You can't do a magazine about backyard living without spending lots of time outside. And I did just that this past summer to create my new book. My shoots were scheduled for peak season. One shoot took me to Hull, Massachusetts - about two hours south of me and east of Boston. There, in mid-June, I found a seaside home with the most beautiful rose garden: climbing varieties, blooms growing along a fence, a fountain surrounded by billowing bushes in shades of peach, pink and apricot. I spent a few splendid hours there enjoying the fragrances, cutting blooms for arrangements, and making rosewater. Learn more about this spectacular garden in my new book Backyard Style.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Valentine's Day is merely hours away and if you find yourself scrambling to pull together a special gift for those you adore, look no further.
For a unique, personalized take on the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates, empty out a store-bought box, recover it in pretty scrapbook paper, and fill it with your sweetheart's favourite candies, chocolates, cookies and nibbles. Pen a special message on a simple paper scroll and tie it up with ribbon to tuck inside the box before gifting.
Embellish it with fresh sprigs of a favourite flower or foliage and/or include a single rose.
Have fun decoupaging special papers onto the lid for a one-of-a-kind effect:
It's really that simple!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Winter can drag on and on, so it is nice to take a break from the doldrums and inject a little color into your home at Valentine's Day. For a simple art project that you can even involve your kids in, purchase a canvas, colored Post-Its, stickers, decals, and heirloom snippets to create one-of-a-kind Valentine's art that can be left up all year long. Use a pencil to outline the heart shape, then apply double-stick tape to the back of the Post-Its and fill in the shape, creating layers of color. Embellish the heart with stickers and/or paper ephemera for a unique art installation that will tug at your heart strings!