Intimate Indoor/Outdoor Garden Living

Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Living is GardenWise!

Ease of movement and flow are essential when connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces.  This can easily be achieved, especially in an older home, with a few inexpensive additions.  Changing a door style from solid to french, and adding a few wooden stairs, will create the connection between the two spaces.  Create areas in your outdoor space for entertaining, as well  quiet conversation.     

Here are before and after pics of a project we designed and installed in  Georgetown, featured in Home & Design, that shows how a bare space can be transformed into a zen and beautiful outdoor getaway. The transformation of the interior is amazing. 

By adding an arbor and a table and chairs, you’ll create an intimate sitting area and a gathering spot for friends & family. A water feature as a focal point by using an urn in a bed of decorative stones will add a couple of visuals while lending the wonderful soothing sounds of water.  Strategically placed potted plants with bursts of color and texture will soften the space while lending to an oasis quality.  A garden space with plantings and trees can nicely frame and enclose a space while blocking views to a neighbors yard or an alley.  

 

J. Mark White in Home & Design magazine

 

A Design Team Transforms a Georgetown Rowhouse 

By Catherine Applefeld Olson | Photography by Erik Johnson

H&DHome & Design features Landscape Architect J. Mark White of GardenWise, Inc. who transformed the previously ignored Georgetwon space into a Zen garden, another bridge to Morris’s fascination with the East and an extension of the home’s interior.  She enjoys meals at a table under a bamboo-topped pergola, which canopies a mother-of-pearl lantern, while an oversized ceramic vase turned into a gurgling fountain encourages visitors to just sit and relax.  White also combined plants typical of the traditional English garden – such as the climbing rose on the arbor – with elements of the Japanese style garden, including the pergola made of stone and cedar and topped with bamboo. 

HOME & DESIGN Story Link http://bit.ly/jp3Lx

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