Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Glorious Day for Garden Tour

Thanks to all who made the first annual ECCA Garden Tour and wonderful success.  From the beautiful weather (finally!) to the charming sculptural art to the fabulous attendees, we couldn't have asked for a better day.
The waterfall was humming, the music was lyrical, and the conversation lively.
For those of you that did not get a chance to attend, here is a sampling of the garden that I designed:

If you see anything in the garden you would like to chat about, please feel free to post a comment right here or drop me a line at:

Next week I will start the color series.  Each week I will explore a great new color that I have used in one of my projects as well as the hottest new colors for 2009/10.  I invite your input and ideas!

Stay cool!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Get Your Garden On

Just a reminder that the first annual Art in the Garden ECCA garden tour will take place rain or shine this Saturday from 9-2.  Tickets are still available at The Willow and Churchill's Gardens, as well as the day of the tour.
The following is a list of resources for our garden:

-All of the garden fencing and arbors is provided by GCAAA fencing in Dover.
-The vibrant rocking chairs are from Furniture Classics and are carried by The Willow in downtown Exeter.
-Fairy garden accessories can be found at Portsmouth Candle and Snackerty Hollow- Patricia Woodbridge- 603.608.5764
-The teak garden furniture is supplied by Smith & Hawken and Restoration Hardware.
-Garden umbrellas are from Crate and Barrel, while the outdoor window panels and rod can be found at Pottery Barn.
-The cedar garden trellis' can be purchased from The Gardener's Suppl
-Candles and candle holders can be found at Pier One.
-Octopus dinnerware can be found at Pottery Barn 
-The wonderful "paper plates" are actually fallen palm leaves that are 100% natural, non-toxic, and can go right into the compost bin!  Each plate is produced by fair wage workers along India's Malabar Coast.  They can be found at Portsmouth Health Food store or online at Verterra.
-The salt water pool was designed and installed by Ferrari Pools of Massachusetts.
-Outdoor garden fabric was supplied by Susan Sargent of Vermont
 and sewn by Marcia Whatmough of Brentwood- 603.682.7409
-All outdoor rugs are by Dash and Albert and can be found at The Willow.
-The white accent table was designed by Yves Beher for the Botanist Series sponsored by Orange22.  The piece is titled Pixel Burst and represents a bright light spot, a sun, a squint.
As with all the designers in the Botanist series, a portion of the proceeds is directed toward a passion of the designer.  Yves has chosen, as one of many, the Surfrider organization, a grass-roots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans.
-The conch and clam shells as well as the seashell wreath can be found at The Willow.
-Dining table accessories hail from  a variety  of shops including Abode.
-Sea stars and all things nautical can be found at Red Chair Antiques in Peterborough.
The plantings are too numerous to mention, but I would love to give you a list of my favorite retail suppliers:
Bill Holt of Willow Mist Grasses in Stratham is one of my favorite places.  It is unpretentious and tranquil.  Walking through Bill's collection of grasses is good for the soul, not to mention the wonderful sound when nature graces you with a breeze.  If you get lucky he may show you his collection of chickens and even gift you with a fresh duck egg!
Another favorite is Scenic Nursery in Raymond. This is another nursery to satisfy the senses.  Make sure you plan extra time to sit by the pond and enjoy the bullfrogs.
Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland has a wonderful selection of plants as well as miniature conifers and plantings for fairy gardens.
Churchill's Gardens always has a large selection of perennials and a great selection of garden decor.
Nature's Outpost in North Hampton has a lovely collection of bird feeders and unusual garden decor.
Cymbidium Floral in Exeter and The Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth are two of my favorite shops for absolutely wonderful and original flower arrangements. 

If you see something in the garden that you fall in love with and don't see it mentioned here, please feel free to drop me a line and I'll give you all the details.

Enjoy a beautiful day!


Friday, July 17, 2009

Join MCD in the garden next weekend

The Exeter Center for Creative Arts is hosting it's first Art in the Garden Tour on Saturday July 25th from 9-2 pm. ECCA is a nonprofit art center dedicated to providing art education to the greater Seacoast New Hampshire community and Mandeville Canyon Designs is proud to host one of the gardens on the tour. 
Our garden will feature a weaving of the five elements of Wood-Fire-Earth-Metal-Water to combine a delicate balance between man, nature, and sustainability.  Our garden features comfortable renewable teak furnishings as well as fabulous 1940's wrought iron furniture with a touch of Susan Sargent whimsical fabric. The garden also offers two cozy fire pits, boulders and stone of all shapes and sizes for climbing and exploring, as well and wind chimes and sculptures. As one drifts from the upper garden the destination, by design, is the salt water Gunite pool complete with waterfall, evening lighting, and an invisible outdoor sound system.  Beyond the 5 elements, the family friendly garden also features a fairy garden comp
lete with miniature conifers and a fairy home.  Native plantings complete with a rain garden to prevent runoff to the reservoir below, insure that this garden, while committed to good design, is even more committed to sustainable living.
Tickets are available the day of the event as well as The Willow and Churchill's Garden
Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mandeville Canyon Designs Joins The Willow

Mandeville Canyon Designs is excited to announce our new collaboration with The Willow.
For almost ten years The Willow has been providing the seacoast with a wonderful collection of home furnishings and accessories that dazzle the eye and warm the heart.  Recently we were able to set up shop in the back of the store to provide on-site interior design services.  From color consultations to design layout as well as furniture and rug selections, we now have a studio that can take care of all our clients needs right in one spot.  
I will be in the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-2 and also by appointment.
Please feel free to stop by with all of your ideas and let's get to work!
The Willow is located on 183 Water Street in downtown Exeter.  
To reach the shop just ring 603.773.9666.  To reach Mandeville Canyon Designs for an appointment 603.321.0650
I look forward to seeing you soon!