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Tiffany Blue, outside the box

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 18:45

Welcome to our latest exploration in our Design in Colour Season.

Outside in, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd.

Tiffany Blue  is the vernacular name for the complex Robin egg blue colour. This colour appears everywhere throughout our natural world, yet when isolated in it’s singular form, say as an object, it can sometimes seem artificial.

Tiffany’s of New York originally deployed the Robin egg blue for its catalogues back in 1845, now known as the iconic Tiffany Blue Book. Since then Tiffany & Co have harnessed the distinct colour for their branding and marketing. 

Luxe Interiors, San Francisco

Stairs at Queens House, Greenwich

Drowning Princess by Judas Berra

The colour is the brand, logo and identity of Tiffany so they gained ownership of the colour entirely in 1998, by filing with the United States federal government and trademarking it.

Pantone  then numbered it 1837, deriving from the year of Tiffany’s first store door’s opening in Manhattan. As a trademarked colour it is not publicly available and is not printed in the Pantone Matching system swatch books.

The iconic Tiffany Blue Box is trademarked and even the phrase Tiffany Blue Box  is the intellectual property of Tiffany & Co.

Through our design in colour season, we surprised ourselves by being drawn to Tiffany Blue, but once we explored it we could eventually articulate why! 

Hunter Wellies

Tiffany Blue lies in the blue spectrum but contains a great deal of green. To define Tiffany Blue you could class it as Turquoise. The definition of Turquoise is greenish blue and sky–blue. It’s a colour consisting of hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, and there lies verdigris.

Blue pond & Spring snow, Hokkaido - Kent Shiraishi Photography

Tiffany Blue is a mineral, a gem. Its opaque, its effervescent. It’s a moodlifter and it packs a punch.

Stropharia Aeruginosa woodland mushroom

If you think of not just the colour of a Robin’s egg, but the delicacy of the structure of the shell too and how it holds and protects its precious contents - you then realise that Tiffany didn’t just covet this colour by chance.

Lisa Kellner Jellyfish

As you further examine Tiffany Blue it starts to become oddly addictive, a little like Coca Cola!

You can definitely over indulge it, but then find yourself drawn to it again when it is absent from your world!

Tiffany Blue is a colour that exudes elegance when paired with white, and sits happily next to darker blues.

Himalayon Blue Poppy

The colour is cheerful, sometimes feminine, sometimes child like.

It evokes the underworld of the ocean in all of its aquamarine hues and looks crisp, clean and new in its opaque and chalky forms.

2016 will see electric colours like Tiffany Blue, Pinks, Chartreuse, etc. appearing in gardens and homes. Best used as a bolt or shock of colour in contrasting schemes -  both in dark dramatic places or pale modern settings.

Marshall Fields Clock

There is something very nostalgic about Tiffany Blue. We love how Tiffany’s have made it so iconic and synonymous with romance, indulgence and bling through their marketing. And maybe Tiffany does want to have it all for themselves and only permit us to ‘buy’ into it, but they will never be able to monopolise it all – just the boxes.

Tiffany Blue Egg Water Feature in The Potager, Kingham, a Hendy Curzon Garden.


Tiffany Blue, outside the box Source Book : Pantone Universe, Hendy Curzon Gardens,,, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr,, Lisa Kellner, Lamborghini,, Coca Cola, Judas Berra, Dior, VW,  Breakfast at Tiffany's, Kent Shiraishi, Ultra Linx, She Knows, Aesthetic Content, Luisa Moron Fotographia - Society 6, Vice Magazine, AdWeek, Starwalt, Pantone Colour Institute

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Chartreuse, design in colour

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 14:54

Greetings and welcome to our second design in colour blog. With Spring just a whisper away, we still face a spell of temperatures plummeting and even sharper bites of frosts, so to evoke some essence of Spring we are showcasing one of our favourite shades for 2016  - Chartreuse

Somewhere between green and yellow, chartreuse is the colour that epitomises Spring time. With Spring preparations at the forefront of our day to day work  at the moment (both in the studio and on sites),  we are enthused by the potential and possibilities of this illustrious colour once again.

Gary Grossman Photography

We have the joy of naturally designing with chartreuse, and enjoying it on all its levels between green and yellow

from the brightest lime

to the lightest sulphur.

Chartreuse originates from the French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks dating back to 1737. This redolent drink is composed of distilled alcohol aged with an astonishing 130 different herbs and flowers.

'Road' Czech Republic by Krzysztof Browko

Aurora Borealis

So come on, dive into the wonderful depths of the colour chartreuse with us and see what is possible within the spectrum of this colour.

'Just breathe' Kathleen Wilke photography

Malachite Butterfly - pbertner on Flickr

Arend Maatkamp

Green Tea Icecream

Hunter Wellies

Granny Smith by Kay Beausoleil

Claus Dalby

Alexander McQueen Sping 2003

Green Marble Arcs by Halakimok

Clifton Stewart - Wordpress

Keith Levit

Rock & roll London wedding at Battersea Power Station. Mark Niemierko

Green door of Gordes, Provence - Christine Pierce

Alliance - Roger Dautais

Photo by Bershka Original - Tokyo

Expect to see the colour chartreuse trending throughout homes,  gardens, design, fashion and interiors in a big way in 2016. From the most intense, incandescent levels of chartreuse to the flattest, mattest opaques.  Think somewhere between the Northern lights and the belly of an avocado! Well, that's just in our humble opinion. Here's to a big, bright, beautiful Spring.

Chartreuse SourceBook : Jason Withers, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Etsy, Longwings, Fashion Tag Blog, Flickr, Pinterest, Noemi Seminara,  & as listed

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Pink Dior, design in colour

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:53

Greetings and welcome to our first design in colour blog for 2016. This week's is intended to brighten up the dullest of February days, lift your spirits and turn your thoughts towards Spring.

It's a real Winter shock of pure pink, inspired by Christian Dior and la maison Dior.

Christian Dior was just a child when his mother Madeleine Dior first came across Le Rhumbs in Granville, Normandy, and set her heart on having it.

Once purchased, Madame Dior oversaw 2 years of colossal interior & exterior renovations on the villa, including a remarkable development of the garden in to an English style park. A home was crafted in her vision.

As a child Christian's imagination and penchant for detail developed accutely in this setting, surrounded by exquisetly designed interiors and a horticultural paradise.

Eventually this paradise was lost to war and the decline of the Dior fortune, but this pink house will always be remembered for incubating and nurturing a legend. 

Christian Dior never ceased to preserve the essence of le Rhumbs - in the Dior perfumes - with Lily of the Valley and Roses, and with colour - greys and pinks. The massive grey pergola of the garden hosted masses upon masses of pink and blush Roses.

We are continually influenced and inspired by Dior couture as you may have picked up on from this blog. Therefore, in the spirit of the pink Dior house we give you a visual feast  and shake up of colour in shades of pink from ultra through to fuschia, cherry, rose and beyond.

Valley of fire state park USA

colour blocking pink

The pink lake of Senegal - Lake Retba

Beata Cervin

We think that if you use pink in a garden you should never use it in an apologetic way. Go all out,

Hillside, Hokkaido - Japan

Christo & Jeanne-Claude 'Surrounded Islands' Biscayne Bay, Breater Miami, Florida.

Photo - Wolfgang Volz

With pink, it's all or nothing.

Wisteria Okayama Japan, Fuji Park

Photo - Misaki Fukuyama

Danish Architect firm BIG worked alongside landscape architects Topotek1 and artists Superflex

Superkilen park, Copenhagen

Lake Retba

Holi festival - India

Darren White photograohy

Pink iceberg - the result of Algae growing in the ice, effected by the uv rays turning it this reddish colour.

The Upside down Parrot Tulip dress, Autumn / Winter 2010 Dior

Dior haute couture 2010

Narrowist house in Sydney Australia

Flower festival, Mount fuji, Japan

Tia McIntosh, Eiffel Tower

Houses of Parliament

John Deere

For now think pink, and then next week we will jolt you in a completely different direction!

We have updates coming to our portfolio soon with some more bespoke gardens featuring touches of Dior floral couture.

Pink Dior SourceBook : Dior museum, La maison Dior, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Google, HC Gardens.

In the Dior garden in Granville, Normandy : Roses Gertrude Jekyll, Alberic Barbier, New Dawn, Shropshire Lad, Paul Massad, Penelope, Pink Cloud.

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License to Chill

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 18:53

Winter is almost over... Yeeha!

(Dragisa Petrovic)

As the temperatures seem to be turning for the worse, we bring you the last winter feel blog of the season. Afterall, you don't really need us making you feel any colder than you already are, and we feel that you will need some uplifting if the rest of the season proves to be grim.

So for now though let's take one last look at the lovely bones of Winter


before it all begins to thaw.

(Harvey K - Flickr)

(Steamboat Springs - Colorado)

We love a Winter wonderland and all that it offers

Cosying up with snow outside

(Moomin House, Naantali - Finland)

Beautiful Winter locations

... and reviewing Winter Landscapes

(Andrea Galvani)

Embracing the beauty of Winter smart Gardens

(Hornbeam Pergola at Alnwick Garden - Northumberland UK, Designed by Belgium firm Wirtz International)

Romping in the snow


& wrapping up warm (always)

(Pete Chipman)

and sometimes just staying in is the new going out. Or not...

(Witney Winter morning pictured here)

Marvelling at Winter mornings

tucking up with loved ones

(Heinrich Van Den Berg)

whilst dreaming of warmer climes.

(Michael Melford)

Which ever way

(Jami Tarris)

Spring is

around the corner, 

and we feel positively giddy at the prospect.

(Neal Cooper)

(Kerry Snider)

We have been busying ourselves all Winter and headstorming,

And so are pleased to be installing our next wave of bespoke gardens and landscapes. The briefs have been diverse and wonderfully unique,

which is like music to our ears. Plus we are proud to be launching a whole new bright and colourful season on the Exterior Design Blog, sharing lot's of our inspirations here with you.

(Jacqui Barker)

(Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan)

(Forced bulbs for Winter, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Oxfordshire)

Next week we kick off our world of colour season with a welcome Winter shock of pink, inspired by the pink Dior house nonetheless. Until then, stay warm, get excited for the new season - and enjoy your pancakes!

(Pancakes, Amanda Rettke)

License to Chill SourceBook : as listed plus Google, Pinterest, National Geographic

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January to January : Review of the Year

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 19:10

Greetings and welcome to our review of the year. We hope you enjoy scanning through our projects produced across the seasons -from January 2015 to now, it's been another busy, eventful and colourful year for us.

Brave new world :


We always anticipated a colourful year and mainly designed and planned for one the year prior. With our push towards the use of more wildflowers and marrying the prairie look with modern and formal gardens, that inevitably brought colour back on a grand scheme. We considered this in painterly ways and focused on the balance of using colours from differing ends of the spectrum at the same time.

Back in February we were finalising winter garden schemes with a lean towards the brighter end of the spectrum too. Colour blocking is not showing signs of dissipating any time soon.

We normally favour the white and lime green Hydrangeas but an inspirational trip to the V&A to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit got us thinking...

Masses of ombre Hydrangeas in acid hues throughout the V&A courtyard garden was just breathtaking and certainly informed some designs and encouraged us to embrace more colour in general. Clashes of bold colours are certainly not for everyone, so as you move further through this review of the year you will see varying design briefs for colour palettes. The classics will always champion but there are also some other dramatic schemes in the mix, such as the darks.

Last year at the time of doing our review we were in the depths of a seven month landscape project installation, and we ended our review there. So picking up where we left off...

We are proud to present

Grand Oak Meadows

Grand Oak Meadows is a magical bespoke landscape with White Woodlands, Living Labyrinth and tunnels, Giant's chair, LandArt, wildflower hills, Lavender hill and a grand Oak tree, field grown circa 1970. There are formal gardens to the house and orangery, plus the guest cottage gardens all surrounded by 200 newly planted native trees of maturity. Prairie picnic & playing field and glamping snug carved into Squirrel's tail hill replete with log burning hot tub and giant fire pit. There are lots of secrets and surprises in these gardens and landscape, the idea that it takes you on a journey whatever direction you decide to go in, and that you are never disappointed in the place you reach.

7 months of land sculpting, building and planting

The lovely Winter bones of Grand Oak Meadows

Alongside the installation of Grand Oak Meadows we were readying our nursery for Spring,

and all the booked projects that would be created throughout 2015.

We had a little help from our friends too...


Winter bones

Installation of the 40+ year old field grown Oak tree

that now proudly stands at the heart of Grand Oak Meadows on top of Lavender hill.

The bespoke giant's chair at the heart of the living labyrinth in Winter. This acts as a reward to anyone succesfully reaching the heart of the labyrinth because you can see the entire landscape from on top of it. To give you an idea of it's scale...

it's bigger than a Land Rover. Pictured below is a fully grown man...

The Giant's chair will eventually integrate in to the landscape and become one with it as the timber silvers and the labyrinth and wildflowers grow and engulf it. Eventually you will only be able to see it from the sky or if you reach it, making it a discoverable peice of landart for future generations. We designed the labyrinth to only have one viable entrance and lots of 'false ones'. It is mapped to the shape of a pair of wings.

The very talented Meyrick & Charlie of MC Rustics were commissioned to design and build the Giant's Chair for the project. They very kindly drove it over from Wales too and helped install it.

The Eclipse 2015

Grand Oak Meadows, as all of our projects, was a pleasure to design, create and install. We would like to thank the very nice people over at Wildflower Turf for all of their assistance creating bespoke meadow mixes for the project. We would also like to thank our clients for trusting in our imaginations to create a landscape that can only get better and better over time, and that is intended for not-just-the-now but for many generations to come. Grand Oak Meadows will continue to develop over the years as more sculpture and landart pieces are introduced to it's developing woodlands.

2015 Garden Projects

The Cowshed

Palette: Monochromatic contrasting with bolts of wildflowers,  on a backdrop of rich greens

Barn Conversion and garden as featured in Real Homes January 2016

and the client's beautiful home made the cover!

More from The Cowshed this Spring

Blue Corner

Palette : Front of house green & white, back bespoke prairie mixes, predominantly blues & darks

Front of house, Kitchen Garden, Modern Meadow Garden

Bay Tree London

Palette : Pastel pinks, blues and whites

Front & back gardens, giving this Townhouse a Contemporary Country twist. 

North End

Palette : Front of house ombre orange

The gardens continue to develop and evolve with bold new planting schemes, landart & sculpture.

The Bumblebee

Palette : Acid pinks, crimson, scarlet, purple

Family garden, zoned. Bespoke multi-functional garden building for home cinema and that can be entirely opened to become one with the garden, Productive garden, Play garden, outdoor kitchen, cut flower gardens and central water pool. All hardscaping in granite and hardwood. Box pleached trees, all garden lighting installed by Life Systems, entire garden on drip irrigation with the additional feature of parasol pleached trees that rain and water the productive garden as required.

Amidst all of this our lives were eventful. We were proud to receive a best of houzz award for Design,

We got some new HC team members

Little H came in to the fold

and before long this soon became this...

Aidan and Ben (pictured) joined us as our new apprentices

Soph got engaged to Paul... awww!

Tom came back from his travels and worked the best part of the year and now he's off again. We wish him all the very best!

With great sadness we suddenly had to say goodbye to Blue after fourteen and half years. He sort of wrote the book on how to be an exceptional four legged companion to the humans.

We checked in on past projects.

The Bield, Burford was looking lush and established after just one year.

Lyme Cottage looked pretty in Spring and then got some Summer upgrades with lighting and accessories.

We kept checking in on planting schemes as they established (various projects)

Garden lighting is a must have and 2015 shone very bright indeed.

Laurel Cottage

Palette : Darks,whites, cobalt blue and magenta

Classical garden

Little Slate

Palette : Grey, green and white with a splash of pink

A bijou garden retreat

We are acredited installers of Wildflower turf and as mentioned earlier we have collaborated to create bespoke meadow mixes and continue to at present.

In their blog round up of their momentous year, Wildflower Turf featured Grand Oak Meadows in their domestic gardens section. Find a link to this at the end of our review.


Grand Oak Meadows in Autumn 2015, illustrating our integral multi-season design doctrine.

North End in Autumn 2015

Burford House in Autumn 2015

Modern Prairie in Autumn 2015

Blue Corner in Autumn 2015

Kings Sutton

Designing for 2016 in the Autumn... with a little extra help

Getting inspiration for 2016 from around the UK

The Potager, Kingham

This productive and cut flower garden will be revealing itself in the Spring but here are it's bones completed in 2015. (This is garden area 1 of a three stage project including a formal parterre, Wisteria tunnel and house garden). The productive garden follows on to the stables and further fields, an orchard and beehives.

Installation of the bespoke egg water bowl at the heart of the garden

The Potager : in the works


Jasmine : in the works

We continue to follow the belief that spaces affect how you feel and how you function. Just as the interior of your home promotes your day to day (and eve to eve) comfort and functionality, your outdoor space should provide for you in a similar way. From front of house, to balcony, to back yard, to courtyard, to landscape. In town, in the country and throughout every single season, we see no reason to compromise on style and substance.

From the outset our creative vision has been to implement such spaces, with layer upon layer of thought, detail and originality. The designs for these gardens, landscapes and exteriors draw upon many, many sources of inspiration. We are influenced by the old, the new, the classical, the contemporary. We strive to be innovative and push the parameters of each brief, so our approach involves a great deal of creative energy and collaboration with our clients.

The Herringbone : in the works

Some projects are absent from this review but only because they were completed too late in the season to be photographed. They will all be showcased in 2016 in our portfolio, this exterior design blog, houzz, etc. 

In the works : Kyoko's Townhouse garden

More to look out for : Look West and Nordic.

As 2015 drew to a close we wrote our first article for Cotswold Preview, celebrating Winter gardens and how we love the bones of them. Various HC projects were featured in their pared-back form.

On our return after the holiday break we are delighted to be back at Burford House to install the approved design of the new main garden to the property, and that's what the team are building now.

We intend 2016 to be bright and bold, with a diverse range of projects in the works. No two briefs have ever been the same and we think 2016 is going to continue to showcase our truly bespoke and client specific designs and services.

We would like to thank all of our great clients for their collaboration, making it a diverse and hugely creative year, 

and resulting in a best of houzz award for Service too!

Last but not least, we are proud to finally be moving our company to a farm on Blenheim Estate. We will have more creative and build space, both in our studio within the barn, and outside surrounded by the countryside. The new premises (inside and out) are underway and every year from November we will be surrounded by Christmas trees from Blenheim's Forestry Department. What bliss! And of course we will keep updating as the new premises and nursery develop.

Sourcebook : All images, content, landscapes & gardens by Hendy Curzon Gardens, with the exception of the New year Gnome which is courtesy of the Wains

Links : houzz, Wildflower turf blog

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