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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

dressed in lace and linens

It is no secret how much I adore all things gardening.
I thought I would share some images of my garden.
Although it has been styled for several garden magazines,
I really do live in my garden.
She's not just another pretty face...
she's a hard working garden.
I wrote a portion of my favorite garden quote
by the ever-so-lovely Audrey Hepburn on the chalkboard...
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."
Welcome to my garden!

I have furnished the garden space
entirely with vintage treasures.
It reflects the same design philosophy
I apply to decorating the interior of my home. 

Vintage furniture, linens, accessories and mirrors.

One very special material I like to use
may be a little unexpected...lace.

I seem to have an endless collection of beyond shabby linens
that are a little too worn for the house.
So they go straight to the garden.

My favorite garden linen is this beautiful vintage hammock.

My potting bench is rarely clean
so it's great to have a photo to remember
what it's supposed to like
under loads of soil and garden cuttings.

I keep an Ironstone bowl outside as a washbowl.

A bar of soap is a must in my garden...

I use vintage tablecloths
with signs of wear and age as table skirts.

I do like to use indoor furnishings as plant stands.
They require several coats of polyurethane
to help protect against the elements.

Bits of architectural salvage
are also peppered throughout the garden.

Each year I do have a lot of painting touch-ups
but I don't's part of the fun!

I will put out some linens on vintage drying racks.
It's a better way to enjoy them than having them
stuffed into drawers and cupboards in the house.

My garden really is an additional living space of my home.
I live, laugh, work and relax in my garden.

As evening approaches the garden takes on
an entirely different personality.
The twinkle of the café lights illuminate the entire space
and special lace covered lanterns glow in the trees.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of my summer garden dressed in it's best lace and linen...

Until next time...and the next garden transformation!
Thanks so much for visiting...



  1. It's all so beautifully cozy and welcoming, Melinda! Your sweet, reverent touch is evident in everything. I always look so forward to seeing you, your shop, and your garden each spring...and am counting the days until I return to my beloved Sanibel and the chance to see you again! Love ya, girl!

    xoxo laurie

    1. Thank you so much Miss Laurie! Your words are always so kind and make me feel very special. I look forward to seeing you soon! I hope your summer is wonderful in every way! XOXO Blessings to you and yours...