Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Deja vu
As we plan the landscaping of the
Passion Pit, I've been researching
gardens circa the 1910s. We want
to be historically inspired hence
I've read every House & Garden
magazine from 1908 through 1922.
It's odd but the longer you delve
deep into times past, the more it
becomes familiar. While the world
has changed dramatically, it's really
hasn't changed very much when it
comes to one's hearth and home.
Let's take a look at then versus now.

What the cluck?
Apparently chicks were chic back
then as every 1915 issue features
a poultry column. Oddly what's
old is new again. From Martha
Stewart to rooftop urbanites we
all want to pluck fresh eggs out
of our own backyard. Risking an
Avian Flu outbreak, local leaders
are considering allowing hens out
back. If you truly want to get laid,
Williams Sonoma sells this luxe
henhouse (right) for only $1,499
plus shipping. And that's no yolk!

Back to the future
In 1915 the modern kitchen was
spacious, white, and "sanitary."
Most of the homes featured in
magazines of the time were for
the gentry. Hence the lady of the
house rarely entered this pristine
domain. Today our lives revolve
around our kitchens. We've come
full circle as white is the tone of
choice plus glazed doors above
and a large central work surface.
The only difference is WE must
now do all of the cooking!

Steep prices 
The 1915 cost of the tea service
above equals $1,600 in today's
cash. Grab an antique bargain
on eBay (shown right) for $840.

Back to the future
Back in 1915 - it seems that just
about every home had a pergola
and reflecting pool out back.
Now classic garden architecture
is back along with a plethora of
heirloom varieties. Our Passion
Pit garden will be living proof
that what's old can be new again!
Rise above it
Who doesn't want to make a grand entrance? While mid century ranches
rule once more, an elegant staircase still rules supreme. McMansions
aside, there's nothing quite as welcoming as a fabulous stack of stairs!

And that's no bull...
Some things never go out of style
and a French Bulldog continues
to be the epitome of chien chic.
Back in 1915 they understood
that proper breeding was of the
upmost importance. Hence in
honor of pooches past I plan to
soon be strolling down our local
Boulevard with "Percy" by my
side. Somehow a Frenchie seems
like the most historically accurate
accessory for my 1917 manse.
Am I barking up the wrong tree?