Category Archives: Design

Riding in the Backseat around a Curve

Miss R has been in the backseat all summer. Pretend you are on a roadtrip and listening to a story on the radio…the pictures will come after we reach our destination. In a twist of weather related events and wonder, … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Gardens, inspiration 1 Comment

Garden Visit: Jardin Majorelle

I first read about Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, Morocco in the early 1980s in a fashion magazine story about Yves St. Laurent. YSL and his partner Pierre Berge had bought the property, saved it from demolition, and set about restoring … Read more

LABELS: Design, fashion, Gardens, inspiration, Morocco 5 Comments

New Barn for an Old Farmhouse, Part 2

A few weeks ago I shared two garden design concepts for an updated outdoor room to be built around a new handmade barn. Those initial designs morphed and grew into a new, expanded hybrid idea that now includes a smaller … Read more

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Trendspotting: Honeycomb

Bees are in the news, so it’s totally understandable that bees and bee things should emerge as a garden trend. Recently I saw a wonderful hose pot in a garden I was visiting and have tried to no avail to … Read more

LABELS: Design, Garden Design, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, trellises 4 Comments

Field Trip: Native Plant Garden at NYBG

When a new garden destination opens, I always like to wait a bit and let the crowds simmer down so I can explore it in peace. I need that space to process my ideas and to really see a place. … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, native plants, Planting Design, sustainability 2 Comments

Field Trip: Jungle

Hip isn’t a description usually used for garden centers.  Jungle, in Brooklyn, is hip.  Owner and landscape designer, Amanda Mitchell has created a smart and compelling space in trendy Williamsburg that blends vintage and contemporary, urban and bucolic, rustic and … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Garden Inspiration: Luciano Giubblei’s Parterre Ideas

I’ve been a member of Pinterest almost since its inception.  I use it as place to store ideas both useful and random.  I also explore other designer’s boards to see what inspires them and maybe understand a little bit about … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design 2 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Garden Visits and Lessons

I find that the best way to understand a space is to be in it, to move through it in three dimensions, so I visit gardens every year–sometimes as many as twenty or thirty in a given season.  I have … Read more

LABELS: Design, Entertaining, Gardens, Landscape Design 11 Comments

House, Studio and Garden Hunt…

As some of you know, for the past few months I’ve been looking for a new house.  I’ll let you know when I finally seal a deal and I’ll probably start a series of posts on the reno since a … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, Sheds and Outbuildings 3 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…turquoise planters

This garden find is more about the color than the actual pieces.  I’ve written about this shade of Robin’s Egg Blue before.  It can be contemporary or vintage looking depending on the context.  It plays well with other colors without … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, color, Design, Gardens 1 Comment

A Garden is a Lovesome thing…

The poem in the title (and below) , by Thomas Edward Brown, is carved in stone at the entrance to the private pleasure garden Ellen Biddle Shipman designed for Gertrude Seiberling at Stan Hywet Hall. There is an innate femininity to Shipman’s gardens.  As a divorced, … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer, native plants 3 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a fan

Sometimes being out in the garden is just hot and unpleasant.  Imagine this floor fan retrofitted as an outdoor sculpture and fan!  Industrial artifacts are on the horizon in garden trends…not farm artifacts, but things from our factory past that … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, sculpture Leave a comment

Blogfest 2011

For the next three days I will be participating in Blogfest 2011 in New York.  It’s a behind the scenes event for design and lifestyle bloggers hosted by Kravet and Lee Joffa. Each day we will be treated to highly … Read more

LABELS: blogging, Design, Gardens, magazines, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…French Foundry Pots

I love it when I find things that meld various interests.  These foundry pots do just that linking my history in both garden design and metalwork.  Carved from igneous rock and used to pour molten metals, they have been re-purposed as beautiful containers. … Read more

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Garden Design Details: Pergolas

Sometimes being a designer means solving a mystery.  I’d like to say that clients’ desire for structures and elements to be incorporated into their garden’s design was consistent and cyclical, but it’s not.  This spring I find myself being asked … Read more

LABELS: Design, Gardens, inspiration 3 Comments

March Magazine Madness

March has been particularly good to me and I’m tooting my own horn here.  As a hard core magazine lover, I’m thrilled to be featured in three this month!  This type of press coverage is not a common occurrence around … Read more

LABELS: Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, magazines, susan cohan 14 Comments

Garden Design Details: Rustic Wood Gates

One of the most neglected ideas in garden design is that of entry and exit in a garden.  Too often gardens are islands in a sea of turf, shoved against a building or relegated to the property’s edge.  There is … Read more

LABELS: architectural salvage, Design, Fences, Gardens, gates, Landscape Design 5 Comments

In my Reader…my book!

This was ‘leaked’ yesterday by a friend on Facebook…it was supposed to be a surprise… Over the winter I created a look book of built work.  It’s a hybrid between a coffee table book of garden eye candy and more … Read more

LABELS: books, Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, landscape designer, Marketing 5 Comments

Trend Watch: Belgian Beige for Garden Rooms

For the past few years, a major interior design trend has been slowly trickling down from the high end to the mass market.  ‘Belgian Beige’ is perfect for translation in garden rooms.  Upscale mass merchants like Restoration Hardware and Pottery … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 8 Comments

Tuesday’s Find…a Clock

This clock has some edible garden chops…in a roundabout way.  It hung outside and over the vendors at the Los Angeles produce market for more than 80 years.  It’s for sale now and available from Off the Wall Antiques.  I … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, architectural salvage, Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

House & Garden (British)

The February 2011 issue of House & Garden almost got it right.  I’m talking about the mix of articles–not the gardens they chose to profile.  There are three features on gardens…two about designers and an additional monthly feature on products. … Read more

LABELS: Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, magazines 5 Comments

In my Reader…Nowness

Just reading this uber-chic blog makes me feel cool.  Impossibly hip, Nowness is the daily blog from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Well written and beautifully documented, its exclusive content comes from a wide range of contributors and is definitely … Read more

LABELS: Design, fashion, Garden Styles, Trends 1 Comment

Tuesday’s Find…Modernist planters

Modernist and geometric elements for the garden can be so clean lined that they lack visual power beyond their form.  This beautiful set of highly detailed planters found at Gordon Watson Ltd goes against that idea.  Made of  perspex, bronze … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Containers, Design, Garden Styles, Gardens 1 Comment

A Chanel Inspired Garden

Rochelle from StudioG and I are having a garden inspiration throw down.  She frequently uses fashion as a muse for garden inspiration.  I am a hardcore fan of fashion, so when she posted a Hippie fashion inspired post, I challenged … Read more

LABELS: couture, Design, fashion, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration 3 Comments

Design Challenge: Garden Designers Rountable

All of us are working on the same real life design problem this month–a landscape renovation for a young couple’s New England country home.  Tuesday’s Find will return next week. For my part, I’m going to attempt to explain my … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer 6 Comments

Aspirational Garden Design

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about who is buying luxury products was good news to me.  Aspirational buyers love their gardens as well as the interiors of their homes.  They hire designers.   That, in my way of … Read more

LABELS: color, Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 4 Comments

In my Reader…Inspire Me Now

This is one for anyone with a short attention span.  Inspire Me Now is a blitz of  inspiration images and ideas curated by Szymon Blaszczyk, a specialist in user experience design.  The blog consists solely of provocative images  that demand … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Design, Garden Styles, inspiration 4 Comments

2010 Top 5 Posts–Yours!

I’ve never done a “top”  list before.  I was interested in what everyone was here was reading so I took a look at the numbers.  As a landscape designer I’m interested in trends–self generated as well as user generated. The … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Art, color, Design, fashion, Film, Garden Design, Garden Designers Roundtable, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Trends Leave a comment

Garden Inspiration | Garden Designers Roundtable

I graze across disciplines, media and firsthand experience to feed my ever growing habit. Here are five (of the many more) ideas from the past year that have inspired me.  Some have been included in previous posts, others on my … Read more

LABELS: Design, Film, Garden Styles, garden visits, Gardens, inspiration, Trends 11 Comments

Not so green…walls

True confession…I find most green walls…well…too green.  I find them to be dramatic, but my brain needs visual space and covering everything from head to toe in plants is not always my idea of  beauty.  Well, it is in the … Read more

LABELS: Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, Planting Design 10 Comments