Take a look into what the garden looked like to begin with and how we got to this new dining area that forms part of our garden pavilion.
Photo by Megan Taylor, Design By 2LG Studio
Featuring Composite Prime’s new wideboard HD Pro decking, made from recycled materials and a beautiful blue enamel table top from Vlaze.
You can also see part of our latest design collaboration with Solid Nature. The pink onyx circle wall plaque adds a natural touch of colour, tying in with the roses and dahlias in our borders. It is made from an offcut of natural stone from Solid nature and elevates the whole space.
More on all of this to come in further posts, but for now, we wanted to show you what we started with and take a look into the process of designing and creating this next phase in our Design house project, perhaps the most life-changing to date.
5 years ago, when we first moved in, it was an overgrown wilderness. The back half of the garden completely obscured here by a dense tangle of shrubs.
For sometime, the garden posed so many challenges that we were overwhelmed. But once we cleared some space the ideas could flow and we knew we were into something.
As we put the design together, our minds went to a childhood favourite movie, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice for inspiration.
Anyone else remember THAT stunning house! All about that circle cut out and the large scale trellis!
Not necessarily the first port of call for the design of a victorian garden, but you know us, we love to mix it up and disrupt the setting a little. So we knew that the circle was going to play a part and same for the ‘oh so 80’s’ white trellis.
So we measured up the newly cleared back end of the garden, drew up our ideas and made a couple of simple paper models to get an idea for the space. We even measured up our sofas and dining table, in a similar way as we would for an interior, to be sure we had ample space to entertain on the deck and that it wasn’t going to be just an 80’s folly at the bottom of the garden.
But before we could get to the fun part of installation there was a lot of rubble and uneven ground to contend with. It has certainly kept us busy in all of our spare time, digging, digging and digging. We also set up a little nursery area at the side of the house for any small plants we wanted rescue and rehomed lots of bluebell bulbs in our beds for next spring.
Whilst the structure was going up this summer, we embraced our new found passion for gardening and got the veg patch going as well as some beautiful flowers that we could enjoy in the garden and cut for the house. That connection has been so good for our spirits lately.
The structure is made from british grown Larch (cut from one tree) and then we treated it with an eco wood protector by independent brit brand Protek. Their product has been brilliant to work with and is formulated to be pet and plant friendly.
Creating the circle cut out, gives a lovely connection both to and from the house. It was achieved with a ply template that was drawn around, then each slat was removed, cut and replaced. It took time but the finish was worth it.
Then came the mammoth task of whitewashing the structure to get that dream 80's vibe going. It's a beautiful finish that brings out the woodgrain and gives more texture than flat opaque white paint would have given. We love this modern take on the white picket fence.
It feels like such a milestone to get to this stage and the things that take time and love are always the things you love the most.
Further updates to follow.
Stay lovely x