Category Archives: patios

Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

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

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LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, patios, vintage 2 Comments

Garden Design Details: Stenciled Concrete

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

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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

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Monochrome Inspiration

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

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LABELS: color, Gardens, patios, stone work 2 Comments

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

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LABELS: Gardens, patios 5 Comments

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

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LABELS: Gardens, New York, Outdoor Fabric, patios 2 Comments

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

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LABELS: Gardens, Landscape Design, patios 4 Comments

Lounging Around

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

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LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, patios 2 Comments

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

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LABELS: Garden Design, Landscape Design, patios, project 8 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 6, In Real Life

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

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LABELS: Garden Design, patios, paving pattern, Planting Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 1 Comment

Under foot. A stone carpet.

A grey project for a grey day. This is part of the project I’ve been updating here, it started with design work last spring and is now the last build of the season. The photo below shows a partially completed … Read more

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LABELS: granite, patio stone, patios, stone work 4 Comments