Urban Gardens

July 21st, 2010

We’re doing some work to our garden over the next few weeks that I have been wanting to do since we moved in to our apartment three years ago. Specifically, remove these very strange, out of place, yews that belong more in South Hampton than they do in our Brooklyn garden. They are so healthy and lovely, but they take up so much room in what is an otherwise small yard. Space in Brooklyn is hard to come by and I don’t think we need to hand it over to some very mature, yews that need lots of trimming.

I’ve been researching other urban garden ideas from various landscape architects for inspiration and have come across some great stuff. Here are some spaces I am really loving and trying to find the common denominator in:

from Brook Landscape:

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I love this yard, and realized that when I looked at Door Sixteen’s post the other day, that this is the same garden she posted but from a different angle:


From Chicago Gardens:

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I love these solar lights in this Pocket Park posted on Mloco a few years ago:

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A Cup of Joe posted this lovely garden:


An old favorite belonging to designers Carin Goldberg and Jim Biber:


I’m drooling over all the photos from this townhouse garden round-up on Remodelista. Here are several that really stand out:








And then a ton of inspiration sets on flickr for outdoor rooms. Here’s a good one:


I think what I learned from this collection of photos is that I love modular garden designs with large spaces of green and simple color pooping around the space. Once our garden is sorted out in the next several weeks, I’ll post some photos!

May the Force be with You, Even in the Bathroom

March 1st, 2010

Check out this amazing Star Wars Tile Mosaic posted on Ohdeedoh. I love, love, love it. Why not have some fun with the tiling in your bathroom? It makes me wonder why we always choose repetitive designs for tile work when there are so many fun ideas to consider.


The bathroom was originally designed by Jagoda’s Architecture. With just a few clicks so far, I am really liking their aesthetic—very bright and clean.