transform to make it home

Home.  This word mean different things to every individual.  For me it is a place of safety, comfort, reflection of the self/ selves who inhabit it, a place to entertain and share life and love with friends and family, a human right, a place to get centered, a place filled with hope.

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The kitchen is to inspire a country farmhouse.  The soft yellow and strong shade of blue gave it dimension and set the scene.  The cabinets doors were removed and painted shade of white in flat paint.  This opened the space and allowed light to enter the room and gave frames for sets of dishes, glassware, cook books, teas and spices to rest. 

Stripes of mustard yellow and green to the a shade of raspberry on the walls.  The stripes were uneven in width and unevenly distributed around the room. 

The bathroom was to be warm and elegant.  A soothing space to calm after the day in a hot shower or bath.  Hooks were added to hang white towels that looked smashing on the wall.

weekend with permaculture now!

Last weekend Jenny Pell of Permaculture Now! http://www.permaculturenow.com/

sought out individuals to work with her to start an urban homestead.  The yard was in stage 2 of the transformation when 3 thrill seekers joined her.  Our tasks was to prep 3 areas for sheet mulching and then sheet mulch.

Q:  What is sheet mulching?

A:   Is a composting method used directly on the planned planting ground as a way to improve the condition of the soil.  Layers of nitrogen and carbon are added and both oxygen and water as well to help growing bacteria to breakdown the layers.

Here is a complete description of the process:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/sites/default/files/documents/Lasagna.pdf

We added: layers of cardboard, manure, compost, and fertile mulch.  We soaked each layer with water.  I’ve also sheet mulched with newspaper and leaves.  Use whatever organic materials you have at hand.

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Backyard Patio

Who loves to sit out on a patio to enjoy the sun?

The yard

The yard

 

Everyone, right?  Yes!  So, I’m making a patio.  It is worth the effort of hauling gravel, sand, cobble stone, and pavers to create a space to sit out enjoy the sun, the gentle breeze, and a nice cup of coffee or tea.

Laying down the pattern

Laying down the pattern

 

Here is an aerial shot showing the completed patio; a criss-cross pattern with pavers and an outline with cobblerocks to create texture and highlight usable space.

stair-steps

stair-steps

 

 

For continuity, I repeated the stair-step of the retaining wall in the rounded corner with the pavers and cobblerock.  This gives the eyes a focus point and creates movement;thereby, increasing interest and the feeling of openness.

 

 

There is a walkway joining the backyard with the front driveway.  The path is shaded on one side by ferns and the tan wall of the house of the other.  A triail of cobblestone borders each side to give balance and added color to the neutral landscape.  The walkway also serves for storage of garbage and recycle bins.

ariel shot

ariel shot

the walkway

the walkway