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Wired clouds with crystal raindrops in a garden vignette

Cool designs at Cornerstone

I love to visit well designed and aesthetically beautiful architecture, public spaces, gardens and environments that are well thought out and visually stimulating.  One of my favorite places to visit in Sonoma, California is Cornerstone – a creative site filled with imagination and delightful spaces.  Conceptualized initially as an exhibit space for avant-garde design,  garden installations, and art mixed in with inventive galleries and shops. The center has evolved ever since into a cool and design centric place where collaborations of art, design, gardening, food and wine merge with a positive synergy and direction.

Along with all the gorgeous exterior spaces, beautiful art installations, delicious wine tasting and trendy boutiques, the entire experience is well curated and entertaining.  There are so many visual and sensory  delights to experiences. I also loved visiting each gallery or nitch boutiques carrying the unusual and truly unique like:  imported antique treasure and home-wares, well designed objects and art curiosities, garden centric shops and floral studios, and food and wine venues.

 

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There is always art on display everywhere at Cornerstone

 

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Modern sculpture for the garden

Modern sculpture for the garden

 

 

Cornerstone Design Savy

Walking around outside the galleries, on the walkways and in the gardens, you may just happen upon some beautiful artwork or  sculpture and even some whimsical  or quirky objects to make you smile and enjoy the moment. It’s fun to just happen on the many unexpected displays along the walkways and makes it a very entertaining process of not knowing what is just around the corner and may be a surprising encounter. Cornerstone is very unique in creating that type of experience and maximizing the complete scale of design and large installation to make an immediate impression and want you to spend more time visiting each place. If you enjoy beautiful design-focused environments from interior to exterior, the fine details to large-scale installations, cool antiques to leading design – you will definitely enjoy spending a morning if not all day exploring all the wonderful sights and galleries there.

 

Metal sheep patrolling the streets

Metal sheep patrolling the streets

 

 

 

Spoon chandalier

Spoon chandelier

 

Galleries designed with beautiful vignettes like this collection of praying buddhas below

 

Clapping buddahs

Clapping buddhas

 

 

 

 

Beautiful antique and imported statuary

Beautiful antique and imported statuary

 

In my earlier post, I showed you the gardens around Cornerstone  with the designer showcases and displays. The gardens are  inspiring to visit in person, but if you don’t have time just take a look at my earlier post showcasing the designs and the inventive use of man-made materials combined with the organic to creative some stunning installations.

 

Giant pinwheel installation

Giant pin wheel installation

 

 

 

 

Beautiful gardens and sculpture

Beautiful gardens and sculpture

 

 

 

Smaller scale garden sculpture ready for your purchase.

 

 

Garden art in a beautiful setting

Garden art in a beautiful setting

 

There are unusual and interactive displays like this installation below that you can approach

through some railroad ties.

 

 

 

Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays

 

 

Installation with thousands of red droplets

Installation with thousands of red droplets

 

 

 

Mundane materials like galvanized metal, wire mesh and rocks are creatively presented in new

fashion.

 

 

Cheap materials used in innovative ways

Cheap materials used in creative ways

If you do go here are more details

 

Location : 23570 Arnold Drive,  Sonoma, California

Hours are 10am to 5pm daily

Contact : (707) 933-3010

Website : http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/

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