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Category Archives: patios
Letters and words have been a long term design and decorating trend. Think ‘Dream’ above a bed, or ‘Eat’ in the kitchen, or ‘Grow’ in gardens. What happens when letter forms and words step outside of those cliches and become … Read more
I’m working with a landscape design client who has a limited budget and a concrete patio that will be re-furbished. Although she opted for paint and a fun outdoor rug, we discussed the option of stenciling an ornamental (read not … Read more
Tuesday’s Find: A set of 10 blue chairs
It’s spring and I’m scouting furniture and accessories for clients’ gardens and patios so I’m reviving Tuesday’s Find. These blue steel Pascal Mourgue chairs from the mid-80s stopped my virtual browsing. I love the color and the styling. They can work … Read more
I’m inspired by monochrome gardens? Yes, I am. These gardens with their washed out almost colorless spaces are really appealing to me. Maybe it’s my current mood, or the abundance of summer color outside, or a knee jerk reaction to … Read more
Luxury Pizza Oven: Wood Stone Ovens
Last night I was invited to a dinner cooked entirely in a Wood Stone Oven. A relatively new addition to the myriad of luxury products available for outdoor kitchens, Wood Stone has adapted its commercial product–California Pizza Kitchen uses their ovens–for outdoor … Read more
Marimekko, outdoor fabric please?
If there were ever fabric prints suited for outdoor use they would be Marimekko. When their new store opened on Fifth Avenue in NYC in October I was thrilled. I finally visited in early December and my first taste of … Read more
Landscape Design Project in Progress
I like working as part of a large team when I am brought in at the beginning, rather than the end of a project as so often happens. Collaboration with architects, other designers and clients can be fun and rewarding … Read more
A ritual of summers past was to go into the back of my parent’s garage and drag out an ancient aluminum chaise lounge. This contraption with its flat straps, springs and yellow, green and orange vinyl floral cushions made me … Read more
Retrofit | Ready to Party!
I am rarely offered a blank slate on which to create an outdoor living space. Nine out of ten landscape or garden projects I design for my clients involve keeping at least some of the existing elements. These types of … Read more
Yesterday morning was dedicated to show house business. Frank Scheppe, my contractor extraordinaire, and I were at a local wholesale nursery soon after it opened to choose two Styrax japonica for the garden. After they were loaded we delivered them … Read more