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RR’s Most-Read for 2013

December 25, 2013


2013 is very nearly a wrap, which makes this the perfect time for totting up Rancho Reubidoux’s top five most-read posts. The surprise? Three of them are DIY projects. Less surprising, all five have elements in common; including: a heightened visual quality, interesting colors and textures, and, of course, the presence of succulents. When I look back, I can easily remember the satisfaction I felt producing each. But I can feel the terror, too; DIY projects always come with a fear of failure … Happily, these were successful in the end. Shown above, here’s the rundown: 1.) DIY GEOMETRIC PLANTER: This project took angled wire forms and transformed them into succulent planters with the help of aluminum tape. With more than 700 views this was the top post by far. I was delighted to see this one re-posted on an architecture blog. 2.) VINTAGE TV-FRONT GARDEN Another planter project, this one switched channels on a rusted metal television face, turning it into a vertical succulent garden. The lime green echeveria knobs are a crack-up. 3.) GARDEN PARTY : The occasion? Dustin Gimbel hosts a dinner party in his Long Beach garden. Best part(s)? Besides the food, drink, company, garden, light and colors, there are the enormous, fleshy, blush-inducing flowers of Aristolochia gigantea. 4.) LIGHTER, BRIGHTER: A Brady Bunch-era hanging candelabra goes from eyesore to high-style focal point … Paint, ceramic cups and tiny succulents redeem this estate sale embarrassment. 5.) AIR SPACE: Outdoor livin’ is easy; all it takes is spring weather, some bright bougainvillea overhead and a few books and creature comforts. > To view 2013’s top posts, click the following links:

1. Before & After: Contained Angles

2. Before & After: TV Variety Show

3. In the Gimbelgarten

4. Before & After: A Brighter Solution

5. Putting on Airs

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2013 4:17 am

    My fave post is this one, and actually all the art-tagged posts. But this one in particularly. I don’t care that they aren’t easily reproducible by the public.

    • December 25, 2013 4:34 am

      Hey, V, merry xmas and thanks! For some reason you loving this piece doesn’t surprise me — I have to say I really loved painting it, too.

  2. December 25, 2013 9:01 am

    Merci pour toutes ces jolies images ….Joyeux Noël de France ….

  3. December 25, 2013 3:34 pm

    I’ve been revisiting all these blogs trying to come up with a favorite and I just can’t! It’s like trying to pin me down to a favorite color… impossible, I love all colors! So, like the colors, I love all the things you do and I can’t seem to find a favorite one. But that’s okay, I don’t have to have a favorite. BTW, I can’t believe I missed the contained angles when it first came out… what the heck!

    Merry Christmas to you, Paul, Frito and Inky. I love you guys immensely and I hope to see you soon.

    • December 25, 2013 5:20 pm

      Thanks so much, WF! We love you guys, too and hope to see more of you in the new year … 😉

  4. December 27, 2013 8:44 pm

    Merci Reuben, it was a creative year on your blog. Hope it was a merry christmas for you. my fav is Dustin garden and the huge aristoloche. XXX bisous mon ami

    • December 27, 2013 9:09 pm

      Merci, Delphine! Your blog is a constant inspiration and truly the most beautiful … Happy new year to you! 😉

  5. January 10, 2014 2:05 am

    Love the compilation photo of your creativity, Reuben.

    • January 10, 2014 2:22 am

      Thanks, JR, I was glad those were the most popular posts because those were my fave visuals of the year.

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