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!
1. This concrete patio utilizes the cement medium as much as possible. Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
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 enable the user to water the gardens without getting muddy water everywhere. Just how and in what combinations the elements are used, that’s what I’d like to know. If we can’t figure out how to DIY them ourselves, we can buy them at Pompon in Amsterdam.
If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, here’s a collection of garden makeovers that’s nothing short of spectacular!
I’m always a sucker for a good Before and After, but man oh man! Some of these transformations are just amazing. It’s great to see what an average homeowner and a lot of hard work can create, don’t you think? Truly, truly inspiring! (Now I really have no excuse NOT to tackle my boring little rectangle of sod.) Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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.