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August 20, 2009

Four groups, four ways

One of the greatest things about RR is that there’s really tons of space to play around in… by that I mean there’s a lot of display space, inside and out. This comes in handy dealing with, and showing off, whatever I’m collecting at the moment. For a while it was carved wooden figures, then carved wooden heads, then stumps, then… well, you get the picture. One thing always leads to another. Right now I’m collecting pots, succulents and rusted metal objects. Tomorrow it’ll be something else. These RR vignettes show four different ways I’ve chosen for displaying groups of objects. The reasons for these groupings may sometimes be apparent but others may take some explaining.


WOODSY: This group came about when I discovered I had too many wooden things in the house and I needed to store the extras somewhere. I stacked them outside, totem-style, and set them next to my jazzy yellow vinyl corner bench. The colors look great together, the holes in the little kindergarten plywood chair and stool echo each other and the sunny yellow offsets the carved ‘rabbi’ stump at the top… wouldn’t the gnarly tall thing make a great place to hang his yarmulke?


SAME DIFFERENCE: What do a discarded concrete garage sink, rusted steel pipes and a mouthy concrete planter have in common? Well, they all look really great with a variety of succulents growing out of them. With plants that show as much range as the containers that hold them, this group hangs together — united by their differences. And, plants and planters look great against the backdrop of the rustic fence as well.


METAL ROCKS: Sad fact? Stores are going under. Silver lining? Terrific deals on stuff. I got all of these blackened steel planters for under $200 at a crafts store that was going out of business. Stacked and filled with cool-colored succulents they have a nice architectural quality that was softened and complemented by the colors and shapes of the plants. Surrounded by equally cool-colored river rocks they make the perfect heavy metal rockin’ group.


KITSCHY KUPBOARD: When we first got the Rancho we had to come up with a way to defuse the cave-y, orange knotty-pine, scallop-edged mess that was the kitchen. Lots of off-white paint, removing the upper cabinets and trim, and open door fronts did the trick. Still, I wanted to keep some reminder of the past so this built-in was spared. Freshened for today it was the perfect place to hold my fave candy-colored canister set along with equally colorful ceramics and glassware. These pop-y citrus colors make the zinc dining table and thrift store vinyl chairs sit up and take notice.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry permalink
    August 24, 2009 4:37 pm

    L-O-V-E it!
    Thanks for bring your sense of fun and design to the blogosphere. Looking forward to more posts.

  2. Senor K permalink
    August 24, 2009 5:18 pm

    Wow, the place is coming along! Very kewl, right on dude!

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    August 24, 2009 9:12 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Reuben. I love the spooky-looking “woodsy” group; it reminds me of the Ent tree creatures in “Lord of the Rings.” And that mouthy concrete planter is awesome; I can’t stop staring at it. I am also getting “Mad Men”-esque vibes from your cupboard area.

  4. Elizabeth permalink
    August 24, 2009 9:19 pm

    I love that banner, such a great use of a color, and it’s so bright. When I go to Berkeley, there’s this store I love to go to, Lola, that features gorgeous, gorgeous home decor and odd trinkets and quirky items ( Some of the stuff is superexpensive, and the rest just overpriced, but I love their stuff. For example, they sell a set of six fat crayons carved into the shape of cats, with pointy ears and smiles (for $26).

  5. Laurie Lucas permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:27 pm

    This has to be the hippest, coolest house in the IE, if not SoCal. Again, your sense of humor, whimsy, fun and style merge to create stunning designs. You should be doing this professionally for rich folks and celebrities.

  6. Elena permalink
    August 26, 2009 2:30 am

    As always, it all looks fantastic–keep it coming. But I have to agree, the face-pot is mesmerizing…

  7. August 27, 2009 12:48 am

    I want those freakin’ cannisters!!!

  8. Cherie permalink
    August 28, 2009 5:18 am

    I wish I could say something that shows I understand art and am witty like some of the other posts but I don’t and can’t, but I do adore your paintings. I’m looking forward to future posts and seeing what you’ve done inside the house. I know you love me anyway.

  9. Cherie permalink
    August 28, 2009 5:52 pm

    I took another look this morning. At first it looked like junk (which I know it once was) but now I see the beautiful design and the way you put it all together thoughtfully. I especially like the cacti garden and wish to create that in Arizona. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ruthanne permalink
    August 28, 2009 10:14 pm

    I like what you’ve done with the succulents — very creative.

  11. August 30, 2009 6:58 pm


    I love this “totem pole” design best. As for the yarmulke concept? My vision for the shelac’d woodsy piece would be to hang your green and white, 2-Color Satin Kippah; you know the one that Paul gave you for your 50th?

    The contrast of colors, amidst the bright jazzy yellow and earthy wood tones, dangling just above the monstrous wooden face would be novel, ne ces’t pas?

  12. Sheeba permalink
    August 31, 2009 4:02 pm

    Your Garden is worth a million bucks and then some!!
    Its inspiring,refreshing,looks uber artistic and yet inviting….you are an amazing artist Reuben & of course you’ve heard that before! How you place random “things” & make it look like it was all meant to be together simply put….astounds me:)

  13. susan permalink
    September 12, 2009 3:57 am

    Reuben-I love the latest addition of a bit of wild color in the front garden- I guess I have the advantage of having a front row seat for the unfolding drama of your art. I don’t even have to wait for new photos on the blog.

  14. March 24, 2010 10:18 am

    Well, just spent the last 2 hours reading your entire blog! WOW is all I can say! Awesome. Do you see or have many Dyckias? I have just discovered them, and man they are so neat! It could become one of your collections, if they haven’t already! They are so interesting to look at. Check out Dyckia Brazil’s photos. A recent new succulent interest of mine. Would be interested in your opinion.
    Will add you guys to my blogroll.
    Take care- Julie

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 24, 2010 3:07 pm

      Hi, Julie… Thanks for checking in (and spending so much time!) here! I’ve seen dyckias before but don’t have any… In fact, when I received the puyas recently I was reminded of them. As I’m sure you saw, I have a lot of new pots now, so maybe a dyckia container garden should be in the offing… And thanks for the add!

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