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!

You say you want a revolution …

You say you want a revolution …

Well, you know we all want to change the world. Here are a few people who are doing it and inspiring the rest of us to join up! Fritz Haeg is approaching growing your own food as an art expression and in the process creating a revolution in how we approach our front yards. He [...]

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: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Image from Austin home tour Spring 2009. Outdoor living is around the corner here in Austin, a mere few weeks away really. Tuscan retreat designed by Annabelle Lennox-Boyd Last week I asked you to dream big about how you want to live in your outdoor spaces. I requested that you burst through those self-inflicted constraints [...]

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

It is absolutely frigid today in Austin! Yes, I hear you, New York, Boston and Chicago… what does Austin know about frigid, right? Well, um, okay, there isn’t any snow on the ground and spring is a lot closer for us than it is for you. The thing we have in common is this: while [...]

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 [...]

Chip in!

Chip in!

So Christmas is over for 2010 and New Year’s Eve is beckoning. Before all the parties kick in, make a resolution to chip in. If you had a fresh tree this year, please consider recycling your Christmas tree and turning it into a resource. Bonus! Trees collected in many cities are recycled into mulch, which [...]

Fun Family Excursion will Beautify Your Life!

Fun Family Excursion will Beautify Your Life!

There is no better time to plant in Central Texas than now! Plants will have a long establishment time before getting socked with the searing summer heat. We can work happily in the garden without sweating ourselves to dried husks. And often times, nurseries will reduce the pricing on some stock to move it before [...]