It’s the ideal “outdoor room” for al fresco lunches, evening cocktails and moon-lit dinners: the Kuba modern gazebo design makes the backyard a chic extension of the indoors. Inspired by European design, this elegant gazebo canopy by Pircher features a simple, minimalist steel frame with organic yet contemporary, naturally beautiful wood details. This versatile outdoor essential offers a variety of configurations to suit a spectrum of social scenarios – like a high table with bar stools for a fun, bistro setting, or a low table with benches for a more intimate atmosphere. All the while, the unobtrusive see-through frame really maintains a sense of the great outdoors. For more info on these gazebo canopies, visit Pircher.
9 Jan 2010 | Outdoor Furniture
Enhance your outdoor living space with this rustic firewood storage rack – it’s as attractive and alluring a feature of the backyard as the fireplace itself! The Woodstocker rack by Harrie Leenders is a charming country-chic design made of corten and galvanized steel, forming a vertical storage space that that lets you store lots of logs while using a minimal footprint, leaving room for lawn, garden and play! Under its roof, this sheltered storage space keeps your firewood dry and ready to burn in all weather. Another nice thing about these racks is they are super-easy to assemble and dismantle, so you can take it apart, move it and add to it as required – the length is totally customizable to suit your backyard dimensions. Check out this awesome firewood storage rack at Harrie Leenders.
8 Jan 2010 | Fire Features
Encircling a Victorian-era house, this romantically inspired garden design uses plants to build what is clearly an extension of the indoors. Boasting elegance and ease, these outdoor garden rooms take landscape “architecture” to new romantic heights. Richmond, Australia’s Eckersley Garden Architecture leads us through a four-season tour of leafy vines, bushes and trees, while six months of the year, roses can be found in bloom in a walled parterre courtyard. A wood walkway crosses a pond to a solitary seating area enclosed by hedges, which provide privacy as well as a varied collection of fruits and flowers through the seasons. In one part of the garden, deciduous maples are more natural and simple; while native and exotic native plants surround the pond and an al fresco dining area where a weather-proof table and chairs invite an easy-going air for entertaining. Eckersley Garden Architecture.
2 Jan 2010 | Landscape Designs
Richmond, Australia-based Eckersley Garden Architecture designed this modern outdoor space to make the most of every square inch. The home’s small lot demanded an efficient use of space – especially since a pool, garden and sitting area were all part of the design. Lush and fresh, tall flowering grasses fringe the front of the property. The heady fragrance of lilac can be smelled from a distance, welcoming your home while its pale purple blossoms bring and romantic softness to the otherwise modern concrete and glass house. Beyond the main entry it all comes to life – leafy green vines creep down stone walls and a wood fence, drawing attention upward to the eye-level greenery and the open sky above. Colorful pebbled patios abut stone pavers surrounding an L-shaped pool, which maximizes the limited ground area while framing the house and a sunken seating area. Though small, this totally sweet outdoor space design brings together elements of earth, air and water. Eckersley Garden Architecture.
25 Dec 2009 | Landscape Designs
What better place to go “green” that in the great outdoors? Eckersley Garden Architecture has indeed gone the green way in its sustainable garden design. “Climate change is having a real impact on the way people are approaching garden making in Australia. Our traditional approach of copying northern European gardens is failing as our country faces protracted drought, flood and fire,” according to the Richmond, Australia-based landscape architecture firm. “There needs to be a change in attitude toward gardens if they are to be successful in the future.” This forward-thinking eco innovator designed this garden as a personal attempt at a fully sustainable garden using drought-tolerant, native plants. A “Natural Pool” is chemical-free and puts the principles of natural filtration into practice: the water run through the roots of native water plants growing along the edge. Eckersley Garden Architecture.
24 Dec 2009 | Modern Gardens