Succulent Cushion via www.studiogblog.com

The holidays are over and I’m taking down the remaining christmas decorations this weekend.  The house always feels so bare once the tinsel and twinkle are gone.   I’d really like to have a box of things that I can decorate my home with after the holidays that are just as exciting as the christmas decorations – A ‘January Box’ to follow up the ‘Holiday Box’.   I’d fill it with decorations that embrace the cool clear light, the slowly lengthening days and the anticipation of spring. This Succulent Cushion is my inspiration. (yes…that is actually a pillow….not a giant sempervivum)

I’m still trying to work out which succulents actually do well in the light of an average home here in the north (am I the only one who doesn’t find succulents to be the panacea of ‘easy’ that they are universally trumped up to be?)  This cushion, however, seems to be guaranteed success.

Succulent Cushion available at Dot & Bo.

I love owls and spotting one in the garden or while hiking outside is one of those events that happens rarely enough that extreme excitement ensues every time.  I think I remember every single spotting in my life — including the first time — which BTW was when I was probably about 4 and we were driving through the University of Southern Colorado’s campus (where my dad was a student) and there in the middle of what seems like a desert…on a small tree in the middle of a hot day were 3 small owls…a momma and a couple babies…all less that 9 inches tall sitting on a low branch just watching life go by.  They could have been statues – but they weren’t.  Awesome.


owl inspired garden accessories and fabric from www.studiogblog.comDo you get excited over owls?  Interestingly, across worldwide cultures and traditions they are associated with one of two things.  Wisdom and/or omens of death or evil.  I find it fascinating that ancient cultures who arguably had no influence on each other would have similar associates. Pondering this only increases my owl fascination.

Owl inspired products don’t quite make up for the real thing (not even close) but they are still fun to consider.

  1. Norris the Owl Garden Table
  2. River Rock Boulder Owls
  3. Owl Faucet
  4. Owl balancer stake (what do you think of this….I can’t decide if I love it hate it…)
  5. Hand Screen Printed Fabric (in Orange and other colors by by Melissa Bombardiere)  – On Sale!

Happy Weekend!

P.S.  I am heading into the laptop-free woods of Maine for a few days of nature-loving.  I will be back next Thursday but in the mean time Rodney will be here on Tuesday and I will likely be posting the occasional picture on instagram if you want to follow along. - Rochelle


john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com
I stand in envious awe of the eclectic Los Angeles bungalow garden that belongs to John Eshaya, the founder of Jet clothing.

john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com

I love the look of layered textiles and flowy fabrics in the garden but I can’t decide if I can handle it.

Can I live with all these outdoor fabrics being exposed and all that goes along with it (bugs taking up residence, dust and dirt in the fabric, and probable mildew….or protecting it by constantly taking it down and putting it up and taking it down….).   I need to experiment, perhaps all these textiles aren’t as wrought with problems as I imagine them to be.   New England weather and its extremes brings so many materials to their knees – surely these beautiful fabrics would be no exception?

john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com

The shrine of kitschy religious statues that look like those that my parents made in the 70’s is however something that can happen in my garden.  But I am thinking to change them up for a collection of animals….like a little Serengeti on the garden coffee table.  Yes, that would be perfect.


images from  honestly wtf

Oh boy, I used to think I was the kind of person who handled change really well, but this week put my just-go-with-it mentality to the test.

It was the first week of school being out and the last week that I am letting my little people go without highly structured levels of ‘something to do’. I was not so good with change this week and as a result I am trying to get back into routines that I have long ago let slide….like an editorial calendar here. I need a framework for my creativity or else the stress of everything else I have going on just overwhelms me to the point that I have nothing.

So — I’m bringing back a few things…slowly but surely and I already feel better.pattern inspiration for garden via www.studiogblog.com

I’ve been obsessing about all things pattern related. So bringing back the Friday 5 roundup, here are some of my favorite patterned items for your garden decor.

1. Grassrider indoor outdoor mat by Domestic Construction
2. Liberty print melamine tray by RiceMorrocan Mosaic Tables from Tazi Designs
3. Morrocan Mosaic Tables from Tazi Designs
4. Visions Ombre Pillow from Shop Boxhill.
5. Arteriors sullivan polished brass perforated lantern.

Should we take a little blogland trip to France?  Lets.

Alchemist's garden white garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

Have a wander through the Alchemist’s Garden which is in Provence and is featured on About Gardens.

I am taking inspiration from the White garden, the black garden and the red garden — Each are so striking and full of interesting ideas.

Aeonium container garden byt about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

Rills are fascianting me right now too.  I am contemplating how to easily incorporate one into my garden.  I am struggling with the idea of a rill in my little country setting.  In general it seems rather formal for my house….but this one, through the grass has me pondering my own possibilities.

Alchemist's garden rill by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

I am also loving the idea of curtains….just for the sake of curtains.  
Alchemist's garden white garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

As well as little black pots with pretty petunias held tall in metal stands.  Where can I buy those?

Alchemist's garden black garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

See more beautiful images of this wonderful garden over at About Gardens (and make sure you turn on Google translate so you can get some semblance of an idea about what is written).


images About Gardens


In just a bit I am going to pack up my computer and head to the airport and make my way back to Boston.  I’m dreading the flight, but looking forward to getting home (particularly after a crazy week of psuedo-vacation and mind-blowing events).

Spring home and garden essentials - wabi sabi style from www.studiogblog.com

I always return from trips with a renewed sense of wanting to make my home more comfortable, simple and refined and this trip is no different.   Except, perhaps, that my tastes are increasingly heading toward the wabi-sabi.   (That is appreciation of the simple, time-worn, and elemental beauty and I want nothing more than to pare down and flush out the all the rest).   I’m ready to roll up my sleeves.

Spring home and garden essentials - wabi sabi style from www.studiogblog.com

I am already regretting the bright green tub trugs I bought earlier this year….I would rather have these black ones….but I know my dog will chew them soon enough and I will have to replace them.  Besides — the hardware store didn’t have black and I was in one of those desperately-needing-new-tub-trugs sort of moments.   But the rest of this collection of products gets me in the mind-set of spring, cleaning, renewal and simplicity.  I can’t wait.

Spring home and garden essentials - wabi sabi style from www.studiogblog.com

The apple trees that I planted a of couple years ago actually gave us a six-pack of fruit last fall.  The apple picker might still be premature (by a at least a couple of years), but what gardener can resist being this optimistic?

Spring home and garden essentials - wabi sabi style from www.studiogblog.com

My winter sun room and overwintering spot is ready for its annual spring clean out….everything goes outside…gets repotted, and refreshed.    I’m also planning the room’s transition into a more permanent garden inspired photo studio (more to come on that).

Spring home and garden essentials - wabi sabi style from www.studiogblog.com

Tools are getting sharpened and put to use and my first seeds made it into the ground just hours before the last plane ride.  It has only been a week – – but I hope to maybe come home to some tiny seedlings?  – Rochelle

Images: Tub Trugs from The New General Store,  Apron from Fog Linen, Apple picker and Vintage Planter and Stand from Williams Sonoma, Scissors from The New General Store, and Hanging ceramic pot from Alder and Co

the BBQ Herb Garden

Today’s daily garden was designed by Secret Gardens of Sydney,  Australia.  This garden is just beautiful and truly a showpiece for keeping it simple and making the most of a small town garden.   The herb pot surrounding the BBQ is my favorite part, but here are some other views of this great design.

details of city garden sydney australia lantern herb pots decking

deck and pool in of city garden sydney australia lantern herb pots decking

deck and pool in of city garden sydney australia lantern herb pots decking

deck and pool in of city garden sydney australia lantern herb pots decking