Design Tips

Create your garden course – Week 1

0 Written by Lisa on 7th May 2014 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Design your own garden course Lisa Cox The Decor Cafe

It was the first week of my new garden styling and design course at The Decor Cafe yesterday.  I’m running it with friend and fellow designer, Sarah Speller, and it will run over three consecutive Tuesday mornings.

The idea is that by the end of the three weeks, each participant will know what their style is, how this can be translated into a design for their garden and how to move it forward.  We’ll also be looking at materials and plants, and we’ll go through some do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing a contractor.

The Decor Cafe design your own garden course Lisa Cox

Yesterday, we kicked off with some beautiful garden images to break everyone in gently and to get them thinking about garden style.  Often people know what sort of space they like to visit or be in, but until you really try to hone in on what it is that “floats your boat”, it’s very difficult to move a design forward in a coherent way.

Design your garden course Lisa Cox at Decor Cafe Putney

So we spent much of the morning pulling together a “mood board”.  This allowed Sarah and me to spend some time with people individually so that we could start to get an idea of the sorts of things that inspired and how these might translate into a design for their garden.

Mood board session garden design workshop Decor Cafe Lisa Cox

These sessions are always really fascinating as often the final mood boards represent something quite different to what the person creating it was expecting.  But that, of course, is why it’s such a powerful exercise!

Defining style at decor cafe garden design workshop Lisa Cox

Working with different clients over the years has really made me appreciate the different style options for a garden.  What I can appreciate as good and positive design wouldn’t necessarily be what I’d have in my own garden, but if I am to truly understand what it is that ignites their passion, then I don’t see a better way to do it.

Communicating in pictures is so much easier and as the mood board comes together there soon becomes an overall “picture” of what the style and “mood” of the garden should be.

 

More details about the workshop can be found on The Decor Cafe website

 

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. Read more

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

2 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

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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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