One of the best parts of the Hidden Pondresort inKennebunkport, Maine is the flower and herb garden, where guests can help themselves to shears from the little garden sheds and snip, snip, snip. I was pure joy to put together this little bouquet for myself, and one for my friend Deb too. We spotted the garden just as we were leaving, so we stuck the blooms in water and brought them home to Boston.
This is my little mantlepiece installation of found branches. The large stick (a beach find) has been propped up there for a while now. I recently added the other three specimens, plucked from my handy plate of natural objets. What do you think? I was inspired by the many examples of branch art incorporated into the decor and outdoor living environments at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Yes, I am a bit obsessed with Hidden Pond.)
The mantle in our house on Cape Cod.
Trees, branches, twigs, bark, logs, and natural wood slabs are used all over the grounds of Hidden Pond, in many different ways, both decorative and functional, from decorative applications, to partitions to furniture. I’ve included some decorative applications here.
Krista Stokes, Kennebunkport Resort Company’s interior designer (the company owns Hidden Pond a handful of other equally charming properties in town), commissioned the work in 2011. She and artist Tim Coppinger gathered most of the pieces that are scattered throughout Hidden Pond from the surrounding woods. For the outdoor showers and exterior accents, they spent two weeks collecting and strategizing and another two weeks playing with all of their foraged materials in the cabins and bungalows.
When Stokes met Coppinger, he was living in a yurt in the woods not that far away from there. She says, “He’s an amazing creative thinker and he has been making sculpture from found objects for years. He’s the real deal” Coppinger also installed an oyster shell wall and built the slate and rock headboard in the “Lazy Days” bungalow at Hidden Pond.
Some branch art at Hidden Pond:
At the tree spa—a birch log on the top of the railing and a swoop of branches on the building.
At the gym—a bark sculpture that resembles a skull.
At Earth restaurant—a real branch chandelier and log installation.
A branch as decoration on the exterior of a building, above a birch rail.
The shower outside the room I stayed in—a a plaque of short sticks on the far wall, a tree trunk in the corner, and a branch attached to the top of the near wall.
I first discovered Hidden Pond, an adorable boutique resort/inn in Kennebunkport, on the pages of Met Home (I think). I had the tear tacked to my bulletin board for months. When I got an assignment from Susanne at the Globe magazine for “The Lovers’ Go-To Guide”, I finally checked out their website and chatted with the manager. It’s absolutely lovely. The perfect New England getaway without being overstuffed. It’s sort of South Beach meets Maine meets Brooklyn – cabin chic with an organic twist – and not a scrap of Laura Ashley in sight.
There are 14 two-bedroom cottages, all with a distinctive theme and décor. (I think different designers were hired to do each interior.) Each has a living room, full kitchen, gas fireplace set in river stone, screened porch, outdoor shower, floor-to-ceiling windows (so you can see the gorgeous birch trees), Frette linens and down duvets, flat panel TVs and ipod docks. And, they bring you a morning bakery and newspaper basket.
The grounds include a lodge, a tented spa for facials and massage (so Out of Africa), and an organic farm through which you’re allowed to wander and help yourself. You can get artistic with the resident water colorist, do morning yoga, take a beach safari (they’ll pack you up and bring you to whatever beach setting suits your fancy that day), bike or hike on their nature trails, or hang out at the laid back pool. Or wander into Kennebunkport (hopefully you don’t bump into a Bush).
I’d love to spend a weekend here. My favorite cottage is Day Dream. I like Lucky too. You?