Ben Busko’s découpage trays add Hamptons florals to your abode.
Ben Busko’s floral découpage trays include Yellow Daisy ($72), Lily Scarlet Red ($78), and Forget-Me-Not ($68), among many others.
Artist Ben Busko has been crafting découpage creations and note cards since he was 8, and by the time he was 10, “Ben’s Garden” designs were selling at the New York Botanical Garden shop. (He was still in elementary school.) Today, the 30-year-old Long Island native brings his artwork to the East End in the form of Hamptons’ floral-inspired trays.
Using the traditional French technique of découpage, Busko applies an image—such as a floral design, a watercolor of a flamingo, a meaningful quote, a Hamptons map, or a family portrait—to handblown glass, then he finishes the back with a touch of felt and his signature.
The trays, which come in a variety of sizes and are available at Good Westhampton, invoke antique botanical prints, which originally were made as black and white engravings and then finished with watercolors. Busko merges that style with local blooms. “All of the flowers bloom in gardens in the Hamptons, so the trays would be lovely in the home, bringing the garden inside to enjoy,” he says. He also says that they are perfect atop a coffee table or hung in a dining room.
For an even more specific look, custom découpage projects may be ordered online at bensgarden.com. Simply supply your favorite print, quote, or photograph and select from a variety of tray sizes, round plates, platters, coasters, or even paperweights. Ben’s Garden trays are available at Good Westhampton, 141 Main St. Westhampton Beach, 998-4444. For custom orders, visit bensgarden.com