"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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday Wanderings: Greenhouse Effect

 There is a peacefulness you get when you step inside a greenhouse, and the botanical retreat designed by Dolores Kroop of Padua D.K. Designs for the 2014 Pasadena Designer Showcase House was a lovely example.

The crunch of pea gravel underfoot, the earthy smell of soil and plants, abundant light and in Kroop's case --garden antiques and a number of art projects in progress. Yes, I think I'll go watercolor in the sanctuary of the greenhouse now... 

One of my favorite discoveries while exploring the space was an oversized beekeeper's skep; a vintage-inspired basket once commonly used for honeybees. The bees would swarm in through the hole and set up their hive. A good plan, until it came time to harvest the honey. Then, the beekeepers had to turn the hive over and collect the honey from the bottom -an inefficient system that basically required destroying the hive in the process.

Fun fact: According to the Modern Farmer blog, "Bridal couples in medieval Holland were given a skep to parade around the village as a symbol of starting a new home, and a swarm of bees as a wedding gift."

Although it is illegal to farm honeybees with skeps now, due to the fact you have to be able to open them for inspection and mite prevention --their vintage charm and innate beauty remains. 

I think they're the bees knees!

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