|Color inspiration: Sunrise view from Garden State home|
And it was only after much paint on wall and color swatch musings that it all came together. No rush.
I wanted silk dupioni for the drapes so that the underlying color threads would shimmer a hint of nuanced color - just like nature does. While risky to try to "match" the drapes to the wall color - it so works. Both in terms of clean continuity when closed but also a frame for the windows and the view out to the water garden and the borrowed landscape beyond.
Seeking the fabric, the Seamstress Wendy guided me to Mood Fabrics in New York City (Wendy made the drapes for what was our Brahma yoga studio: pre Sandy).
Stepping off the elevator at Mood, I did a double take. I asked if I was in the right place. It looked like a party. In a way it was.
They shoot "Project Runway" there and it was frothy festival.
Thank goodness the staff comes round eventually. With the French bulldog, "Swatches." How perfect is that.
After cuddling with the pooch, it was back to business.
We had to order more from India because we needed a LOT of fabric for this full, crinoline effect but after dozens of samples, I knew which fabric was for us. I had to go with the gold spice.
|Wendy steamed the drapes. Bill says her hair matches room!|
I visited Wendy's atelier workshop that looked like it had been made by elves for a fairy tale artisan - and in no time, she had the drapes whipped into their Grace Kelly, couture pouf on one side of the room and the more modest, svelte mid-century Chanel model on the other side of the room, there merely to frame the water views.
I've already reported on the blue marble island quest and installation in previous posts. There also is the update on the upholstered swivel bar stools and living room furniture upolstery fabric choice and color coordination with walls.
Winter 2012 Look Book
|Earthly Delights, NJ|
|Earthly Delights, Garden State|
|Kitchen cabinets with buttercream yellow wall color work with floor color tones|
Likewise, decisions involving items I never even thought about – the molding, for example, required time and coordination with design elements. And the color too -- we chose an ice blue/whitish that too changes with the filtered light and time of day.
|And notice the lacy pattern the trunks create post pruning?|
|Spring asparagus was heaven. Beautiful grassy fronds add beauty to summer garden|
In April, an invitation-only, stirring tribute to one the horticultural greats – Frank Cabot – was produced by Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture Committee, the Garden Conservancy’s Board of Directors and The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). Cabot was a champion of gardens, an author, and plant lover, and I am honored to have known him and to have been invited to the tribute and the reception.
In May, my long-awaited book was in the warehouse, then in pre-sale!
I was invited to speak at the prestigious venues in New York City, including the 92st Street Y and The Horticultural Society of New York.
In 2012, I enjoyed working at my garden design clients’ gardens – seeing a praying mantis up close, topiaries in every season, new designs and plantings.
Here is a close up of a praying mantis in Maria's garden! How cute is he? Green eyes are beguiling.
I secured a new garden team with two pros from the Rutgers Master Gardener program: Mimi and Dennis - and the espalier pruning pros, formerly from the NYBG School of Professional Horticulture and now on their own working with a NY-based landscape architect worked their Edward-Scissorhands magic pruning up this living work of art: Hal and Kurgen
I also basked in the sylvan glory of visiting so many Hamptons gardens as part of the book tour.
By way of Foody's owner and chef, Bryan Futerman, I was invited to The Bridgehampton Garden benefit. This special day event allowed me to not only showcase my books, but to tour the breathtaking gardens there. Mother and I were charmed by the potager’s neat as a pin beauty – and utility, the colorful, textured perennial beds and the water garden’s sensual, serene space.
Our Garden State herb and farm-ette yielded meal-enhancing vegetables and fruits.
I even shared our precious garlic bulbs as dinner party gifts – all wrapped in colorful bags and tissue paper the same hue as our inspired wall paint!
My Union Square Greenmarket bursts with local farmer and artisanal food pride in every season but summer is a no-holds, in your face, food festival. I joke that I used to spend my money on clothes and now my monies go to local, sustainable, delicious ingredients, including the curious and exotic.
Bodhitree Farms from Burlington, NJ's Nevia No showcases fairy eggplants and chives and kabocha squash that will break your heart with their beauty and flavor.
The House Beautiful magazine event in Rockefeller Center presented a showroom kitchen and outdoor patio and garden room that was gorgeous and inspiring.
We hit it off like peanut butter and jelly.
Sean shares his good taste and honors the table as theater tradition.
Slow Food has met its match with his inspired masterpieces: only recipes with proper names such as "The Triumph of Gluttony!" Part design, part culinary wizardry, Sean's lifestyle blog is brimming with his researched, curated ideas and suggestions. I will write more about this. But visit it now and enjoy – don’t wait for me!
Sean was my “Plus One” for the East Hampton Library’s Author’s Night – an over the top book event launched by Alec Baldwin. I saw him come marching in with his now wife and my yoga instructor, Hilaria. I “yelled” hello to her and she enthusiastically waved a happy greeting as they were swept to the reception area. She’s a doll.
It was too hot. Too dry. But we did it. The plants were wilting and so were we.
In the other seasons the Kwanzan dominates the yard. I respect this sakura and designed around it.
One can go ahead to the front door, or proceed onto the water garden.