June 30, 2017

Garden: Season 2017

My garden is in full flush and I feel prideful. I'm good at gardening. It's about as 'science-y' as I get, my control over this little environment. I understand the sun, and the movement of the planet and moisture and shade. I've thought about what makes a place visually interesting across months. I've considered height and color and themes. 

There are some things that are not happy here: day lilies. hyssop. But most everything else hums along.

The trees are VERY happy here. I have no idea why. They grow at least a foot each year when they are only supposed to eke out something less. Django and I miss the patch of grass on the lower terrace but I remain pleased with my decision to remove it, as I was the only person taking care of it and grass is fussy. Too fussy. I can't abide fussy from a garden. Either thrive (with a little support) or get out. I don't have time. 

Another garden pattern? Some things THRIVE one year and lay low the next. Except the rhubarb, which is enormous and aggressively flouncy every year. This year, the cherry tree is resplendent with fruit. You can almost hear the birds gossiping about it. And the trillium under the maple tree is sad and brown around the edges and has no children when she had three proud babies in 2016. I'm concerned.

I've not seen any praying mantis yet this year but am very hopeful one will come back and lay another egg sack, and this one I won't destroy. I am so so sorry about ruining that egg sack. I won't be scared of it this time and chop it up into bits with a trowel. I promise.

The bumblebees are copious, and act like angry drunks, but only toward each other, not me.

A red-wing black bird couple shows up and sings. I tell them, there is no lake here! There is no field! No meadow! You are confused! Fly away from the cats on Clinton Ave!

December 9, 2016

Our dining room got a tiny upgrade. Yes, it took 4 years. Please don't judge. 
We switched the dining room with the media room. So now the dining room is one room away from the kitchen. This set up is SO MUCH better! I am not being paid to say any of the following: The table is from Ikea, the carpet is West Elm (and I HATE IT. Do not buy anything that is described as 'hand tufted'). The art is by a local guy and the light fixture is the ubiquitous George Nelson bubble lamp by Modernica.
The media room is now a nice cozy spot with morning sunlight. The wall color is Gardenia by Sherwin-Williams. 

May 11, 2016

There's an Elephant In Our Living Room

There's an elephant in our living room. A giant decorating elephant.

How do you suggest I soften this behemoth to integrate it into the living room.  It's so crazy ornate!  I mean, for goodness sake, it's got carved columns and beveled glass. 

Don't get me wrong!  I'm not complaining. The fact that this 1898 original detail is still in our house is pretty amazing, and I would NEVER alter it in any way (take a breath Petch House and Christopher Bustah-Peck) but it is sooooooo not our style.