14 July 2012
This being my very first blog, I thought I’d make it a little different by talking about the exterior rather than the interior. Gardens, or let’s call them ‘the rooms we have outside’, are really important now, aren’t they? It’s no longer acceptable to have a square bit of lawn and a little flower border. Now we have to have a well thought out space with appropriate planting. Depending on size, we can have a bar-b-cue area, a sitting area where we watch the sunset whilst drinking our glass of wine, a play area for the kids and of course a dining area. Even if we have a small yard outside, there is still the need to ‘furnish’ it with pretty pot plants and accessories such as wind chimes or ornaments.
I visited Hampton Court Flower Show this weekend and I was amazed at how many of the show gardens were ‘dressed’ with furniture and accessories just the same as you would find in an interior design show such as The Ideal Home Show.
We often hear people saying that they are ‘bringing the outside in’ when they decorate with natural colours and textures. I think these days we are doing more of the reverse – we are taking the inside out!
Here are a few of my favourites from Hampton Court. Of course, they all include furniture and accessories and even a fireplace!And this delightful example of a garden which is inside a building? Definitely makes you consider whether our gardens are our interiors on the outside.
My favourite garden though was the Russian Museum Garden. This garden, according to the blurb in the handout, aims to encapsulate the essence of St Petersburg and its history as well as the art of the Russian Museum. There were some wonderful shapes mimicking Russian artefacts such as the nesting dolls but what I thought was really interesting was the way your eye was lead into the space like you were walking into the museum itself.
At the front there was a white structural arch with a hanging chandelier almost like the entrance to a very grand room and around the walls was an elegant black rococo-like fence which would look fabulous as wallpaper. When you stepped over the threshold, you came across a circular, carpeted seating area enhanced by the ‘art’ on the walls. It was truly the grandeur of the Russian palace but in a garden. I loved it!