Monday, March 23, 2009


photos: jason liske
designer: bernard trainor

photos: jon whittle
designer: alex hanazaki

photos: steve freihon
designer: daniel richards

photo: jon whittle
designer: burle marx

photo: jon whittle
designed by: burle marx

photo: jon whittle
designed by: sergio menon & caterina poll

photo: jon whittle

photo: jason dewey
designer: bluegreen

photo: jon whittle 
designer: isabel duprat

I love outdoor spaces.  

Garden Design Magazine does a wonderful job showcasing some innovative and beautiful work. Even if you're not dealing with as much space or as generous a budget (who is nowadays?) as some of these projects, inspiration is a great place to start when you're planning your very own great back yard, patio or deck transformation.

I'm definitely inspired and ready to do some gardening for summer.

photo: jason liske 
designer: bernard trainor

photo: michael mccreary
designer: jamie rueb

-angelo surmelis


Tootsie said...

green is my favorite thing!!! thanks for the post today..hope all is going well...

Anonymous said...

The photo of the patio overlooking the ocean (third from top) is my favorite. I don't think I would ever go inside if I lived there.


Samantha said...

These are all very inspiring. I think you have patios and landscapes on the brains since you were doing the patio shows in Sacramento this weekend. Hope you had fun. Gorgeous pics.

Her Royal Highness said...

Hey, Angelo! I have a real "design" question for you - you often post beautiful, gorgeous pictures of either well-done design and etc. How do you mold a great shot into a beautiful room?

The reason I ask is because I found a picture in my style file that really made me go, "Hmm. That's gorgeous!" and I'd love to model my small apartment in the same style. The only problem is that the picture is of a very simplistic entry way - sky blue walls with pops of cherry and black and white accents.

Any tips?

mrsben said...

Beautiful!!! It would be difficult to perceive any of these spaces without the assistance of Mother Nature.

Very inspiring. Thank you Angelo.

leah said...

we have a blank canvas outside our home. we need to find a couple extra coins...but my husband has some great ideas! and, of course i will find places to put some vintage pieces.

DesignTies said...

Love these outdoor spaces -- the landscaping is so different from what we have around here. The picture with the trees growing through the roof over the deck is really cool :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

angelo said...

Her Royal Highness,

One great way to incorporate a "magazine look" or inspiration you've seen only in a a limited, cropped way is to take the color palette that you like room it and let that be your guide. Start with big picture choices/decisions like wall color, flooring, furnishing and finishes and THEN work towards the details. You can play it safe and create more of a changeable space (based on how often you are interested in changing your style out) by giving yourself a more neutral backdrop and then bring in your inspirations (sky blue, cherry, black & white) with accessories, rugs(s), art work and other items that are easily changed as your inspiration changes.

If you are interested in the big picture being more of your inspiration, color is the best way to do that. If you're dealing with multiple colors you may want to pick just one (unless you are a color master and understand the best way to use multiple paint colors on your walls) to create your backdrop and then layer that with the other accent colors you love in furnishing and accessories. Repeating a color palette can help create some cohesiveness and balance.

Always remember that even though there are plenty of guidelines and some basic design foundations, there are NO RULES. Experimenting with your inspiration is THE BEST way to find out what will work and not work for you.

Architecture, personal style, budget and space planning are a big factor in your decision making process.

All the best and as always, go forth and design well!

Traci said...

When do you have time to blog?

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW~ :)

Amazing and all gorgeous.

Love the big city building and the grass layout.

Kellie said...

OMG! These are gorgeous. I don't know which one I wold want. I love them all for different reasons.

Her Royal Highness said...


<3 Thanks. I love and adore you if only for the fact that you actually respond to your comments well!

Bromeliad said...

Is anybody else living in a cold-weather zone feeling sorry for themselves right now?

Nothing green here except for a lone crocus or two.

I guess we can dream.

SteamyKitchen said...

I'd love to re-do my garden...and kitchen...and patio.

okok. I need a new beautiful shiny house that I can design!

oh yeah and a few million to build it

is that too much to ask?! ;-)

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