Tile and Stone Designs Influenced by Nature and History

October 21, 2012


Painted sundial on brick and flint Dial House, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

As I pounded the pavement in London for The London Design Festival and the Modenus BlogTour, it was easy to think about hardscaping.Read More…

Natural Design Inspirations Seeded From the Pomegranate

October 20, 2012


Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens, via Instagram.

I didn’t like Pomegranates when I was a little girl because it was such a messy ordeal extract the seeds. I now like to sprinkle the bright red seeds on vanilla ice … Read More…

Iconic Eames Lounge Chair Inspires Mal Outdoor Chair

October 1, 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Eames, half of the iconic husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames, whose vast collection of works includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, below, now in the permanent … Read More…

Indoor/Outdoor Design Inspirations From London Design Festival: Part One

September 30, 2012


Colorful Moooi installation at The Dock. Indoor-outdoor Gothic Chair in foreground. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

They’re definitely thinking “outside” in Europe. I’ve just returned stateside after a three week whirlwind in Paris and London soaking up design fairs … Read More…

Report From Paris: Hidden Gardens, an Urban Vineyard, Cheese and a Bottle of Rosé

September 16, 2012


Neighborhood florist adverting on roof of delivery car. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

I arrived in Paris last week to attend the design show Maison et Objet and absorb all I could from the concurrent Paris Design Week. If … Read More…

Fluidity Between Indoors and Out: Al Fresco Spa

September 11, 2012

Victoria+Albert’s Amalfi tub.

If I were to design my fantasy home, it would be one with very fluid architecture, each space flowing into the other, the indoor areas spilling seamlessly onto the outdoors.

With the boundaries between indoors and outdoors … Read More…

Outdoor & Indoor Oasis in London’s Bankside District

August 30, 2012


A walk in one of Bankside’s urban forests.

One of my favorite London neighborhoods is Bankside, a district in the city’s South Side, on the southern bank of the River Thames. As I’m always looking for a great urban outdoor oasis, Bankside … Read More…

Garden and Outdoor Design Follies on Streets of Lyon

August 20, 2012


Furniture made of metal, dirt, and turf. Photo via Marine Peyre.

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of folly, in the garden, on the street, or anywhere?


Photo via JP Charbonneau

The Festival des Jardins de Rues de Lyon (Garden Festival … Read More…

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