Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vintage Seed Packets

There are a couple of seed companies that still put "art" on the front of their seed packets; Botanical Interests & Renee's Garden for example. But for the most part, they have gone to photos, which I suppose is helpful to the gardener, but not nearly as much fun as those fantastic, even frameable, packets of the past!

Seeds of Change has even gone to resealable plastic packets. I think it is a shame that a company that saves & distributes heirloom seeds doesn't use vintage-style art on their packets! My opinion of course.

Here are some examples of seed packet art that I think is pretty, interesting, OR....

Flowers first. I absolutely LOVE those "Fairy Pansies"!

Next we have the veggies. Here, I chose four examples from the same seed company. I think it is a stylish design that shows the subject off well.

Here are some packets that incorporate comely young women in the design. These are sure to catch the farmer's eye!

And then...
Hmmm. Did these folks eat one too many tomato, celery or radish? I'll never look at a tomato in quite the same way! LOL!

So... what do you think? Do you long for the nostalgic seed packet art of days gone by? Or, are you one of those modern gardeners who like the seed tapes, plastic packets and garden kits with already chosen seeds and planting plans done for you?

Whichever you are, I hope you keep those hands in the dirt and vintage seed packet ART in your heart!

Green thumbs up! Chris

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Three or More Tuesday

I am so happy to be participating in "Three or More Tuesday" again! Our host is Tam at The Gypsy's Corner. Please take a few minutes to visit her and all the other participants!

Today, I am showing photos of floors! Yep...floors! My last post was a photo tour of Filoli, in Woodside, CA. It is a 36,000 sq.ft. country home set amidst 16 acres of formal gardens. Gorgeous! If you missed it, it's worth checking out.

One of the unique things in the house was the floors. All oak, but each room laid in a different pattern. Many were covered with beautiful Persian carpets, and I'll show a couple of those too..

This floor was in the Men's lounge. This is where they would retire after dinner for cigars, drinks & cards. The floor is laid in a straight pattern, but at the end of each board is a bow tie inset! Perfect for a guy's room!

Here we have two with a similar "woven" pattern. The scale on one is much larger and I love the peg detail!

Here are a couple of the carpets. The Persian script woven into the first one says, "May the wind blow gently so as not to mess my lady's hair".

Enjoy! Chris

P.S. Next week, we'll have a tour of Filoli's gardens!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Filoli - House Tour

Before we start the tour, I want to mention that I was not able to take many of the pictures I wanted. There were others touring the house while we were, and finding a view that did not include them was difficult. (Those you do see are my sister & her sister-in-law and one of the docents.) In several cases, I took photos of just one or two elements in a space. Added to that, the light was not particularly good in some rooms. But probably the biggest problem is that I am a rotten photographer! So I'll apologize now, and hope you can get some sense of the beauty & grandeur of this wonderful place from my photos and the online tour!

Here's the Room by Room Tour from the Filoli website. I would suggest you view this to get a good idea of the layout of the house and the room overviews. Then, I'll supplement with my photos in the same order as the on-line tour.
Portico: I did not get a full photo as it was lined with people. There are two of these marble fonts, one on each side of the portico. I love them!

Foyer: Interestingly, like the tour photo, I took one of the plants (begonia) on the either side of the foyer. The metal plant stands are beautiful.

Ladies' & Men's Wating Rooms (Cloak Rooms): The drapes in the Ladies' Cloak Room are original to the house and still pretty.

Transverse Hall: Looking down this 174 foot hall really gave me a sense of the size of the house. We were told that by opening the french doors at each end of the hall, the breezes were able to keep the first floor cool on most warm days.

Reception Room: This is the grandest, most beautiful room in the house. Check out those door aedicules! (New word for me! Wikipedia: Aedicular door surrounds that are architecturally treated, with pilasters or columns flanking the doorway and an entablature even with a pediment over it came into use with the 16th century.)

Here is a closer view of the tapestry. Once, when it was cleaned, it was discovered that the center medallion had been reworked, probably to reflect the new owner's crest, sometime in its 400 year history!

This beautiful 12 panel Chinese screen is massive!

Breakfast Room (Ship Room): The breakfast room was transformed into a model ship room by the Roths. (Matson Navigation)

Kitchen: It's a beaut! I'd love to cook there, but to clean it would be a killer! Luckily for the Bourns, they had 23 live-in servants!

The pastry room! Wouldn't you love to have a room just for pastry?

Butler's Pantry: I loved this room with it's silver vault & dumb waiter!

Dining Room: I only got one photo in the dining room that really turned out...too dark! The second is a close-up of the marble fireplace surround. Gorgeous!

Drawing Room: Love the piano!

See those panels in the window frame? These indicate how thick the walls are. They are actually shutters that could be pulled across the window/french doors to secure the house when the owners were away.

I had to show this French door hardware. (The hardware all over the house is absolutely wonderful!) That little rail with the incremental "bumps" can be pulled up into the catch on the opposite door to hold the door open at varying widths! No doors slamming in the breeze. Clever!

Library: I loved this room. As large as it is, it feels warm and friendly.

I wish I could have taken a better picture of this tapestry chair. It is the original fabric & I want it for MY house!

Study: The only photos I took in the Study were of the wet bar and wine vault. Hmmm...what does that say about me?

Stairwell: My view... I can't tell you how much I would love to see the upstairs room, which are not open on the tour!

Holding Room: This is one of the Filoli Collection display cases and the silk tapestry that hangs between the pair of cases.

Ballroom: What a fairytale room! Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Filoli hosts a formal dinner & ball in this room. Sis and I are trying to convince the guys that they WANT to get into a tuxedo and attened! We'll see...

Remember the Sesame Street song, "One of these things is not like the others...One of these things just doesn't belong!"? Hmmm can you guess which thing it is??

Whew! That's it for now. I do have some other detail shots of floors & carpets, etc., I might post one day. I'll post the Formal Garden photos next week sometime. If you can't wait, there is a tour of them on the Filoli website too!
Suffering with house envy, Chris