Category Archives: Gardens



(iPhone 5c image- Martha Browne)

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For The New England Colonial-

1. Natural cedar shakes (sanded and squared)- Check local lumber yards or home centers

2. Onion light fixture- Sandwich Lantern

3. Classic house numbers are discontinued but the same company offers these – House of Antique Hardware

4. Latch set– House of Antique Hardware

5. Iron strap hinge– House of Antique Hardware

6. Door knocker– Baldwin

Note- Cedar mailbox can be a DIY project.

(Exterior photo- Bob O’Connor for Boston Magazine, Summer 2012)



(Photo- Martha Browne)

Garden Note # 91: Future Shed


I’m already picturing this little charmer sitting on my future property.

(Photo- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style‘)

Related Nibs posts-

On My Reading List– ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style’

Our Garden Shed- Part One, Part Two, Part Three

On My Reading List

#7. Gardening- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style‘ by Terence Conran, 1991.

“…This book is a logical extension of that established tradition of working outdoors in the garden. It contains a range of projects, from the simple to the more complicated, and shows you how to made a variety of structures, including containers, seats, trelliswork and even a summer house…”


Fireside Chats

A series of magazine images where the fireplace takes center stage.


#3. Jean-Claude Huon uses his bedroom’s painted brick fireplace as a giant backdrop for artwork and chic garden arrangements.

(Photo- John Coolidge for Elle Decor, 2000)

On My Reading List

#5. Decorating- ‘Perfect English‘ by Ros Byam Shaw, 2007.

” In the context of decorating, ‘Perfect English’ is something of a contradiction…We like our chic to be shabby, our grandeur to be faded— perfection is a very non- English quality.” – Roger Jones


(Photos- Chris Tubbs)