Thingamajigs, whatchamacallits, and doohickeys make up the garden art at the home of Jo Anna Cassady and Kelly Davis. Discarded objects become treasures with the application of the couple’s creativity and ingenuity. Every time I visit their green acres on top of Pine Mountain in Blount County, Alabama, I see things I haven’t seen before. Their resourcefulness and the keen style in which they adorn their place, inside and out, inspires me.
Too much stuff gets thrown away these days, and with growing populations in the world today, it makes me wonder: Where in the heck are we going to put all of that stuff? Repurposing what others throw away is a great way to take a little responsibility for that worrisome problem. Kelly doesn’t journey into town very often, but when he does, he keeps an eye out for objects that he might want to confiscate and use for later. “Don’t ever throw away the interesting things until you figure out what you can make out of it,” Davis says. “Of course, you may have to build an extra barn just to hold all of what you keep.”
Jo Anna, an interior designer, has a knack for finding the perfect place for each object. She gives this advice: “Consider the setting, the neighborhood, and the collection you want to display, and be sensitive to where you live. Since we live in a rural area, I am delighted to have this outlet for creativity and the ability to share it with others in our garden.”
See more repurposed outdoor creations from the Cassady and Davis home in this photo gallery, then find more ideas in the upcycling section of DIYNetwork.com.