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Cultivating Garden Style: Cottage au courant

October 21, 2014

Informal, quirky, and engaging characterize this garden style. Cottage gardens hold near-universal appeal, as they are often the gardens of our parents and grandparents. Born of necessity, the cottage garden was the original homesteader’s paradise. Always an overflowing, informal place where chickens might mingle with kids and bikes and vegetable patches, as well as the […]

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5 common styles to consider when selecting garden furnishings

November 12, 2013

“When it comes to selecting garden furnishings, you can never ignore style,” writes Vanessa Nagel in The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings. Whether a designer uses only one style or a mix of several, the primary considerations should always be proportion and detail. “Consistency and harmony are essential. After all, if the line, form, […]

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Linking furnishings to architecture: 9 considerations

August 1, 2013

Every beautifully designed building has a distinctive architectural language. If you can identify the building’s broad vernacular, you can more easily identify the most appropriate style of furnishings for the garden. When reviewing architectural character, consider the following categories:

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Concrete Garden Projects

September 15, 2011

Concrete Garden Projects by Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson is one of our new releases for September. I’m very excited to share some photos with you from the book! For gardeners and backyard do-it-yourselfers, concrete is a revelation. It’s durable, weatherproof, impossible to steal, and it provides much-needed insulation for outdoor plants. Concrete weathers beautifully, […]

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Lounge lizard photo gallery

July 12, 2010

On a warm day in Portland, I decided that much the best way to spend the day would be to look through our design books for some cool retreats. It’s getting hot here, and the idea of a cool retreat is very appealing. Some lounging could take place. Some lemonade could be sipped. General satisfaction […]

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