Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

When Creativity and Skill Meet.

Some of you may remember last year when I  attended a tablescaping class.  If you missed it you can read about it HERE.   Terry White, owner of The English Garden, in Nashville, teaches the class as a fund raiser for the University School of Nashville.  Terry is one of the most talented designers I have ever met.  Every inch of his house and garden is a masterpiece.   Come along for a peek, I think you will agree. 

Terry built this privacy wall himself.  He is in the process of replacing a section. He designed it so sections will blow out in high winds.  Wine bottles, wood slices, and wine corks form a beautiful and functional screen of texture and interest. 
An outdoor fountain in the garden overlooking the roof of his house. The house is on a hill with terraces in the back.
The roof is still a work in progress, he hopes to make a roof garden.  
One of several composting bins made from recycled wrought iron. 
Vines need a place to grow, why not use the bones of an old patio umbrella? 
A view of the terrace.  Terry made the concrete balls.  
A view of the lower patio from the dining room.
Indoor chandelier shades made from leftover window blinds.
Terry uses this room for his client & bride consultations.  Isn't is a warm welcoming space?  He built the bookcase to divide the room and if he needs more space, it's on wheels and can be rolled to the back wall.  
He even built the little chair on the right.  
Terry covered the doors in the house with copper as well as the tops of several tables.
Terry wants to see a tablescape everywhere he looks in his home.
I think he succeeded. 
Next post I will share the beautiful creations he made for us.  
I will be sharing all this creativity at the following parties:


  1. OK...this guy is making me feel like a total schlep!!! WOW! He has a LOT going on in and around his home! His talent apparently knows no boundaries!!! I am so in love with that lower patio that I am just about to faint! And from what part of his brain does he come up with all these fabulous recycling ideas??!?!?! Amazing!!! I especially love the old patio umbrella for growing vines! I'll bet that looks cool when it's all bloomed out! That fence is a knockout, too! What a great way to recycle stuff and have a fence that has so much character. And if the high wind tears it up, it's not like he's out any money on the deal. Genius! And that BOOKCASE on rollers??!?!??!! What the what??!?!?!! I LOVE this guy!!!

  2. Thanks for taking us along, Dianne. Terry is one creative soul. What an interesting garden with all the unique touches from the privacy screens of wood, cork, and glass to the clever use of umbrella forms for vining plants. Clever ideas! Love the ideas of the rolling bookcase and the copper covered doors and tabletops. Amazing guy! I look forward to seeing more from your visit.

  3. Dianne, what a gorgeous home. I love the sheets of copper everywhere. It is my favorite metal!! The outdoor screen is gorgeous. So much to look at. Very artistic. I do so love this space. Thanks so much for sharing so much beauty.. Happy Springs. xo marlis

  4. What a neat tour. So imaginative and creative.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. So many interesting decorating ideas in one space. I am wondering, when this man sleeps - it seems like he must stay up all night thinking of new ideas or implementing them. Thanks for the tour!

  6. Wow, what a stunning home. I ♥ the privacy panels on the patio. Oh, to be so talented!

  7. Wow! You can tell the house is owned by an artist. So many original design and elements. Beautiful and unique...Christine

  8. what an amazing home. there is so much creativity all over it....thanks for the pictures. made me wish I could see more ..
    thanks, Mona

  9. Newest follower here! I found you though the blog hop, you have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  10. What a fascinating place just oozing with creativity!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  11. What a great tour. So imaginative and creative.
    Can't wait for the next installment!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  12. Well, there is no doubt whatsoever that saying he is creative is an understatement. Love the rolling bookcart. Many of his designs remind me of a style you would greatly appreciate. Looks like a lot to take care of!