Divide and Conquer in 2010
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Divide and Conquer in 2010

Human nature is odd. People love outdoor spaces for that special air of freedom and the absence of walls…and what are people now buying? D…

The Reinvention of the “Toi and Moi” Seat
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The Reinvention of the “Toi and Moi” Seat

If you browse through decor magazines presenting trends for 2010, you will notice the number of great twin seats, romantically called “…

Gardening Accessories Go Design
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Gardening Accessories Go Design

As a rule of thumb, a traditional garden is made with 80% plants and 20% hardscaping and accessories. Modern gardens have the opposite ratio…

Use that Wall: The Trellis Re-invents Itself
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Use that Wall: The Trellis Re-invents Itself

However small a patio or terrace may be, its walls are too often overlooked and under exploited when designing the space. In the late 90R…

Forget Lawns, Go For Creative Grass
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Forget Lawns, Go For Creative Grass

Two years ago, I attended the annual conference of The Society of Garden Designers in England. The chairman’s opening remarks were a b…

Outdoor Gift Ideas: Give A Smile
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Outdoor Gift Ideas: Give A Smile

I am not surprised that many are adding items for their outdoor spaces on their wishlist for the holiday season as the variety of  stylish …

Designs to Cheer Up Patios This Winter
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Designs to Cheer Up Patios This Winter

A lovely white winter may be on the way but in the meantime a colorful one is also a great way to enjoy your outdoor space…whether you…

Going Green? Go Full Monty With Zero Carbon Designs
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Going Green? Go Full Monty With Zero Carbon Designs

Marketers’ “green washing” eco claims are still going strong! Through my trend and design tracking activities I have seen …

Outdoor Textiles: Time for Creative Ambition
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Outdoor Textiles: Time for Creative Ambition

Outdoor textiles have been the neglected product area for outdoors. I have hardly seen any innovations since the beginning of the boom in ou…

Outdoor Heating
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Outdoor Heating

If you are a movie lover, perhaps you have seen Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film kicks off with a shot of the old King lounging…

Adopt the Lounge Attitude with Playful Outdoor Lighting
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Adopt the Lounge Attitude with Playful Outdoor Lighting

Lighting is the single most difficult thing to get right indoors. It can make or break a space, as lighting often affects our mood. Somehow …

The Rise of Plug and Play Outdoor Cooking
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The Rise of Plug and Play Outdoor Cooking

Editor’s note: Please welcome our newest contributor, Anne Robert of The Outdoor Stylist and our newest weekly column, Get Out! I’ve…