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Thursday
Sep152011

Garden tales

The weather is warming in the Southern Hemisphere and a design blogger girl's mind turns to gardening. I love overgrown, leafy spaces with a space for entertaining, a spot to read the paper, sip tea, perhaps a vege garden, some fruit trees, fabulous colour. Nothing too formal. Something just a little different but always with lovely, large leaves and vigorous, vibrant vines. I've always been a fan of Australian garden designer Rick Eckersley. Rick and partners Scott Leung and Myles Broad of Eckersley Garden Architecture must have read my mind. How perfect are both of these gardens!

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Wednesday
Aug032011

Inner Gardens

Aaaaah the great outdoors! Rather the great outdoors just outside the back door. Whether a simple chair in a quiet and secluded spot or a pool party worthy aquatic hangout, Los Angeles landscape design firm and nursery Inner Gardens plants the seed for the perfect garden. Formal and overflowing or modern and restrained Stephen Block and his team give root to your wildest dreams or even your modest but stylish wishes. You'll find me sunning myself with a book in that Adirondack chair bobbing my foot up and down in the ornamental grass. Care to join me?

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Thursday
Jul142011

Stalking country cottage getaway

Stalking out in the countryside today. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a little cottage to escape to on the weekends? I have never really been a beach girl (too much sand ...perhaps they could concrete little paths down to the waves?) but the country, that's another matter. Lazy summer breezes and afternoons spent dozing over a good book. Winter weekends by a fire drinking the bounty of cellar door forays. Friends visiting and roast dinners after an afternoon of antiquing. Love the pretty garden. Love the quirky bits and pieces filling the shelves. Love the bath sunken in the wooden floors. Nothing too precious and everything just right for a cosy getaway. Link here while it lasts.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Stuart Membery

Fashion designer, artist, furniture and homewares designer, Australian icon Stuart Membery. Welcome to his piece of paradise in Bali. Stuart's home is elegant and relaxed, catering to all the senses. A tropical paradise as it should be. A little OTT, a lot of fun Stuart's compound consists of a main house with extensive outdoor living areas and a guest house all wrapped in the lush greenery of the tropical gardens. And of course it is the perfect showcase for Stuart's latest range of furniture and homewares. Gorgeous rattan and wicker, carved timbers with an asian plantation touch, lashings of blue and white. I'm booking my ticket for an extended stay or at least dreaming of where to place a rattan chair or two in my place. You'll find it all on his website.

Photography by Tim Street-Porter.

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Brazilian garden

This next post comes from Renato of Rio de Janeiro: I'm a brazilian fan of your delightful DTI ..after so much inspiration I thought I also had something to inspire you (and other readers) too! The plant is called Mucuna, and is the flaming hot sister of the suave blue Jade ...