Sunday, August 13, 2017

What Do You Think of This?

Sometimes, I suspect that my mother doesn't like 84% of my design email fodder because she's crazy. How could it be any other way? The last few years have taught me I am unusual in that I truly cannot imagine that things I enjoy are anything other than objectively fantastic. Of course, I don't generally admit this to people.

Also, not sure about you, but I don't have a lot of chances to mull over art design with people. Maybe if I had more exposure, I'd be all "Oh, I can see how our opinions diverge".  Maybe my style would be more balanced and broader. Instead I'm rather committed to but a few things:
  • Cleanness - I need a space to be actually clean-seeming but also visually undistracting.
  • Colour - I like neutrals and wood tones but they usually don't cohere without deeper or brighter colours, IMO.
  • Warmth - Cuz Canada...
  • Architectural Intrigue
  • Practicality - Show me some kind of ingenious, attractive space-saver any day...
  • Elegance
  • Light
I think most people like most of these things - they're all good, no? But maybe now's the time to broaden my horizons.

Question: When you seriously change something up, do you prefer the idea of sticking with what you know (which is naturally appealing) or hovering at the margins of your edgy self?

At any rate, let's move the design to the outside world today:

Landscape Design of Tom Stuart-Smith courtesy of DesiretoInspire
  
Kristin, what do you think of this? Um, simply that it is perfection. I love the controlled wildness. I can't say enough about the colour scheme - purples meet greens and yellows. The water feature is relaxing but also has an industrial feel. It is truly reflective. I think this space is beautifully proportioned given its size which is, admittedly, very large. I love its low profile, how it uses natural topography to find balance. I can smell the cultivated nature.

But what about you? What do you think? PS: Check out that link for some utterly spectacular photos.

18 comments:

  1. It's a lovely space, but I look at it and think two things: 1. No way in hell am I keeping that up myself. 2. What would I DO when I'm there? I need some chairs and a hammock added in there stat.

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    1. OK - I hear you about the furniture. I feel we could sort that out easily (I feel it's out of the photo!) And both you and Nursebennett showed lots of practicality by citing the upkeep. I kind of like to pull out weeds in clean flower beds because they stick out so terribly it's irresistible. But I can see how this would get old. I suppose I'd need a gardner! :-)

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  2. I think that's beautiful too. But, I already sense a trend in how you and I differ. I'd add about 10% more wild, more fronds, some unflowering grasses for example. Just as I would have added about 15% more texture and coloration to your interior. You are a minimalist, if a lush one, if I am correct.

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    1. So interesting!! I can't get much more wild than this or I start feeling itchy :-) I think I may discover just how minimalist I am, as I continue with this series! Also, it's almost impossible for me to choose photos because every time I start looking carefully I find things I don't like. This is the kind of princess and the pea-ness that one can scarcely afford.

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  3. The garden looks beautiful- calm and peaceful. I however, am too practical for this. Your looking at someone who sneaks kale, spinach and celery into her front flower bed. Trees in my yard must have fruit (except the pine tree we grew from a seedling). Most available space has fruit bushes, herbs and veggies... I do have some flowers, but they are mainly in the flower boxes. This year a second greenhouse was put in the back yard. I have 25 tomatoe plants of different heirloom varieties. I begrudge my husband's demands for any grass in the backyard, but I guess the grandkids need some running space. They do love to raid the raspberry patch when they come over, though.
    Barb

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    1. Barb: You win on the practical!! (I could stand to see a gorgeous vegetable patch in there somewhere, btw.) I would LOVE to see your gorgeous garden. Show us a pic!

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    2. Haha, it looks pretty sad at the moment. With all the hot dry weather, The spinach and lettuce have bolted. I have already harvested the garlic, beets and some of the cabbage. Most of the cucumbers are made into pickles, and the berries are mostly done and living in the freezer with the gooseberries. Cherries have been harvested and made into jam. Perhaps a photo of my canning cupboard would be more appropriate...
      Barb

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    3. OK, I love photos of preserves too!! :-) Gardens always look best in the spring. I've noticed that a lot of gardens here are very tired-seeming now (earlier than usual). I wonder if the rain has messed with things.

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  4. The purple and yellow are lovely. Water is always good. Stone paths, likewise. For me, it's too industrial, too horizontal. I want more flowers, more fruit.

    Insofar as neutrals and wood tones - yes, they're tied together best with a more intense color, but YMMV (in other words, pick your color). I like a good craftsman interior - ivory walls set off with a lot of wood tones.

    Since you keep asking what we like, I'm shamelessly going to share what I like. :)

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/177610779031656938/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/177610779037683220/

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    1. Oooh, thanks for sharing those links. Off to look them up! And how interesting that you don't love it's horizontalness (I know exactly what you mean). That's what I do love about it. It's so fascinating to see how personal these choices are.

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  5. Gorgeous! All I can think about, however, is how much work it would take to keep it free of weeds here in the Deep South.

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    1. Somehow, I didn't think about the weeds :-) You have a good point.

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  6. I have a wild, tumbling English cottage garden. Which I really love. Can't argue with the elegant symmetry of a formal French or Japanese garden, but it's a cold kind of beauty. For me to love a garden, it has to have a lot vertical elements, like literal green walls of privacy. I have outdoor rooms in my garden, with very different feels. One to disappear in with a book, another to sit with friends. I do love that color scheme: deep blue & purples against evergreen is a favorite of mine.

    I have to concede that I hate minimalism. I like lush color, soft textiles & walls stuffed with books. I start to twitch if I am in a home with zero clutter and lots of perfect glossy surfaces. I actually feel anxious. I also hate great rooms, those huge open kitchen/dining/living room combo monstrosities. The enemy of privacy, peace and quiet. I like doors. And private nooks of space.

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    1. Your garden sounds fantastic. I love that idea of separating things into "rooms". Blue and purple with evergreen is also my fave.

      I also hate great rooms! I like little, separated spaces with different functions. And I know what you mean about decor causing anxiety. I don't mind seeing a robustly filled room if it belongs to someone else (I'm happy for someone else's maximalism if that makes them happy) but I cannot stand it for myself. I get so anxious when there's clutter in my space.

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  7. It's a beautiful yard.
    But...my perfect yard has flowers for scent and for cutting and placing inside in bouquets.
    Not that I have that perfect garden, yet.

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    1. I love that too but I feel bad cutting the flowers (even though I buy cut flowers all the time)?!

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  8. I love this! I love the colors and the combination of controlled wildness and the industrial-leaning water feature. However I would add a touch more unkemptness to it, not much, just a little softening with grasses or something a little less structured, a little bit of wooliness at the edges.

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  9. I am the lone dissenter then; I do like the structure of this garden and think it could use a little more even. This such a country garden and I think you live in an urban area? I would like to see some functional structured decking/seating area, more use of the vertical space as I assume there will be fences around the yard and perhaps your neighbors will not have the large trees and rolling hills in the example pic. The color scheme is nice but a bit limited, perhaps some more white and light blue for transition?

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