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!


Summer is nearly upon us and I thought it time to dig through some inspiring images that I found for planter trends and ideas. From the small to the large, the right planter can present our plants in just the right manor. So whether you be looking for a light, elegant and small product or something a bit heavier with presence there should be something over this article to give you some ideas.


When designing my own wedding invites I wanted to use my knowledge and love of origami  to create the invites. As a result I came up with something that I think is pretty cool and I thought I would show you how to do the fold so you can try it. I will be using the a similar fold to create some wall art so stay tuned if you like what you see.


Our outside space is becoming more and more precious and we are taking on more of the outdoor lifestyle. With products becoming more durable it is more feasible to leave rattan chairs outdoors all year and them not perish. Outdoor heating has also become more stylish and usable so we don’t get cold.

I have picked 10 outdoor patio designs that look great and bring so usable style to our new favourite social spaces.

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