Design Tips

Make the most of your garden course – just 4 weeks left to book!

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Apr 2014 in Design Tips

Working through a sketch with attendee at The Decor Cafe garden design workshop Lisa Cox

It’s just four weeks until my new ‘how to make the most of your garden’ course starts at The Décor Café in Putney.  I’m running the course with my friend and fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller.  As you know, I’ve delivered workshops before, but this one will be slightly different because it will run over three consecutive weeks.

This means that it will be possible to put what you learn into practice between each session and by the end of the course you’ll know exactly what you need to do to make the most from your garden.

Natural stone paving samples

We’ll also equip you with knowledge and ideas which will not only help you to select the right materials, but we’ll also talk about how much things cost so that you can confidently bring in appropriate professionals and understand what they’re talking about.

The first week is all about defining the brief, how to analyse what’s there now, how to apply some basic design principles to improve its function and how to make the most of what you’ve got without spending a fortune.

Week two is all about style, when we’ll explore different materials, colours and textures to help you to apply your personal style to the garden with the help of a mood board.

The Decor Cafe & Lisa Cox - Design Your Own Garden workshop

In the final week we’ll pull together what you’ve learnt so far and have a look at how to choose the right plants to fit your style and the conditions within your garden.  We’ll also have a look at garden accessories – furniture, planters, that sort of thing which all have the power to elevate your garden to the next level.

This is the time of year that generally awakens the idea of creating a garden.  So, if you are one of these people and don’t know where to start, why not join us for what we hope will be a really inspiring three weeks.

Full details about the course, which starts on Tuesday 6th May, are on the Décor Café Website but if you have any more specific questions, I’d be delighted to answer them personally.

We hope to see you there!

My outdoor living article for M&S Bank

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Mar 2014 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Designing your garden for outdoor living article M&S Bank Lisa Cox Designs

I’m excited to show you the finished article I’ve written for M&S Bank which went live on their website this week. Read more

Ilex crenata – a brilliant alternative to Box

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Victorian driveway edging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

If you read my blog on Tuesday then you’ll know that I planted a double hedge in the front garden in North London.  My client was a bit worried about box blight so we decided instead to use Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly) for the low hedge. Read more

Front garden design tips: What about the plants?

6 Written by Lisa on 7th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Front garden design London Lisa Cox

This is the last post in my blog series about front gardens.  I hope you’ve found it useful and now feel inspired to tackle your own? Read more

Front garden design tips: Storage

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Feb 2014 in Design Tips

Bike storage Garde Trellis Company

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, front gardens are predominantly functional spaces which means that there are things to accommodate that you don’t necessarily want to look at. Read more

Front garden design tips: Considering security

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden Wandsworth by Lisa Cox Designs

Normally front gardens are easily accessible to others so there are a few considerations you should take into account when you’re planning your front garden. Read more

Front garden design tips: What surface is best?

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden Wandsworth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I talked you through the layout of your front garden so now it’s time to start thinking about the hard landscaping materials.  The surface you choose will probably end up boiling down to cost but, whatever you decide upon, it must feel right with the look and style of your house as well as it’s setting. Read more

Front garden design tips: 5 ways to keep it simple

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Concept sketch sutton front garden Lisa Cox Designs

Welcome to the first edition of my blog series about front gardens.  I’ve written about them before but I hope that I’ll be able to give you some tips to help you to improve what you have.  Whether you’re ready to start again from scratch or just make a few changes I hope I’ll give you some inspiration to have a go. Read more

Giving your home some kerb appeal

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden in Wandsworth by Lisa Cox Designs

There was an interesting article in The Sunday Times’ home supplement on Sunday about revitalising your home. It offered lots of advice and ideas about ways you can improve your home. These ranged from inexpensive decluttering to full-scale structural changes. Read more

Why not phase the installation of your garden lighting?

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Walled garden in Berkshire - Lighting by Ornamental Garden Lighting

Lighting in the garden takes on various functions including lighting a pathway, improving security and creating a mood or aesthetic that enhances your garden at night. 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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