Monday, July 13, 2009

Window Boxes - Vieux Montreal

Husband and I spent a few days in Montreal this past week, so of course I had to keep my eyes open for things to show you! This post will start us off with window boxes, and our first picture features no boxes. The iron urns are a great match to the classic facade and a good reminder to "think out of the box" - ha! Sorry, couldn't help myself. :-) Also, there's something to be said for repetition - restful, rhythmic repetition.

A bright splash here. I think this is a good example of how the spikey can really complement the fluffy and the trailing. I know it's a look we see all the time, so much so that I think it can be a visual cliche, but many a cliche started out as a good idea that just got over used.

What I like about these window boxes is the random abandon of color and texture. And that they adorn what is the basement entrance to a restaurant kitchen! Not a doorway that would usually get a lot of attention.

And here we have the opposite of random abandon, with a color blocking study in red and white that has the shop window decal melting right into the flowers. Or the flowers growing right into the decal. I love this! Makes me want to do some kind of nifty decal thing on my shop windows...hmmmm...... And isn't it cool how you can tell this was a high style shop just by the plants?! And all done with lowly petunias. :-)

And my favorite window boxes of all! Gnome in a box! Don't you just love these guys?!

J'adore that these folks didn't limit themselves to just plants. Plants are great, but what if the sun just doesn't shine where you are, or if watering is problematic for you? Why not show some originality and heck, even some humor?! How about window boxes filled with brightly colored spinning pinwheels? Use your imagination!

Of course, the first thought that popped into my head right after - I love these - was, how do they keep them from getting trashed or stolen? I know where I am these would be gone in a heartbeat.

Well, walked past here at closing time one evening...

...gnome - go home!


FreeArtWorcester said...

we need to get creative with some faux gardening! The gnome garden is soooo cool. Looks like you had a great time, always inspiring!

Sprout said...

I was thinking the same thing! Now where to get some gnomes...

Angela Kusek-Schubert said...

So jealous of your trip to Montreal! My husband and I have always wanted to go to Quebec... but alas it's not in the stars- yet.


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