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Copper orange

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:43

Well hello Autumn! Today has been incredibly beautiful here with sunshine and a breeze, and the leaves are starting to turn and tumble. In celebration of Autumn today we are bringing you a design in colour exploration of coppery tones. From the glimmering of copper metallics all the way through to burnt orange and rust... today is all about the trending copper oranges

Also read our two page article all about bringing the glamour of metallics and coppery colours into gardens, and Autumn garden styling in the Oxford Times Homes & Gardens this week - with Liz Nicholls.

So here we go...

spot the gecko

This was our favourite design in colour exploration so far. If you subscribe or know our work that wont surprise you at all! We love Autumn and always design gardens and landscapes to come alive at a time when many others fade... and then beyond...

The next design in colour exploration is Winter inspired. 

Copper orange Source book: Pinterest,, Homes & Gardens,, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd (multi),, Alexander McQueen, Barry Underwood, houzz, Antony Gormley

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Green Day

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 13:52

Welcome, take a seat...

or lie back...

it's green day

Green day Source book : Homeli, Vogue, Lasvit, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Tempo Dedica, Iphoneray, Living sculpture Mathilde Roussel, Horticultural Art, Pinterest 9multi), Trebujena, Cadiz, Green fields, Heaven sent, Mathieu Noel, Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy, Dumpaday, Vitamain Ha, Frank Lloyd Wright, Blasted Heath, Julie Hillman, This is glamorous.

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it's just Amarelo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 18:06

It's day one of our seven days of colour, so today... let there be light!

All week we are sharing some of our colour explorations of design through light, land, art, nature, form, style & function.

"and then it was all yellow" - Coldplay

In the spectrum of lichen, mustard, amber, saffron, straw, ochre, chartreuse and citron.

Amber chair by Jaeuk Jung

Tenturium by Nancy Mintz

10,000 workers helmets arranged as Land Art in protest of  job losses in the construction industry in Milan. - 2012

Design Heroes

Bruce Munro : Light installation Land Art

Alexander McQueen

Philippe Starck

"some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun" - Picasso

- goes well with...

With yellow the less is more approach is a good rule to follow but it can really pack a punch when coupled with greys or black. We tend to be drawn to yellow hues in the Autumn more than other seasons, but we intend to take a leap of faith and explore more colour blocking possibilities with yellow in next year's landscape designs. 

Amarelo Source book : Tsuyoshi Tane for Citizen, luv & light blog, Pinterest, habit usva, Damse Voarte, Ruifier,, Maurizio Cattelan, Benoit Courtri, Bruce munro, Vogue,, Susan Dwyer, Pattern Prints journal, Sakir Gokcebag, CHC mag, Sedio Lucette.

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Smoky lavender

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 13:58

In day 2 of our design in colour exploration we bring together a look book of lavender tones - but at the more dusky end of the spectrum.

Lavender evokes a sense of nostalgia, and the smoky shades of it - those lavender greys, combined with silvered and white washed woods, stone and classical flowers inspire a sense of relaxed elegance.

Lavandula itself is a calming agent so the pared-back hues of lavender are the epitomy of calm. 

So sit back and scroll through today's post,  and just let all the smoky lavender sultry style wash over you...

modern smoky lavender

nostalgic smoky lavender

deep smoky lavender

sparkling smoky lavender

vintage smoky lavender

urban smoky lavender

country smoky lavender

epic smoky lavender until tomorrow

Smoky lavender Source book : Hendy Curzon Gardens (multi), Alexander Mc Queen, Pinterest, Colorfullyliving blog, Wisteria Cottage, Emily Blake, Drew Foster design, Jahan Square, Stephen Green Armtage, houzz

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7 Days of Colour

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:45

Starting on Monday, 22nd September we are going to give you a seven day blast of colour blocking

For seven days we will pick one colour and feature it through our design process and language - exploring colours through light, land, art, nature, form, style, function and much more...

September always finds us intensively studying colour palettes and new combinations for upcoming projects. Mapping out the planting combinations for next year really inspired our seven days of colour here on the blog, and with the prospect of some grungy, rainy days next week it seemed like it might be nice to share some of our more colourful design inspirations!

and all we can say is, expect the unexpected. 

So, with much to do for the year ahead we will crack on and hope to see you back here on Monday...

...but not for Pink Sheep (these chaps in Scotland are regularly dyed with non-toxic colourant to amuse passing motorists. Poor chaps.)

7 Days of Colour Source Book: Town & Country Hunter Wellington Boots, Glowing Toadstool from Fairy@heart, Pinterest, Daily Mail, Public art installations from Urbanist, Shroom Couture by Valentino, Oyster Mushroom and Vintage Hydrangeas by Laura Berman.

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