Hi, Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! Backyards here in Montreal are a double-edge sword. You can either hate the fact that you have to start from scratch every year, or you can take it as an opportunity to do better than the year before, to improve and to reinvent.
Whether you’re dealing with a balcony barely big enough for a table for two, or sprawling acres of land, the first thing to do is to define your style. Mine is exactly that of Mark D. Sikes‘ backyard: part classic American, part French provincial, part California cool and to an extent, part English garden too.
Let it be said that I’m not a gardering expert (far from it in fact) – but I’m sure that there is inspiration to be drawn from this delightfully classic and timeless backyard.
1. Reclaimed bricks in a herringbone pattern is my ultimate favorite paving option. Reclaimed bricks are not very expensive and you can find them in most reclaimed material yards.
2. A display of blue and white china is always chic in a garden, from garden stools, to ginger jars and planters.
3. Topiaries are a neat and pretty durable leafy plant option.
4. Tall hedges and growing ivy make any space feel more lush and private.
5. A solitary wood bench isn’t necessarily practical, but it’s almost always beautiful and romantic.
6. Classic iron furniture with ivory upholstery is the most classic option. Outdoor cushions make a backyard seem more finished. There are great durable outdoor fabrics these days that make the options endless.
7. A stone pedestal table is extremely durable, it ages well and it’s timeless.
8. A fountain is a great option to drown out the noise if you live on a busy street.
9. Flowers don’t need to replicate the colors of the rainbow. Sometimes a single color is the chicest option.
10. Matching planters create a sense of unison. Traditional ceramic planters are available everywhere in all shapes and sizes, making them a great option.
What’s your backyard style?
See you next week!