June 18, 2012

Garden Structures

Outdoor spaces are particularly inspiring around this time of year when we are all itching to get outside and enjoy it!  I’ve been enjoying the many different ways a garden structure can be interpreted, especially since we are hoping to create something fun for our kids in our own yard over the next few years.

Everything from formal dining areas (check out that amazing terra-cotta and glass flowerpot candelabra interpretation)…

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…to more casual conversational spaces…

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…to nooks to hide out in…

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…to functional pieces that allow for both growth and hideaway opportunities – while this structure is in its beginning stages, once the beans start climbing the poles, it will be a fantastic hide-a-away in the middle of a beautiful garden.

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Ryan at Pacing the Panic Room has been working with his family to create a space along his home in Central Florida that combined some of these aspects.  There is a full explanation of that ahhhhhhh-mazing wood wall treatment on his blog (hint: think fencing), as well as some more information on their sturdy tee-pee as well.

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Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of this space is that you don’t have to have a formal garden or even a large space to take advantage of the warmth and whimsey that a garden structure provides.  WIth thoughtful consideration and some innovative (can we just say that’s the sexiest container/wall garden I’ve ever seen?!) ideas, a beautiful and functional space can be created almost anywhere.

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Do you have any structured spaces in your garden?

One Response to “Garden Structures”

  1. Ruth Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Love the little “garden bedroom”. I could nap out there all day!