Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sandals LaSource, Grenada

Sandals LaSource, Grenada Located at Sandals LaSource Grenada, this unique fire pit sits at the center of one of the hotel's sparkling pools. Produced by Sarah Hartman of Miami, we think it's the perfect spot for sparking a new love or rekindling an old flame.    

Vail Cascade Resort Entitled "Branch Wall," this spectacular fire feature was made solely by Elena Colombo for the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa and sits adjacent to the spa.

Esperanza Resort, Cabo San Lucas Tucked between two scenic bluffs, Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas boasts a bespoke fire feature overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  

Esperanza Close Up Guests in Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas love fireside love as they watch the sunset over the Sea of Cortez.    

Brasada Ranch, Oregon Located just outside of Bend, Oregon is Brasada Ranch, a relaxing resort where guests are welcomed with a s'mores kit that they can enjoy fireside after horseback riding, golfing or lounging in the organic spa.  

Fireside Sunrise Using a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, guests of Brasada Ranch enjoy seeing the sunrise around the resort's big fire pit. It's also the centerpiece for many rustic, romantic wedding receptions.

The Mansion at Casa Madrona Located in Sausalito, California, the Mansion at Casa Madrona is a 5,000-square-foot guest house that boasts a huge outdoor living room with a few of the very fabulous fire pits we've ever seen. You'll never need to leave.  

Las Ventanas al Paraiso It doesn't get much more glam than the private casitas in Las Ventanas, that feature several poolside fire pits. Though beaches of Cabo await, we find little reason to depart the room.  

Southern California, Rancho Valencia Southern California's Rancho Valencia boasts two romantic fire pits adjacent to the resort's Pony Room restaurant and bar where guests enjoy cozy sunsets and fireside cocktails.  

Miraval, Tuscon The Miraval villas feature private Jacuzzis and romantic fire pits. We can't think of a more glamorous way to remain in the desert.

Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya For all those about to rock Cancun, then have a look at the 9,000-square-foot Bret Michaels rock star package in the Hard Rock Riviera Maya using its private rooftop terrace, complete with a neon-lit fire pit.  

Rose Hall We have no worries that romantic sparks will fly around this gorgeous fire feature located at Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  

Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek Cuddle up next to this particular fire pit with a hot toddy after having a run on the Colorado slopes or maybe before using a hearty cup of guts.  

Beaver Creek, Colorado The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek is a favorite spot for destination weddings and has many fire pits located in the bottom of the hotel's fantastic ski runs.

Beaver Creek The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek has numerous fire pits situated right next to the hotel's gondola, a perfect spot to snug up with your favourite ski bunny or incline wolf. This is one of the more secluded choices ideal for enjoying a romantic glass of bubbly.  

W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale This exceptionally romantic fire pit was created by Elena Colombo of Fire Characteristics exclusively for its W Resort in Fort Lauderdale. We think that it's a fine spot to kindle a conversation with someone special.  

Paul Hobbs Winery, Wine Country Visitors to the Paul Hobbs Winery frequently choose to choose their tastings fireside. This beauty was designed solely for the vintner from Elena Colombo of Fire Characteristics in Brooklyn.

Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica Surrounded by lush flora and fauna, the fire pit in Auberge Resort's Hacienda AltaGracia sits nestled in a Costa Rican tropical paradise.  

Westin Lake Las Vegas Far from the couch acts and loud casinos, the Lotus Court fire pit in the Westin Lake Las Vegas is the perfect spot for watching the sun set over the desert mountains and for cuddling up under the stars.    

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island Located in Puerto Rico, the W on Vieques Island Comes with a stunning fire pit overlooking the Caribbean. It is a perfect spot to relax after enjoying the AWAY spa.  

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage The fire pits at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage boast breathtaking views of Palm Springs. Purchase a suite for your very own private pit.  

Ritz-Carlton, Terrace Room The Terrace Fire Pit rooms on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage comprise their own private fire pits.    

St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City Guests of this St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City enjoy evening champagne beside the lavish hotel's unique stone formation fire pit, one of the most spectacular we've seen.  

St. Regis Rocks The fire pit at the St. Regis Deer Valley deserves a closer look.    

St. Regis Deer Valley, Entrance The entrance to the St. Regis Deer Valley comes with an undeniably amazing fire pit offering a warm welcome to Park City.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Colorado With some of Colorado's most stunning and breathtaking rock formations as a backdrop, the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa fire pit is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a cold beverage.  

Gateway Canyons, Poolside Sunset is a superb time to enjoy this poolside fire pit along with the rustic beauty at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in southwest Colorado.  

Gateway Canyons in Night Nighttime is the best time at the Gateway Canyons Resort fire pit where one could drink in the views of a few of the world's most majestic red rock canyons while sipping on an excellent beverage.  

Sandals Grande Antigua The fire pits in the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa are little islands of romance unto themselves.  

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Guests at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island enjoy stunning sunsets and yummy cocktails year-round at the posh hotel's courtyard fire pit.  

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Moonrise The nice folks at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will set up a private fire pit, complete with blankets, one of the dunes for guests. We can't consider anything more glamorous than that.  

Hualalai Resort Hualalai Resort is a hotel owned by the Four Seasons. The private residences at the Hualalai Resort  relish personal pools with exceptional fire features and their own romantic fire pits overlooking the Kona coast.    

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego Among the best places at La Costa Resort & Spa is the oval shaped fire pit. We think it's quite a place to relax after a day at the spa.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs We are sure you'll feel that Rocky Mountain high because you relax by this sprawling hotel's cozy fire pit. The Cheyenne Mountain Resort can be fast becoming one of Colorado's most popular destination wedding spots.  

Hawks Cay Resort, Key West Since its installation, the fire pit at Hawks Cay Resort has come to be the romantic heart of this Florida Keys holiday spot.  

Four Seasons, Rancho Encantado Located a few minutes out of Santa Fe, the fire pit at the Rancho Encantado celebrates the rustic beauty and splendor of the southwest. Each one the rooms are casitas and include fireplace butlers who will personally keep the flames going.

Ritz-Carlton, Toronto The fire pit outside the DEQ Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is the point where the fantastic meet and enjoy the bar's signature summer cocktail, the timeless Mojito. As the weather gets cooler it's the ideal spot for a hot toddy or two.  

Silicon Valley's Greatest The jaw is the only one in our roundup which you cannot visit without an invitation. It was commissioned by Fire Features for a Silicon Valley resident.  

Fab Fire Feature at Rancho Bernardo Inn The Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo Inn is just far enough from bustling San Diego to feel as if you are in the midst of nowhere. There's no mistaking the nice weather, which means guests enjoy the outdoor fire pit all through the year.  

The Historic Lodge at Vail The Lodge in Vail is the very first hotel to grace the iconic Colorado ski town. A current multi-million dollar renovation included the inclusion of the fabulous fire pit located steps from the chalet-themed resort's own gondola.  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Welcome to a Celebrated Hodgepodge Garden!

Welcome to a Celebrated Hodgepodge Garden! Felder Rushing's celebrated Mississippi cottage garden, parts of which are featured in countless magazines, is available to all in this HGTVGardens exclusive gallery.

Before - high maintenance and uninviting Illustration of the "before" landscape - fairly useless and uninviting, simply grass to mow!

Small Enclosed Front Garden WIth the help of a landscape architect, Felder enclosed his front lawn and built a "green roof" entry arbor. The backyard was also reversed - it currently faces the home instead of the road.

Front Garden View from the House The front lawn is seen from the home, not in the Road, and includes water, fire, round decks, and complete solitude - along with plants which provide texture and colour every week of the year

Mississippi Gardens Have Winters, Too Even in winter the backyard has texture and color - including a large iron fire pit

Back Yard - Where's Felder Actually Lives Because Felder travels extensively, he lifts his "front" house and lives in a small cabin in the trunk - making that his main personal garden

Back Garden Repeats Front Garden Round Theme A raised boardwalk and a flagstone walk encircle the small backyard, with the cottage on one side and a series of arbors and a fire pit surrounding a round mulch bed that is filled with antique daffodils in spring and winter.

Energy-Efficient Tiny Cabin Felder's tiny cabin is only 250-square ft, such as a tower kitchen which doubles as a solar heat collector in sunlight and also slanted porch roof that offers summertime while capturing cool summer breezes. The deck has been painted every year with all the official Pantone Color Institute colour of the entire year (in this instance 2013 Emerald Green).

Colorful Round Deck Repeating the circular theme of Felder's front and rear gardens, such as a round daffodil mattress (dormant in this sumemr scene), this deck is painted "Radiant Orchid" which was the Pantone Color Institute's 2014 color of this year. Notice the arbors about the far side of the tiny back garden.

Cover Arbors for Folks Comfort Round the back garden, opposite the cottage, is a string of comfy arbors, some covered, for seats and to enjoy a roaring fire pit. Then entire back garden is surrounded with flagstone and increased walks.

Practical Hardscaping It takes more than crops to make a garden function.

Teal Paint and Chairs Made of Bicycle Tires Color and whimsy are all hallmarks of fun gardens - and that front deck invites relaxation and laughter.

Whimsical Shape to Back Deck Who says a deck needs to be square, or even round? This is supported by extended beams attached to iron posts.

Noisy Waterfall The small but heavy water backyard has a waterfall constructed over a small cave which amplifies and "aims" the noise towards the front deck - similar to cupping your hands will help direct your voice.

Fire Bowl Adds Special Element Nothing beats the combination of fire and water in a backyard - Felder considers we are "hard wired" for them equally.

Rainwater Collection Roof and Cistern The front porch has been redesigned to collect and funnel rainwater running off the house's metal roof, and can fully fill a 300-gallon cistern from only 1 inch of rainfall.

Green Roof Entry Arbor This "green roof" arbor is encouraged by 14-foot iron I-beams and implanted with Liriope, Artemisia 'Powis Castle', 'Blackie' ornamental sweet potato, and cascading rosemary.

Contemporary Upgrade A new arched bridge connects the center deck, along with the first waterfall garden was filled in to get a calmer appearance and less upkeep.

Plants from A to Z in a small garden Felder develops a wide assortment of shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, and tropical potted plants.

Heirloom Pepper 'Birds Eye' (Chile pequin) peppers are among Felder's many heirloom vegetables which are unavailable at shops.

Sansevieria Collection Just a smattering of Felder's extensive group of low-maintenance Sansevierias, which endure months of neglect when he is away on extended trips abroad.

Heirloom Daffodils Many of Felder's dozens of daffodils, increased in a round back garden bed, came from his horticulturist great-grandmother's garden. Listed below are a few that were blooming one March day.

Small Flower Bed Felder plants just three small flower beds of seasonal annuals, which require very little cost and upkeep, but jointly give a big splash of color through all seasons.

Combo Veggies in Buckets Closeup of a few of Felder's veggies and herbs, he develops in painted buckets on a sunny deck.

Salad Garden at a Recycled Pot An old cooking pot with drainage holes drilled in it develops a lush salad garden of leafy greens, onions, kale, parsley, and edible-flowered violas on a bright winter deck.

Hosta and Fern Collection Felder includes a tiny raised-bed collection of shade plants including hostas, ferns, hecucheras, and companion plants, plus a splashy waterfall to keep things cool and humid at the hot Mississippi summers.

Truck Garden For several years now Felder has grown flowers, shrubs, herbs, and veggies - plus lots of "yard art" - in the back of his pickup truck, through all seasons. He compels thousands of miles a year using it living hot sunshine, winter cold. . .and hurricane-force wind!

Yard Art Personalizes the Garden Nothing too whimsical for this world traveler who can use a fantastic laugh at his garden!

Lawn Art - St. Fiacre This statue of Fiacre, official patron saint of gardeners, adds a good touch yearlong to an ever-changing seasonal garden spot.

Recycled Metallic Scarecrow One of Felder's metal sculpture friends made this whimsical scarecrow - including crow - from recycled metal.

Vinyl Pink Flamingoes Felder has a set of America's most loved-to-be-hated icons, plastic pink flamingos. But there's a twist: Many of his have been personally autographed by Don Featherstone who first patented the creatures in 1957, and that famously said that "before plastic, just wealthy people could afford poor taste!"

Tire Christmas Tree It took days to assemble just the right size tires to stack and paint into a somewhat natural-shaped "rubber bush" which is festooned at Christmas with lights and ornaments such as nothing else in the neighborhood.

Glass Garden Art Felder also collects from nationally-known artists for interesting items in his backyard. In cases like this, he commissioned a trio of vibrant glass plates, each nearly four feet tall and hung between his front door and the street.

Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle Tree One of Felder's ten bottle trees is a custom made metal bottle tree which adds some whimsy and color to the corrugated tin fence enclosing his backyard. It's lit up at night time.

Blue Bottle Tree Felder wrote a novel about his treasured home-made yard art - whimsical wooden or metal "trees" festooned with colorful bottles, a practice which goes back thousands of years to ancient Arabian folks stories of genies in bottles.

Felder and his Dog Rusty They love and amuse each other. 'Nuff said.