California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Monday, January 31, 2011

Let the Creative Juices Flow






















Lately I have been preoccupied conjuring up smashing, potential color schemes for an upcoming event. One that makes me all happy and glowy inside.


The colors can be as bold as I like.























I get to play with textiles, florals, and dinnerware too.























Planning is required and heavy lifting and sewing and lots of leg work but when it's done...






















ten people will enjoy the labors of my love.

It's my table at the second annual Friends of CASA Placer Tea and Tablesetting at the Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, California.  I hope you will come and be a guest at my table.  The tickets are $50 each. For purchasing information please visit www.casaplacer.org and mention that you would like to be seated at my table.  My scheme is a surprise but I'll give you a hint, it will tie in with another upcoming event that's sure to be a huge hit.



February 19, 2011 from 2:00 to 5:00.  All proceeds benefit Placer CASA.

Photo credits Carlton Varney; Betsy Johnson, Grant Gibson; Jamie Drake.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thank you Sacramento Bee!



Thank you Debbie Arrington and Manny Crisostomo of the Sacramento Bee.  You are both great and I enjoyed our time together.  Thank you Manny for making me look like a... well, a designer!  For those interested this feature will run in the Sacramento Bee, Home and Garden section tomorrow, January 29th, 2011.

I hope readers will enjoy it and are able to glean some interesting tips from Debbie and me.

Shiree Hanson Segerstrom









Thursday, January 27, 2011

SAVANNAH PICTORIAL...and some media news for SSID

















I cherish the memories of my trips to Savannah, Georgia.  When I think of all the amazing travels my late husband Jim and I did together, Savannah shares number one with our trip to the South of France.  Going to Savannah for the first time, was like going home for me.  I know Jim would agree, we shared some very special time here together.   

I am working on several projects right now that require a lot of my time so instead of doing a long written report, I am sharing a few images of Savannah that readers might enjoy.

















One of the projects is an exciting invitation from Magazine C.  C is my favorite magazine featuring design, fashion, culture, food, and California living.  I am pleased to be included in such a fine publication.

I am also very excited to see Debbie Arrington's upcoming article on my Sonora home in the Sacramento Bee home and garden section this coming Saturday.  Debbie and I share a love of design and I enjoyed my time interviewing with her.
















































































Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Day of Winter Gardening























Yesterday morning I rose early to get in a little gardening before other responsibilities starting calling me away.  I slipped into my pale pink velour sweats, warm scarf, hat, and Wellies and went outside.

















I'm not a fan of cold weather but there is beauty to be found in the gardens of winter.  It's in the structure of the tree limbs, patios, stone walls, and portico's, and in garden art: the statues, birdbaths, gates, and fountains.



 















I crave greenery in the winter.  That's why I was so grateful when we moved into the house on Hillcrest. Many of the foundation plants, the trees and evergreen shrubs were in place and to this I added boxwood and ivy topiary, bay and Texas privet standards, and lots of olive trees.

 




















Above is an evergreen I rediscovered recently.  It's called Eugenia.  Judging by the weight of the root ball, it is going to need a very large pot.  I love the pottery at Orchard's Supply and Hardware.  The variety of styles, sizes, and colors is terrific and the prices are reasonable.






















Above is one of the pots I found at Orchard's.























I love the red berries and foliage of cotoneaster in winter.  The pot above is my herb pot stripped down to just parsley and mint.






















Above is a close up of cotoneaster mixed in with fallen leaves from the neighboring liquid amber on my property.






















Winter gardening around here mostly consists of mucking out dead leaves and removing broken branches and limbs caused by the storms but I did enjoy picking the lemons from my little Meyer lemon tree.  I have had it for almost twenty years and though it's small, it gives me 4 dozen lovely lemons each December.  It's small enough to cover at night with a blanket.
























I find doing odd winter jobs now keeps me in touch with my garden.  When spring does roll around, I'm better prepared by having done all the minor tasks early on.  Above are berries on one of my winter Japanese barberry; my favorite olive tree visible from the kitchen sink; Bear's breeches, and nandina bamboo in the background.






















The jumbled up patio after a rain, above.






















The curly leaf willow without it's leaves, above.  The branches are so pretty when wet.  The morning light creates a twinkling effect and it's beautiful when the steam rises behind it.

Below are some of my favorite winter plants, shrubs, and trees.  They add greenery, interesting branch formations, and berries to an otherwise dreary garden.

Japanese barberry
nandina bamboo
pyracantha
olive
boxwood
curly leaf willow
gardenias
strawberry tree
laurel
bay 
euonymous
eugenia
ivy
mahonia
asparagus fern
azaleas
cotoneaster
camelias



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