Spring Garden

Ok…. Here we go another Summer in the garden. Start slow, don’t be overwhelmed! Take a small bed and move the soil, freshen up the appearance of your garden art. Now is the time to add shake and feed to the soil. You will be thankful you did come august. If you have some plantings that flourished last year, now is the time to loosen the soil.Maybe splice a hosta if needed. Hosta adds such life to any border!!! Get your sprinklers in order, in just a few weeks we will talk about annual planting… Use your blower to clean up a patio, fill any torches, or table elements you have.Make sure your patio is ready for the season. Clean up those birdhouses, repaint, any iron garden decor. A quick spray paint freshens up beautiful step stones. I use iron TRIVOTS, and spray them to accent the garden. One last thing, I have found using battery lanterns, for your garden, creates an amazing effect come dusk. Pop one on a shepards hook, and you will feel as though the family room has moved outside!
Ps…. Freshen up your summer wreaths!!! SUBTLEASPECTS





TEXTURES and SHAPES create beautiful spaces....

What is on the outside…. hmmmmm


What you think may be one way, when actually the opposite is true.

Take for example a BOTANICAL THISTLE STALK.  Thistle needles are HARSH, STIFF, and have a prickled like texture, yet up close, they have such a supple warm BEAUTY.

Try to keep in mind that what is on the outside may be so very different from what is actually  on the inside.

When you really discover this, your creative process will flourish.  Not all things are the same, consider a beautifully constructed ottoman.  It will serve you well as an ottoman yes… But why not use it for a coffee table?   How about a fabulous vanity display for your bath. Maybe place a set of POTS with floras.   Use different items for different things.  Think outside the box.. Fill an OLD COKE bottle with beans, any tone you like.  Maybe paint an OLD FLOUR sifter and fill it with HERBS.  When placing decorative items together, use your creativity to give your collection  a PUNCH ….  Honest, it will work….  You will start to understand threads, textiles, sheens, fabric finishes, surfaces, etc.  All this designing, shaping, developing, will start to become natural.   Your EYES will look at things differently and really SEE… COLOR, FORMAT, SHAPE, TONE ,TEXTURE, and design. If you OPEN your eyes,  all ideas will start to  surface, and  a focus on design/decor  will   enter your place, your space, your home, your comfort, your surroundings that give you JOY.   You will see a room not as” 4 WALLS”, but as a palette ready for your true passions.  TRUST YOURSELF… DESIGN is FUN, FAB, and so REWARDING… BE BRAVE… SUBTLEASPECTS

A collage of your favorites, your passions, your soul, your,,,,,,,YOU!



Some of the creations at the PHOENIX are rare, unique, and wonderful to have and enjoy in the comforts of your own space. Make your space lovely, beautiful, and remember, all that surrounds you should lend PEACE to your soul. SUBTLEASPECTS!

The Finer Things…

Comfort in Living...
The Finer things are just below your feet, use them daily... Today not tomorrow. Do not save the best china, shirt, pin. Use them, for today is a wonderful day, use it with joy...


Living through these difficult times can be so very hard…Find a niche’, something you have not done in years. Use what you have, change a corner, adds china piece, go to that cellar, and find some treasure everyone has some….

It really does….

Home STYLE AND Elegance

Upon entering ANY dwelling, residential life should give the guest a feeling of warmth, a feeling of WELCOME, and mostly a feeling that they are comfortable.

Comfort does NOT mean BORING… Comfort can mean many a  thing, but not a snore.  Traditional can mean FLASHY, BEAUTY, finger on the pulse….. I use it as a word for pure ELEGANCE.  A scent in the hall, a flower on the table, a reflection of light, this and many other soft decor items will enhance ANY guests arrival…. Start slow to find your wave, your motif.  Be careful that what you portray is YOUR FEEL, YOUR aesthetic…. If you DO NOT have one, you will acquire it shortly.