Phil or no Phil…

February 1, 2015

shadow or no shadow…the official first day of Spring is still the 20th of March. Mother Nature has her own schedule and if past Winters have taught us anything, there is no point in forcing the issue. You can, however use the next six weeks to get a jump on any new design plan , changes or additions you’ve been contemplating for your yard and garden. To soften Winters grip right now, arm yourself with a pair of pruners, head out and gather up an armful of Forsythia or Quince branches to force into bloom indoors.






Summer Rocks

August 26, 2012

And, that is the inspiration for this simple “assembled” floral display…a found object…a rock. Well, that and the white-hot sunlight that August brings and lush green lawns.  What could be more refreshing on a hot hot day than crisp white and the cooling effect of  mossy green? interpreted in Ornithogalum and Dianthus barbatus cultivar…simply arranged in an assortment of clear and frosted glass cylinders, this grouping can stand alone on your dining or coffee table any day of the week or, with a little further augmentation, create a quiet, elegant presentation for some occasion more special. Perhaps grouping the parts on a white lacquer tray or natural log slice, adding more egg rock or river stones and some simple votive candlelight to compliment the star-shaped blooms?  Any way you rock it you’ve got simplequietmodern that lasts and lasts ( these flowers in the photo are in week 3) and won’t break the bank.

Everyday flowers…

May 7, 2012

continued. Well, another day of bargains in the Kroger floral department. Glorious yellow pincushion protea ( which I think were already a good value at their regular price of $4) marked down to $.99 each.  Wha   ????  Plus the added bonus of some bear greass with each. So, here we go… simply drop them both in a taller cylindrical vase ( pottery/ glass/Pringles can) or lop off their heads and place them in the bottom of a simple on-the-rocks glass ( to be used anywhere you might have 4 square inches that needs a chic little lift, singly or in multiples…..end table, night stand, powder room, on top of a stack of books on the coffee table, your desk).  It’s no simplequietmodern secret that you can live so well on so little.

There is a Chinese proverb that is applicable here  that says ” If you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.”