Three hours of painting, $7.50 in supplies, and two hours of rearranging furniture, accessories and art equals happy twins. I’ve been involved as a designer in my twin Doni’s house since the day she bought it in 2010. What a blast… Continue Reading
I’m in my house. I actually live here, get mail here, fall asleep and wake up here. It’s not totally finished, but close enough. I’m still missing some closet details (like rods and shelves), and I’ve not removed the stickers from new windows… Continue Reading
“Why” is a word that begs an explanation. Like a seven-year-old.
* Why do you work all the time? Because …
* Why is it so hot? Because …
* Why are you building this garden?
Sometimes we explain things with stories. Think how … Continue Reading
Read Part 5 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. Ah, the “H” question. In garden design, this is about all those practical considerations for bringing the ideas into physical reality. How will the new garden be built? By… Continue Reading
This is an interesting question to ask while working through your landscape planning. It has to do with the time you will use your outdoor spaces.
First there are the DAILY whens, each with different attributes: cool mornings, hot afternoons. Design your space for … Continue Reading
Read Part 3 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. In the interrogative outline we’ve been exploring in our series, the “Where” part is about assessing your site and its immediate surroundings. This is almost as important as the… Continue Reading
Read Part 2 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. So, exactly WHAT do you want to do in your garden? Obviously this relates closely to the Who part (see previous post). But it goes further. Think in terms… Continue Reading
Read Part 1 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. Gardens are made for people to use and enjoy. So the WHO part is real important. When I first meet the people who’ve asked me to design their exterior… Continue Reading
For me, the Pink House Chronicles, Doni’s story of renovating a house that was built the same year of her birth, is a wonderfully appropriate story for someone re-building her own life. We all applaud what she is trying to… Continue Reading
The most wonderful thing happened since my last Pink House Chronicles: the birth of my grandson, Austin Alexander Domke (8 lbs., because I know you want to know.) Credit goes to his parents, Joshua and Kat Domke, for bringing The Most Handsome Little… Continue Reading