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Searching for a suitable getaway that wasn't plastic or prefab, Ellen happened upon a cedar playhouse built by Bill McKenny, a farmer and carpenter in Maine. "A wonderful, Paul Bunyan type of fellow," as Ellen describes him, McKenny made the trip to deliver the perfect rustic hideaway. To forge a path to it from the house, an exercise that unearthed a swamp, meant McKenny would add a bridge. Farther out, the path hit a stream. Could he add two more bridges to the agenda? But fla...

Searching for a suitable getaway that wasn't plastic or prefab, Ellen happened upon a cedar playhouse built by Bill McKenny, a farmer and carpenter in Maine. "A wonderful, Paul Bunyan type of fellow," as Ellen describes him, McKenny made the trip to deliver the perfect rustic hideaway. To forge a path to it from the house, an exercise that unearthed a swamp, meant McKenny would add a bridge. Farther out, the path hit a stream. Could he add two more bridges to the agenda? But fla...

Edging the front lawn beside the street is a fieldstone path with carex, boxwood, and American beech forming a privacy hedge to hide the road.

Into the Woods for a Lot Turned into Magical Garden Rooms

Edging the front lawn beside the street is a fieldstone path with carex, boxwood, and American beech forming a privacy hedge to hide the road.

DIY Cedar Smokehouse, how to build a smokehouse, easy smokehouse project, preserve meat, alternative, homesteading, shtf, prepping, preparedness,

DIY Cedar Smokehouse

DIY Cedar Smokehouse, how to build a smokehouse, easy smokehouse project, preserve meat, alternative, homesteading, shtf, prepping, preparedness,

Early in the process, she opted for a DIY approach. "I decided that part of the fun was doing it myself rather than hiring someone to design my landscape," she explains. "I wanted to be responsible for my own mistakes and successes." Along the way, she learned that plants are what really excite her. But aside from some clematis and hydrangeas, flowers are not critical players in her garden. To preserve Jonathan's wild domain, she kept buffering areas semiuntouched, an...

Into the Woods for a Lot Turned into Magical Garden Rooms

Early in the process, she opted for a DIY approach. "I decided that part of the fun was doing it myself rather than hiring someone to design my landscape," she explains. "I wanted to be responsible for my own mistakes and successes." Along the way, she learned that plants are what really excite her. But aside from some clematis and hydrangeas, flowers are not critical players in her garden. To preserve Jonathan's wild domain, she kept buffering areas semiuntouched, an...

Stone garden Walk path with lush flower garden and stone shed, with lawn grass, irises, allium, in pink, lavender and blue color theme tones in late spring bloom

Stone garden Walk path with lush flower garden and stone shed, with lawn grass, irises, allium, in pink, lavender and blue color theme tones in late spring bloom

This is my style all the way. (pink house & Santa Barbara cactus monsters)

Santa Barbara Bound

perfect pairing: mid century hard scape and sculptural greenery

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s A-Frame Cabin on Shelter Island

Build a leaf gate - Great Ideas from the Western Garden Book of Landscaping - Sunset

24 Great Ideas from the Western Garden Book of Landscaping

Build a leaf gate - Great Ideas from the Western Garden Book of Landscaping - Sunset

While I was away our garden grew like crazy and I am so excited. However,  little critters have taken notice of my beautiful and prospering garden and  begun to run off with our tomatoes, strawberries and have even nibbled down  my sage and lavender (again). I went out an bought a bird net to put over  everything as a quick fix but I am dreaming of some of these beautiful  fencing/netting solutions for my next garden (in mini scale of course).  1. Garden cage room via Apartment Farm  2…

garden fencing

While I was away our garden grew like crazy and I am so excited. However, little critters have taken notice of my beautiful and prospering garden and begun to run off with our tomatoes, strawberries and have even nibbled down my sage and lavender (again). I went out an bought a bird net to put over everything as a quick fix but I am dreaming of some of these beautiful fencing/netting solutions for my next garden (in mini scale of course). 1. Garden cage room via Apartment Farm 2…

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