"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Collecting: For The Birds


Passion is a funny thing; it can be elusive, but you know it when you see it.

A couple of summers ago on an afternoon drive through Essex, Mass., we were lucky enough to happen upon such a sight.

A multitude of birdhouses standing randomly in front of a marshy inlet in what was basically the artist's front yard. I use the word artist, because basically this was an organic installation of self-expression.
Folk art? I like to think that. Avid collector and curator? Absolutely.

At what point did this guy say, "What the hell. Let's put 'em all up!" Or was it a more gradual evolution? One bird house led to another. And another. And another. Did he know he was creating something that would make perfect strangers stop their car and get out and look? Is it crazy, or brilliant?

Would you want it in your yard?

Should I be worried about heading in a similar direction with my decorative, stone turtle? What next? Garden gnomes? Flamingos?

 Or does it inspire?

At what point are we be brave enough to just lay it all out there for the world to see?

 Follow your passion, and have a great weekend.


  1. Love the photos!! I could move into the tall skinny one with water views right now!
    Thanks for your blog...I have marked it in my inspiration folder now!!
    Looking forward to lots more! TGIF!

  2. This place must be like Disneyland for cats. I love these photos, Bonnie. I might have to get a bird house so that Rambo has something to bark at all day...

  3. You may start with one...and then friends find out you like bird houses...and then you're getting them for birthdays, holidays, hostess gifts...I think this is how it starts..


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