Wednesday Vignette – achieving a lot with a little

Last week, while picking up a kid at the Circuit Bouldering Gym, I stopped to admire their  patchwork partition – intended to keep people from walking in off the street, when they open up their big roll-up door to the outside. Consisting of numerous pieces of plywood in various shades, its coarsely nailed up on its frame, and beautifully serves its function.

Seen from a distance, the surface has this rich, multi tone, brown patina and a pattern that resembles an expensive wool area rug. Up close, you can see how simply it was all put together. Plywood pieces in different sizes, some stained, some burned, some cracked – all weathered to varying degrees, and held together with nails. I really loved this. First chance I get, I’m going to use it for a fence somewhere. What an awesome backdrop this would be for a few phenomenal plant vignettes – don’t you think?

Patchwork plywood partition

Plywood patchwork

Plywood patchwork


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – achieving a lot with a little

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  2. mattb325 says:

    I love it – that would make a great feature in a garden! And it looks like fun to make!

    I thought I’d join in too:

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  4. Christina says:

    I love these cheap and easy ideas for making something special. I’d like to join you this week.

  5. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Looks great! Yours would have fewer scuff marks on it too I imagine. 🙂

  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    That would make a great fence in a garden. How clever! My WV is here:

  7. Alison says:

    That patchwork would make a great backdrop for plants. My Wednesday Vignette is here:

  8. That is lovely, and the model (for scale) is pretty cute too!

  9. Kris P says:

    It brought to mind the parquet flooring in my childhood home. I don’t have an image to share this week but I’m glad to see that you’ve gained some new participants.

  10. Evan says:

    That would make a great accent wall or fence in a garden. Beautiful! I finally got around to posting a vignette again:

  11. Jenni says:

    I’m just fascinated by the ‘far’ shot. It looks like a tapestry. Here’s my WV post today 🙂

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