PLUM ISLAND NEAR NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS, IS A SEASIDE PARADISE.
The home of Lynn and Eric Steeves sits overlooking a sunny marsh and is lightly worn and loved by the salt air. In their sunlit, open-air courtyard is a place where they both work. Lynn creates living succulent art displays using natural materials and found objects. Eric has stockpiles of weathered driftwood collected from beaches and secret sites where nature has churned them to a desirable beachy patina. He looks to these pieces to lead his design so they become what they ought to be—mostly whales and other sea life.
Old stencil letters make a fun “open” sign. They can also be used to add letter shapes to a transforming piece of driftwood.
No matter what the shape or look of found driftwood, Eric and Lynn discover its intended use. A tree remnant with root base cradles a lush staghorn fern. Old driftwood from fence or boat fragments are etched with designs and then meticulously festooned with moss.