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Bookshelf: Gardens of Style from Around the World

Now that we are deep into summer, I hope that these books about various gardens of style from around the world will help inspire you in your own garden! By now I hope your garden is blooming beautifully but if you want to look further afield for landscaping ideas, these recently published books are full of juicy images and inspiration from gardens in Italy, England and other parts of the world.

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Lake Como in Italy is one of the heavenliest places on earth. Those Italians really know how to live la dolce vita! This new book on the Italian gardens of Lake Como gives a peek at some of the most beautiful villas around the lake, so we get a glimpse not just of the garden designs but also of the historic Italian architecture.

Against a backdrop of lake and mountains, the fourteen featured gardens range from Renaissance and Baroque Italian gardens to 19th century English style landscape gardens to 19th century romantic natural designs. Of course we get a glimpse of the famous Villa Carlotta and the magnificent palazzo turned luxury hotel, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. And now, for some strange reason, I’m really in the mood to make pasta tonight!

Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design WorldGardens of Style Private Hideaways of the Design World

Written by design, architecture and travel writer Janelle McCulloch, this lavish new book looks at the private gardens in the homes of famous movers and shakers in the design world, from fashion to interior design. It also explores how these gardens have inspired their owners in their creative pursuits. For example, fashion designer Christian Dior’s garden boasts the lavish roses that inspired his beautiful couture gowns.  The tastemakers’ gardens are all around the world, so the author takes on us a journey from the East Coast of the USA to the French Provence region, to the country manors of England, to the always elegant Milan, and to the exotic foliage of tropical Dominican Republic.

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Written by BBC presenter Jules Hudson, this lovely book about English walled gardens is wonderful if you enjoy looking at photos of period gardens to get inspiration for your own garden.

Once upon a time, every English country house would have had a walled garden. The walls provided shelter from the elements as well as keeping wildlife out. The new book explores the history of walled gardens and how they were used to grow plants for food, flowers, and medicine. In the late 18th century, some gardens even had heated walls!  The book is from the National Trust, an English organization that protects the houses and gardens of many beautiful old stately homes. The National Trust has renovated many gardens that fell into disrepair in the 20th century so you can browse them in the pages of this book and take heart for your own garden renovations!

Happy gardening!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

 

 

Bookshelf: Historic American Gardens

Looking for some garden design inspiration now that it’s time for us to all get out in the garden? These beautiful books on historic American gardens will help some new ideas to blossom. The final book in this trio of recently published garden books will help you put your inspirations into action to create your own gorgeous American garden!

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden

Ellen Shipman and the American GardenEllen Shipman designed more than 600 gardens in the United States between 1914 and 1950. This book celebrates her work creating gorgeous formal American gardens for famous clients including the Fords, the Edisons, the Astors, and the du Ponts. She drew on the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts movements, with an original approach to color.

You can see the results in her gardens in places including the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida; the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio; the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.

Seeking Eden

Seeking EdenThis new book celebrates the rich garden heritage of the state of Georgia, with the stories of nearly thirty public and private gardens. These include Colonial Revival gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, a conservation garden, rock gardens and ornamental 19th century parterres.

The book looks at the evolution of the gardens over the last couple of centuries, right through to the present day, with photographs to help bring their histories alive! If you want some inspiration from the luscious old gardens you’ve seen in Georgia, here’s the answer!

Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard Into the Garden of Your Dreams

Garden RenovationI love that subtitle, as Greg and I have been working for the last few years on just that dream in our Newberry, South Carolina garden. You can see some of our landscaping and gardening challenges and successes for our vintage 1920 bungalow renovation in my blog posts: The “before” jungle of a garden  when we moved in and The “after” garden: Roses in bloom.

We could have used this Garden Renovation book earlier! It’s written by garden designer Bobbie Schwartz, who takes a practical approach to transforming a problem child yard into a delightful garden paradise. She shares tips, ideas on how to plan the landscape and tackle planting choices and also shows her ideas in action with case studies and before and after photos of her own clients’ yards, featuring American gardens from across the country.

Happy gardening!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

Vintage Life: Roses in Bloom

If you’ve been following our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation, you’ll know that transforming the yard from a jungle to a beautiful garden has been a major task!  It’s been worth every minute though so I thought I’d give an update on our 2016 garden so far.

Seedlings in pots

Last year a friend of ours let Greg and I come pick some of her tomatoes and they were the BEST-tasting tomatoes I’ve ever had! They were bright orangey-yellow and were very meaty with hardly any juice. I saved the seeds and planted them, along with some peppers, in early March, lovingly raising them under grow lights in our bathroom until they were ready to be planted outside in early May.

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Minkey and Rudy helped inspect my progress after I finished planting everything – a whole box just of tomatoes, another bed of mostly peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini, a third bed with mostly cucumbers and collards. The fourth bed is our strawberry patch that is already putting out sweet red fruit. Our peach trees are full of baby peaches and our fig trees are just starting to set baby figs.

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My rose bed I built around the mailbox is currently in full bloom! Those are vintage bricks around the rose bed… of course!

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I also put azealas in the front bed. They bloomed beautifully this spring!

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Squiggy enjoys hanging out on the steps to bask among the flowers and keep an eye on the planters… just in case they try to misbehave!

Squiggy cat enjoying flowers

Here’s another shot of the front yard showing our hanging baskets. Our Flamepoint Siamese cat Roxy is peering out from the cat patio too, but you might not see her in the photo.

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And good news – our blueberry patch seems finally be growing! It is hard to spot, but we have a few blackberry plants under the tree that are starting to form a bramble.

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That’s the tour of our garden this month! If you want to see how far we have come, check out this post about how the “garden” looked when we first moved in: Vintage LIfe: Good Fences. We were told that nobody had done any yard work for at least 10 years, and it was easy to believe. Poison ivy covered the yard and Greg and I hauled about 4.5 tons of leaves and vines away, in addition to old tree limbs. You wouldn’t believe it’s the same property!

Or check out my recent post on Great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots for more inspiration on making your outdoor space a place you love. Tell us what you are doing in your garden in the comment box – we love to hear your stories!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Great Ways to Decorate the Garden with Flower Pots

As spring does its thing, I found some great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots, whatever your style! Last week I made up all these flower pots for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Flower Pots for mothers day

The bigger three on the right are full-sun for mom’s front porch and the 6 on the left are for shade on the back porch, including 2 hanging baskets and an aloe plant for summer sunburns. I also took mom out for lunch and a pedicure.

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I also cleaned up her yard for spring 3 weeks ago and put down 58 bags of mulch and 6 bags of rocks.

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Whew! That was a lot of yard yoga!  After I made up all the flower pots I was inspired to look for interesting ways to display flower pots in the garden.  I found some great ideas to share!

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This is a fairly classic way to use flower pots. The pots line a set of outdoor steps up to the front door or perhaps from the garden to patio doors.  The thing that struck me about this arrangement outside a house in Philadelphia is that the pots are graduated in size, getting larger toward the top, so they lead the eye (and the visitor!) up to the door.  It’s a nice spin on a traditional arrangement and very easy to do. The single-color flowers also add to the bold statement.

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Color plays a big part in this striking display too. Just pop a simple flower pot on top of a bright cafe chair for a very chic look. This photo was taken in France – you could have guessed, right? The French have a knack of making the simplest things look wonderful.  The combination of color, a sculptural outline, and the raised level of the flower pot make this a nice idea for a patio or deck. Maybe you have old or damaged pieces of small furniture kicking around the house or forgotten in the garage that you could repurpose as a plant holder? I wouldn’t do this with an antique chair, but for cheaper pieces or thrift shop finds, it’s a winner!

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Somebody got creative with a dead tree! It looks like they painted the trunk of the tree with a vibrant blue before stringing colorful flower pots up it and adding pretty outdoor lights too. This is such a fun idea to turn a potential eyesore into a focal point.

2004  :  Tuscan Stables, Ranch At The Canyons, Terrebonne, Oregon

Finally, this photo looks like it was taken in Tuscany, but it’s actually in Oregon! It is similar to the flower pots in the first picture as the pots are used to line an outdoor staircase, but actually I think the design idea is bigger than this. The row of pots attached to the walls on both sides create a wonderful architectural statement. You could fix flower pot holders to the walls to accent any architectural or landscape feature. How about hanging them on a wall in an eye-level row along a pathway to lead visitors through a floral vista? (Make sure the path is wide enough – you don’t want guests literally getting an eyeful of the flowers!)

Patriotic Vintage Bungalow

This is the outside of our 1920s vintage bungalow that we have been renovating. We have hanging baskets and also planters leading up the stairs to the door. Now I’ll have to think about other ways to decorate the garden with flower pots!

Have you got an interesting flower pot arrangement in your garden or patio? Tell us about it in the comments box – we love to hear from you! And if you are looking to buy planters, check out the beautiful planters on our website.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.