Tuesday, 30 August 2011

hot pot

I saw this in the Sydney Morning Herald GW magazine on the weekend and thought it was brilliant. A pot plant/BBQ - what a fun idea! Perfect for balconies and small gardens and an ideal fathers day present.

*Photos from www.until.com.au

Sunday, 28 August 2011

sunday @ the garden centre

This afternoon we popped down to the local garden centre and is was absolutely buzzing. Everyone had trolleys full of pansies, jasmine, lavender, pots & hanging baskets. To distract Tab from picking all the flowers in the whole shop! I had to buy her a red butterfly - it did the trick. Our only purchase was a few succulents for a project we will be posting later in the week. But, I'll be back...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

palmyra house, india

This months Vogue Living features an incredible beach house in India designed by architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. The louvered timber pavillions are constructed entirely from locally sourced materials and sustainably harvested palmyra palm. The modern structures fit so beautifully into the old palm plantation setting. Stunning architecture - can you believe this is someone's holiday beach house!

*Photos from Vogue Living Sep/Oct issue

new look

Not enough time doing work + too much time on blog = a new succulent look! Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

terrain @ styers

I've just found my new favourite website, Terrain @ Styers. Its a shop/cafe/garden nursery/function venue and garden design service all rolled into one beautiful store. They now have an online shop selling lots of lovely things for garden & home (yay!). Oh look at those old seed packets, and the french vintage hanging bottles, the gardening twine, the terrariums, candles and the wooden crates of herbs, the gumboots and old jars. None of this I need but all of it I want so much!

Unfortunately for me and anyone else in Australia, Terrain is in Pennsylvania, USA. Not really one of my top ten holiday destinations, but after finding this treasure I might reconsider...

* Photos from Terrain @ Styers

Sunday, 21 August 2011

botanical cushions

I first saw Clinton Friedman's photography work in Cape Town a few years ago and loved it. Lately I've been seeing his work everywhere (most recently 'The Outdoor Room' magazine), especially his range of outdoor cushions, and you can see why. Bold, graphic and unique his images are powerful and beautiful - who wouldn't want to sit on them!
ps. want that gorgeous giraffe.

You can purchase Clinton's cushions at Eco Outdoor

* All photos from www.clintonfriedman.com

Friday, 19 August 2011

urban oasis

At the very end of my Davina McCall work out video (ok, very embarrassing), there is an interview with Meg Matthews and her personal nutritionist. I wasn't so interested in what they were saying (Meg used to start the day with 6 espressos which is BAD), but more in the location of the interview, her own garden terrace in north London.

You might not know that other than being once wed to Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Meg is also well known for being a very accomplished designer (her wallpaper range sells exclusively at Liberty London) and there's no doubt she had a hand in the design of the outdoor terrace that compliments the pop art interior style of her home.

On further inspection I realised that despite the furniture (am assuming the ghost chairs aren't fake), the rest of it is pretty inexpensive and depending on how handy you are, a trip to Bunnings and a few DIY jobs could achieve a very similar look...

Reed screen - $296 for 7.3m @ House of Bamboo
White cube lightweight pots - $45 each @ GardenLife
Cycad Revoluta - $85.00 each @ www.plantworld.com.au
Ornate mirror - $69 @ Ikea
Orange paint - Tingle @ Dulux
Grey Decking & built in seating - approx $8-$11/lineal metreModwood
Extra Large Eero Aarnio puppy dog chair in orange - $519 @ Urban Baby

It might be the puppy chair that pushes your budget over the edge!

* Photos from Gap Interiors

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

going green and going up

I just love this vertical garden in (would you believe) a 'cheese bar' in Madrid! Wouldn't it be fantastic in an office or even a living room. It was designed by a company called Paisajismo Urbano who specialise in vertical gardens and used over 1000 plants. They have a 'green philosophy to alleviate the absence of horizontal space within cities' - got to love that too.

*Photos from Living Wall Art

Monday, 15 August 2011

potager plans

As soon as the weather improves I plan to start planning and planting a jardin potager, otherwise known as a vegie patch. Since we were married we've led a very nomadic existence, moving houses (and countries!) every couple of years so a vegie patch of my own was never really an option. I tried pots of herbs and a few chillis but always yearned for lettuce, tomatoes, beans & passion fruits. Inspired by my new favourite book 'The Modern Kitchen Garden' by Janelle McCulloch (buy here), and the Kitchen Garden Program by Stephanie Alexander (see here), I hope to document the process on this blog and get my 3 year old involved as much as possible. Stay tuned!

The Book - The Modern Kitchen Garden
The inspiration - Chateau Villandry jardin potager

*Photos from Amazon

Friday, 12 August 2011

can I get married again please?

These pics were taken at Kate Moss's wedding by Mario Testino for US Vogue (can't wait to buy). I was also married in the Cotswolds (albeit 8 years ago in a slightly smaller affair) and wish I'd thought of bringing in truckloads of imported flowers and hiring a dozen gorgeous flower girls! I probably should have also hired Mario Testino to capture the day - I can dream.

Just beautiful.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

spring has sprung

Not officially of course, but it was so nice to walk around in the sunshine this afternoon without a coat and scarf. I had a little helper in the garden today. She drowned watered the pot plants - hopefully they will survive long enough to see the official start of spring!

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