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The studio at the end of the garden

Down at the end of the garden is a little shed but this is a shed with just a little more than you would expect. A stylish work space/studio appears like a screen in a suburban garden that has been decked to connect it with the new kitchen extension at the rear of the Victorian era house. Ornamental pond, hidden paddling pool, sand pit and fire pit complete the backyard transformation by Ashton Porter. The attention to detail in this project won it the NLA (New London Architecture) "Don't move, Improve" Award 2012. Definitely filing some of these ideas away for my own renovation.

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Warm weather, garden dreaming

It is the end of the week and a girl's mind turns to gardening. Well this girl's does. As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, the leaves burst forth on the branches and long forgotten bulbs shot "surprise" as they pop out of the soil, my day dreams of a lush and lovely backyard may just come true. They would that is if I left them in the creative hands of Sydney-based Secret Gardens. Perhaps a bright yet shady backyard retreat like this first garden in Randwick? Or a more sophisticated and casually elegant garden that marries contemporary landscape with a traditional home in Kensington? Either would be perfect.

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Craving green

I look out at my garden and I see brown. A long dry winter without a hint of good rain and brutal frosts have seen my garden curl up its roots and almost give up. I cajole and threaten but spring is looking lorn at the new old house. For a little fantasy on a dry brown day I have turned to Sydney landscape designer Anthony Wyer. Verdant green and fantasy shapes. Cloud trees and bamboo, pools and spreading canopies of green. I close my eyes and all is beautiful and lush and green. Aaahhhhhh ......

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Stalking front yards

The last real estate stalking was all about the internal courtyard. This house is all about making the most of a small front yard. Take about kerb appeal. Imagine that wisteria in bloom! Certainly makes up for the minuscule backyard. once again I am left to ponder how wonderful this home would appear if styled and shot properly. The strange "push coffee table back against the sofa, drag the rest of the furniture out of shot photo" may make the room look larger but it doesn't satisfy the interior design voyeur in me. You can just imagine what the room looks like if you squint through the back windows. Ah just like real stalking! Real estate stalking in South Yarra, Melbourne. Link here while it lasts.

P.S. Apologies ... this post was for yeaterday but somehow the scheduling went haywire :)

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A perfect backyard. Stylish and fun, contemporary and compact. Lush plantings and welcome shade, a playful pool spot for summer splashing. Eentertaining is covered ... and uncovered. Pure sunshine! By Sydney landscape design firm Secret Gardens.

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