JEALOUS OF MY OWN CLIENT! / by Faith Michaels

When we finished building fashion designer Sarah Campbell's firepit, I felt a strange thing....I was jealous of the beautiful intimate space we had created in her new garden.  Why couldn't I have something like that?  My backyard was a true testament to the "cobbler's children who have no shoes" story.  It was ugly and embarrassing. We all work so hard March through November that there is no time to spruce up our own landscape. I decided at that moment to make the time, and with the help of my fabulous crew and input from my good friend Ken Dietz of Dietz Associates, my own backyard dream came true!

Sky Pencils surround the peastone and cobble interior. They will soon hide the space and create a new room in my small backyard. The bluestone cap is perfect to place a drink or to put your feet up!

Room and Board folding oversized folding chairs are great for relaxing in.  

A hidden fountain provides a soothing sound.  Hydrangeas, a Japanese Maple and a spectacular  variegated weeping dogwood give me plenty to meditate on while I enjoy a cold glass of wine after a long, hot day of work.

I always wanted a cutting garden, so I added one next to the fence. Eric helped me remove a huge old stump that had impeded anything growing there! Now I can enjoy my flowers inside and out!

Thanks to the best masons in the world-Luiz and Lucas Netto.  Crew chief Brandy Mirth and the crew... Eric Joy, Neil Demarco, Max Doyle and Tayler Stander.

Photos courtesy of Peggy Stander