Nicholson-Hardie is an old & bold Dallas legend. This 4 time winner of the Best of Big D-Garden Shop is an inspiration destination for year round indoor/outdoor gardening & home design. Gift & garden - it's shear heaven!
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"Founded in 1899, Nicholson-Hardie is the oldest garden shop in Dallas, and it has the know-how that comes with that title. Between its deep selection and a staff that’s all green thumbs, don’t be surprised if you walk out with a fun and unexpected purchase."
We finally made it into Summers Cottage to explore the eclectic nooks & crannies. The style is a blend of Pacific Northwest Cabin & UK Cottage. The saturation of vibrant colors along with the one of a kind tokens & trophies of all sorts, is a near spiritual experience. The owner has an amusing eye for creating, grouping & displaying items that the average person would never consider. It is an inter-mixture & fusion of masculine & feminine, vintage & mid-century elements. She shows captivating design confidence.
The House & Front Porch
The Living Room
The Guest Bedroom
The Master Bath
The Master Bedroom
Nooks & Spaces
The Sun Porch
When I am traveling, there is one thing I must do: shop. Not the "touristie" kind of shopping on the city's main drag, I'm talking about scouting out the local hidden treasures. I love finding those items specific to the area I am visiting. The keepsakes I am drawn to are the ones not found at the souvenir shop. I look for Thrift Stores, not the brand-name shops - the off brand, one of a kind types. They have the best deals and the most unique selection of items.
In my travels, I have found items that were related as well. When I traveled the Oregon coast, I purchased a berry colored tea set with 4 place settings in a style I had never seen before. Many years later, while shopping in Nyack, NY, I found additional pieces to complete the set.
Across the country, there are totally different pickings! Cost differences depend on how deep in the city or out in the countryside. Even the array of tools are a varied lot, in different regions. I'm particularly keen on local hardware - I'm a fool for tools!
This summer's trip to the North East was a blast. It was a small town extravaganza of good. All the junk shops along the way were humble and filled with their local style. It was awesome. I stuffed my bags full of Vermont's finest "treasures" from the Waterbury Flea Market. This particular flea market is touted as "Vermont's finest". It was different than a Texas flea market experience. Most flea markets in Texas have become pricey through the huge number of people who have created more of a commercial store that travels from one flea market to the next. Vermont was particularly well priced by folks who just want to sell their stuff. They too sell online, but are not as fancy or well organized as the market sub-culture that has taken Texas by storm.
This all sounds a bit like "This Land is Your Land" .... but, I will tell you, junking was made for you and me!
This is one of Historic McKinney's most charming homes. It has always been considered a gem in the neighborhood. This stone is getting polished with a new slate roof. It is amazing to watch old homes regain their original beauty. Well Done!
Jim & Deb have been vacationing outside Albuquerque, New Mexico their entire marriage. Embracing the slower pace, along with the beautiful views, pleasant weather and green chilies, this is where they hoped to retire. This story is a testament to living THE DREAM.
While vacationing last year, they looked at homes with a realtor (on a whim). One home that caught their eye was built by a couple who created an oasis. Built with a tennis court, guest cottage, party terrace, space for a donkey and a view to die for. As a musician, Jim couldn't find a place more inspirational to write & play music.
Deb, a professional organizer, looked at this deteriorated property as her ultimate challenge. There were built-in planters inside & out. The heating system happened to be fireplaces in each room and a swamp cooler was their air conditioning. Quirky & dated -- indeed!
A stained glass window adjacent to the door had a "C" in it. That is the first letter of their last name. It truly was love at first sight! They took the leap of faith, made an offer and it was theirs.
They sold their historic McKinney home in a flash, so Deb organized local NM craftsmen and enlisted McKinney talent to undertake their "Rehab Project".
While I was there, she must have had a dozen people working simultaneously on 12 different tasks. Her excitement & urgency was contagious. There were friends, a designer, carpenters, painters (home painters & furniture painters), restorers & refinishers, a seamstress and handymen that contributed to help Deb & Jim get their dream casa in order. Her generosity to all her craft folk was amazing. For everyone there, it was an experience of a lifetime.
They created a space to share with friends and family. They love their home and area so much, they just want everyone else to feel the love they have. This could not have happened to a nicer couple and in the process of moving, they created a vacation destination for everyone they know.
Thanks for the photos -- Deb, Diane & Paul
Master Bedroom & Bath
Path From Tennis Court
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