Art, Architecture and A Big Dash of Whimsy

A mix of art, architecture, and things growing green.

The house and out buildings are a labor of love in this garden setting. The couple who own the home have built all that you see with their own two hands. They did purchase the house, but made it into their own with flair and creativity; whimsy and childlike decor are everywhere that you look.

Much has been handcrafted with colorful gingerbread detailing by the owner who is an experienced woodworker. It is obvious how much he enjoys his craft.

Color is used throughout, especially in all the whimsically painted detail.

Every detail in the dollhouse is well crafted with care notably arranged with love. In fact many gardens in our area, those created by homeowners, depend quite a bit on garden decoration and ornament. I have another this coming week that belongs to an artist. It is filled with flowers and color, but also, garden ornament. In this featured garden today, the ornament is just larger than most, building size as a matter of fact.

Outdoor spaces are designed like they are interior spaces. I can just imagine the decor inside the home. There are some garden perennials, like the Coneflower lining the walk.

Entertaining in a fun filled experience. This place is all about fun with color and craft in all the handmade objects – like the wheelbarrow planter. Potted plants are throughout the space.

Here you can see hanging baskets of petunias and Million Bells along the walk to the dollhouse. Actually, I am not sure what they called the outbuilding, but people visiting GardenFest were all talking about the dollhouse garden. I had to see it for myself. It is not my design taste, but was well worth the visit.

Garden beds are not especially well-appointed, but could be lush and complimentary to the structure. A cottage garden would be lovely here and it looks like they are starting to plant one in amongst the marigolds.

Bird baths and bird houses are throughout. This property encourages the birds to visit, but it looks like a few kitties are waiting.

Inside the dollhouse, cats peer down on visitors.

Blue is a common color theme here, yet doors are painted in different colors.

See me above?

This is the front of the home below, and you never know what is hiding behind this garden side gate. The blue shutters give you just a bit of a hint.

I have more Lewiston Gardens coming up. The next post is what I did Friday night, and I had a ball. Check out my moving models.


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16 Responses to Art, Architecture and A Big Dash of Whimsy

  1. Crafty Gardener says:

    That looks like a delightful garden to visit.

  2. I could never live like that, but I’m always glad to see that such places exist. Sometimes – especially here in Scandinavia – people see very afraid of having FUN with their homes; it can all become a bit too stylish and minimalistic, with the odd – deliberated – touch of manifestly ironic kitsch thrown in because that’s cool.

    I try to incorporate quixotic elements into my garden so it becomes just a little bit playful – like my Puddles because I’ve always loved playing with water – but i find it a real struggle to actually dare be a bit silly. My project for the winter 2012-2013 must be to make a silly ornament for the garden! Something that will make people smile and think “what on earth was he thinking???”…

  3. John says:

    Wow, I want that garden gate. It’s almost exactly what I’ve been looking for, super cool.

  4. debgarden says:

    I suspect I would like these people, who must have fun spirits with hearty laughs!

  5. Barbie says:

    How fabulous!! Love the detail and the lovingly made bird houses – I think I saw a garden fairy somewhere! 🙂

  6. I do appreciate the color and the whimsy especially the beautiful bird houses…it takes so much work to do all that detail…that gate and the yellow door are my favorite…

  7. Andrea says:

    I love most that first one, it is really cute. Last weekend i was out of town and i was housed in a model house made of mainly coconut wood and products. I am so glad that despite being alone there for two nights, i felt like staying in an English cottage, which actually looked like a dollhouse. And very large century trees are around it, which gave some eerie feeling as well. I will still be looking for my old photos of the house and will also post it.

  8. Anarya Andir says:

    Wow, what a garden!

  9. Garden Chair says:

    It is like living in a fairy tale!

    Garden Chair

  10. I just adore architectural elements – it’s what my blog is dedicated to, so needless to say, this post captured my interest!! It did not disappoint! Love it!!

  11. photographybyjoylene says:

    How cute! I love the little cottage and the eating area.

  12. helensadornmentsblog says:

    This is so much fun, so glad you shared these pictures. What a great combination of architecture and gardening. I bet you were in heaven.

  13. I think a little whimsy in the garden is good. Some of the little vignettes of the ‘dollhouse’ would be fun to add to the garden.

  14. I think the owners must be happy people with very good senses of humor. Nice of them to share!

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