Putney Interior Designer Anne-Marie Taylor’s French Lebanese background is evident in her intrinsic sense of style, love of rich colours and desire to create a feeling of warmth throughout her home and garden. With little time for gardening she draws on her interior design experience and employs clever design tricks to ensure that the view from her open plan kitchen lifts her mood, whatever the weather. Here are five of her quick tips and garden styling ideas:
1. Start by considering the colour and style choices you have made inside your home – particularly in the room overlooking the garden. Anne-Marie has always loved the colour ‘red’, and being a warm and passionate colour known for stimulating conversation and appetite, it is a perfect colour to have in your kitchen, dining and social spaces.
2. Open the doors and let your colours and style flow through into your garden. Anne-Marie continued her ‘red’ theme and took it outside with cleverly positioned injections of colour through her choice of accessories. Simple details such as these red plant pots in your line of view, make all the difference.
3. Use the grass, shrubs, trees and hedge as a natural backdrop for your colour scheme and bring in complementary and contrasting colours in your furniture. To complement the red Anne-Marie introduced lime green and cream in her statement garden furniture to reflect the colours she uses indoors: lime green is the colour of the lighting under the kitchen island and cream is one of the colours on the wallpaper and blinds.
The larger table is positioned close to the house for easy entertaining and the little cafe style table is tucked away at the bottom of the garden to make the most of the sun.
4. If you can’t hide it, find a stylish way to make a feature of it. An otherwise flat and lifeless garden shed door can be transformed into something rather fun and mysterious by being painted red. Softened by sweet-smelling climbing plants it is easy to forget that you are still in London. It also distracts the eye from the trampoline which is brilliant for the children but not the most appealing design feature.
5. Appeal to all the senses. The gentle sound of water from this striking feature can be heard inside and out and coloured lighting brings it to life drawing the eye outside in the evenings.
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If you would like help with your planting plan or garden design we would be delighted to put you in touch with members of our network that we work with Amy Hannigan (Based in Haslemere), Sarah Speller (Based in Putney) and Wendy Stokes (Based in Kingston-Upon-Thames) all of whom we are delighted to recommend to you.
The top photo is a professional picture taken by local lifestyle photographer Helen Fickling. The rest are snapshots from our recent DecorCafe Club home tour.