While living in England, Brits’ effortless mastery of outdoor spaces fascinated me. After years of wandering through gardens and grounds and taking a few gardening courses, I found that part of their talent came from accepting what they had. Americans would more likely rip out all the old plants to make their preferred design work, which often resulted in depthless landscapes that only occasionally look good in a magazine layout.
We do the same thing with houses and interiors. We build a new house and then distress certain elements to give it that Old World look. It never works. We can’t recreate age. We have to find and keep the beauty of old things we already have.
I received a delightful reminder of all of that from a friend who posted the Sundance Best Short Animation winner, Irish Folk Furniture: