That time of year we’ve been dreaming of is finally upon us: Spring!
Check out my tips for designing the perfect patio at: http://westernliving.ca/homes-and-design/5-design-tips-for-your-patio/
Easy, outdoor living.
Spending money on the front and backyard pays huge rewards. It delivers great return on investment and the lifestyle perks are obvious – who doesn’t want a dream backyard to relax in? To spot the best products in outdoor living, I spend a lot of time at tradeshows, design meetings, and in colour consultations with trendsetting companies across the country. I’ve really been able to get ‘hands on’ with a lot of great products that I think will be huge hits for this year’s patio season. Here are my winners for this year’s summer season.
This past weekend I was once again honoured to be a judge for Canada Blooms, our country’s largest gardening event, held in Toronto. This year’s theme was Canada 150 and the gardens were designed to reflect a definition of the Canadian backyard.
While the designs might not have reflected Canada as a whole, there are definitely some commonalities in the gardens that I think work for every Canadian backyard.
Moving water resonates in any well-designed backyard and it was apparent from the designs that having some form of fountain, waterfall or bubbling stream is a trend.
A good deck can increase a home’s perceived value by up to 10 per cent by increasing the available living space according to several sources including the Gallop Organization. If you can rely on a 10 per cent increase to your home’s value by adding a deck, you now know exactly how much you can spend when creating useable space in your backyard.
Every part of Canada seems to embrace different aspects of great outdoor design style. Calgary is no exception.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at the Calgary Home and Garden show to a huge group of garden enthusiasts and homeowners. I also got a chance to sneak away and check out all of the amazing booths built by the local landscaper community. There were definitely some standout themes that I think work in any home.
Natural items have always played a big role in landscape design. Wood, stone and water belong in all of my designs and these materials were definitely echoed by the landscapers in the west. I am most excited by the way these elements are being worked into the designs.
I recently had the opportunity to head west and speak at the B.C. Home and Garden show in Vancouver. This was the perfect opportunity to really take a look at what is happening in the garden scene.
The trends for 2017 are definitely clear and all the experts agree, the definition of garden is changing.
The big lawn with perennial beds are officially behind us. Homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces.
Here are the trends to watch for in the year ahead.
The garden trends for 2017 have been revealed, and all of the experts agree, the definition of “garden” is definitely changing! The big lawn with perennial beds are officially behind us and homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces. Here are the new and unusual trends to watch for in the year ahead.
Like some Canadians, I was lucky enough to ignore winter for a week this year and escape down south. I needed a break from snow and cold and wanted a little sun and colour back in my life. These types of trips are very dangerous for those individuals like myself who find themselves looking at all of the bright tropical plants, and planning their next outdoor improvements. I’ve been guilty of bringing home my share of painted ceramics that I thought would be great in the yard.
It’s a well-known fact in the retail world that Canadians buy bright colours in the spring after a long winter — we crave colour after so much grey and white! Bright pinks, oranges, greens and yellows fly off the shelves at clothing stores … and at garden centres. As a designer, I have made the fatal mistake of adding these colours as permanent components of a backyard makeover. In my defense, the homeowner wanted Caribbean, and she definitely got it.
But Benjamin Moore’s official colour of the year is Guilford Green
This week I attended a big media launch by Benjamin Moore, where I heard about the trending paint colours for 2015. It was a little weird for me, an outdoor landscape designer, to be sitting in a room full of some of the best interior designers in Canada listening to what colours will be hot for next year. But after giving tips on how to select outdoor paint in a previous article, I received so many comments and emails that it validated to me that outdoor paint colour choices are just as important as interior ones.
So what are the hot picks for paints? Good news! There are a few different colour stories that work very well for your outdoor spaces. I also found it very interesting that all three of these colour stories are based on nature.