An Artistís Home Inspires Her Art

With an artistís eye, Alma Hecht compiled salvaged materials, worn and comfortable Dumpster finds and antiques to create a soulful home high on a hill in San Francisco. Alma runs her sustainable landscape design business, Second Nature, from the century-old cottage. Surrounded by cannily plotted outdoor ďrooms,Ē she often puts away the garden plans and picks up her watercolors. The results are as lovely as the home that inspires them.

Alma built a whimsical fountain from watering cans.

Photo by Barbara Bourne

It inspired this watercolor.

From her dining table, Alma finds plenty of creative inspiration.

Photo by Barbara Bourne

From the doors looking outÖ

Öto a chair on the deck.

You can find more of Almaís work on flickr.

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26 comments

sandra m.
Past Member 4 years ago

Beautiful and serene.An inspiration!

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

This is so lovely, thank you for the inspiration. Jody, if you live in another place, why don't you display what you have done based on where you are from? It just brings the energy down when there is unwarranted criticism, and we have enough problems in this world as it is without your negative attitude.

Patricia G.
Patricia G.4 years ago

Thanks.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

nice story

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

thanks Jody B. if you dont like the articals or want them from a differant prospective write or submit them. I too get tired of some of the articals that are all about a Cali. But I use my own mind to shape them to my local environment.

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Spoorthi BS4 years ago

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Kevin O.
Kevin O'Farrell4 years ago

Thanks for your article on Alma Hecht's work. Like Alma, I had lived in San Francisco and Marin County for decades, where I designed exhibits for natural history museums, ecology centers, aquariums, theme parks and zoos. Often non-profits lack funds, so I often found more inexpensive solutions by rummaging through refuse lots or architectural salvage places. Eventually, we moved to coastal Ireland, where we continued that same kind of work, which included our own oceanfront homes, Mermaid Isle. The first was the redo of a centuries-old stone cottage, by first undoing modern upgrades. Later we built a large home based on medieval post&beam barn designs. Most of the major doors came from a church built in 1830. The French windows came from a convent built in 1860. Other architectural elements came from ancient manor houses, even castles. Our integrated landscape grew with the construction of both green homes. Check the photo albums on:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mermaid-Isle/368109844987
http://www.mermaidisle.net

Kevin O.
Kevin O'Farrell4 years ago

Thanks for your article on Alma Hecht's work. Like Alma, I had lived in San Francisco and Marin County for decades, where I designed exhibits for natural history museums, ecology centers, aquariums, theme parks and zoos. Often non-profits lack funds, so I often found more inexpensive solutions by rummaging through refuse lots or architectural salvage places. Eventually, we moved to coastal Ireland, where we continued that same kind of work, which included our own oceanfront homes, Mermaid Isle. The first was the redo of a centuries-old stone cottage, by first undoing modern upgrades. Later we built a large home based on medieval post&beam barn designs. Most of the major doors came from a church built in 1830. The French windows came from a convent built in 1860. Other architectural elements came from ancient manor houses, even castles. Our integrated landscape grew with the construction of both green homes. Check the photo albums on:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mermaid-Isle/368109844987
http://www.mermaidisle.net

Denise Tankha
Vijay Tankha4 years ago

Just the kind of paintings I'd love on my walls.

Therese K.

Lovely paintings. They make me feel warm.
Thanks