Lawn Candy!

Sometimes the entire direction of a design can rest on a beloved object or color or fabric. Today look at this lawn candy that has me all atwitter!

Plainair.com makes this low sleek exterior sofa - white piping against the blue makes me happy!

Plain Air also makes tile surface tables - the proportions of this one are quite pleasant!

From Bov Studios: nice shape for fire pit or water feature or planting with something architectural like Horsetail.

Same planter used as a fountain - gorgeous!

Love the sculptural shape of this outdoor fireplace from Modfire - less than $600.

Do you have any lawn candy to share? Email me!

Design Series Finale – ACTION!

Design Series Finale – ACTION!

So you’ve been following the series, dreaming of your highest and best design, getting a clear picture of the style that suits you best, and gathering up your inspirational images. Now it’s time for action! Get out and get your hands on the finest Austin has to offer… Visit Natural Gardener for pots, plants, water [...]

Design Series #3: Heading to the Promised Land(scape).

Design Series #3: Heading to the Promised Land(scape).

Close your eyes… picture your favorite outfit in your closet right now. What do you love about it? Color? Texture? The way it fits? It’s one way to understand your overall sense of style and head off into the promised landscape. Minimal. No muss, no fuss? Try a minimalistic approach – you may find layers [...]

Inspiration pavilions.

Inspiration pavilions.

Snuggling up with friends on an outdoor couch with a fire in the firepit (or chimenea if there is a burn ban in effect) is so attractive this time of year. It just makes conversation flow. A Spark client is considering a structure for her firepit/conversation area so I went to one of my favorite [...]

#3 Lawn Options Series: Much Ground to Cover.

#3 Lawn Options Series: Much Ground to Cover.

Perhaps the previous ideas posted in this series (synthetic grass; edible estates) just don’t solve your ish. You still need to cover the bare ground in your yard with something simple, beautiful and sustainable. Below are some quick fixes with some pros and cons. Allow me a quick word to the wise: some clients bandy [...]

Baskets of Stone (Corbeille Leonard)

Baskets of Stone (Corbeille Leonard)

Monday’s fabulous post by Curlin on Rick Joy’s brilliant barn got me thinking about ancient construction techniques used in new ways. An old civil engineering technique of building with gabions has surfaced all over the world, making it’s mark on the landscape with gusto. It can be an earth (and budget) friendly way to terrace [...]

The Old Switcheroo Redux

The Old Switcheroo Redux

Switching it up gets you noticed! Switching the stone that makes up this retaining wall really made me look at it, and had me admiring the artistry involved in building it. It’s a modern take on an old standard. Note the small holes in the photo with vertically (another switch!)  placed limestone… those are weepholes, needed to let water drain [...]