Category: Outdoor Living

OUTSTANDING DESIGN OUTSIDE

Canadians love to live outside during the warm months. We cook, dine, swim, lounge and hang out under the sun and the stars. That’s why the outdoor room is an important extension of the decor we enjoy indoors. These items are on trend to help you decorate the perfect outdoor space.

BACKYARD BLISS

This suave and contemporary backyard was a mundane patch of grass and concrete just one summer ago. “It was really a mess,” says Vic Bertrand bluntly. Bertrand, the president of full-service landscaping company Northstone, describes the area’s 2,000 square feet as an unappealing concrete patio and “just grass, weeds, shrubs.”

ROOTED IN THE LANDSCAPE

Everything about this property suggests that the home and garden have occupied their place in the landscape for a long time. And yet … “This is a new house, a guesthouse,” says Mario Arteaga, a landscape architect with Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

IT’S NOW EASIER TO BE GREEN

Creative thinkers are regularly devising new and innovative ways to solve humanity’s problems.
Swiss designer/entrepreneur Yves Behar, for instance, recently created a smart, solar-powered garden system that monitors soil and water levels. The first female architect in Pakistan, Yasmeen Lari, has built 36,000 safe homes in a flood and earthquake region since 2010, becoming a world leader in providing disaster-relief shelters.

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