Last but certainly not least in our series on current design trends, we will discuss Modern style concepts for 2022 and upcoming years. While you might think of Modern as “simple”, to be well done it must be planned as carefully as any other style! If the saying “less is more” appeals to you, check…

Even though the landscape design world has changed significantly in the past few years, Traditional concepts aren’t going away. In fact, Traditional styles are still extremely popular; we just find new ways to keep the concepts fresh and interesting for homeowners who want a classic look that is up to date. Typically, traditional landscaping includes…

In last week’s blog, we focused on learning the foundational terms of describing style. Now, let’s focus on a popular combination of several styles: Contemporary style. What is Contemporary style, with regard to landscape design? Contemporary style reimagines several other design concepts, and shows up in a range of current trends. We tend to see…

Lanterns and basket between rattan sofa and hammock with pillows in the garden.

A lot has changed in the world of landscape design over the past couple of years. So for this month, we wanted to use a series of blogs to update you on this year’s most current styles. While there’s no need to stick to the strict confines of a label, words do help us to…

Plate full of edible flowers

Each year, we update you on Pantone’s Color of the Year and offer our tips for incorporating the trendy hue in your home and landscape. For 2022, we’re excited to announce Very Peri, a lovely shade of blue with strong purple influence. As Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said in a…

Interior of a backyard sauna

Many of us never experience a sauna unless we visit a spa or a nice hotel. But once there, you find yourself imagining how nice it would be to use a sauna more often. And you can! Backyard saunas are becoming more popular, because you can enjoy the luxurious feeling of a spa without ever…

Rock waterfall

Topiaries. Perhaps due to the extra time we all spent around the house during the pandemic, hobbies such as topiary design have grown in popularity. We’ve also seen a shift toward more organic shapes within topiary enthusiast circles. Water gardens and other water features. What did everyone do while spending more time at home in…

Senior couple potting plants outside.

We all hope to enjoy a landscape that complements our homes, adds curb appeal, and provides for our outdoor living needs But as we get older, we confront other considerations. It’s common to renovate the inside of homes in order to accommodate age and disability, but what about the outside? Yes, in fact, this is…

Backyard with strolling path

There are a number of ways to design a backyard garden, and none of them are more or less “correct” than any other. But of course, there might be a design type that is more suitable for you. If you’d prefer a garden that encourages visitors to move from one feature to another, appreciating the…

Colour swatches book. Rainbow sample colors catalogue.

Every so often, we begin to notice that our homes look “dated” to a bygone decade. One of the easiest ways to refresh our decor, both inside and out, is by renovating new colors. Just think of the 1970s and certain colors come to mind! And the same goes for just about any other decade….

Moon gate - Garden archway into a seating area

Does your garden area need just a little extra “something”? Your garden serves as a special place, where you spend hours tending your plants or simply sitting and enjoying the fruits of your labor. It’s your home away from home, so why not give it a special entryway of its own? Hopefully the following ideas…

Rainbow of bearded iris

Now that April has arrived, you might be noticing flowers and trees that are blooming in full splendor. If you’re wondering what you could plan in your own yard, so that you can enjoy beautiful early spring blooms next year, this blog is for you! The following trees and flowers would make a lovely addition…

Young Woman doing Yoga Exercises Outdoor

Many of us are feeling a need for more outdoor time lately, and who couldn’t use a bit of self-therapy these days? Gardening provides for both of these needs, by encouraging you to spend more enjoyable and even meditative time outside. And luckily, gardening never gets boring, because new trends continuously emerge to keep us…

indoor food gardening

Throughout 2020, home gardening exploded in popularity throughout the country. Our 42 million gardeners swelled to 63 million within the span of a year, and there are no signs of the trend reversing. In fact, most home gardeners report that they want to go bigger and better in 2021! Whenever a hobby enjoys sudden, increased…

Honeybee collecting pollen from California Golden Poppy

Each January, Pantone releases their “color of the year”, sparking a year of inspiration for enthusiasts of both fashion and interior design. The selection process involves careful consideration of trends, both current and emerging, and reflects all areas of design, entertainment, technology, and even current events. For 2021, Pantone actually decided to release a pairing…

We can all remember a time in which front yards were strictly dedicated to curb appeal, with all the action happening in backyards. Driving through most urban and suburban neighborhoods, you almost wouldn’t guess that actual people lived in many of those homes! Rows of houses appeared like movie sets, with the entire family gone…

tigger looking out over ash down

For some of us, the backyard is a place to showcase our skills honed over many years of gardening. For others, it’s a place of recreation and relaxation. We say: Why not both? For those who recall the magic and wonder of their childhoods, we know that a backyard can provide hours of enjoyment and…

Colour swatches book. Rainbow sample colors catalogue.

Each year, we bring you an exciting update on the “colors of the year,” usually chosen by Pantone along with paint companies like Behr and Sherwin Williams. While we normally think of color trends as they apply to fashion and home decor, there are plenty of unique and innovative ways to work them into your…

Star Wars Land - Disneyland landscaing

When visiting Disney theme parks, many of us tend to focus on rides, food, and shows. But the atmosphere of Disney parks is always present in the background, and is what makes any Disney experience truly magical. As you walk through different areas of each park, you will notice that designers dedicated themselves to creating…

Gardens at Balboa Park

For a fun springtime family outing, and to gather a little inspiration for your own landscape design, head over to Balboa Park in San Diego. The park features numerous gardens, some designed decades ago by the original founders. Just to give you an idea of the park’s diversity, here is a list of their gardens…

backyard retreat

At this time of year, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, many of us focus on ways to bring a bit more romance into our lives. Maybe you’re planning a special date, or just wish you had a private space in which to relax on a regular basis. A soothing backyard retreat would even make a…

Focal points in a garden

You might already be familiar with the concept of focal points in visual arts, like painting, or as they are used in interior design. But you can (and should) also create focal points in your landscape design as well. Why focal points? A focal point serves two main purposes: First, to draw the eye toward…

Outdoor furniture

Last week, we began this two-part blog series to discuss outdoor design trends for 2019. If you’re renovating your backyard space between now and spring, read on to continue learning about this year’s hottest ideas and looks. Modular sofas. In the past, selecting outdoor furniture always seemed to present one particular challenge: What type of…

Outdoor furniture

Yes, the new year has just begun, but barbecues and backyard hangouts with friends are just around the corner. Now is the time to renovate your outdoor space and get it ready for spring and summer. So, in this two-part blog series, let’s review some of the hottest trends that we’re expecting to see in…

sand area with fire pit

Travel is fun and rewarding, but it’s also expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. Sometimes we just don’t have the energy, time off of work, or budget to accommodate a trip to a far-flung location. But as the rising popularity of taking a “staycation” has taught us, taking a time-out at home can be quite restful and…

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