I am desperately trying to finish off some projects that have been carrying on for too long. One of which is the pergola over the cobblestone patio that I laid last fall. I have just finished putting the polymeric sand between the stones and now I need to turn my attention to the pergola that will go over the top.
I have been hashing through the design details in my head for months and I have finally settled upon a style. Black Slats.
The house is currently very dark brown, but I am slowing getting it stained black (season by season, side by side….who says you have to paint your house all at once?) so going black makes sense to tie everything together.
Open slats are modern but have a cottage appeal — which I think will strike a perfect balance for my quirky 1940′s house…plus they leave plenty of room to go a little glam….which I am dreaming of in my garden.
It has me thinking that maybe I need to go all black….I love the black pots (which I already have some of) and all the black accents. This green/black color scheme works so well in Danish and Scandinavian light…I wonder if it will work in New England light?
images by Torvans, Trendir design by Ranquist Development, bo bedre, skona hem.
I came across Shannon’s blog 8FOOT6 while I was out perusing blogs during my weekly Before & After hunt. Her house is incredibly charming and as soon as I saw this before shot I knew the after was going to look like a million bucks.
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I’m pretty sure we all have or have had that one corner in the backyard that seems to become a dumping ground for any and all extra materials. Granted, this particular photo doesn’t really represent that concept to its fullest potential, but you know what I mean. This area generally becomes an overgrown, gangly mess that you try to pretend not to see, but let’s face it– would it really be that difficult to spend a few hours here and there getting things in order?
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When I look at Swedish gardens I always get such optimism. Especially this time of year. It is always so hard for me to imagine the long bright green days of summer when everything outside is short, dark and white. Ogling over Swedish gardens make me feel better because, by my logic, if they can make amazing gardens (with their even colder darker winters)…certainly we (in all places outside of the arctic circle) can.
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I’m hard to please when it comes to garden art. Though not an art critic (I wouldn’t even begin to pretend I know enough about art to think I could reasonably critique) – I have strong opinions.
Art should feel imaginative and expressive. I’m pretty sure it can’t be bought on a website…because to be right, I think it needs to be more personal than achievable through a retail outlet. To me, the best garden art isn’t trying too hard, it makes me think, and it always surprising enough to make me smile.
Dina Weiss’s city-scape picket fence works perfectly for me….for sentimental reasons, I want one with a Denver skyline (sans mountains – because don’t you think that would teeter off the cheesy end of the art scale?).
I’m curious, what sort of rules do you follow when judging garden art?
image from dina weiss
Mennen’s gravel garden has been evolving over the last couple of years. It is full of recycled treasures and what once was a space largely catering to her children, the updated and more sophisticated design is definitely more adult. (adult gardens certainly need tire swings hanging from acacia trees that provide obvious and generous room for a glorious sweep)
I keep flipping through the images of this deeply personal garden and noticing somehting new with ever visit (I love gardens like that!) — if you care to see what it was like before as well as a few more imagees of what it is now — make sure to visit the Gravel Gardener herself.
images by gravel gardener
I seem to never fail to find so many works of Environmental Art to be supremely inspirational. Stuart Frost has created a series of works across the globe with some in Albuquerque, NM, some Taipei and this one (above) in Denmark that are so exciting for a pattern lover like me.
The works are created by scorching the wood of un-living trees. These Elms, Cottonwoods and even bamboo are adorned with stunning patterns that are eye-catching yet perfectly at home in their surroundings.
I can’t begin to imagine the technique that must go into creating such masterpieces, but the idea of scorching patterns on fencing, wood benches, or other garden elements is swimming in my head.
See more in the gallery as well as make a visit to Stuart’s Website where more of his amazing environmental artwork can be enjoyed.
Images from Stuart Frost.