Big Inspiration for Spring

Hobbit house featured at Maryland Home and Garden Show's "Books in Bloom".
'Tis the season for inspiration: mapping the garden, planting the seeds, redesigning rooms, repainting walls and floors, and brainstorming projects and events for the incoming interns and artists-in-residence to participate in. Maybe it's just the 60-degree day talking (not bad for March! Thanks Global Warming!), but we're champing at the bit to get this spring rolling.

We'll start inside with some inspiring ideas for shelving, furniture,  and upcycling:

Our current library at left. At right, built-in and painted shelves give the walls a more cohesive look.
The power of white-on-white in a country-style living room. Love the postcard chandelier!

A suitcase reappropriated as a medicine cabinet.

Cabinet doors get a new lease on life as interior shutters.
And here are some very cool ideas for the garden:
A new take on a mobile chicken coop.
A hoop house would allow us to grow year-round.
A hobbit house for the garden?! Yes please!
Follow the yellow brick road. Love the incorporation of sculpture into the garden. Design featured at Maryland Home and Garden Show's "Books in Bloom".
A living teepee.
Basic walkway idea for in the garden.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.