Garden Follies

Peter Marino's Back Yard

Peter Marino’s Back Yard

Spring has really finally sprung (despite the chilly day we’re having today!) and there’s nothing so beautiful as a New England garden beginning to bloom.  It’s much easier to bear the brunt of our winters knowing that a profusion of blossoms is the light at the end of our cold, snowy tunnel.  We’re making plans to spruce up our yards so we were thrilled to be introduced to Lynn Hamlen and her store, Folly Design Elements, in Darien, CT.

Birdhouse with a Bone

Man’s Best Friend’s Birdhouse

Armed with a Sphere

Armed with a Sphere

Folly features vintage garden and interior design accents found by Lynn (a former director of Darien’s Nature Center) on her many trips to flea markets here and abroad.  Nestled among birdhouses and fountains, you’ll find armillary spheres and whimsical garden sculptures, clay pots and terrariums.  We dare you to visit and not leave with something special!

Plenty of Pots

Plenty of Pots

Which is why it’s going to be very hard for us to spend two days at Folly this Friday and Saturday selling at a Spring Truck Show (with good friend Elaine who is launching Kirby and Company, an eclectic curated collection of vintage costume jewelry) and not be swayed by a purchase or two.

Wonderful Water Feature

Wonderful Water Feature

A Springtime Urn

A Springtime Urn

We hope you can join us if you’re nearby!  Please see our Facebook Event page for more information.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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  • Reply quintessence April 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I’ll definitely be stopping by!! Can’t wait to see you, Lynn and Elaine!!

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann April 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for the gorgeous garden walk, girls! I wish I was in the neighborhood and could pop by. Sounds like a wonderful event. Hope you have fun! XOXO

  • Reply Leslie April 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful photos and gorgeous shop. I like the pottery and spheres! Glad to hear you are enjoying some spring weather. We will be experiencing our warmest day of the year ~ almost 80 degrees! and I am sadly working. I hope to get out for a late walk tonight to catch the tail end of the day. Thanks for sharing this wonderful spot! xxleslie

  • Reply The Enchanted Home May 1, 2014 at 6:23 am

    That looks like fun, beautiful images. And your friends jewelry line sounds interesting, hope you will share some of her pieces…exciting to be starting a new venture! Enjoy…..may the sun shine soon:)

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