Patios

Outer Vision Design

I have launched my new company (to replace Potted Garden Designs) – it is called Outer Vision Design.  www.outervision.ca

OuterVision Design will make your outdoor room stylish & comfortable.

We customize the look to suit your lifestyle. From luxurious comfort to casual dining – we will create a look that is right for you. Updating or starting with a clean slate – we decorate outdoor rooms for living, special events and home staging. Invest in an outdoor room to expand your space, improve you lifestyle and add value to your home.

Home Staging – outdoors. Increase the “wow factor” of your properties with an outdoor space makeover.  Open house . . . do you need help to improve the curb appeal? Even in the fall and winter, staging the outdoor space will increase appeal.

Teamwork. Our team is innovative, experienced and resourceful.

Nature’s way. We are focus on sustainable, organic and recycled materials when available.  Mother Nature approves – you will too.

Credibility. OuterVision Design is a full-service studio with accredited training and experience.

  • Interior Decorator
  • Ecological Landscape Designer
  • Graphic Designer
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Winter displays

I love to design potted displays for the front step in fall that will look great in the winter.  I use pansies, grasses, and evergreen plants but I also use branches that I poke down into the soil to give a sophisticated look as though they had been done by a florist.  I add pine cones, dried flowers and other items that I fix to the branches with florists tape and wires.  These arrangements sit nicely in pots, tins, on plant stands or old chairs – as long as it isn’t too light weight and tall that it could catch the cold winter wind and fall over.

Be creative and make your won fall arrangement.  Freshen it up with winter branches and colourful items when you put up your winter wreath.

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Something fishy

Something fishy

IMG_2786Lorin and I built a pond in the backyard near the patio.  I’ve always wanted one especially because I want to learn how to make them for clients. It is hard work but in a weekend we got it done.  It is beautiful – and quite natural looking (ignoring the unnatural concrete wall around it!). This is an early photo – it has more plants around it now and many in the water.

It is a still pond so I have a special ring that gives off a bacteria to kill the mosquito larvae that were very quickly growing in the still water.  We also have to grow certain plants in there to filter the water and fish to provide food for other plants.  I hadn’t wanted fish but now I’m so excited to have them.

First I bought three gold fish each at 99 cents.  Two died.  So, I bought five more and in two weeks none have died.  I am learning to balance the ecosystem in the pond to keep the water suitable for the fish.

I also plan to get a solar-powered filter system for it but it is too expensive right now.  I’m hoping a local company will begin carrying them so I can buy locally.  Shipping from New York costs more than the item itself.

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Patio design

I have created two beautiful garden designs for a downtown penthouse that has two 800 sq ft patios. Right plant right place is our motto so I paid careful attention to the conditions: one patio is cool/warm and shady while the other is super hot and sunny.  Being up on the 30th floor and full exposed, there are limited types of plants that can withstand the wind, heat and cold – especially since they will be in pots.

Fibreglass pots and planter have a great insulation property (as well as being light weight) so I designed the garden with only modern, sleek, stylish planters – stunning!

Fortunately, the client and I had similar ideas of the type of plants that would look great and fulfil her requirements for screening, privacy, low maintenance and, of course, plants that would look great.

The logistics are a nightmare but I figured it all out.  Since the patios are on the 30th floor of a condo complex, I’d have to have all materials delivered to the street level on the same day and get it up the elevator without making a mess: 3 yards of soil, 46 huge planters, 11 large cedar, 36 boxwood, 24 bamboo, 6 flats of blood grass, etc – you get the idea.  We were also asked to design and install a semi-circular raised garden bed constructed of allen blocks – lots of heavy allen blocks!

I’m very proud of the designs and I think that after this project, I can tackle anything!

www.outervision.ca

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