First impressions count and as such you ideally want the entrance to your pride and joy house to be something that impresses and leaves a positive memory. There are plenty of ways we can do this but a lot depends on what we have to work with. For most that will mean a pretty standard house with limited space so lets ignore the brief of reality and have a look at some entrances that have been designed with a blank sheet of paper.

In 1961 Arne Jacobsen beat the rest of the competition to design the Danish national bank in Copenhagen. This clock you see before you  is known as the bankers clock because it was first introduced to the world as the clock that stands proud in the 20 metre high lobby of the national bank of Denmark. So not only did he design the Bank but he also had foresight to use the National Bank to promote his own product which was a stroke of genius that has helped the bankers clock reach a design icon status.

Beautiful Rose Garden Design Ideas

We’ve all wanted a bed of roses, but end up putting this task off because of a lot of considerations that may be a little more than the usual. There’s actually a few tricks you can apply if you’re planning on starting your rose garden, like using organic fertilizer, making location considerations, down to selecting the perfect flower combinations.

To jumpstart your research, here are some ideas when starting your rose garden.

Having spent a lot of time of the past few years looking at gardens and design I have noticed that by far and away the most fashionable of colours is purple. There are many flowers that produce the attractive colour and the theme often seems to be to break up the monotone green and grey of formal gardens with a modest splash of colour.

Purple is often associated with regal origins and you will notice that in company logos the ones that go for purple are the ones selling premium or at least trying to give that impression. Luck would have it as well that green is only one shade away from purple’s complimentary colour of yellow so over all it works brilliantly for those who want a stylish and elegant garden that is restrained but colourful.

Space is at a real premium in England and building new houses just hasn’t happened enough in recent years. Our normal houses have never been big in comparison to our European friends but our desires for large and more stylish homes is thankfully increasing. This leaves us with a problem though in that we have a small house and want to upscale but moving to a bigger house is unaffordable because demand outstrips supply and space is at a premium in the areas we want to live. The answer is some very creative and interesting architectural solutions, some of which I have sourced some pictures of to give you some ideas for your own place.

More often than not I get mails from customers saying that they like my work because it is different and the reason for that is the majority of planters out there are boxes. There are a few reasons why most are boxes;

  • Cheap to produce
  • Versitile design
  • Tesselation
  • Inoffensive

When boxes aren’t bought ‘off the shelf’ they are often made because there is a space that needs filling and a custom box needs making to fill it. I have gathered a few different pictures of box planters, tapered planters and some alternatives to give you some ideas for simple solutions to specific needs.

The garden is a place we all enjoy and so a good design focus on the area is important. Some choose to go a contemporary route while other feel that is cold and take a more bohemian influence. I like both but feel they both suit different moods. A chilled and cosy vibe for bohemia and a posher more formal feel for contemporary. Either way lets look at some examples and in some cases see how the 2 work together.

Feeling inspired after last weeks post on Patios I decided to do another one on tasty garden designs and found myself 10 that I thought worth mentioning to you. They vary, like always, in budget and size so there is something for everyone and all have ideas that can be used on any project. The dream one day for me is to build a house and some of these just make me want that more.

We all love a good patio and some of us can only dream of have someone come in and design one especially for us. We all have different spaces and different budget but today I’m paying no attention to either those and just picking out some damn nice spaces.

Whether the garden in 10 times bigger or 10 time small than some of these designs is irrelevant, there can always be inspiration in something so have a look through and see if you can come up with some ideas for your own patio space.


It always amazes me that more is not made of our raised space. A view is one of the most prized assets a dwelling can boast but most houses (in England anyway) don’t use the 2 stories they have to provide them with a platform to enjoy a view. It is becoming a bit more of a trend in London and other cities to use the top space as a roof terrace and some of these views are truly fantastic. I picked out a few terraces that have great views so you can get a little bit jealous.

A good sofa can go a long way to make an outdoor space feel welcoming and warm. Increasingly we are seeing the lines blurred between inside and outside as people want to make the most of the space they have and enjoy open plan living. The durability of materials has improved as well so the furniture can withstand more weathering than they used to.

Shortly after the arrival of the first batch of studio produced planters came in I photographed the entire range in a studio. These photos came out well and can bee seen as the promotional images for all my range but it is always nice to see the pots in a real life setting.

Having the right furniture in the garden can set just the right tone. Whether it be contemporary or classic it will go a long way to set the style off your environment and may even be the focal point of the whole garden or patio. There are a huge amount of options out there for you to choose from so you need to get inspired to see just what might be around and how something different might be used. Don’t fall into the trap of going down Homebase and buying some rattan, be different!

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