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An Artistís Home Inspires Her Art

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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Robyn Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence is editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Magazine, an eco-lifestyle magazine that bridges spa wisdom with green living. Through print, online and phone apps, Organic Spa Magazine offers expert advice and inspiration on sustainable health and wellness, beauty and skin care, fashion and travel. 

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12:15AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Beautiful and serene.An inspiration!

8:39AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

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.

2:58AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Thanks.

3:44AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

nice story

6:17AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

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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1:10PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

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

1:07PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

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

7:44AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

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

3:43PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Lovely paintings. They make me feel warm.
Thanks

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