it.? I just like to think outside the box, and sometimes less really IS more.           

One of my favorite lines of pottery - Amphoral Pots from Vietnam. available at my favorite store of all time - Flora Grubb.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vertical Garden

My HUGE installation of Woolly Pockets in San Francisco. I found this unconventional way of gardening to be a fun way to use some plants I otherwise wouldn't, or in ways I never had before. In this case, I used a mix of Bromliads, Succulents, Ferns, and a lot of Cymbidium Orchids which thrive in these conditions. I found the key to achieving a full lush look is to use a variety of plants with different growing habits and low water needs. Also leaving no gaps between each pocket... I often see this product installed as if the pockets themselves are on display, and I think that's what turned me off to then initially. In the end, where there was a ugly chain link fence - now there is a breathtaking living wall.