Planing a Small Garden

Believe it or not, planning a small garden takes time, it doesn’t mean it is a complicated thing, it means that we have to pay attention to details, we have to make it functional and “alive”  through all the seasons.

Let’s check out the top three things we have to keep in mind to prevent any fungus, diseases or even death of our plants.

  • Orientation: The first thing we have to know when we want to plan a garden or even a small terrace is the sunlight. Take a weekend day to understand where’s sun or shadows in your garden and the time of the day when sun or shadow appear. This will help you with another step when it comes to choose which plants you want. For example: If you have a part-shade area in your garden, means that the sun arrives for 3 or 4 hours per day and then it becomes a shadow space, this indicate us that we can plant some plants that grows well with this amount of sun at day, like Hydrangea, Azalea, Heuchera, etc.
  • Soil: Knowing the kind of soil we’re dealing with, will ease a big part of the work. I mean, if we know the type of soil, we can decided: if we have to use vases or if we can plant directly to the ground and, if we have to deal with rustic plants that grows everywhere of maybe those who grow better in an acid soil (“acidophilic” plants will reduce list of shrubs or trees and this is good news if you don’t know what to buy). If you do not what to deal with it, or maybe you have a terrace instead of a garden, you can always use vases and even trees grow well in vases, so there are no excuses to do it!
  • Type of plants: If you have the time and you really love plants, you can use flowering plants, they will give your garden a very colourful touch through all the seasons. On the other hand, if you don’t care much about gardening or you don’t have the time, it’s ok! all you have to do is to use foliage plants, those who don’t have big or flagrant flowers but instead have a very extravagant foliage, they aren’t as “needy” as flowering plants and provide the colour your garden needs all year, even in winter.

Hope this article help you take the first step and design your own garden.

See you soon!!!

Wedding Decor with Herbs

Yes! You read it right, seems that lately the herbs are not only used in the kitchen but also as a very luscious decorative plants!

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I like to think these perennial plants are just perfect in every space, big or small, combined with flowering plants or alone. They are a very important piece in our garden, terrace or in this case, in a decoration for a wedding (obviously a BIG plus is that they are perfectly edible).

Lets organize the ideas… In this article I’m going to show you a proposal of a very rustic but elegant decoration. First of all we have to make a list of the herbs that you can actually use.

I like to begin explaining why all the herbs are no good for a decoration. For starters, not all the herbs are perennial. For example: basil, coriander, parsley and thyme are very gorgeous plants to have in our garden and even indoors, but they have a “dormancy time” and when this happens, the leafs falls down leaving only branches. The leafs are so tender and small that is not worth it to use them in a big decoration. However, we can use them like a table centerpiece or to decorate a buffet table.

The plants we can use are those with a bush bearing, like Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Chamomile (because of its daisy-like flowers), Daisies and so on… I mean, every plant you like!

Another important thing is the materials.  You can use wood splint’s baskets, vintage metal buckets and even concrete planters and the arrangement would be just perfect. In this case we use cubes of concrete, to give a similar sensation as the stone in the walls of the church.

This wedding will take place in a small town on the North of Italy. The Saint Miro’s church is a very modest church that’s placed 20 minutes away from the town… Should I add that you can only get there by walking.

Because of the size of the church, most of the arrangements are in the outside. For the inside, the seats decoration will be very simple with a few branches of rosemary or lavender, like the image below I found surfing the web.

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The church’s entrance has concrete vases with rosemary and sage on them. The left side of the door has a green arrangement.

If you want a little bit of colour, even white, you can always use hortensias or roses (as long as it’s their flowering season), they match perfectly with herbs.

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This is a very particular church. It has an outdoor apse and the access is on one side. Since this church doesn’t have a frontal access (like we’re used to), we have to propose some arrangements in this “complement” area to “escort” the entrance to the church.

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Here I leave a few more examples of the way the wedding should look like and different materials to be combine.

Concrete planter (I know I’m talking about herbs but I just wanted to show a nice concrete vase, please ignore the succulents)

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Metal bucket

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Herbs, herbs and more herbs

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For this wedding example, they’d combined herbs with white roses and hortensias and also added a fruit, the lime. You can add any citrus fruit you want.

As you can see, with herbs there’s no need to find the best way to dispose them, just putting them together is more than enough (big ones on the back and small ones to the front). This plants are so full of character that they will shine on their own.

However, I recommend using the same type of vase, same material and same colour, this way we have an order and a continuity around the different areas.

This is all for now, hope you liked this post.

See you soon!!!

Wedding Decor – Church

This was my first collaboration with a very talented Italian florist named Elena Bregna.

A couple wanted the decorations ideas for their wedding this summer. The wedding will take place in a very important church in the centre of Como (Italy), Saint Fedele’s Church.hydrangea_macrophylla

Because of the date, it’s been decided to use one of the most beautiful plants with an explosive inflorescence like the Hydrangea macrophylla commonly known as Hortensia“.

This gorgeous plant is a deciduous rounded shrub, with glossy dark green leaves and blooms  in the mid summer through fall. As we all know (and for those who don’t), the colour of the Hydrangeas flowers is affected by the Soil pH or acidity of the soil

  • Acidic soil: pH below 6, generates flower colour closer to blue. This type of soil naturally contains agents such as aluminium or iron.
  • Alkaline soil: pH above 6, produces flowers more pink.
  • Neutral soil: pH from 6 to 7, produces White flowers.

So, the couple wanted all the church’s arrangements colours to be white and acid green, which means that the hydrangea is perfect for this decoration.

My partner proposed all the placement of the different arrangements inside and outside the church… Sure she did, she is the Florist!…  I, on the other hand, proposed how the church would look and made the designs, I also made little changes in order to be able to post this article to all of you! I’d added white and acid green roses and some Gypsophila  paniculatato give the finishing touches to every arrangement.

Here’s the idea of the actual church and some ideas of the way it should look

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Saint Fedele’s Church – Decor

 

Decoration Ideas

http://www.leoeventi.com/blog/it/tema-colore-per-il-matrimonio-verde-acido/#.UzWMfaiSySo
http://www.leoeventi.com/blog/it/tema-colore-per-il-matrimonio-verde-acido/#.UzWMfaiSySo
http://philosophyflowers.co.uk/philosophyflowersnews/manchester-art-gallery/#!prettyPhoto
http://belle-blanc.blogspot.it/2013/05/fresh-colorful.html
http://belle-blanc.blogspot.it/2013/05/fresh-colorful.html
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/464996730247431515/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/464996730247431515/

Of course the wedding takes place in a closed church, but I wanted to leave this examples to set an idea

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More white and green hydrangeas

Hope you like them!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write!!!

 

 

Landscape & Garden Design

A new vision for this blog!

I recently finished my Master in Landscape & Garden Design and i wanted to share with you all the ideas i have, to make your garden spaces more interesting, sustainable and stylish.

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If you have a doubt about your garden, plants or free spaces, do not hesitate to write your question, i would gladly try to answer it as fast as possible

 

Mc Donald’s by Patrick Norguet – France

Patrick Norguet is a very distinctive french Freelance Product Designer that’s known over a few years for his fourniture and interior design, he has worked with renowned brands like: Renault (Brusels and Tokio), Marithe & Francois Girbaud (Florence, Paris and Peijing), Petit Bateau, among others.

This is the time for the  fast-food grand Mc Donald’s across France, where Norguet was in charge of executing the new Identity Interiors for the restaurant.

The idea was to return to the concept of “Family” which in the passed years was being returned to, leaving behind the “teenage hangout”. We can see how the design has notably changed, in terms of furniture and even colours, we’re not in the playgroud for kids anymore.

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The designer based on a neutral White pallet with degradations of grey and light brown, but always including the active and bright colours that caracterize Mc Donald’s, like yellow, red and a little orange was also added this time.

 

Norguet created diferent spaces and with those, different moods for the social interactions, open areas for eating standing up as well as more private areas for gathering in family, and digital terminals where you can order and have the food served directly to the table.

The zones are divided with his own “Still” metal chairs from Lapalma, plywood cabinets, shelving and booth, a very organic and also functional furniture wich is a very important topic in the fast-food restaurants.

The colour palette is the important topic in this design, the main idea is to return to the “Family Resaurant”concept and besides the new and formal interior design the colour is one of the most important factores when we want to direct and space to an specific client.

If we look at this design and imagine the old colours like: Yellow and Red we still look at it like a Kid’s restaurant, but the same design with the actual colours, more sober and clear, we inmediately feel in a “Grown up Restaurant”, the fourniture and the diferent aereas make clear that serious doesn’t mean boring. The nwe atmosphere is joyfull and easy to interact in family or even in small groups of friends

So  the great tip  in this design is that the colour can define a space if you direct it correctly, even if you have the simplest room, just think about what you want and who you want to visit your new areas.

“Futokoro House”

Mizuishi Architects AtelierThis is a very interesting house in terms of Functional Space. This residential house with 108,11 m2 takes place in Tokyo, Japan, in a pice of ground open from North to South that gives the amplitude and openness that caracterized it.

A place created with the main idea of “organization” so the owners had plenty space for storage and disposition for their personals. The storages are located on the two walls with more lenght (East and West), that define the edge of the ground and are closed to the exterior.Mizuishi Architects AtelierThe structural walls were nominated “Futokoro” wich in japanese means: “hollow space between something”. Between those two walls takes place the kitchen area, the dinning, the living room and a few free spaces more on the ground floor so the owners can personalized them and still follow the open concept of the design.

Mizuishi Architects AtelierThey also focus the design on having natural light and ventilation, that is achieved beacause of a skylight in the centre of the house and a numerous cuts on the exterior walls as much as in the interior walls so the air can circulate all around the diferent areas of the house.Mizuishi Architects Atelier

The front of the house is covered in wooden lattice that gives the owners privacy but at the same time allow the entrance of sun light into the house.

A great idea for those who have a limited  and space; There are always list of solutions for intrincated grounds.

In this case, they had the answer for the organization theme, creating storages on the sides of the main circulation of the house, this detail leaves and open and bigger space for circulation. The illumination has also been solved among the entire house with a skylight and a complete open front that brings natural light on the two levels of the house.

The natural ventilation was solved with the same open skylight that allow the entrance of air and at the same time, a few perforations on the interior walls made the circulation of air possible between the two levels

These concepts are easily adaptable for our designs or home modifications.

"Genkan" a traditional japanese entryway

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The idea of this Blog was born from the desire of finding information, images, news and articles about Art, Design & Architecture that fill our intelectual  bases without getting too “maximalist”, finding information that fit not only our needs like architects or designers, but the needs of everybody else that loves and enjoy Art as much as Design and want simple answers and great ideas to complete their artwork.

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