Whimsical Gardens

IMG_1418 IMG_1433Garden catalogs are arriving daily at Heath and it’s that time of year where I like to sequester myself with paper and pencils to draft a layout of the grounds for spring, summer and fall.

I enjoy choosing a yearly theme and color scheme so; the gardens flow colorfully from one season to the next with a flourish of blooms.

IMG_3131Using photos from Versailles {my favorite gardens}, books and magazines for inspiration I am attempting to create a dream garden where one steps into an enchanted world that speaks of “once upon a time” and all that is luxurious and whimsical. A coveted spot to enjoy during each of the seasons.

Plan and create stylishly,



Objets d’ Art

IMG_3463{Purse made of coconut shells from Aruba}

When I studied art history the French term “objets d’ art” generally referred to “works of art” that were not traditional works of art such as sculptures, drawings or paintings. These items were typically small, highly decorative and usually three-dimensional.

While listening to the lecture my mind kept seeing other creative uses for such delicate enamels, jewel encrusted boxes or Persian rugs from art’s distance past. The question that kept entering my mind was could these works of art serve a dual purpose?

I decided to test the theory.  I fell in love with this purse made from coconut shells while on a recent trip to Aruba. The obvious intent was to utilize the small bag as a purse, but on second thought, it looked intriguing on my vanity as a decorative piece, especially in the sunlight.


The small coin purse I found has a beautiful color of gold within its orange shade and looks lovely on this gorgeous bench beside the vanity as a pillow.


The golden bracelet can be shaped into any design that can be imagined.  I have wrapped the design around a lamp as an ornate addition, but for now I prefer the bracelet to enhance the coconut designed purse. ..et voila!

If you have any creative ideas for alternate uses of everyday items, please share your comments!