The owner, Rayann Fatizzi has decades of experience procuring vintage furniture, decorative tchotchkes and antique sculpture from local sources and overseas. She also creates unique jewelry and pictures from recycled trinkets, fabrics and graphics. Here in the Hudson Valley, vintage items and historical artifacts are used as decorative items in gardens – there is a unique Hudson Valley style.
I love sculpture in the garden because it provides interest even when the flowers and plants die back in the Fall. It provides a focal point in areas where it is hard to grow plants, such as dry shade.
In the winter protect outdoor sculpture from the severe weather and low temperatures (click here for advice) or bring it inside.
This marble statue of a smiling monk is from Tibet.
Head of Buddha – a calm presence in the garden.
Baskets and Containers
This basket includes two rows of dried corn cobs. Rayann noted “This is a rare basket, I’ve never seen one like this before”.
Use wooden boxes and containers for garden storage or display as decorative items.
According to Rayann “This Shaker rocking chair is over 100 years old, originally from Massachusetts. The basket is an apple gathering basket from a local farm in the Hudson Valley.”
The wooden rocker is a traditional piece of furniture on a porch. I love the faded zigzag woven seat and back.
Rayann provided some interesting history “This piece was hand-made by a gentleman in Kingston who repaired lamps. He worked in his home-shop. The drawers were made from vintage cheese boxes.”
For the gardener, this tiny cabinet could hold small tools, packets of seed and all those snippets of string and twine.
Relax in style! This beautiful bamboo sofa would look lovely on an enclosed deck where it would be protected from the elements. Rayann told me it came from the estate sale of a woman who collected Asian furniture.
A little rusty, but still brings back memories of happy summer days – this Pepsi drinks cooler could be refinished to it’s original paint scheme or left as is, depending on your preference.
Light up your yard during the warm evenings of summer and fall.
Railroad workers used these red oil lanterns to send signals. (There was a huge rail system in New York State because people and goods traveled to and from NYC by rail. The system was dismantled in the 1970’s and now only two routes remain. Many of the routes were converted into ‘rail trails’ for walking)
Rayann mentioned “These lanterns are great for camping. In the summer people put them on their porches or hang them from a shepherd’s crook in the yard”. Take a look at Jill Ruth’s wonderful blog for inspiration (below)
Add a candle or tea-light to this tin lantern and enjoy a peaceful evening outside.
Garden accessories – Galvanized Steel or Rust?
Rusty milk container from a local farm.
Nowadays galvanized metal containers are very popular as decorative items and as planters for flowers and succulents. Galvanization is the process where steel or iron items are coated with zinc to prevent rusting. These tubs and buckets were basic utility items on local farms, used for washing vegetables, laundry etc.
Here’s a collection of galvanized watering cans in a Hudson Valley garden – they are becoming harder to find as collectors snap them up (below).
Out and about in the Hudson Valley, you’ll see a lot of these milk cans used as garden ornaments or bases for mail boxes. Here’s a newer one at Platte Creek Farm (below)
Rayann explains “the milk cans often the have the name of the dairy on them.”
More rusty chic…
Hang a small wind chime from this hand crafted wall hook.
These rusty cast-iron ‘star anchor weights’ were used to strengthen brick walls in old buildings. How about using them to decorate your shed or deck? According to Rayann “The stars in my shop came from Texas where they are nailed on barns for decoration. A friend had a country store in Texas that she closed up and I bought them from her. They are known as ‘Barn Stars’ down there.”
They can still be seen on the walls of industrial buildings in the Hudson Valley (below).
Bird Houses made from recycled materials
As Rayann explains “I designed this bird house and my husband built it – I pick out the bits and bobs and he nails them in place. There are two vintage tiles from the 1940’s on the roof of this bird house.”
Here’s the back-story behind the tiles. “My husband’s friend was a renovator and was working on a 1700’s stone house. Underneath the house he found hundreds of tiles, some were from the 1940’s and some from the 1700’s. I think the previous owners re-modeled their kitchen in the 1940’s and chucked the 1700’s tiles under the house. Then the kitchen was re-modeled again more recently and the 1940’s tiles were left under the house, which is where we found them”
Reuse, recycle – this old cowboy boot is now a bird house. Re-purpose and provide habitat for birds!
Decorative Weather Vane
Looking for something for the garden shed or garage? This reproduction primitive metal rooster is a reference to the American farm-yard. Check out the spurs on his legs!
Rayann’s Creative Instinct is the place to go if you are looking for a real piece of Americana and Hudson Valley history.
* Thank you Rayann for taking the time to share the stories about the treasures in your shop *
Rayann’s Creative Instinct is located at 105 Partition Street, Saugerties NY 12477