• Our Garden Inspired by Literature

    As an avid reader and writer, the books I have read over the years have influenced me or affected me in so many different ways, it would be difficult to pinpoint each one  and just how important they have been. However, an easier aspect to address would be gardens we read about it literature, and just how much those references have influenced the garden at our home. When we read authors such as Jane Austen, Rosamunde Pilcher, or Maeve Binchy, strolls through the garden are quite commonplace; there are often descriptions of lush gardens with colorful flowers. There is something incredibly romantic about blooming gardens, and I’ve always loved authors…

  • Playing With Cottage Garden Style

    * * * One of the things I like to do in my down time—the little bit that I have—is spend time tending to our new cottage-styled garden. The key to creating cottage style is to mix colors, allowing your flowers to bloom at different times. Additionally, varying plant heights helps give it that effortless look. As you can see from our home, I’ve always loved the casual feel of cottage style, both inside and outside the home. Being able to invite family and friends over and have them feel they can put their feet up on any piece of furniture makes them comfortable, and gives you as the homeowner…