Colorado Springs artist creates secret garden in new exhibit | Arts & Entertainment

What lurks below a thriving garden might be even more beautiful.

Liz McCombs has spent months building a secret garden in her studio. What has emerged are ceramic and mixed-media humanlike sculptures all caught in the mysterious process of metamorphosis. Greenery sprouts up out of curled-up human figures; rootlike vegetables have grown heads sporting full lips and round eyes; and femalelike figures are given tangled roots for legs while lush gardens push up out of their skulls.


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Her pieces start with kiln-fired ceramic to which she adds recycled materials, such as wood, bark and pieces of glass.

“A key element of the show was transformation from one thing to something else,” says the longtime Colorado Springs artist. “In the garden you have birth, death, one thing nourishing something else, all things that make life life. I incorporate those ideas into each of the pieces. Each one has a unique story. They all fall under the overreaching idea of transition.”

“Secret Garden” is open now at Bridge Gallery. You can see the show from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October. McCombs also will be working in the gallery throughout the month. Also on display will be a series of Halloween-inspired pieces, some influenced by the Day of the Dead Mexican holiday.

McCombs, an avid gardener, has always been fascinated by the cycle of life under the surface, and in this case, the garden. A simple seed is planted, watered and nourished with loving care and attention. How will that seed grow? What will it become? The possibilities are endless.

“It’s like the acorn turning into an oak tree,” she says. “I like the revealed and concealed idea. There are secrets inside all things and if given the right nutrients and space and time to grow, anything can happen.”

And how might that apply to human life? Very much the same. To grow, one must allow for new paths and new ideas to take root, which means others must die to make room. There’s a natural letting go that we can either nurture or resist.

As you might guess, McCombs is in favor of weeding out the old to make room for the new. It’s a theme that winds through her life. She eschews the idea of planning out what your life should look like, and instead allowing for the magic of the unknown to flow through.

“Unfortunately, when you have an idea in your mind of what you should be or what your life should be, you don’t leave any room for the possibility of anything greater than that dream,” she says. “If you think ‘If I have this then I’ll be happy’ is so limiting. We never know what’s out there and could be greater than anything you imagined.”

McCombs was a maker practically right out of the womb, she says. Recently, her mother found old pieces of her art labeled “Liz, age 4.” And even in

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Romanza Interior Design creates interior for Carmela model in Mediterra

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Romanza Interior Design is creating interiors for the Carmela, the latest lake-view luxury estate model underway in Mediterra.

With a choice location within Naples’ premier golf and beach club community, the Carmela model will offer homebuyers a fresh, contemporary design complemented by sophisticated interiors from Romanza that enhance the home’s livability and seamless indoor-outdoor connection.

Michael Scott, senior design director with award-winning Romanza Interior Design, has created his signature masterful blend of textures and finishes to elevate the Carmela, which offers three bathrooms, three full baths and two half-baths in 3,836 air-conditioned square-feet.

Living spaces are united with floors of creamy white European Oak and a curated collection of fine furniture that blends mangrove wood and oyster-colored shagreen – from a demi console in the foyer that’s paired with burnished silver leaf sheaf-like sconces, to the dining table and console. Soft charcoal woven raffia wallpaper adds a textural accent in the dining room niche, along with a chandelier of concentric circles in matte black and weathered oak.

A generous study presents the perfect work-from-home space, handsomely furnished with a strikingly modern cherry desk with dark finish and wrap-around open legs in gunmetal finished steel and a matching credenza. A pebble-colored leather chair and antiqued silver lamp complete the room.

A gallery space segues into the great room, offering an open design enhanced by natural light that showcases views of the custom pool and spa, and the lake and preserve beyond. Scott selected a hand-loomed wool rug to anchor the great room, where a pair of creamy linen sofas and two chairs are coupled with a mangrove and nickel finish cocktail table, while a bar cabinet, media console, and sofa and chairside tables of mangrove and shagreen complete the space.

In the kitchen and butler’s pantry, Scott chose a taupe Pompeii quartz to complement cabinetry from Soho Custom in an Oregon pine textured melamine finish. The island will feature a dramatic waterfall edge of White Macaubas quartz, paired with a quartet of mixed material stools and a pair of antique nickel pendant lamps. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf appliances further elevate the kitchen’s design. A round mangrove top dining table with a shagreen base offers additional casual seating in the café space.

A private hall with a walnut secretary paired with a hand-rubbed antique brass chandelier with crystal beads signals a transition to an owner’s retreat that offers dual walk-in closets and access to the pool area. With an air of ethereal elegance, a handsome king bed finished with golden bronze and acrylic accents is flanked by champagne silver nightstands that match a dresser topped with crystal and antiqued nickel lamps. An artistic chandelier of vintage brass with glass pendant crystals and lounge chairs with burnished

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Kinytech Outdoor TV Enclosure – Creates a great Outdoor Home Theater Entertainment.

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How Tribeca’s first resident landscape designer creates outdoor space

  • Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is increased demand for outdoor living. 
  • Developers at 30 Warren Tribeca brought on a resident landscape architect to satiate residents’ desire for outdoor living in the city. 
  • Todd Haiman, the resident landscape architect, says he’s never been busier. 
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Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is the demand for outdoor living. 

And some spaces are taking an extra step to attract residents. 

This is the case at 30 Warren Tribeca, where the new luxury condominium site’s developers, Cape Advisors, have brought on veteran landscape designer Todd Haiman as its resident landscape designer, to provide residents with exclusive in-home services, fit for New Yorkers who aren’t ready to escape the city just yet.

Cape Advisors and Haiman say the role is the first of its kind: To advise residents on how to transform their terraces and balconies into “garden oases.” Haiman and his and his team provide customized design consultations and ongoing maintenance services for private terraces and outdoor spaces, services that are part of the development’s Tribeca Select program, which provides residents with access to a collection of the neighborhood’s best establishments.

“Residents can call on me to provide direction on how to make the most of their outdoor space, analyzing it from an architectural, aesthetic, functional, and sustainable perspective,” he said of his new role. “I am available to consult with property owners, offer design proposals, execute approved designs, and manage these gardens for the residents.” 

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30 Warren Tribeca.

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The partnership comes as “New Yorkers with terraces, roof gardens, townhouse gardens are valuing their outdoor spaces and gardens significantly greater than ever before,” according to Haiman, who told Business Insider that residents really want to “bring nature in.”

And though the pandemic has induced in many a need to escape city-living, some are embracing a new look for apartment living in the pandemic and post-pandemic age. 

“Urban dwellers are comprehending their need to be in nature, their inherent psychological and emotional ties to the garden, their desire for an urban oasis. The pandemic has intensified that desire.” He said the demand for oases is soaring: “My iPhone won’t stop ringing!”

Haiman said he’s glad Cape Advisors had the “forethought to prioritize the emotional appeal and functionality of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”

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A penthouse terrace at 30 Warren.

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Haiman said he gets “great satisfaction creating a sensory and experiential space — as simple as placing a scented plant just outside of a door such that the plants oils are released as people brush past it, perfuming the air, stimulating olfactory senses.”

Urban landscape design is really about improving a client’s quality of life, according to Haiman, who was born in Brooklyn, received a Master’s in Landscape Design from Columbia University, and said he’s lived in Lower Manhattan for the last 25 years. 

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Edina creates rubric to evaluate diversity of its art, decor

Edina city officials have developed a set of criteria to evaluate the diversity shown in city-owned artwork and decor in municipal buildings, parks and outdoor areas.

The criteria — what they call a rubric — evolved out of the city’s 2018 task force report on race and equity and aims to provide a standardized way to judge how genders and ethnic groups are represented in art. The City Council signed off on it last month.

The task force report revealed that some community members felt the city’s art and decor didn’t represent all residents, said Heidi Lee, Edina’s race and equity coordinator.

“To be able to represent who is actually living in Edina, who has had a hand in creating what Edina is … it’s important to be able to do that,” Lee said.

The criteria will be used in coming months to evaluate the decor in the mayor’s conference room and atrium at City Hall. The conference room features portraits of past City Council members and mayors, but “needs to be a representation of the history of who [else] has been involved in creating what Edina is,” Lee said.

Three city commissions were involved in designing the art criteria: the Human Rights and Relations Commission, Arts and Culture Commission and Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC).

They began meeting earlier this year to discuss what the city’s art represents now and could represent, said Annie Schilling, HPC chairwoman. Commission members brainstormed ideas such as painting “Welcome” in several languages in the City Hall atrium and adding art to the mayor’s conference room. She said there’s been no conversation yet about using the rubric to eliminate artwork.

The rubric comes at a time when cities, counties and states are assessing what messages are sent by their statues, paintings and other images, and who they represent.

In August, St. Paul and Ramsey County leaders unveiled four new multicultural murals to cover 1930s-era murals at their joint City Hall-Courthouse that feature white men towering over Native Americans and laborers.

St. Louis Park recently finished creating an arts and culture road map, said Jacque Smith, the city’s spokeswoman. One of its guiding principles is to use art and culture to create a more inclusive city, she said, which ties into St. Louis Park’s larger equity goals.

The nonprofit organization Forecast Public Art also has done an equity audit of St. Louis Park’s public art, Smith said, which offers recommendations for art processes and locations.

Edina will employ five criteria — including historical accuracy, cultures and gender identities represented, the welcome that a picture offers visitors — and score them from 1 to 4.

Lee said evaluating the art and decor of the city’s many buildings will take time. Edina has its own art center, with a gallery and classes. The rubric provides a “baseline of what to consider,” she said.

The city’s population is slowly becoming more diverse, Lee said, though Edina was about 87% white when she started in her position 18 months ago.

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Theory Design creates interior for Monaco model at Esplanade Lake Club

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FORT MYERS  — Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi, Lead Designer Adriene Ged, and interior designer Cynde Thompson have created a coastal beach style interior with a casually elegant feeling for Seagate Development Group’s Monaco model that is now open for viewing and purchase at Esplanade Lake Club.  Esplanade Lake Club is a 778-acre resort lifestyle community being developed by Taylor Morrison.  The gated community is positioned on a 352-acre lake and is attracting significant homebuyer traffic.  Taylor Morrison selected Seagate as the exclusive custom homebuilder at Esplanade Lake Club.  Custom homes by Seagate will be built on 11 of the community’s most spectacular lakefront home sites.  Six  home sites remain available for purchase.  Theory Design is also creating the interiors for Seagate’s two new models now under construction as well as a private residence being built by Seagate at Esplanade Lake Club that will feature the Monaco floor plan.  Seagate’s three and four-bedroom Esplanade Lake Club floor plan choices range from 3,299 to 4,123 square feet under air.

Seagate’s Lee Wilson is on-site at the Monaco model Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  Showing appointments can also be made by contacting Lee Wilson at 239.289.5831 or via email at [email protected] 

Priced at $2,350,000 furnished, the completed Monaco model’s 3,299 square feet under air open-concept floor plan features a spacious great room with beamed ceiling details and a wet bar.  The great room opens to a covered lanai and an outdoor living area with an outdoor kitchen, pool bath, and a custom pool and spa.  The lanai and outdoor living area overlook Esplanade Lake Club’s lake views.  Outdoor Productions designed the model’s landscaping, outdoor living area, pool and spa.  The master suite features a bedroom with a sitting area that opens to the outdoors, walk-in closets, and a morning bar.  The master bath includes dual vanities, a free-standing tub, and a walk-in shower.  Two VIP guest suites feature private baths.  The Monaco plan also features an owner’s study, a dining room that opens to the outdoors, an island kitchen with counter-height seating and a walk-in pantry, an audio/visual control center, and a three-car garage. 

The designers selected a color palette that features wall tones in various shades of white accented by soft tans and warm greys.  The palette plays against ten-inch wide plank white oak hardwood flooring.  Intriguing ceiling details are found throughout the home, including reverse soffit details with cove lighting in the great room and study.  The master bedroom features a beamed ceiling detail.  The great room’s wine bar showcases a base cabinet with a satin matte black finish, a quartzite counter surface, pendant lighting, and floating shelves against a decorative wallpaper.

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Woman creates cake business out of her kitchen after losing job in March

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    NASHVILLE (WSMV) — It’s been a tough situation for many out of a job since March. Many people doing any and everything they can to keep up financially.

One local woman, from inside of her own kitchen, has found a new way to make a living.

“It’s definitely a lot different in the commercial kitchen I was working in a few months ago,” Katie Garcia-Swann said.

In March, like hundreds of others working in the restaurant business, Katie Garcia-Swann was left unemployed and uninsured.

She turned to social media for the answers and not long after, found a ton of success starting an online bakery she calls, “Katie Cakes.”

“It was pretty amazing to see. Started doing a giveaway where we gave away probably about 10 celebration cakes to people across Middle Tennessee. It’s quickly unfolded into something much bigger than I have ever anticipated,” she said.

Katie Cakes makes anywhere from a dozen to 20 cakes spending almost 30 hours a week in her new office and fortunately, she has a free delivery system with her husband, Chris.

“It’s just a chance to see this great city that we live in. I kind of go to a lot of the different areas of Nashville, different historic neighborhoods, and places that I would’ve never gotten to see otherwise,” Chris said. “I love playing the part of delivery driver.”

“He usually does about 95% of them and he also entertains our 1-year-old son,” Garcia-Swann added smiling.

And the time spent with her son Phoenix, paired with the success of Katie Cakes, allowed her to resign from her former job. Now more than six months later, she’s incredibly thankful.

“Our church community are the people who stepped up and supported us and have spread the word, they’ve made this possible. Without our church… without our faith, without our hope, without our prayers, none of this would’ve been possible,” she said.

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Environmentalist creates vertical garden in painted plastic bottles in Jammu – it s viral

In an attempt to reduce environmental pollution using waste management, environmentalist Dr. Nazia Rasool Latifi has begun to create vertical gardens in Jammu using plastic bottles.

“Vertical garden not just reduces environmental pollution but also benefits the nature in many ways. The method helps to conserve water as the plants are vertically arranged to ensure minimum wastage of water,” Latifi told ANI.

She believes that the gardens reduce stress levels and add to the local beauty.

“I had attended a seminar following which I got this idea. I love nature and had the passion to do something so I started with this. I made the vertical garden at Government College for Women in Gandhi Nagar were I was teaching. I have also made a vertical garden at Police Public School, the University of Jammu following which many organisations are approaching me,” she said.

“Drip irrigation is used in the process so that less amount of water is used. Amid COVID-19, when stress is on a healthy environment, I feel that the vertical gardens are a good concept. I also demonstrate the concept to students so that they learn the concept and it can also become a source of income for them,” she added.

In order to make the concept more attractive, plastic bottles are painted with cartoon figures and other illustrations.

Other professors have appreciated the concept and said that this method of gardening would send the message of resource conservation, waste management, and encourage eco-friendly attitudes among the students.

Raj Kumar Rampal, a professor said that this concept should not only be restricted to outdoor, but it can also be used inside homes and offices as well for a fresh and healthy environment.

“We often stress on giving eco-friendly concepts to our students on how to go green. We also teach them judicious use of things and how to reuse waste to conserve resources and reduce pollution. We pour water on the top plant and it drips its way to the plant placed at the bottom, so water is conserved. It is also cost-efficient,” said Rampal.

“I appreciate her efforts and idea for making vertical gardens. It is a very important and interesting concept as the lands are decreasing and there is a need to increase greenery. This concept can also be used to grow medicinal plants and for other utility purposes. In view of COVID-19, when patients need more oxygen, if we bring this concept indoors, we can also get sufficient amounts of oxygen,” he added.

The students have also appreciated the concept and look forward to decorating their college walls with vertical gardens.

“As a Botany student, this concept is of much significance to

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Despite two near kitchen fires, cookie baking night creates lasting memories | Momaha

The problem was immediately visible. In my haste to create a delicious snack the size of a human head, I failed to notice that our pizza pan was dappled with venting holes. Lots and lots of venting holes. Venting holes that caused dough to drop down onto the bottom of the oven, creating a hot minefield of miniature chocolate chip cookies, ladybug-sized cookies that were charred and crispy and full-on sizzling.

I quickly turned off the oven, shoved my arm into an oven mitt and scooped the teeny scorched cookies out onto the kitchen floor.

Problem solved. We would just have to wait for the oven to cool, and then I could wipe down the bottom before re-attempting our behemoth cookie.The kids stopped waving pillows and I sat down on the couch. Whew – that was a rush, right?

It smelled kind of good, though, like burnt cookies and berries.

The minute I turned my gaze to the kitchen, the smoke alarms started going off. Smoke was pouring from the stovetop, far more smoke than before. Whaaaat? I ran into the kitchen to see that in my haste to turn off the oven, I’d accidentally bumped the knob that turned on one of the back burners. The back burner that now had a bottle of berry-flavored Tums half-melted onto it because apparently I’d knocked them there when I’d been rushing to turn off the oven.

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Franklin interior designer creates backyard offices

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Williamson County interior designer has come up with a unique way to get you out of the house as you continue working from home.

Anna Palumbo of Red Triangle Interior Design in Franklin believes she has solved the problem of separating work life from home life. She has designed backyard offices.

They are small structures designed to fit in your yard.

She said she knew something had to be done when she began having to share a work-from-home space with her husband earlier this year.

“It’s tough being in the same office or same home the whole time with your spouse,” Palumbo said. “I was kicked out of the office and was working from the dining room table.”

She hopes the idea of walking to this separate space each day will help people focus on work, and lead to fewer distractions.

“You’d still have a commute. So you’d have that differentiation between your home life and your work life,” Palumbo explained.”Then you can be productive, do what you need for work. Take a lunch, leave that space, go back home.”

She said being more productive during work hours ultimately could give families more time for other things later, like walking the dog or helping your child with school work.

Palumbo said her designs have already gotten interest from people as far away as Los Angeles.

If you’re curious about the cost, she said just buying the design will cost $1,500. But, if you want it built for you here in Middle Tennessee, the cost can go as high as $35,000.

She said she takes every person into consideration when designing office space.

“I like to sit down with a person and really understand them, ask how they work, ask what makes them most productive and then put that together with good design,” she said.

Palumbo said the structures are useful even if you go back to working at an office. It can easily be turned into a man cave, she-shed, recording studio, or anything else you’d like it to be.

Palumbo owns Red Triangle Interior Designs in Franklin. She said the name of her business goes hand-in-hand with how she wants her customers to feel. Growing up in eastern Pennsylvania, her father built a red pyramid barn for her to stand under while waiting for the bus. She said when she would see it every day, it would bring her comfort and make her feel welcomed home. That’s what she said she hopes to bring to customers.

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