September 9, 2015

A garden surprise

Little 'gifts' arrive in the most unexpected way.

Today a potential client came into the shop, seeking interior help on the new home she just bought. When she pulled it up on Zillow, I was thrilled to say, "That is one of our landscapes!"

How rewarding to see a landscape not only at maturity but perfectly tended

Having chatted many times about the importance of matching the landscape to the architecture of your home, this image perfectly defines that thought process. My inspiration? The front door. See the Georgian styled scrolls? That was projected onto the ground with the sinuous boxwood lines
 Ahhhh, the rear garden is where her primary interest lied. The garden mirrored our clients personality; a touch formal and very feminine

 There are many details to absorb here....... awning, metal work on a blank wall, appropriately sized lanterns, and much more not discernable in this image. One of my favorite design elements is to mix hardscape materials, in this instance Old street bricks and limestone pavers, used as an area rug under the table and chairs.
Not visible were a pair of enormous, heavy, Victorian chandeliers stripped of their chains, sitting upright in a low bed of groundcover.

It's so important that your views are relevant from many vantage points, indoors and out.

Ever grateful for the opportunities, my soul is full.



  1. Debra,
    This is spectacular. I love the details in this garden and more importantly, it's been beautifully maintained. The ultimate reward for a job well done is the beauty that comes with maintenance.

  2. Oh My! beauty at every corner!! Gorgeous home and the landscaping is the finishing touch. Love every single element here.
    xo Kathysue

  3. Debra, I am in love with this stunning garden. It would be a dream to have a space like this! You are so very talented!!!

  4. This is just wonderful absolutely wonderful. I so agree the the style of the landscape should mirror the architecture of the home. I am so glad I popped over today. I am working on a home that needs a pop of color on the front door and thru Pinterest I saw Suzy Stouts turquoise doors on her old home. Saw your comment Debra and was coming to see your photos of that home so glad I did.

  5. Debra, how gorgeous and lush!! Beautifully designed!

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous Debra. Can you tell me what kind of boxwoods you use? and also the taller trees in the background (an Arborvitae var.?) Thanks!

  7. hi denise
    the boxwood is 'chicagoland green' and the cone shaped boxwood is 'green mountain'. the arbs are 'nigra'
    all my best

  8. What a beautiful outdoor room you have created!


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