Lil’Pix #20: Garden Seat

This picture has been tucked in my garden file for years. I would love to have this built around one of the trees in our yard.


(Photo- American Homestyle and Garden)


StyleFile #36: Turtle Shells

Over the past several years, large turtle shells have been showing up on the walls and shelves of homes. I don’t advocate the killing of turtles for their shells. As a kid I had one for a pet. But if you’re into this trend make sure that the shell you purchase is from a reliable source.

This snapping turtle shell ready for display- available at The Evolution Store.

1. A unique collection of antiques and found objects includes a light colored turtle’s shell.

2. In the home of Peter Som a shell is proudly placed on the fireplace mantle.

3. Dimonah and Mehmet Iksel‘s home is filled with things from around the world. One treasure is the turtle shell on the chest of drawers.

4. This turtle shell is mounted on a metal stand. Note how the visual weight of it balances the large lamp.

5. The exuberant apartment of Elizabeth Saltzman shows a turtle shell hanging on the wall.

6. A beautiful antique turtle shell fills the space of an unused fireplace.

(Photos- 1. World of Interiors-Photo by Simon Upton 2. Elle Decor-Photo by William Waldron 3. Elle Decor-Photo by Simon Upton 4. Elle Decor 5& 6. Elle Decor- Photos by William Abranowiecz)

Update- New from Ballard Designs are these resin turtle shells each on its own stand.


Update 4/15/2012Sun bleached turtle shells available at Jayson Home are perfect for display. Sizes will vary from 4″(small) to 6″ (large).

StyleFile #35: Ladders

One of my favorite games as a kid was Chutes and Ladders. The game rewarded good deeds with going up the ladder and wrong ones with going down the chute. I’ve been interested in ladders ever since!

I’ve always wanted a traditional library ladder. The ladder is designed with wheels and is attached at the top to a metal rod.

What a fun idea! Put one in the kitchen to reach high upper cabinets!

The modern version done in metal- from Poliform.

No room for a traditional rolling ladder? Find one that leans against the shelves like this vintage one.

A ladder rests against the wall only to suggest that this was once a library. The shelves are now filled with an assemblage of black and white photographs.

A treasured collection of old apple picking ladders is now stored inside this summer home.

A small ladder is added to this group of interesting objects.

What do you do with a collection of sap buckets? Display them on a ladder!

Use a vintage ladder to prune and clip hedges. Here a model holds up a wallpaper sample for the photographer.

A lack of bookcases didn’t stop this owner from creating one from a ladder!

In the garden, try some climbing roses on an old step ladder!

A smaller step ladder becomes a handy place to hold wedding shoes.

(Photos-  Elle Decor, American Homestyle and Gardening, House and Garden, Vogue Living, Country Living Gardens, Weddings)

Garden Note #13: Tools Of The Trade

Four important tools that every gardener should have:

1. Spade– A basic digging instrument for sandy or loamy soil.

2. Hand held pruners– Even in small gardens, you’ll need a pair of pruners for roses and to cut back overgrown bushes.

3. Watering can– These are so handy for containers and hard to reach areas in the garden. Watering cans are also fun to collect and display.

4. Hose– In the heat of mid summer, hosing the garden is a must. Keep the garden tidy by rolling it up.

(Photos- Bride&Bloom. Dress by Tadashi Shoji)