Posts Tagged 'garden'

A Hedge Like No Other.

Swoon. This dotted hedge and immaculate garden belongs to the Villa Centinale in Tuscany. Reminds me of classic nailhead design treatment on the most elegant of upholstered furniture. Swoon again.

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany, Photo: Vanity Fair

 

Hot Summer Days Require Hot Looking Hoses.

OMG. For all of you divas and fashionistas out there who actually have a lawn or potted plats to water (or a Banana Slide to get started), cast your sweltering eyes on these sexy concept watering hoses from Garden Glory.

Garden Glory hoses glamour outdoor

Taking inspiration from the iconic bags of Hermés, Chanel and Mulberry, these high quality hoses come in eye-catching colors and glamorous carrying handles made of brass chains. With names such as “Candy Crush” and “Bordeaux baby”, you could have the most sophisticated green thumb on the block.

Garden Glory hoses glamour outdoor

PS. Gotta love their tag line… Garden Glory. For glamorous People with Dirty Nails. =)

 

Bringing out the Animal in Your Garden.

I am a lifetime lover of the leopard. Seriously. Lifetime. Zebra patterns interest me, but I go gagaaga for those spots. And if I had a yard (like the one I used to have and really cared for. I mean really cared for. The grass loved me.}, I would certainly be stylish on the outside as much as I am indoors with this leopard print covered garden hose. This printed slipcover slides over any 25′ or 50′ garden hose and makes it a delight to water those seedings. Or hose down the dirty dog. The neighbors WILL get jealous. You animal you.

hose clothes garden leopard couture

 

Outdoor Design Tips from the WDC Experts.

It’s Outdoor Week at the Washington Design Center! On Tuesday, a very creative panel of experts talked about  how homeowners can create outdoor spaces that complement the overall architecture of their homes. The panel included Anthony Cusat of McHale Landscape Design, Elizabeth Norman of Elizabeth Norman Landscaping, Jay Graham of Graham Landscape Architecture, and interior designers Barbara Hawthorn and Dana Tydings. Here is what progressed from this insightful event. (transcribed from the Home & Design website post):

Q: What is the best way to formulate a plan for furnishing my outdoor spaces?

A: Elizabeth Norman. The first thing to do is to determine how you live in and use the space. On a recent job, my client was trying to do everything—read, relax, play and entertain—in a small space. We took all the furniture out and didn’t put it back unless it solved a problem.

Q: What are some of the challenges homeowners face when embarking on an outdoor project?

A: Barbara Hawthorn I ask clients, “How do you envision using this space? How many months will you really use it?” One of the challenges is making a space attractive during its fallow time, designing for all seasons. I tell clients to have the philosophy that “it is going to grow with me.” The fact that it is going to take time [for a landscape to mature] is one of the hardest things to convey.

Barbara Hawthorn created a sultry evening setting complete with a fire element offering warmth and light.

Barbara Hawthorn a beautiful evening setting complete with a fire element for warmth and light.

Q: How can I be sure that my interior style will marry with my outdoor furnishings plan?

A: Dana Tydings. In a perfect world, you would meet with your landscape designer and your interior designer at the same time. People don’t realize that if they are working together, they can save you time and money.

Q: What is the difference between a garden and a landscape?

A: Jay Graham. A garden is very dynamic. It changes constantly and you engage with it. A landscape is an established setting for your house.

A: Elizabeth Norman. A landscape flows into a bigger vernacular, into the surrounding geography. A garden sits within the landscape. It quakes and moves all the time. It changes color daily in small ways and in big ways four times a year.

Q: What should I look for in an outdoor fabric?

A: Barbara Hawthorn. There are so many new fabrics now. They are incredibly easy to clean and don’t limit your versatility. The new solution-dyed acrylics are resistant to sunlight, rain, and discoloration from falling leaves.

Q: How can I stick to a budget and use the latest designer fabrics?

A. Dana Tydings. The newest outdoor fabrics are not inexpensive. At $60 to $80 a yard, you should order them sparingly. Do it in stages and do it right.

A: Barbara Hawthorn. Be sure to include welting in the seams to be sure cushions are durable.

A: Elizabeth Norman. You can jazz up affordable fabrics in solids and stripes with pillows in more expensive patterns. I like to change pillows seasonally.

Q: What types of elements should an effective landscape include?

A: Jay Graham. Thinking about how the landscape itself is “furnished” is important. I like to design low walls in a landscape that can be used used for sitting, dining and putting drinks on even when the furniture is put away.

Q: How can lighting enhance my landscape design?

A: Anthony Cusat. Low-voltage lights create a nice, warm glow. The new LED lights have warmer tones now. It’s very beautiful to up-light trees, such as crape myrtles, from below. Or you can add moonlighting by installing LED lights in the trees, shining down.

Q: What are some trends in outdoor living spaces?

A: Anthony Cusat. We build a lot of outdoor kitchens with grills, sinks, refrigerators and beverage centers as well as wine-tasting gardens that connect to a pool house.

Q: How can I create an eco-friendly garden?

A: Elizabeth Norman. It used to be really hard to have an organic garden. Now, Lowe’s organic department is as big as its conventional one. Ask professionals for plants that don’t need poisons to look good. And remember that some organic products are just as poisonous as their conventional counterparts.

When Interiors and Exteriors Collide.

Although I practice interior design, I have designed a few outdoor spaces and each time, realize how my everyday creative skills apply to spaces situated under the stars as well. So when I see the results of interior designers and landscape architects working together, I get teary eyed {well, not really, but I do get a giddy grin}. As is the case of interior designer Henry Brown and landscape designer Lawrence Huntington’s beautiful outdoor dining and living spaces at Henry’s Portland, Oregon home. Raise your hand if the sophisticated black and white awning stripe fabric layered with classic and casual green gardens gets you giddy too?!

Elegant outdoor dining room black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

Elegant outdoor dining room black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

Photographs by John Granen for Traditional Home.

Bombs Away.

Get that garden in growth mode — grab the Seed Bombs from Anthropologie and watch it grow. I love the simple idea of this all-in-one way to plant a seed without getting dirty. Soil, flower seeds, and muslin are all encompassed in three varieties – East Coast, Wet Coast and Mid-West. An East Coast gal, I’m leaning towards planting the mix that includes baby blue eyes, baby’s breath, blue flax, dame’s rocket, black-eyed Susan, gloriosa daisy and coreopsis. An explosion of pretty flowers awaits you!

Seed Bombs, $6 | Anthropologie.com

Seed Bombs, $6 | Anthropologie.com

Contain Yourself.

It’s growing time. The local plant nurseries are being rummaged by DIY gardeners getting their green thumb on fresh flowers and pretty planters. Container gardens are simple ways to plant your favorite flower, herb, shrub or vine without committing to a larger landscape project. And if you’re like me and have a teeny parcel of land to dress up, a few flushing mini gardens set in planters is the way to go. Sunset Magazine shares with us some beautiful ideas. Now get growing!

Bringing the beach to your balcony.

Bringing the beach to your balcony with sand, driftwood, and slow-growing plants.

Bronze colors in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

Bronze colors glow in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

An mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

A mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Make a big entrance with a row of big contemporary pots filled with sedums, cottoneasters, and junipers.

Make a big entrance with a row of 24"round contemporary pots filled with sedums, Cotoneaster, and junipers.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.


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