Co-founder of The Hidden Gem (and my dear husband), Dan Smith has an eye for repurposing. A lifelong tendency to keep everything "just in case" has evolved into "I wonder what I can make out of this!"
His dream of woodwork came true with the purchase of our new house. He immediately saw potential in large trees that had grown too big and too close to the house. With the help of our favorite tree trimmer, we now have a great show piece for the yard and LOADS of raw materials for woodworking.
A few of his more recent wood pieces.... So CUTE, Right?!
Dan also has a knack for seeing how something used, old, or out of date can be remade into something beautiful! Lamps into bird feeders, bottles into outdoor lighthouses, and chandeliers into yard decor are just some of his more recent repurposing projects. Check them out below!
I could not complete a post about his work without mentioning his love of landscape! Our new house offered many opportunities for him to flex his landscaping muscles (both figuratively and literally). Unfortunately, I don't have any "before" photos, but let's just say it was a mass of overgrown shrubs. Here's what he's been able to accomplish in the few short months of our Michigan summer.
I look forward to seeing what else he comes up with. His mind is always looking forward. You can see his work up close at our shop in Flint Township!
Amanda Smith, Co-founder of The Hidden Gem
Manda's Merry Garden arose out of my old dining room. The glass patio door just a few feet from the kitchen table was the only source of sunlight in the house. Once I found my plant passion, many of my green friends came indoors when the weather turned cold outside. They gathered (more like huddled) together in the tiny bit of sunlight offered through the doors. My family slowly began to tease me for my growing indoor garden, so I decided to just own it and give it a name!
Now that we have moved into our dream home (complete with southern facing sun room), I have ample space for my indoor green friends. I've put together a variety to succulent gardens and small houseplant gardens in unique containers, many found at local consignment stores and flea markets. Here is a sneak peak at what is now in the shop at The Hidden Gem. I am constantly looking for more fun containers and am growing new plants in a small indoor greenhouse. I hope you come check out what I've made and take home a new green friend of your own. They make great gifts for your office friends. Every office needs a plant!
Hope to see you in May!