21st Century Nordic Landscapes

21st Century Nordic Landscapes

Recently, several clients have expressed an interest in Nordic design as an inspiration for garden projects. In order to create these gardens it is essential to understand the design principles of the region, the key characteristics and how these translate into 21st century Nordic garden design. Having researched more widely, gardens can be designed around these […]

‘An Inspirational Pleasure Garden’

‘An Inspirational Pleasure Garden’

  Homes and Gardens featured our ‘Building a Dream’ garden, The Old Rectory in Northamptonshire, in their July 2018 issue. It’s lovely to see Clive Nichols’s beautiful photographs capturing the garden so beautifully and to read Darryl Moore’s impressions of the garden.  We spent a wonderful day with him exploring the garden. You can order […]

21st Century Garden Design?

21st Century Garden Design?

We are – ‘in studio hortus voluptatis’ – in pursuit of garden pleasure. Our approach in this pursuit, is 21st century. So what makes a design 21st century? It has been said that the living today are exposed to more information in one day than an average person in the 17th century is exposed to in […]

‘Building a Dream’ – The Planting

‘Building a Dream’ – The Planting

Ugly duckling no more!  Despite having been planted just a few months and in some areas a few days, you can really get a sense of what the planting will look like over the next few years. We have a wonderful gardener, Fiona, to nurture the garden with the help of the lovely Steve and Amy over the […]

Building A Dream – It’s Finished!

Building A Dream – It’s Finished!

We have pretty much finished the garden build at the Old Rectory.  Thank you to the lovely Jacqui Hurst for wonderfully capturing the garden as it is now, just a few weeks after planting. I have added some before and after shots at the end of this blog but here’s what it looks like now after the […]

Building A Dream – III

Building A Dream – III

We’re now onto the back area of the garden and paving in all other areas so the end is in sight.   It’s REALLY coming together and excitement is palpable.  The build team at Breathe now have several teams working on different parts of the garden and big changes are happening now on a daily basis. […]

How To Create Kerb Appeal

How To Create Kerb Appeal

We spend much time and money improving our homes but the front garden is often last on the list or gets neglected completely.  However, creating kerb appeal, by giving your front garden a makeover, will have both emotional and financial benefits.  Not only is it an important view from the house (often the living area […]

Building A Dream – II

Building A Dream – II

Much has happened in the last few months on the Northants project, so I thought I would capture the main points in a simple, ‘Ups and Downs So Far’ blog.  Here’s a flavour of what’s been happening a third of the way in. DOWNS Mud, mud, not so glorious mud…  And managing water and drainage on a clay site […]

An Unusual Collaboration

An Unusual Collaboration

I had the pleasure of working with Charlotte Spencer, a contemporary dance choreographer about 18 months ago on a workshop.  We did a few exercises to focus in on how we can influence how people walk through a space.   Simple yet it had a profound effect on my design work ever since.  Then we […]

Oudolf Field – Hauser & Wirth

Oudolf Field – Hauser & Wirth

I have been intrigued about the development of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, since I first heard about it on the grapevine a couple of years ago.  So it was with some excitement that I battled the traffic at Stone Henge yesterday morning, to make my first visit.  After a delicious lunch of meaty modern country fare in the buzzing […]

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