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Permission to Faint over This Fashion Stylist’s Exquisite San Francisco Tudor

“I am a child of the 80s, so I find a Bonfire of the Vanities or Dallas vibe irresistible,” says renowned New York fashion stylist Lauren Michael Goodman of her beautifully personal San Francisco home. “I love classics, but I also love things that are more avant-garde: color, print, vintage . . . ultra-glamorous things.” With a move to the Bay Area city in 2011—“for love!”—she discovered a new take on style. “New Yorkers, especially fashion people, are very good at mixing super dressy and super casual, like a ripped tee under a Chanel jacket or layering neon Patagonia under gorgeous tailoring,” she says. And yet San Francisco seemed to her both more and less formal at the same time: “Sometimes interiors here can be extremely formal, which has its own charm—so chic and old world. But you’ll also see Patagonia straight-up because you are actually going on a hike.“ Goodman took the best from both coasts and created a home as layered, textured, and thoughtful as the stylist herself.

The move to California allowed Goodman a blank decor slate in a rather formal home, an 1894 Tudor built by English architect Ernest Coxhead, one of the pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement. A Francophile since she was a small child, Goodman collaborated with New York–based French designer Lili Diallo on the decor. “She clues me in to all the divine, ultra-fusty French interior ideas,” Goodman says. “Lili encourages chintz, which we used a lot.” It is this tension between the formal and casual that gives the interior its youthful balance. A Parsons-style, African-print vintage sofa, for example, is seen as a key piece because it is“so wrong.” ”I can’t tell you how many people with the best taste told me to re-cover it—equal probably to those who loved and ‘got it,’” Goodman says.

For the same mix in her wardrobe, Lauren looks to friend Jane Mayle for the clothing designer’s inimitable mood: “Jane’s pieces are perfect for my Californian life,” Goodman says. “They are beautiful, romantic, unexpected, eclectic, effortless, trend-less, and a little bohemian.” The references pile up, as broad and beautiful as her home: “Old-lady style is a big inspiration for me, both in the way I dress and the way I decorate. I think being really ‘old lady’ is the most cutting-edge thing one can do sometimes.” Goodman cites the dining room and garden—both green—as her two favorite spaces in the house, saying, “they are the same but opposite.” She chose to break the usual decor rules and paint her entire dining room in a beautifully deep green. “In dark rooms, rich color really works,” the sometimes interior designer says. “The dining room barely gets any light, so creating vibrancy with the green made sense.” A dining room table is rigorously basic and rough-hewn, almost brutalist—which mirrors the concrete in the garden.

The garden, on the other hand, is an inverse of the classical lines of the house. The modern hardscaping was designed by Goodman’s friend, the architect Jennifer Weiss. Goodman wanted the plantings to be more traditional and borrowed inspiration—and a green and white color scheme (white flowers only)—from formal English and French gardens, furthering her deft mix of formal and informal and bringing it outdoors. “Creating this garden and living with it everyday has made me realize I am a gardener—something I would probably never have discovered in New York,” she says, adding that she and her family enjoy strawberries, lettuces, and artichokes from the small vegetable plot. She also discovered how much gardening is like styling and has put her amazing talents to work creating an editorial-worthy green space. Like her home, the garden is a mixture of texture and layers. “Gardening is about embracing the wild. It keeps the illusion of control in check.” With a new gardening design venture in the works, we can all look forward to seeing more of her talents moving outside.

Founder of the lifestyle brand LEMIEUX et CIE and co-founder of Cloth Company, a technology-powered home furnishings company, Christiane Lemieux is a design entrepreneur. Prior to these ventures, she founded DwellStudio, a home decor brand that was purchased by Wayfair in 2013—and her second book, The Finer Things, was published by Random House/Clarkson Potter in 2016. Christiane is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Queen’s University in Canada.

Interiors styling by Lili Diallo. Makeup by Mikaela South.

Wearing a blouse from Apiece Apart, Goodman lounges in her back garden. quot;The deck is ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, designed to bleach out to the same color as the concrete (which it did),quot; she says. quot;We did elevate the deck to meet kitchen floor, so that stepping out was seamless.quot;

Wearing a blouse from Apiece Apart, Goodman lounges in her back garden. “The deck is ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, designed to bleach out to the same color as the concrete (which it did),” she says. “We did elevate the deck to meet kitchen floor, so that stepping out was seamless.”

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Art in the garden: placing the right work in the right spot

This undated photo provided by the Glass House and the Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS) shows Robert Indiana’s “One Through Zero,” left, at the Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. (Tom Powel/Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS)/the Glass House via AP)

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In the Garden: These knotweeds are not weeds to avoid – Yakima Herald





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Dacha Revamps 14th Street Beer Garden Plans After Blowback …

Neighbors of the planned Dacha beer garden on 14th Street have lined their yards with “NO DACHA” signs and raised concerns at community meetings about noise, traffic, trash, rats, and public urination.

In response to the push back, Dacha owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin are revamping the beer garden design to enclose nearly two-thirds of the seating, including the side of the property facing S Street. They say they’re tripling their budget for the buildout to $3 million. They’ve also hired a sound-engineering firm, and won’t seek to have live music or DJs—”only low-volume background music typical of other nearby venues.”

The beer garden initially raised some eyebrows for listing a 600-person capacity on its liquor license application. Chekaldin says that number will likely change after they submit their final building plans. “It will not be higher though,” he says.

As for that outdoor playground initially planned? It’s now a “multifunctional recreation space” inside. Whether that translates to monkey bars or something else is TBD, but the general idea is to have a space where kids can play while parents drink beer.

It’s yet to be seen to what extent the area Advisory Neighborhood Commissions might fight the new plans. (A group of neighbors have already hired a lawyer to protest the liquor license.) The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will ultimately determine the conditions of Dacha’s license, but the ANC is given “great weight.”

During a community meeting in May, some neighbors worried the beer garden would devalue their properties and complained that it wasn’t “an appropriate use” of the space (now a parking lot), especially given that there is already another noisy beer garden (Garden District) across the street. They also raised concerns about Dacha’s track record: In 2015, the liquor board levied one of its largest fines ever against the Shaw beer garden and suspended its liquor license after the business repeatedly packed the space over capacity. Dacha hasn’t received any violations since 2015.

In any case, Dacha is certainly getting organized in its lobbying efforts. It has a new webpage outlining its plans with a form for people to send petitions of support to their councilmembers and ANC commissioners. You can also vote for which female icon should get her own mural at the new location. Marilyn Monroe or Hillary Clinton?

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Animals and angels: garden stone artwork made in Ramona – The San Diego Union

Off the beaten track in Ramona, in a quirky building next to stuccoed single-story office complex, dozens of meditating dogs, owls, Buddhas, angels and other hand-made sculptures crowd the shelves of the Designer Stone Garden Shop.

The store may be small, but the business definitely isn’t. Every day, much of its unique inventory — manufactured in a studio behind the shop — is boxed, shipped and sold around the country to nurseries, garden centers, catalogs or Internet retailers like Wayfair, Uncommon Goods, and Wind Weather.

Buddhas are snatched up by Yoga studios. Angels and other religious items are purchased by people who want to remember a departed loved one with a garden memorial. Tiny frogs and turtles adorn spots in private gardens across the country.

The business began in 1999 in the Pacific Beach garage of Michael and Alisa Gentilucci and, over the years, their company has produced and sold hundreds of thousands of stone collectibles.

Mother Nature isn’t a fan of straight lines, and we shouldn’t be either

There’s been a big trend over the past 25 years to let our landscapes take on a more natural look. But I’m not really sure there’s widespread understanding of what that really means. It’s much more than native plants and xeriscaping. In fact, those may not look really natural in this part of North Texas.

To my eye, a natural-looking landscape is essentially free of straight lines, squares and cubes. Nature works more in curves, clusters and masses, and that’s what I’m going to try to impart here today. I’m going to use my own landscape as my sketchpad. If I do my job right, you might end up with a more pleasing garden design that actually takes a lot less work to maintain. I grew up pruning 100 feet of privet hedge every Saturday. I loved gardening. I loathed trimming privets.

My own garden design is an amalgamation of fine gardens I’ve seen in my life. I’m a garden design thief. We all are. We make note of what looks good — of what we like. And we plan our own gardens accordingly.

I used a garden hose to lay out curved beds across the front of our house, then I separated the bark-mulched beds from our St. Augustine with green baked enamel edging. As a passageway from one “room” to the next I used concrete steppingstones through the bark. That worked well for many years.

I’m a great impulse buyer, however, and one day I was in a wrought-iron sales yard in Frisco and I came across a glorious arch for a crazy low price. I bought it, brought it home and sprayed it with lacquer to keep the rust from rubbing off. It’s been adding more curves to its space ever since — 10 years and counting.

I’ve also replaced the original stones with some that we’ve made using wooden forms filled with concrete ready-mix into which I pressed rock salt and a few dramatic leaves for the “fossilized” look. (I used a rock hammer to knock off the sharp edges of the stones the next day after they were poured and removed from the reusable forms.)

As we carried that walk through to other parts of our garden, I had to build in “notches” to let it bend around corners. I filled them with dwarf mondograss or bark mulch, and I planted clusters of rounded shrubs and informal ground cover alongside. This is actually the third place these stones have called home in our landscape. We made these almost 30 years ago after I stole the idea (another act of thievery) from a Napa Valley winery. As I’ve gotten older and wiser (and considerably less interested in maintaining a huge landscape), I’ve pulled our gardens back in closer to the house, and that gave me the chance to repurpose these stones. I love it when I can create my own patina!

There are a couple of areas in our landscape that date back even further, and they, too, employ pavers and curves. In our back yard we have absolutely no direct sunlight, so shade-tolerant ground covers are an absolute must. I’ve used Persian ivy in the better-drained areas, regular mondograss, liriope, purple wintercreeper euonymus and several other ground covers and a nice mix of hollies and other shade-tolerant shrubs.

For the sake of mobility, since we can’t get grass to grow and since we can’t walk on the ground covers, I was looking for some type of brick pavers. I was driving in a North Texas town one day, and I saw them digging up one of their old streets to lay in new sewer lines. They were taking up fabulous 120-year-old pavers, so I called city hall. They said they’d be willing to sell them, so I bought enough to build a sweeping 150-foot walk through the garden. I laid 10 feet of walk each night until I had the job done. They’re quite heavy to start with, and I laid them on their sides on a 2-inch bed of packed sand. They’re absolutely rock-stable.

And finally, in absolutely the reverse order, when we moved into our home in a rural area of the Metroplex 40 years ago, all the county roads were white rock. There was little reason to pave our driveway, because white caliche rock tracks like glue and deposits all over the ground during wet weather. But once the county paved our road, we were ready for an upgrade. I wanted interlocking concrete pavers. I loved their look, but I couldn’t figure out how to design them into our heavily wooded landscape.

I called on the help of two really good friends, landscape architects of the highest regard and business partners Richard Myrick and Gene Newman. I learned more from them as they did our driveway design than I did in any two of my college horticulture courses combined. Our drive has tens of thousands of pavers, and no two are in straight line with one another. The entire driveway is a constantly flowing curve.

So curves abound at our place and in our plantings. They look natural to my eye, and perhaps they’ll give you some ideas you, too, can steal for your own enjoyment. I’d be flattered if you did.

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No two garden the same at Edelweiss walk – Petoskey News

GAYLORD —Nearly 140 people turned out to enjoy the 2017 Edelweiss Garden Walk last week during Alpenfest. The walk featured local artists, most associated with the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, working in each garden.

“Despite the unsettled weather, our gardens were radiant,” said Sue Hegarty, co-chair of the event. We think visitors were very pleased with our selection of gardens this year. Each garden was beautiful and colorful but each also had its own unique style. Whether the robust, educational yet playful personality of the native Michigan plants of the Otsego County Demonstration Gardens; the expansive, diverse and magnificently contoured design of the Lappan gardens; the serene, contemplative and restorative aura of Sojourn Lakeside Resort; the flowing and graceful softness of the Flint gardens; or the intimate, creative and personal feel that beckoned visitors to linger in the Noe gardens – no two gardens were the same.”

“Gardening is personal and we all seek to create the peaceful atmosphere a garden offers – large or small, brightly colored plants or subtle shade plants – each is guaranteed to be different. We are very grateful to our garden owners, local artists, volunteers and visitors for participating. They were all simply awesome,” Hegarty concluded.

The Edelweiss Garden Club hosts the annual walk each year during Alpenfest. All proceeds of the walk are used to beautify the community by providing plants and supplies which are used by volunteers at several area gardens, including the Otsego County Courthouse, McCoy Road/Old 27 intersection, Energy Outlet Park at the Otsego County Sportsplex and local rest areas. For more information, see or email

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Seattle kids to discover environmental decision-making, one garden at a time

For Megan Bang, an associate professor at the University of Washington, school gardens are an academic passion, a way to create hands-on science experiences for students, improve their mental health and get them outdoors more often.

For 15 years, she’s worked to make gardens a center of learning and a way to teach responsible environmental decision-making. With the help of a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), she’s now working with Seattle Public Schools and the nonprofit Tilth Alliance to build learning gardens at three schools, as well as creating a new model for an ecosystems curriculum and providing training for teachers.

“We teach kids to understand plant cells and the plant life cycles,” said Bang. “But do we teach them in a way that shows that plant’s relationship to the soil, or to the bugs?”

Many of Seattle’s public schools already have gardens, but most are funded by PTAs, and not all are used as part of classroom lessons, said MaryMargaret Welch, science program manager at Seattle Public Schools.

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The new, NSF-funded project, which has a four-year timeline, will focus on kindergarten through third-grade classrooms at Viewlands, Leschi and Maple elementary schools. The schools were chosen because they have significant percentages of low-income students.

In Bang’s view, school gardens can encourage students to think critically about issues like water consumption, biodiversity and energy usage — based on observations they’ve made in the field, like real scientists. For example, students at the three schools may be given the opportunity to design their own gardens based on factors like weather patterns and soil-plant interactions.

“Monitoring real-world resources is complicated, and they’re not easily observable because they’re interconnected. Part of what I’m after is having a citizenry that’s capable of engaging in those real 21st-century problems, ” said Bang.

Parents and teachers will help design the garden curriculum at each of the three schools.

Combining forces with the larger community is what the grant team hopes will give the project some continuity and buy-in, as well as cultural relevance.

“Garden education is kind of associated with white, middle-class folks. But there are types of gardens that aren’t based in Western European traditions,” said Sharon Siehl, the Youth Education director for Tilth Alliance, the Seattle-based organic urban gardening nonprofit that’s helping with the project.

As she’s done in past projects, Bang said she plans on incorporating cultural context into the garden lessons, such as helping students understand methods of cultivation among indigenous populations.

The new project is one of many recent efforts to help Seattle schools adapt to a new set of national science standards, which call for teaching science in a way that fosters student interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

When the four years are up, the team hopes they’ll have enough research to make a case for expanding the model to all Seattle schools.

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New Design For Friends Of Liliuokalani Gardens

Nelson Makua and Na Makua Designs created a centennial design for Lili`uokalani Gardens that brings the Queen to the gardens named for her.

“For quite a while time, some of us have visualized what it might have been like for the Queen to visit the gardens in Hilo, a place she visited often through 1913,” said garden enthusiast K.T. Cannon-Eger. “We know she considered having a home built for her in Hilo and corresponded with John T. Baker about those plans. Illness prevented her travel to Hilo after 1913. Although she knew the garden acreage was set aside in early 1917, her death on November 11, 1917, precluded her ever seeing the gardens completed.”

“The board of directors of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is thrilled with Nelson Makua’s design which shortly will appear on tee shirts and tote bags among other centennial celebration uses.”

Makua has been an artist and designer on the Big Island for more than 40 years. Born and raised in Kailua, Oahu, he and his ‘ohana moved to the Big Island in 1975, where they reside in Puna, the original home of the Makua ‘ohana.

“My ancestors were part of the migration from Tahiti to Hawaii who settled in Kalapana in the district of Puna,” Makua said. “Living here gave me the opportunity to connect with ‘ohana, it was like coming home.”

He is best known for his design work, with clients in Hawai‘i, the mainland and Japan. He is a two time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner for graphic design and is the only artist to have created six years of Merrie Monarch Festival posters with his limited edition “Pele” series.

Makua’s first 2003 poster has now become a collectors’ item. His 2008 Merrie Monarch poster received the prestigious Pele Award for best illustration by the Hawaii Advertising Federation.

Last year, Nelson was honored as a MAMo Awardee for 2016 in recognition for his artistic contribution as a Native Hawaiian artist.

In 1999 Nelson and his son Kainoa, created a line of casual Hawaiian wear under the brand of Nä Mäkua. “Na Makua gives us a visual voice to express our views and feelings as native Hawaiians, creating images that speak out to other Hawaiians and honor our rich heritage.” They retail their apparel and art on their website

As well as being an artist and designer, Nelson has been the director of the annual Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair for the Merrie Monarch Festival for the past 14 years. He is also the director of the Moku O Keawe Marketplace at the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival and along with his son Kainoa, they produce their annual Na Mäkua Invitational Christmas Gift fair in Hilo.

Though Nelson was classically trained in drawing, painting and photography, he has been a digital artist for more than 20 years. “The digital age has opened up a whole new world of creating for the artist, with countless possibilities. Guided by my kupuna before me, I consider myself a Hawaiian living in my own time, creating images that reflect my time and place.”

To find out more about the garden centennial or to purchase fund raising tee shirts or tote bags, please go to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook or contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at P.O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96749.

Banyan Gallery near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is one retail outlet for people who live in the Hilo area.

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Valley Community Foundation Helps Build Adam’s House Memorial Garden

SHELTON, Conn. – A $2,500 grant from the Valley Community Foundation helped volunteers with Adam’s House construct a front garden that encircles the memorial walkway at the nonprofit grief education center at 241 Coram Ave.

Adam’s House Founder and Executive Director Allison Wysota said, “We are thrilled that our front garden surrounding our memorial walkway is now a beautiful, welcoming space that will offer peace and healing not only to grieving children and families that enter our program, but to all in the Shelton community that pass by our doors.”

As part of the Adam’s House “Healing Hearts” program, children can create a commemorative brick to place on the memorial walkway to honor and celebrate the life a loved one.

The Valley Community Foundation grant funded the plantings and construction of the gardens that encompass the memorial walkway.

“Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Sharon Closius works closely with our program officer and community grants committee to make smart investments in the changing needs and opportunities of the Valley,” said Alan Tyma, VCF Board Chair.

“One focus of the Foundation is to strengthen the impact of small nonprofits, those with fewer than two full-time or fewer than four part-time staff, by supporting a variety of community engagement efforts. Based on their presentation, Adam’s House should be a valuable member of our community for a long time.”

The Olde Ripton Garden Club in Shelton led by Garden Designer Renee Marsh, owner of A Simpler Place, contributed the project’s landscape design.

Twelve volunteers from the Shelton office of Nasdaq made up the labor force that turned Marsh’s landscape design into reality. During a warm, sunny day, the Nasdaq volunteers cheerfully planted a new array of hydrangeas, lilies, catmint, roses, a dogwood tree and other plantings to create the memorial walkway landscaping and front garden.

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