Tuesday, March 1, 2016

In a Wooden Container on Tuesday...

Some of you may have seen this image on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited about my new Bayce I had to share what a great base it made for my woven lamp. As I noted then, Lila seems to approve.

Are you wondering what the heck a Bayce is? Well then you must not follow Allan's blog It's Not Work it's Gardening where he's written about his new company, Nimble Mill. The Bayce is a "plant container or plant stand with a beautiful, two-toned look. The upper section is made of cedar in its natural colors, while the base is pine and available in a variety of colors." The Bayce is joined by the Worn, Trang, Druhm, and mini-Bayce (that's for now, being the creative type I'm pretty sure he's probably already cooking up other designs). Here are a few photos "lifted" from his website....

Alan personally designs and builds each piece, it's been a pleasure to watch him develop and launch the product line. I've drooled over the simple clean designs and rich colors, so when Alan asked if I'd like to receive a Bayce to try-out and review on my blog I wasted no time in saying "yes please!" What he had no way of knowing was how well the design fit with other furniture already in my home...

See the theme?

Evidently I have a thing for rounded corners.

And dark wood. Isn't that dark base dreamy?

As are the natural tones and patterns of the wood, which are enhanced by the simple treatment they receive.

Signed and numbered (I got #1?!). Details like this make me happy.

And it's not just about the aesthetic details, Alan pays attention to the functional ones as well. He includes two wooden blocks/risers with each Bayce. Using one, or both, in some fashion can help any container achieve the right height within the Bayce, since you're not planting directly in it, but rather using it as a sort of decorative cache-pot.

I decided to use my Bayce to hide the ugly legs on my Zingiber malaysianum 'Midnight', so no riser was needed. I wanted the plant to sink in as far as possible.

That's better!

Love that foliage...

This plant will go back outdoors when the temperature rise, but it's spent winter hiding in a corner of the "media room" (a fancy name for the extra bedroom where a TV and computer live). Now it gets to come out and join us in the living room. And you probably picked up on the fact the title of this post is a play on "In a Vase on Monday" the wildly popular meme that has us gardeners filling a vase with cuttings from our gardens.

Perfect! Although truth-be-told I scooted it out a bit to get a better photo of it.

Here's where it's actually placed. Oh and don't worry about that heat-vent behind it, it's not used.

Because the Bayce is so darn versatile I have no doubt this is just one of a million different ways I will use it...thanks Alan for letting me try it out! Curious to see more? Visit Nimble Mill. Oh and as Alan notes on his website, he's welcoming dealer inquiries!

All material © 2009-2016 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

28 comments:

  1. Alan is so talented and his Bayce is perfect in your setting. You did a great job of showing it used a couple of different ways. What an exciting time for Alan and the rest of us who get to watch!

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    1. Yes, yes and yes! He's very talented and it's exciting to watch Nimble Mill grow.

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  2. Your house looks like a magazine. Seriously cool. The Bayce couldn't be more perfect for you.

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    1. Ha! You're kind Garhard (magazine). Of course I spotted a few things I wanted to go back and fix in these photos but that's the perfectionist in me. I also found it difficult to get this post up...I kept dreaming up other things to do with the Bayce but had to just stop and do this one...too busy to photograph them all!

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  3. Alan came to the right place for a pitch-perfect pitch for his attractive product. More power to him!

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    1. I see a bright future for Alan and Nimble Mill...

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  4. Oh, very nice! I like the way you can pop a potted plant in there to jazz it up. It does, indeed, look wonderful with your other furniture. And Lila approves. Win-win!

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    1. As one who is rather religious about actually planting things in containers, rather than just slipping the nursery pot in, I can see this ease of changing things up could become addictive!

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  5. Alan is an amazing wood artisan and these pot containers are drop dead gorgeous. What I'm really impressed with is the fact that he created the pot risers to go hand in hand with the inserted containers. Brilliant.
    BTW, you know those 2 small, whitish round pots on your side tables? I bought 2 of their sisters today for a job!

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    1. You summed it up quite concisely "an amazing wood artisan"...isn't it great when people find their calling?

      The vintage container? I would love to have more of those...jealous!

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  6. Great craftsmanship, great presentation in your home. What a team!

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  7. It looks great in your living room and is the perfect foil for the Zingiber. I'm also in love with the vase you had sitting on top of it in your first shot.

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    1. Hhmmm...vase...that's actually a lamp from IKEA - you too can have one!

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  8. That's great! It's nice to see blayce 'in situ'.

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  9. We all have to agree that everything Loree sets in her house or garden instantly looks so much better, right? I know that Bayce doesn't look as good in my own living room, but then again I don't have a zowie plant to put into it either. Thanks for all of the compliments, and so glad that you like it Loree!

    If you want to keep up with what's going on with Nimble Mill, follow @nimblemill on Instagram. It's the platform that I use most for behind-the-scenes and sneak previews of designs. :)

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    1. That dark foliage definitely works well with the pattern and color of the Bayce, perhaps you should treat yourself to a new plant in the name of photo shoot possibilities?

      Thanks for the opportunity Alan!

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  10. Gorgeous gorgeous...Alan's work is extraordinary -- I can say that having seen it first hand. Great work, Alan!

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    1. Well now you've got me curious! What Nimble Mill products have you laid your hands on???

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  11. Beautiful, versatile, and yes, your house is magazine-worthy dreamy!

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    1. Awe shucks, you guys are too nice!

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  12. You are clearly the perfect person to test drive this container. It does look beautifully made and he's thought of everything with those riser blocks. When has that ever happened!!

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    1. Right? Only a gardener/engineer would have thought it through to that level.

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  13. Wow! This is beautiful. I love the natural beauty of the wood and the riser blocks are very thoughtful!

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  14. Alan is talented, indeed! Beautiful design and wood selection/treatment. And that Zingiber looks perfect in it! The lighter wood picks up the light color of the stems, while the darker base echoes the dark foliage.

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