Living It Up! features unique gardens demonstrating the grandeur you can experience in a limited-space, urban setting. Minimalism doesn’t have to be small in idea, beauty or function.
So whether you’re downsizing, have moved into the city with a postage-sized deck, patio or yard, gave up your huge back yard for a patio, or are simply a fan of minimalism, Living it Up! will offer a wealth of take-home ideas for you to create your own entertaining space.
Explore distinctive designs using outdoor and indoor décor, planters, containers and more.
A GARDEN OF FRAGMENTS
Pamela Richards Garden Design
Fragments saved from previous gardens, repurposed materials and cuttings from generous neighbors can be artfully assembled to create a tantalizing small garden. The smallspace garden is a place to relax and savor a garden with a special personal history. The ideas are endless: cascading grasses, splashes of pink, dark feathery ferns and pale flowers tumbling from a container to re-create fondly remembered combinations. Repurposed furniture, fabric from grandmother’s trousseau, old Christmas ornaments and worn garden art can all be positioned for the desired effect.
Creator: Pamela Richards Garden Design,
IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR
Pacific Stone Company
Almost a “secret garden” and patio space tucked in off the side of a home in an urban setting, this garden is packed with big-garden features. Circular paving stones are surrounded by low natural stone borders and boulders. Hand-forged iron plant stakes in an unfolding fiddle-leaf fern motif and handmade iron “vines” support grapevines and festive lighting around the garden. Creations by local artists include a hand-blown glass fruit bowl set in crows shaped from iron. A small water feature is tucked in next to the walls of the house — with the “out” door leading from the garden to a wine cellar.
Creator: Timothy Gray; Pacific Stone Company,
STARTING THE DAY ON THE PATIO
Perennial Lawn & Garden, Inc. PLG Construction
This garden is practical, functional and enjoyable. The planters are Roman Pisa and the patio pavers are Standard-Pacific Slate finish. The use of hardscape materials offers low maintenance and a pleasant environment to enjoy the outdoors any time of day.
Creator: Gil McNeal, Perennial Lawn & Garden,