I love this time of year: Springtime. Even the name exudes a cheerful bounciness. After the terribly long, hard winter we experienced in the Northeast this year, I’m so unbelievably happy to see my trees and plants leafing out and all the flowers beginning to bloom and grow. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Kristine, this is an Interior Design blog, not one about Gardening!”
Well, you’re right, but gardening relates to interiors in so many and important ways.
One of my favorite bloggers and garden gurus is Tara Dillard. She is a nationally recognized speaker and garden designer. On her blog and website she says “Gardens begin inside your home on axis with key views. Interior style and colors + exterior architecture are seamlessly combined, with historic templates, to create a vanishing threshold.” Part of what that means to me, is the view out your window actually BECOMES a part of your décor. And that outdoor rooms/spaces are an extension of the life you live inside your home.
I’m amazed at how few people consider the views of their property from windows inside their home when designing the landscape. Every window in your home should feature something wonderful. It can be flowers and shrubbery, or even better, a statue, fountain, or other fabulous focal point.
These views of the garden beg visitors to come outside and smell the roses, taking in the details. I often place a chair by the window, to allow the occupant a view of the garden and I always have my desk facing a window, so I can look out while I’m working.
And don’t forget the view of your interior from the outside is equally important (especially at night). People on the street should be craning their necks to catch a glimpse of what’s behind your front door!
You can find Tara Dillard’s wonderful blog here: http://taradillard.blogspot.com/
We’ll talk more about how nature influences interior design in future posts. In the meantime, make sure you take the time to post a comment and let me know what you think about nature and its influence on interiors. I LOVE to hear from you!
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