Published at Saturday, April 06th, 2019 - 12:52:09 PM. Home Decoration. By Aili Otto.
But paring down isnt for everyone. Many of the 400 amateur gardeners who open their colorful, quirky, original gardens in Buffalo, N.Y.s annual Garden Walk Buffalo weekend event each July disregard the simplicity mantra. Graphic designer Jim Charlier, who participates yearly, recently co-authored the book Buffalo-Style Gardens (St. Lynns Press, 2019) with garden writer Sally Cunningham. He designed his small garden for eating and entertaining, planted a collection of climbing plants to block neighboring homes, and built a green potting shed that mimics his 1897 green Dutch Colonial-style home to hold tools. The pedigree of a garden featured on the 25-year-old tour—the largest of its type in the country—definitely helps to sell homes, Charlier says.
Bedgood spent his first half-dozen years as a real estate professional in Savannah, Ga., where he began cultivating the niche. He would canvass local neighborhoods and snap photos of midcentury modern homes, researching tax records and adding pertinent information to his database. Hed also personally reach out to homeowners, either by knocking on doors or sending a handwritten note. The intention was less about future sales and geared more toward simply introducing himself and expressing admiration for the condition and style of the home, something homeowners seemed to appreciate. “A lot of it was just approaching them and saying, ‘Hey, I live in a midcentury house too. I saw your house; its amazing. I love it, ” he says. “They want to talk about that. They want to share.
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