Inspiration from the Cornish Coast

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Mar 2017 in Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I love being by the sea in the winter.  Somehow the rugged landscape is much more invigorating and the beaches are often deserted.

Last weekend we decided to grab a couple of days away on the Cornish Coast and we stayed near the sea in a little cottage between Port Isaac and Tintagel.

We visited Padstow but felt rather sad that its focus was all about the attraction of Rick Stein’s many endeavours rather than just being a lovely fishing town where you could get a bite to eat on the seafront.  In fact, we’d been looking forward to buying some local fish or crab and didn’t find one fishmonger open the whole time we were there.

But, that aside there were some interesting things to see and I always love to see a harbour full of fishing boats.  This boat, Athena, made me smile – a little reminder of my love of Greece!

This doorway caught my eye with the gorgeous stonework and old timber door surrounded by lush planting.

And this cute little boat seat tucked away in a courtyard garden…

The weather was pretty wild whilst we were there and sadly on the day we had planned to walk along the Coast Path to Tintagel, we had 50mph winds which we quickly decided made things a bit treacherous.

But we did have one day when we could embrace the coast.  We battled with the wind that day too but once we got down on to the beach at Bedruthan steps it was glorious.

We pretty much had the beach to ourselves too – just sea, sand and rocks.

We hadn’t checked out the tide times so our timing was perfect with the sea right out.  When you see all the mussels so high on the rocks you quickly realise that you’re standing where the sea will be in just a few hours time.

I love beaches like this with the dramatic rock formations and amazing golden sand.  I think we have some of the best beaches in the UK – they offer a bit of everything.

This was the best day for taking photographs too. You’ll see that some are slightly misty but that was partly due to the spray getting on my lens.

A shame about the weather for the rest of the weekend, but it was still nice to be away and I definitely feel inspired.  I nothing else, I LOVE the cobbled pathway below which has given me lots of ideas for our front garden!

Planning a house project? Please remember the garden…

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Feb 2017 in Design Tips

I watched the first episode of The House That 100k Built last night.  I don’t know about you, but I think it’s one of the most inspiring programmes of its type on TV.  I especially love the way Piers Taylor inspires the use of alternative, sometimes waste, materials to create something really individual and inexpensive that elevates the design to another level. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Abergavenny

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Feb 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve been working with a couple in Abergavenny over the last few weeks who have recently renovated their house and are now ready to turn their attention to the garden. Read more

Working with curves

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2017 in Design Tips

I’ve been drawing the design for a large garden in Hurley this week and it involved rather a huge chunk of time working out where all the radius points of my free-hand curves were. Read more

Snowdrop season is just around the corner

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jan 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

January is always a long month, especially after the festivities of Christmas, but it won’t be long until the snowdrops start to emerge and I always think their arrival promises that spring isn’t that far around the corner. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Dec 2016 in From the drawing board

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The run up to Christmas always seems to go so fast and I never really know why.  But I’ve been baking a lot this week too which probably hasn’t helped too much with getting my task list done! Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Hereford

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Dec 2016 in From the drawing board


I’ve recently been working with a client in Hereford who has just moved into his house in the middle of Hereford. It’s a small garden, but in a great location, close to the centre of town and also near the river. Read more

Some grassy inspiration from Barn House Garden

3 Written by Lisa on 8th Dec 2016 in Inspiration


I was very fortunate to be introduced to Kate Patel this year who, as it happens, lives just up the road on the other side of The Wye Valley. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a challenging garden near Camberley

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board


I have recently been working with a client near Camberley who has a very challenging garden. She contacted me a few months ago with some pictures of the site and it became clear very quickly why she didn’t really know what to do. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board


I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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