Trends and Inspiration for bringing the outside in to your home
Over the years I have learned what is most important to people when it comes to garden design. People want gardens that are unique, fresh and beautiful. Not only that though, clients know that gardens also need to be accessible, real and possible to maintain-on top of that they need to be affordable. These are all aspects that are very important to me. To some, hiring a Garden Designer seems like an aspirational idea but I believe that everyone should have access to great design. Exclusive design should be inclusive.
I studied both garden design and interior architecture and I am always hungry for new ideas. Though not a strict follower of trends, I do love how a new trend in a material or a colour can work its way into a garden in a subtle way and give it a very fresh new face. I am a big fan of collaboration and see all genres of design, whether architecture, fashion, film, food or others connected in a way that they can all inform each other. Being inspired by other genres of art and design is a privilege and not only very rewarding part of my work but also a great way of connecting. A dress by a fashion designer friend may work it’s way into the colour palette of a planting combination or the texture of ceramics into the feel of a wall finish. In this way we can take inspiration from art and design everywhere and create our own new trends. We are all connected.
Bringing the outside in is something that has always fascinated me and in many schemes I have designed I love to bleed the interior with the garden. Particularly in Ireland where we don’t exactly have the weather to live outdoors, creating a connection between the two is vital. Blurring inside and out has many faces-from clever glazed pergolas, to sliding doors and visual connections. There are some really simple ways to start bringing green elements into the home and below I have outlined a few of the best.
Trends to pick up on
1. Mix up your planting palette
Some say succulents have had their day and admittedly they have been absolutely everywhere in every planter imaginable. I think there is always a place for succulents but why not think of them as a part of a greater scheme? In my office I have created a window sill filled with a great arrangement of different potted plants. There are orchids for the taller elements and fleshy green leaves, a heart shaped Opuntia cactus from Rio and four different sized planters filled with mixed succulents of different heights and textures. This makes the sill a small garden of different heights and even with a little flower colour. To avoid this scheme getting messy use one colour pot for all plants. I love the duct company Elho www.elho.com who have a great range of planters some of which are specifically designed around the needs of the Orchid.