Create Your Own Style

March 26, 2015 1 Comment

You've been perusing Pinterest, flipping through magazines, maybe even ogling neighborhood gardens. You are starting to get an idea about the styles you like and the elements you want in your own garden. Now, the question is, how do you go about implementing this style into your own living space? Begin by thinking like a designer to deconstruct the elements in order to figure out what defines the style. Consider the shapes, materials, textures and colors. Is your style contemporary with clean simple lines and solid colors or are you more inclined to a cottage style with intricate patterning and a variety of soft colors and shapes?

Mixing and matching different pieces in your garden can create a dynamic and interesting space.

Once these aesthetic characteristics are identified you can start thinking about the functionality of your space. Simply, what do you want to do in your space? Is it a dining space, a peaceful place to sit and read? Is it a space for napping or lounging in the sun? Is it a family hangout or a solitary retreat? These questions help you to identify what types of furniture and garden accessories you will want to start looking for.

Before you begin your product search, it’s a good idea to put a little consideration into the materials you would like your products to be made from. For example, wood has a wonderful organic feel and craftsmanship qualities but can weather more quickly than other materials and can be very heavy. Wood products would be ideal for covered area such as under a portal. Similarly, woven pieces such as wicker add texture and charm but are best in covered areas. Resin wovens have comparable aesthetic tones and are durable, lightweight and easy to clean. Conversely, metal pieces are durable in weather but might require cushions if too hard and cold.

With these considerations in mind, its time for action.  Consider all the categories of products you will want to include from furniture and fabrics to fountains, fire elements and ornaments. Think about each piece in terms of the elements of the style you are trying to recreate but don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit to create an interesting and unique bent to your style.

Get Visual!

This board combines furniture selections and unique outdoor fabric options.

When we're going through the design process for a client and looking at the types of furnishings, fabrics, and accessories we would like to include, we always create a mood board, much as an interior designer would. We find this to be an essential part of the process as it it allows you a space to bring all of your elements together in a visual way. We prefer to do our mood boards in a hands-on visual way. However,  for those of you who are more tech oriented, this can be done on the computer as well. For our process, we like to use foam core boards with pushpins so elements are easily moved around and interchanged. Print photos of the furniture pieces, decor elements and fabrics you are interested in and arrange them in groupings on your board. Inspiration photos of the look you are trying to achieve are a great thing to include as well. If you are able to obtain fabric samples from local outdoor furniture retailers, those are great to pin to you board so you can see the texture as well as the design. This process allows you to experiment with different groupings of furniture and fabrics before committing to a look. You may find a certain fabric or furniture selection doesn't mesh with your grouping. Take it off and try something new! With an almost limitless selection of wonderful outdoor fabrics and furniture, you're sure to find your dream look.

 




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Mooples
Mooples

January 23, 2016

You rock girl! I love your style!

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