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Ga rden proj ect | Secret garden
where an old chandelier dangling in the
upper branches surprises you.
Under the bridge, a chicken coop takes
precedence, accessed via metal decorated
windows derived from Pakistani truck art.
The style of rolling folk art that has turned
Pakistan’s trucks, buses and rickshaws
into a kaleidoscopic gallery is referenced
throughout this project. The dazzling riots
of colour, landscapes, portraits, verses and
images in truck art make for a cultural
grab bag, as does the cubby.
One wall features a collection of iconic
newspaper front pages dating back to
1865, including headlines pertaining to
the sinking of the Titanic, Germany’s
surrender and the first man on the moon.
“The front pages were items I held on to
since I was 13 years old – I always knew
I would find a use for them,” says Finola.
“Many of the items I have collected along
the way – like the stained glass window
from my parents and the shutters, which
were an old acquisition from the UK – I
bought long ago. The faux grass and rug we
picked up at a garage sale next door, and
the old French wall candleholders I picked
up in Paris.”
Finola also dropped in on some of
her favourite retailers, from whom she
says she garnered more inspiration.
“M ichael Noonan at Hort Plan was good
for landscaping and horticulture, exotic
materials came from Shedwallah in
Fremantle, and Peter Wilson at our local
Swanbourne Hardware store provided
great counsel,” says Finola.
Though the cubby offers focus in the
garden, its integral role in the fabric of
a family home has seen it become more
important than simply encouraging
imagination and fostering quirky scenes.
04-06. Fiona collected much of the eclectic content long before
the cubby was dreamed up, including the stained glass
window (a gift from her parents) and the shutters, which
were an old acquisition bought with her from the UK.
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