An app user in nearby Northampton, MA, sent us this design with a request for some fresh ideas. Her eloquent plea: “I will be so excited if you take a look at my yard! And my 2 year old will thank you for easing her mama’s obsession!”
How could we resist?
Julie’s Design Notes
What a delightful design this is already! Without knowing much about the homeowner’s situation or her needs, I had fun playing. The Big Idea was inspired by the sets of stones at the corners (the user noted that these are small terraces); my design brings in more stones, and a number of small flowering trees or large shrubs. The stones and trees provide continuity through the garden, creating an in-and-out flow and carving little rooms out of the larger spaces. Each of these nooks and crannies in the garden can serve a purpose.
Some other additions:
– a firepit behind the beautiful curved hedge.
-I extended the play area into the side yard with a tree house and sand box. That two-year-old will have the most fun yard in the neighborhood as she gets older!
-a tiny stone terrace under the Adirondack chairs to make mowing easier.
-I extended the partial stepping stone path through the fence with a gate and trellis overhead, and the deck was expanded further into the yard and connected to the path.
-a drying yard (and a hammock to swing in after the laundry is hung).
This user had so many good elements to start with. I don’t know what her budget is or if she has access to good local stone, but I hope she likes these ideas!