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A truely beautiful mediterranean garden was designed for the owners living in Cologne, Germany! With a natural pond-pool, colourful flowers and ornamental grasses and an ancient Olive tree was added as a last minute idea to complete the overall effect. It is a stunning result and it always warms my heart seeing the design several summers (2 here) later.
This is what the garden loked like before the huge make-over! Every garden designer's nightmare and challenge! It was totally overgrown and a mess!
The entrance was moved outward and the old non existing hedge removed to make way for a neat iron framework to be covered with Hedera Helix with a proper door, which could be locked to guarantee the privacy of the owners.
The ancient olive tree stands proud in the enclosed courtyard.... protected in winter from harsh winds and frosts.
the light is beautiful here..
To spend warm summer evenings with romantic candles burning, the soft lights glowing up from the pool and the sound of the waterfall must give the owners that magical feeling of being in Greece or Italy!
I also love the playful use of the tiles.... the smaller ones continue into the conservatory
the original design by me... the mediterranean idea including the 4 Feng shui elements: wood, water, air and fire.... and often when the digging and construction gets on it's way changes do occur... like the spontanious idea of the olive tree and experimenting with the pattern of the tiles.
A place to sit and have breakfast, lunch and dinner... with friends and family or just relaxing reading a magazine or good book!
So it is possible to create out of nothing, or a nightmarish mess something totally beautiful.... trust the professional designer.... and have fun exploring together the possibilities!
Have a truely wonderful summer.... and happy gardening!
I love this water feature above: the bowls are like big cups spilling over... just start taking note of waterfeatures in your area... what do you like and why and can you fit it in your own home. The one above is from HOUZZ magazine
When designing your own garden don't forget to install good light spots ... as they create ambiance and atmosphere.
Easy lounging ... use your inside cushions for outside comfort!
Mediterranean style terrace: a mix and match of all your outside chairs combined with an old tabletop does justice during long afternoon feasts!!!
A lovely symmetrical water feature... if you have the space not too difficult to get a proffesional gardener to make it for you!
Small but luxurious mediterranean patio design.... I wouldn't mind drinking a glass of prosecco here!!!
Summer time is about creating mood and friendly attractive ambiance.... living life outdoor... together with family and friends.... designing memories for a lifetime.... using the senses around you to tap into later on in life (fragrant plants and flowers, deliscious food, lounge music, your own decor, and the welcoming kiss/hug of family and friends...
Make sure your outside is set for spring and summer entertaining..
. A hammock is ofcourse ulimate bliss... it's about creating comfort around you, no matter how large or small your dwelling is! As long as your heart is poured into it!
Soft earth tones bring outside inside..... create your own stye and atmosphere.... it doesn't always mean expensive!
Do both! Make sure you live outside when ever the weather permits... in hot climates we go inside for siësta and coolness, in cooler climates we move indoor again when needing warmth during chilly evenings. Turn your home into an attractive outdoor living space with comfortable chairs, lounge seats, table, candles for when it turns dark.... and your favourite summer recipes ready to go in your kitchen!
Make sure to water all your plants in pots daily and get the water sprinkler out in the evening and give garden borders a good refreshing shower. Better to leave the tap running for a couple of hours than short bouts.... the water needs to sink in deep enough otherwise the roots will stay too close to the surface.
Remove all dead flowers and leaves to keep plants looking radiant and beautiful., a daily at the end of the working day task.... however never turn it into a chore... but see it as a medatative moment to relax you and create beauty... then pour yourself a drink... preferably a Gin (Bombay Sapphire is the best) & Tonic with icecubes and
...... enjoy life outside and the pictures it brings you...
After several request from clients and friends about how to use the Feng Shui Bagua Map, I decided to make a drawing for you. Best is to download the photo into your laptop/computer and then zoom in to enlarge what I have written.
The nine areas of the Bagua Map reflect areas of your home/life!!!
Once you understand and get to grips with the map .... it's great to try it out on your own home! Just take pen and paper and draw your floor plan and turn it into a square/rectangular shape... with missing corners added by using a dotted line. See Example House 4 on my drawing. Then place the center of the Bagua map on the center of your plan.
If you do have a corner missing you can either hang a mirror on the wall or if you have a window, use a rainbow crystal, and hang it in the center .... both will bring the energy of the missing part back into your home. If both are impossible then place a symbolic object that signifies the area! A beautiful object ofcourse which you LOVE!!!!
A description of the nine areas. Just chose the names that are most appealing to you in the different sections:
Clutter in this area will clog up your cash flow, cause your overall financial situation to stagnate, and make it hard work to create abundance in your life.
Fame, Reputation, Illumination:
When this area is cluttered it can cause your reputation to dull and your popularity to wane. Enthusiasm, passion, and inspiration will also be in short supply.
Relationship, Love, Marriage:
A cluttered relationships area can cause difficulty in finding a love mate or problems in an exisitng relationship. What you get will not be what you need or want.
Elders, Family, Community:
This type of clutter can cause problems with superiors, authority figures and parents as well as with your family or community as a whole.
Clutter here has damaging health consequences and your life will lack a meaningful central focus.
Creativity, Offspring (kidds), Projects:
If this area is cluttered you are likely to experience blocks in your creativity, struggle in bringing projects to fruitition, and difficulties in relationships with children or people working for you.
Knowledge, Wisdom, Self-Improvement:
Clutter in this area limits your ability to learn, make wise decisions, and improve yourself.
Career, Life Path, The Journey:
When you have clutter here it can seem as though life is an uphill struggle. You may feel that you are in a rut, not doing what you want to do.
Helpful Friends, Compassion, Travel:
Clutter in this area blocks the flow of support in your life, so you will feel like you are "going it alone" a lot of the time. It also inhibits plans to travel more.
My advice is to just get going and try it out...
If you are skeptical... well then just de-clutter an area for several months and then clutter it again.... and FEEL and EXPRIENCE the difference...
Still got questions then please contact me, or if in dire need of HELP then also drop me a line and I will be glad to make an appointment for a consultaion.