Late last year during the mayhem of our pop up shop we had our landscapers Secret Gardens photograph our Paddington pool and garden. Given my control freak tendencies i was a little bummed that i couldn't stay to 'oversee' the shoot but a few weeks later the photographs were out and then a friend mentioned to me last week that she saw our garden on their site so of course i jumped online so thought i best share the images around;)

I have talked about landscaping before...i liken it to going to the hairdresser; you shudder every time you get the bill but are secretly happy that you shelled out on going to the top salon as getting the cut or colour wrong can be a disaster (we have ALL been in this situation before). Landscaping is pretty permanent and can make or break a build so whilst it does cost a bomb the end result of calling in the professionals is well worth it!

Our newly renovated pool; prior to the renovation our old pool came out to the end of the deck so we actually made it smaller to make way for more house and lawn; we had it tiled in mosaic tiles (we used the Spanish ones from Bisanna Tiles) We also added gas heating to the pool which was the best decision we ever made as the kids and i use it so much more as you can get the water to a warm temperature in a few hours

We also added a large step which aided as a wading area for the kids; choosing the right pool tile colour was hard as once the water is in the pool the tile colour takes on a more blue shade

My brief to Secret Gardens was "I want tropical greenery and lots of it" i bombarded them with imagery of villa's that i had stayed in Bali and i was literally obsessed with the pool and garden of an Issay Weinfeld designed house in Brazil..i wanted Palms and lots of them..unfortunately we had a large challenge - all of the plants planted around the pool in the rendered garden bed had to have small roots..Palms apparently have large roots so we managed to track down an imitation banana palm which would fit in however it has a very short life span (its actually already due for replacement!)

 

This was the image brought along to every architect and landscaping meeting - the holy grail of dream homes - Issay Weinfeld designed beachside home in Brazil..these were the pool tiles that i tirelessly tried to match and yes i even thought i would be getting these huge palm trees...dream on!!

a glimpse of our imitation banana palms...and no they did not bear fruit..unfortunately!

The other part of the brief was that i wanted built in seating and storage for pool toys...tick and tick

The hubby wanted a sink and of course the biggest BBQ he could find -i wanted it concealed and integrated into the design;)

And of course no garden is complete without a concrete daybed or herb garden

And lastly i also wanted a bit of a traditional hedge thrown in for good measure! All that is missing is a hammock (working on getting one placed over the pool!) and we are still waiting for our bougainvillaea vine to start sprawling over the fence..the joys of watching your garden grow!

 

Late last year during the mayhem of our pop up shop we had our landscapers Secret Gardens photograph our Paddington pool and garden. Given my control freak tendencies i was a little bummed that i couldn't stay to 'oversee' the shoot but a few weeks later the photographs were out and then a friend mentioned to me last week that she saw our garden on their site so of course i jumped online so thought i best share the images around;)

I have talked about landscaping before...i liken it to going to the hairdresser; you shudder every time you get the bill but are secretly happy that you shelled out on going to the top salon as getting the cut or colour wrong can be a disaster (we have ALL been in this situation before). Landscaping is pretty permanent and can make or break a build so whilst it does cost a bomb the end result of calling in the professionals is well worth it!

Our newly renovated pool; prior to the renovation our old pool came out to the end of the deck so we actually made it smaller to make way for more house and lawn; we had it tiled in mosaic tiles (we used the Spanish ones from Bisanna Tiles) We also added gas heating to the pool which was the best decision we ever made as the kids and i use it so much more as you can get the water to a warm temperature in a few hours

We also added a large step which aided as a wading area for the kids; choosing the right pool tile colour was hard as once the water is in the pool the tile colour takes on a more blue shade

My brief to Secret Gardens was "I want tropical greenery and lots of it" i bombarded them with imagery of villa's that i had stayed in Bali and i was literally obsessed with the pool and garden of an Issay Weinfeld designed house in Brazil..i wanted Palms and lots of them..unfortunately we had a large challenge - all of the plants planted around the pool in the rendered garden bed had to have small roots..Palms apparently have large roots so we managed to track down an imitation banana palm which would fit in however it has a very short life span (its actually already due for replacement!)

 

This was the image brought along to every architect and landscaping meeting - the holy grail of dream homes - Issay Weinfeld designed beachside home in Brazil..these were the pool tiles that i tirelessly tried to match and yes i even thought i would be getting these huge palm trees...dream on!!

a glimpse of our imitation banana palms...and no they did not bear fruit..unfortunately!

The other part of the brief was that i wanted built in seating and storage for pool toys...tick and tick

The hubby wanted a sink and of course the biggest BBQ he could find -i wanted it concealed and integrated into the design;)

And of course no garden is complete without a concrete daybed or herb garden

And lastly i also wanted a bit of a traditional hedge thrown in for good measure! All that is missing is a hammock (working on getting one placed over the pool!) and we are still waiting for our bougainvillaea vine to start sprawling over the fence..the joys of watching your garden grow!