Design by Pinterest

Long before Pinterest people collected magazine clippings and hoarded photographs for design inspiration. Finding inspiration in today’s world looks a little different and only takes a few clicks and searches online. Sharing inspiration and collaborating on ideas helps designers make dreams become reality.

Pinterest, an online service and app, allows users to share images through social networking. When it comes to landscape architecture, users share their Pinterest boards with their designers, providing an insight into the client’s expectations.

Clients’ Pinterest boards act as a tool for designers helping us understand what a client wants.  After seeing a client’s dream board, I use my design expertise to create a beautiful garden that others will want to pin on their Pinterest boards.

My Pinterest board for a garden in Palm Springs

Share your ideas, expectations and Pinterest boards. This develops trust with your designer to successfully make this Pinterest board become a reality, but it also grants the freedom to create something completely original.

Keep pinning and dreaming and I’ll keep designing.

Follow me on Pinterest and share your inspirations with me!

The Self-Cleaning House

The headline proclaimed, “The Inventor of the Self-Cleaning House is Dead at 101.” Two thoughts ran through my head; 1) Wow, 101 is really old, and 2) Why haven’t I ever heard of the self-cleaning house? I’d like to have one.

The article explains how Frances Gabe spent years designing and building her own home that would free her from the drudgery of house cleaning. Sounds good to me! The idiosyncratic inventor figured out how to turn her house into what is essentially a giant dishwasher. That explains why I never heard of the self-cleaning house. Who wants to live inside a dishwasher? Not me.


Photo of Frances in her house. Source: NY Times, Shane Young.

I don’t mean to mock her achievements. She was obviously a very creative inventor. What I’m reacting to is the lack of beauty in her solutions. Perhaps, Frances believed her home was beautiful because she considered every inch to function exactly how she wanted. I get that. A truly personal design is like a work of art.

Design can be both functional and beautiful and stir emotions like great art. When we can marry the form and function of the spaces with the inherent beauty of the natural environment, we create meaningful gardens that set the stage for new experiences.

Look around. Like Madonna says, beauty is where you find it.

Travel and the Inspiration for a Creative Life

Even though I love being at home and nesting, I also love to travel. Recently my husband, Bren, and I travelled to the Pacific Northwest on a vacation that ended in Seattle for the opening of Bren’s show at the Bellevue Arts Museum. (Check out the Seattle Times review of his show here:

The lush and green landscape of the Pacific Northwest was a refreshing change from the dry Bay Area where we live. One the highlights for me was visiting the Forecourt Fountain (Keller Fountain Park) in downtown Portland. The park was designed by the office of the well-known San Francisco landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Completed in 1970, the sprawling fountain is an internationally acclaimed and popular public open space. I studied this park in my early days as a baby landscape architecture student in the 1980’s. After seeing it so many times in books and magazines, finally getting to see it in person was amazing.

The primary reason for starting my own business is to embrace the creative life. The best part of having my own business is the freedom I feel and the luxury of time to travel and create these moments of inspiration.