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Hand-made blue rice-gathering basket from Tibet. Made from bamboo and reeds

Rayann’s Creative Instinct is a store in the village of Saugerties in NY. It is chock-a-block with antiques from the Hudson Valley, a rural region of New York State, about 100 miles north of NYC.

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.

Garden Sculpture

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.

A sculpture of Buddha

A stone sculpture of the head of Buddha. The stone contains marine fossils and is very heavy!

Head of Buddha – a calm presence in the garden.

Baskets and Containers

Vintage basket made from corn cobs hanging in the window of the shop

Vintage basket from New Hampshire hanging in the window of the shop.

This basket includes two rows of dried corn cobs. Rayann noted “This is a rare basket, I’ve never seen one like this before”.


Perfect for your garden tools – a hand-made wooden tool caddy.

Use wooden boxes and containers for garden storage or display as decorative items.

Gorgeous hand-carved wooden 'baskets' with smooth finish

Gorgeous hand-carved wooden rice gathering baskets from Tibet

Garden Furniture

Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair

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.

Dark blue mini cabinet with drawers

Dark blue mini cabinet with drawers

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.

Vintage couch made from bamboo

Vintage couch made from bamboo

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.

Vintage Pepsi drinks cooler

Vintage Pepsi drinks cooler

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.

Garden Lanterns

Pretty painted lantern

Hand made painted lantern with pressed glass side panels. Shabby Chic!

Light up your yard during the warm evenings of summer and fall.

Red oil lanterns

Red oil lanterns

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)

vintage oil lantern and galvanized tank used as flower bed

Vintage lantern as garden accessory. The large galvanized tank is a ‘raised bed’ planted with pretty annual flowers, cleome and african marigolds.

Tin lantern, country syle

Tin lantern, country style

Add a candle or tea-light to this tin lantern and enjoy a peaceful evening outside.

Garden accessories – Galvanized Steel or Rust?

Milk container from a Hudson Valley farm

Milk container from a Hudson Valley farm

Rusty milk container from a local farm.

Galvanized containers

Galvanized containers

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).

vintage galvanized watering cans and buckets

Vintage galvanized water cans, buckets and oil cans in Hazel’s garden in the Hudson Valley

Rusty milk can

Rusty milk can

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)

Milk can (with bird's nest!) at Platte Creek Maple Farm in Saugerties NY

Milk can (with bird’s nest!) at Platte Creek Maple Farm in Saugerties NY

Rayann explains “the milk cans often the have the name of the dairy on them.”

black vintage milk can with 'Southern Dairies Inc.' painted in white lettering

milk can from Southern Dairies Inc.

More rusty chic…

Wrought iron wall hook

Wrought iron wall hook

Hang a  small wind chime from this hand crafted wall hook.

Star anchor weights

Star anchor weights, some have been painted white and blue

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).

Anchor weight stars in a brick wall

Anchor weight stars in a brick wall

Bird Houses made from recycled materials

Cute bird house

Cute bird house

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”

A recycled cowboy boot made into a bird house.

A home in the country!

Reuse, recycle – this old cowboy boot is now a bird house. Re-purpose and provide habitat for birds!

Decorative Weather Vane

Rooster weather vane

Rooster 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!

The Shop

The 'Rayann's Creative Instinct' store in Saugerties NY

The ‘Rayann’s Creative Instinct’ store in Saugerties NY

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 antique shop, vintage

The bricks and mortar shop

Rayann’s Creative Instinct is located at 105 Partition Street, Saugerties NY 12477

(845) 246-4492 or  More finds on Etsy and Facebook.

Check out the excellent blogs from Empress of Dirt and Jill Ruth for ideas on recycled items for the garden. What vintage items do you use in your garden?

Bartering is a good thing! Haircuts and pedicures were bartered for the vintage wooden arch at the garden entrance to the ‘Kiss My Feet’ salon and spa. It’s a perfect fit for the beautiful red brick building.



Although quite small the entrance garden contributes to the Spa’s welcoming home-town ambience, a customer supplied the rudbeckia (known affectionately as “Black Eyed Susan”) when she was separating them in her garden and the feet were purchased from the Christmas store in Albany about two years after ‘Kiss My Feet’ opened in 2000.



There is an eclectic collection of modern and historic items outside the back door, can’t miss the giant metal flower. The owner spotted it at a metal fabricator’s when driving through Ocean County NJ, – “Man I have to have that because the flowers make me so tickled!” The piece of wood on the wall was found upstairs in the building, one of two pieces, the other was given to her fellow stylist. Tucked behind the flower  sculpture is a WWII can from local store Numrich Arms, this was the only one that didn’t leak! The dragonflies on the wall and hanging from a beam remind the owner of her sister who loves dragonflies.IMG_3932


The watering can is a gift from the owner’s sister. Doesn’t the begonia look good with the red brick?


So much more than an impersonal entrance way, this little garden displays the owner’s appreciation of history, love of community and respect for nature. And her sense of fun!


Would you like to see more of this garden? Let me know by leaving a comment I always love to hear from you guys!

© Text and photos by Andrea Giarraputo for

Inside this secluded backyard the nearby activity of village life seems remote, the picket fence surrounds trees and shrubs that muffle the noise. The vine growing over the fence is the Pipevine (Aristolochia macrophylla) a plant that is native to New York and host to the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.


This magnificent mature Japanese Maple provides just the right amount of light shade, having a light and airy canopy, it does not overwhelm the space. I think it’s the perfect place to shelter from the sun and relax.


A rustic, hand-made chair in the Adirondack style. (The Adirondack Region is an area in North Eastern Upstate New York, famous for mountains and natural beauty).


Beside the beautiful red brick chimney, shasta daisies and variegated perennial grass look good well into late summer.


Subdued colors in this garden contribute to a calm atmosphere, the pink flowers of this hydrangea are a similar color to the paint used on the outside of the house. I enjoy the limited color scheme which creates cohesion and harmony.


I wish my back door area looked as pretty as this (no clutter!) And what a great idea to have a cart by the back door for those odds and ends.


Don’t you just love the sentiment on the sign above the door?  “Peace, Love, Joy to All Who Enter”

Interested in growing a Pipevine? Click on these links for nurseries which have it in stock .

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I have written about the front yard of this house here.  If you enjoyed this post, click on the ‘Like’ button!

In Victorian times, the fast growing Pipevine was trained to grow up the side of stoops (porches) in order to provide a shady privacy screen. Today, this elegant Victorian family home built in 1872, has a white painted wooden fence overgrown with Pipevine and the large (6″ long) heart-shaped leaves provide plenty of privacy for the backyard beyond.


The sidewalk and front steps consist of bluestone pavers, a product of the local bluestone quarries that also supplied NYC with stone for construction.


The classic style of rocking chairs and hanging ferns are frequently seen in the area.


A project is in progress, a tray of Portulaca ‘Pazazz Tangerine’ (available from Adams) will be planted in the urns at either side of the steps.


The front bed has always caught my eye when walking past this house, the purple Barberry is a foundation shrub that looks just right against the pale green lattice at the base of the stoop. The yellow flowers of Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are a time trusted favorite that indicates summer is almost over, what a contrast with the ‘Knock Out Rose ‘Radrazz’ and the bright pink phlox.



Take a peek at the back yard (behind the Pipevine) here. If you enjoyed this post, share it with your friends!

Near the Kaaterskill Creek is a garden located in the hollow of a dry creek bed, shaded by Maple and Eastern Cedar trees.

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The gardener, Hazel generously explained the history of the garden and the various artifacts within. This is the first of a series of posts in which she shares her ideas and creativity with us. Incorporated into the design are ‘found objects’ from the local environment including smooth river rocks, Hemlock stumps and reclaimed furniture.

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The garden was overgrown when Hazel and her family arrived, as they cleared the brush they discovered some daylilies – an indication that there had once been a garden. Now many years later there is a profusion of carefully selected perennials, annuals and shrubs.

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From the herbaceous beds, to the right are twin Maple trees with garden furniture beneath them. The yellow chair (a piece of classic Americana) was salvaged from the roadside where is was left on ‘metal refuse collection day’ about 15 years ago. Upon seeing Hazel pressure washing the chair, hubby asked “Why the hell did you bring that home?”  The blue chair is also a classic design called the ‘Adirondack Chair’and it was made by Hazel.

After all that hard work in the garden it’s time for a refreshing cool drink…iced tea anyone?

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See more of Hazel’s garden here

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