It’s in the Details

It’s in the Details

When I recently took a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, as a guest of P. Allen Smith for his 3rd annual Garden2Blog event, I was blown away by a number of things. The knowledgable sponsors, the beautiful gardens and scenery, the energetic participants, old and new friends. But sometimes I like to take a step back and notice the little things that make something special. The details that enhance a meal, the touches that transform everyday things into elegant features — these are the things that mark our civility and create beauty in the midst of our lives.

So even though this isn’t really about gardening, it’s about noticing and appreciating the art around us, wherever we find it. Gardens, meals, homes — they all give us a sense of culture that we can create in our own spaces. I hope you enjoy these images.


Silver serving pieces


Artful books on a table


Flowers in the bathroom


Delicate, fine china


An incredible cup of coffee


Candles on a table


A beautiful chicken


Gorgeous bed linens


A plant on a side table


A beautiful flower


A gracious palm in a corner


Stained glass

Are these things necessary in life? Not exactly. But they are the things that make life more beautiful, more gracious, more precious to us. When life is a struggle, even when life is a joy, things of beauty and culture are like lights that draw us in and pick us up. Look around you; there is beauty everywhere. Everywhere.

“The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.”

Rev. Sean Parker Dennison


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