It's safe to assume that concrete can never go out of style. The stuff is so versatile and you can make it as modern or as traditional as you like! And we love when you bring concrete in the garden! Here are 10 unique and inspiring outdoor spaces that were created with concrete, tile, or another medium specific to construction!
It seems like I am going to rent for the rest of my life. I know that isn't really true, but we have rented for almost 8 years of marriage (moving almost every year!). I've always wanted to create the garden of my dreams, but know that it isn't 100% possible as the yard and property are not my own. I'm sure a lot of you are in the same pickle as I am! So here are a few tips for creating a garden that's close to the one in your dreams when you're a renter!
The only thing I love more than when readers share projects they've done inspired by something I've posted is posting the pictures of the projects themselves. Here are three that were sparked by the String Gardens.
Creations of Fedor van der Falk, these String Gardens are made using "a three-dimensional crochet filled with plaster, soil, moss, and grass." I assume the combination of these
If you're looking for more outdoor inspiration, here's a collection of garden makeovers that's nothing short of spectacular!
It's 95 degrees today and all I can think about is retreating to a lush garden with a cold drink and a good book. If that garden happens to have a pool, all the better. Instead, the reality of my yard is a rectangle of semi-alive grass surrounded by vinyl fencing. It's boring and drab, but after drooling over these modern gardens, I'm starting to see some serious potential. If your yard is in a similar state, it's time to hop on board the inspiration train! Here are over 20 modern gardens that are sure to delight the eye and get those creative juices flowing.
Your house should put forth a tasteful first impression, both for your enjoyment, as well as what a prospective buyer sees. Whether it's the front door, the front step, the front yard or the overall front of the house, we can become blind to its' faults, and that may necessitate an objective opinion. As much as it may hurt, a little curb appeal consultation may be worth more than making a good first impression, it may make the difference between a drive-by, or a look-see. If you don't believe me, take a look at the difference in these five first impression makeovers.
Photo Images: Sunset.com
Front Door BEFORE
Photo Images: TheYellowFrontDoor
Dessert house BEFORE:
Dessert house AFTER things turned from black and white to color, very Munchkin Land-esque
Photo Images: Sunset
Photo Images: Greayer.com (it's worth it to look at more of these photos)
AFTER: Easy painting and light replacement
Photo Images: CountryLiving
The Ashcombe Maze in Austraila
Wasn't anyone else mesmerized by the garden maze from Alice in Wonderland (A Big Golden Book)? After staring for hours at the queen's chase in the maze illustration, I vowed I'd have one of my own some day. Probably not, but I sure love to look at photos of them. Surprisingly, many garden mazes and labyrinths have survived in Europe from as far back as the Middle Ages to present day. To see photos of Europe's most marvelous mazes and a quick How-To on planning and growing your own maze
Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Modern Country, Victorian....most of us Curbliers can distinguish one from the other and have most likely picked our favorite as our interior decor style. However, when it comes to gardens...well that can be a bit tricker. Maybe you're like me and you've seen gardens you adore but are unsure as to what style they are. You describe it to others--maybe even your future landscape designer--trying to recreate the image in your head. Wouldn't it be so much easier just to have a word that defines it? Give me Tuscan! Give me Xeriscape! See? Sooo much easier.
If I lived in the heart of the city, in a multi-unit building, and if I could afford it, I’d have to have a rooftop garden. And if I lived in Chicago, I’d want Chicago Specialty Gardens to make one for me. Oh, sure, this is a lot of ‘if’s’, but I can dream. And if you share such fantasies–or even if you don’t–take a look at CSG’s on-line portfolio and prepare to drool.