Are you looking for a garden decoration that is out of the ordinary? Check out these Combat Garden Gnomes from Thorssoli that combine an edgy design with the well-known garden gnome. Found on Laughing Squid, the Combat Garden Gnomes are a fresh way to decorate your garden or patio. California-based prop replica and costume hobbyist Shawn Thorsson designed the gnomes, then he cast and painted them to be prepared to “protect” your garden and offer an interesting discussion topic for your guests. Available in painted and unpainted versions, the Combat Garden Gnomes feature fire weapons and an aggressive stance that can thrill you or make you turn away. Anyway, the gnomes are sure to make an impression. Enjoy the garden photos and the production photo set – maybe you are inspired to recreate everyday objects as unusual decorations.
If you are looking for ideas for outdoor spaces I’m sure that Andy Sturgeon portofolio will give you some inspiration. “Andy Sturgeon Garden Design has emerged as a leading design practice earning a reputation for creating stylish modern gardens that are a fusion of contemporary design and natural materials. Planting often features heavily and ranges from striking architectural schemes through to soft, naturalistic styles. Lighting, sculpture and furniture are frequently integral to the design.” – Via – Desire to Inspire
The first thing you need to know about this weekend house is that is has an interesting location – right behind the client’s main residence. The owner lives in a small village called Nosice, but works in Bratislava, so a weekend commute to a remote retreat would imply more fuss than relaxation for him and the family. After taking into account all options, the architects of Bratislava-based studio Pokorny Architekti came to an agreement with their client to build the structure in this beautiful location overlooking the Javorniky Mountains. Basing the design on the owner’s vague request for a “Slovak traditional wooden house somewhere in the mountains of Central Slovakia”, the architects finished constructing the two story weekend retreat last year, in 2011, and the result is fabulous.
Spreading over 1,400 square feet, the warm wooden interiors compliment the surroundings. A central double height living zone featuring a stove with a tile backsplash acts as the core of the house, allowing the client to see the gathered family from the main bedroom and the staircase. Right next to this social space, an open floor plan allowed the dining space to be part of the downstairs entertaining area. The structure’s asymmetric shape looks amazing adorned with a roofed atrium and the use of layered and insulated wood panels – pine on the outside and larch slabs on the inside – makes the weekend house very much part of the surroundings. And, as no retreats should be without, a sauna and hot tub keeps the owners happy and relaxed, while the outdoor grill emphasizes the entertaining and cooking activities.
Located in Cachagua, Chile, this volumetric residence did not benefit from ocean views – so Santiago-based studio dRN Arquitectos designed the structure to open towards a tree cluster and the coastal hills to the east. The 2,800 square foot Los Molles House proves to be a beach house without direct or visual access to the beach, encouraging the architecture to make the most of its location. Architects describe the floor plan as a liaison between the interior and exterior spaces: “The plot is divided in five parallel strips, occupying the site in its full length.The interior programs of the house are organized in two bars, divided by a third strip of garden of four meters of width.
This scheme of garden-house-garden-house-garden alternates interior and exterior spaces, which are placed in different levels of the topography so that the roof of one volume can be use as a terrace by the volume above. This simple fragmentation of site and program, and the definition of different levels, produces equivalence between inside and outside spaces; parallel interior and exterior connections: encouraging a more casual life in the outdoors.” During the winter, the second floor becomes the center of the house, the rest of the spaces being closed to shape a more introvert lifestyle. Perfect for all weather and using only what is necessary – these are definitory traits for dream houses.
Light and graceful, Italian designer Pierantonio Bonacina’s all-white garden chair is just as slender as it is nimble. In the fashion of other modular furniture, the individual components can be re-arranged as needed to suit the needs of your outdoor space, and on a personal note it’s nice to see more versatile outdoor furniture designs that are simply designed and developed to allow for creativity. The chair’s minimalistic color and design keep the piece flexible, and it seems like an easy, comfortable accent that wouldn’t overwhelm an existing theme. – via
A few months ago we presented an interesting piece of Garden Furniture, and today here is another interesting bench named the Hanna Bench. These benches are manufactured from recycled/reclaimed boat wood; though this gives them a unique appearance, no two will be exactly the same even if they are of the same style. The silkscreened grass image on the backrest of the bench is a large scale, cropped graphic that gives the old boards a fresh look. The price for a bench like this is $900 each. – Via – ApartmentTherapy
If you are looking for some ideas for your garden, then this might be something interesting. Have you ever tought at a pot for a tree ? Just take a look at these images to see how a tree would look like in a pot. The Treepot can create the illusion that there is actually a pot, but the pot is made out of 2 identical parts. It can be placed around trees which are already there, so no cutting, chopping otherwise digging is necessary, simply click the 2 parts of the Treepot around it also top up with gravel. The pot also provides a perfect seating place also can be filled with water to weigh it down. The Tree Pot has 120 cm diameter, and 50 cm high, and if you want to order more than 6 pieces they ( PID ) can make it any colour you want.
Today I’ve found an interesting little Zen Garden $54.95 for this beautiful stylish zen garden.
Create an atmosphere that inspires balance and relaxation with our Zen Inspiration Rock Garden Test Tube Vases. These unique test tube vases are nestled in a wooden box filled with rocks. Eight test tubes included. Perfect to put your favorite buds on display.
Later edit : Thanks Tom for correcting my mistake.
The owners of this fantastic property wanted a new home surrounded by a manicured garden and a natural swimming pool. They collaborated with a designer and a landscape gardener to create the surroundings before starting constructing the house. Located in Baden, France, the residence designed by French architect Patrice Bideau has a set of eco-friendly features embedded in its simple yet elegant architecture. With the residential building having been placed in the north-west area of the property, with a lot of garden space, the space was designed to include a vegetable garden to the east.
Reached via a beautiful conservatory, the swimming pool mirrors straight and curved architectural lines during the day, while at night, it becomes part of an almost wild surrounding: “Opposite the swimming pool, a pergola for wisteria forms a link between the kitchen, the terrace and a wood frame conservatory with a polycarbonate roof, double glazed panels and wooden sub-frame, housing a winter garden. The conservatory with its slatted, sliding shutters made of wood and winter garden composed of stones, broken slates and shrubs is designed to procure extra heat in winter and to remain open in summer, thus ensuring natural ventilation for the house.” The organic and bioclimatic house features a natural wood-cladded garage guarding the main entrance with a welcoming but private feel, while the back garden surprises with its openness, balancing the overall design.
After presenting 38 Garden Design Ideas post last week, today we ran across this high altitude garden hidden between the skyscrapers in Sydney, Australia. Found on Design Rulz, this spectacular rooftop haven was designed by Secret Gardens and provides an unusual place of relaxation, far above the racket of the city. The landscaping process was focused on maximizing the vistas and creating a green oasis, 25 floors above the ground: “Buxus hedging and topiary cones add a formal element whilst iris and lavender create a whimsical effect. Timber seating frames the garden providing a place to sit and enjoy the garden and the amazing harbor views.” How would you comment on this project? Do you find this type of vantage point appealing in a city as dynamic as Sydney? Or would you rather have a similar terrace in a more secluded part of town, at a lower altitude?
The Meera House was designed by Guz Architects and is located on the island of Sentosa in Singapore. We consider it a daring and original project- after all, not many homes feature green spaces for every floor of the building. Here is a short description from the architects: The plots on the island of Sentosa are not large and neighboring buildings are built close to the sides of each house. Thus our strategy was to build a solid wall to each side neighbor to provide privacy where possible, while creating a central light and stair well which would funnel the sea breeze through the centre of the building.
The front and rear of the building meanwhile, terrace back allowing each storey to have visual or actual access to greenery. The intention was to try to allow each roof garden provided a base for the storey above allowing the layered effect to make each storey feel like it was a single storey dwelling sitting in a garden…..as much as we could do in the close confines of Sentosa island and with such a large building!! What a wonderful architecture idea and a call to sustainability as well ! (Photographer: Patrick Bingham Hall)
Today while I was surfing on Flickr I’ve found a set of pictures by an user called Jwilly’s entitled “Rich People Rooftops NYC”. The collection of pictures shows us rooftop gardens over the penthouses of New York, but is also a good example of what happends when you live in a big city. Not enough green so you make up for it by having potted plants all over the place. These little small places full of plants look great but I still preffer a real backyard. You can see more & bigger images with rooftop gardens from New York, by visiting Jwilly’s photo stream on Flickr.
It seems that modern designers are obsessed with designing an object that will serve more than a single purpose. We want everything to be able to ‘multitask’ and the Bunga Chair is up for the job by acting both as an attractive piece of furniture and a chair that will keep the kids in home interested and entertained. With the Bunga Chair, the circular table will be the center part of the flower while the backrests of the chairs will serve as petals. It’s a delight both for adults and kids alike. – via
When we first saw these images, we were sure they were the pictures of a private small home and we instantly fell for the simple design and location. But it turns out the project is actually a garden studio. Designed by in.it studios in UK, these cozy places of retreat are eco-friendly and highly customizable. Here is more information from the architects: “The high-end contemporary design is unrivaled through its unique frameless windows and doors and carefully considered structure. Cedar clad Bi-folding doors glide to the side of the studio to open up the front elevation and bring the outside in. Above the doors sits an attractive overhanging cantilevered roof which features eco-friendly Green Sedum ‘living’ plants. A Sedum Blanket is more attractive than a typical felt roof and helps to introduce greenery into what is typically a Garden environment. Sustainably sourced FSC and PEFC timber ensures that the building’s materials are from well managed forests.” We really like the idea of having your own private getaway right in your back yard. Tell us if you feel the same.
Welcome to a dramatic one-acre, 11,000 square foot estate immersed in the tropical setting of Maui, Hawaii and showcasing a design inspired by the Chinese pavilions and Indonesian decor. The massive Thousand Waves holiday villa can accommodate up to sixteen people in its eight spectacular bedrooms, making it perfect for corporate getaways or large family gatherings. According to the official project description, Thousand Waves is the ultimate mini-resort for anyone desiring top of the line luxury. The amenities here (“heated lap pool, outdoor spa, children’s pool, central A/C, courtyard for private sunning, gym, billiard table, library/study room with gas fireplace, wide screen media room, massage table, gourmet fully equipped kitchen, outdoor dining seats“) and the beautiful surrounding natural landscape make this holiday villa a great place of refuge. For those looking for an alternative and quite place to work in, this Maui residence also comes equipped with two office areas. Enjoy the virtual tour below and let us know if this type of villa meets your idea of a stylish holiday escape.