Robert Chesnut and Susan!
Our meeting with Robert was preceded by a description that proved to be very apt. As he literally lept in the air, pulling his pant legs up to show how tall the baseboards should be, we could barely contain our amusement! Broad, exaggerated gestures accompanied every word. On his person, at all times, is a sketch pad, which he readily pulls out to render his ideas--ideas of all kinds. He rapidly sketched the interior trim additions he felt were necessary. (We were taken back by his interest in the interior, having been introduced as the "landscape" designer, but his ideas were good, valid, and very entertaining to say the least.
During our initial meeting of several hours, Robert quickly made the suggestion that we put together a HGTV special together. Now that would have been a show! He continued the visit by referring to crown molding as an "eyebrow" again, using his enthusiastic gestures. (I never thought to take any video to share with you......our first meeting was long before my blog was born)
Our last visit to Charleston led us on yet another adventure with Robert Chesnut. (Have you ever met anyone that forever thereafter was referred to by first and last name? It just seems appropriate with Robert Chesnut.
This adventure was to select and get our stamp of approval for the exterior living space plantings and large trees. All at the nursery seemed to realize the importance of his visit and as my sister, Denise says, "They swept a path before and behind him"! We roamed the nursery selecting exotic plantings of all kinds. When one would be finalized between us all, Robert Chesnut would "tag" it with his red ribbon in a style only a flamboyant designer could! Check out the various selections.
One of several large urns to be used for exotic plantings on the deck.
Robert tagging his "find"!
A beautiful variegated specimen
Something tall and willowy! He LOVED this one!
One fabulous square planter, wow!
Robert spies a colorful blooming espalier tree----orange! Note the colorful outfit he has on!
Lush and bright, another planter is found.
Now, that was quite a visit! Robert Chesnut fully entertained us for several hours while selecting, tagging and gesturing with abandon. And these are just a few of the dozens of selections we approved. I'll show you more when the plants arrive on the job site. Stay tuned.