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Use Garden Art to Refresh a Fading Space

Garden Sphere

Some clever use of garden art can bring new interest to an outdoor space, particularly at this time of year.

As we head toward autumn, many of your plants will have finished blooming and are starting to look tired. If you have a vegetable patch you might be busy harvesting your bounty. The temperature may have dipped, but the soil remains warm and weeds are still growing.

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Accessorize With Garden Ornaments

Like your clothing accessories or the décor displayed inside your home, your choice of garden accessories reflect your character and lifestyle. The devil is always in the detail, and choosing the right garden ornaments to compliment your space is an essential aspect of your overall design.

Historically, 19th and 20th Century gardens featured sophisticated ornamentation such as fountains, statuary and sundials. Today, dealers and reclamation yards have found a market for these heritage pieces, whilst reproductions of these classics are readily available from garden retailers.

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How To Enjoy Your Outdoor Space This Winter

robin-branch

If you are similar to me, then you will enjoy using your outdoor space all year round. As long as I can keep warm and dry, I see no reason why I shouldn’t continue enjoying the garden well beyond what the seasons normally dictate. Maybe it’s our tradition for Autumnal bonfires here in the UK, or our love of mulled wine and hot chocolate, but the garden in winter can be just as much fun as during any other time of the year.

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Three Principles for Garden Art

garden ornaments on a lawn

Modern garden ornaments punctuating a lawn

I believe that some carefully curated Garden Art will enhance any outdoor space, and everybody should have at least one piece incorporated into your garden’s design.

With winter just around the corner and your garden retreating toward hibernation, some well-placed Garden Art will also bring some much needed visual appeal. You may not feel like investing in your garden after Summer, but Autumn is a great time for the garden.

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How to Use Paint For an Instant Autumn Refresh

Painted Garden Shed

As we head towards winter, a splash of paint will instantly add some colour and interest to your outdoor space. I’m not much of a fan of the fallow garden (who is?) and try to use my garden all year round. But even if we are in the grips of a winter storm, it’s nice to look out of the window and see some colour, with the promise of better days ahead.

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How to Choose a Patio Heater

Halogen Patio Heater

My recent guide to choosing a fire pit, chiminea or outdoor fireplace will have helped you to assess the options for heating your outdoor space. However, an open fire is not always practical, particularly for those living in tight urban areas. But you can easily swap the rustic charm of the naked flame for a little sophistication: enter the patio heater!

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Fire Pit, Chiminea or Outdoor Fireplace?

Fire Globe

With the evenings that bit colder, what better way to enjoy your outdoor space than with a fire pit, chiminea or outdoor fireplace? A burning fire is an assault on the senses , creates an amazing mood and ambience, and any of these three options will act as an anchor for your night-time gatherings.

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How To Incorporate Garden Art

Buddha in Shadows

Gardens and Art have enjoyed a close relationship for centuries, and there is a long running debate as to whether gardens themselves could be classified as art (I for one think they can).

Gardens are also a timeless source of inspiration for the artist. Flowers, plants, dramatic colours and light collide to provide the perfect artist’s muse, from fine art to abstract.

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Decorative Outdoor Lighting Basics

Garden Light Decor

Whether you are hosting some outdoor soirees this summer or simply want to extend the amount of time you spend in your outdoor space, you will need to procure some kind of outdoor decorative lighting. But where do you begin with your search for that funky decorative lighting, especially if you are a beginner?

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Going Digital In The Garden

Man With Tablet

While it has always been possible to wheel a TV outside or catch up with some paperwork in the garden, our love affair with technology demands that we can access digital services when we like, where we like.

Whether you want to watch a live sports event, check out that new playlist or simply send an e-mail, this guide explores how we can adopt digital technology into our outdoor living spaces.

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Six Types of Garden Art

With Garden Art becoming increasingly popular, you may be wondering how you can incorporate a piece into your outdoor living space. Garden Art not only looks great, but can also provide a focal point, brighten an unloved corner or break the monotony of a fence, wall or screen.

But as with any discipline within home and garden design, fashions change. So here are Six Garden Art trends for today’s contemporary outdoor living spaces.

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The Enduring Appeal of Corten Steel

Corten Steel Screening

Anybody with an interest in garden design will not have escaped the liberal usage of Corten Steel in recent years.

But why all this attraction to what is basically rusty metal, and how can you incorporate the look into your outdoor living space?

The answer to this question is a simple one…it looks amazing! Corten will lend any garden a contemporary, rustic look that will compliment most planting schemes. Those rich, earthy tones also give a strong architectural look, which have become a firm favourite amongst landscape designers, sculptors and architects.

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3 Design Essentials for Outdoor Living Spaces

3 Design EssentialsWhether you are creating an entirely new space or updating what you already have, great design will help to maximise the potential of your outdoor living space. Incorporate these 3 essentials into your outdoor living space design and you will be on your way to creating something truly unique:

1. Define a Focal Point:

A basic principle of interior design, a focal point demands the attention of someone who enters the room. Creating a focal point in your garden not only draws immediate attention toward the finest features but also encourages you to think about how the rest of the garden can be used.

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The Garden Art Sweet Spot

Chris Webb Garden Sculpture

The last couple of years have seen an explosion of interest in garden art, and you might well be interested in curating a piece or two for your outdoor living space.

Whilst it is certainly true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how do you know if what you are buying is garden art, or pure naff? And where on earth can you buy it?

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Why Are Gardens Important?

Friends Enjoying GardenLike most people, my first experiences with gardens came as a child. My parents owned a retirement home in Devon, which was blessed with over an acre of mature gardens. There were terraces and lawns, greenhouses, various gazebos and an incredible rose garden. Specimen shrubs and trees abounded, including two giant Monkey Puzzles which were unfortunately lost in the Great Storm of 1987.

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What is Outdoor Living?

Outdoor Living AreaThere’s a revolution going on. The way in which we enjoy our gardens is changing.

No longer the preserve of retirees with a broad knowledge of horticulture, today we want our gardens to be an extension of our homes.

In short, we want to bring the inside outside.

Although established in the US, Australia and enclaves around the world for sometime, the Outdoor Living phenomenon is a relatively recent arrival to Britain. We have been inspired by homeowners who have extended their homes into their gardens, creating amazing spaces to relax, play and entertain.

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