We have all had more time to appreciate our Outdoor Spaces during this pandemic. Would you like a more personal, bespoke look for your garden? A Collected look has personality, interest, and history. Collecting and gathering things from your travels, flea markets, and or architectural salvage and antique shops add sense of history and character to your garden. The mixing and matching of outdoor furniture, finishes, and textures are one of the easiest ways to make your garden look as if it’s evolved over time even if it hasn’t. Here are a few of my tips on how to create a gathered look in your own garden. Let’s take a look at The Collected Look in My Garden-How you can Get It.
Steve and I have definitely tried to spend a little more time zhushing up our garden this year. We have carved out a new little seating area and have added a few pillows to our existing furniture. We prefer the same look in our garden as we have in our home, a collected look that appears to have evolved over time (well it has actually). If you are looking to do the same in your garden here are our tips for achieving the collected look.
#1-Create Garden “Rooms”
Create areas where people can stop and drink a cup of coffee, enjoy a glass of wine, or have an alfresco meal. We purchased this table and chairs in Mexico years ago. This year we purchased a new umbrella from Pottery Barn in the color of our trim. The pillows are also from Pottery Barn and are linked below.
A favorite spot for a glass of wine or two in the evening in front of the fountain. We ordered these chairs on “super sale” from Pier One. They are similar to our Restoration Hardware ones that are no longer available but are super comfy.
Cozy seating by our outdoor fireplace.
#1-Use a Variety of Textures and Materials on Patios, Decks, and Walkways
Our pathways are a mix of gravel, stained concrete, and saltillo tiles throughout our garden.
Here is the side garden pathway which is California gold pebbles.
The path going to the garage is stamped concrete.
#3 Mix and Match Furniture Styles
We have mixed iron furniture from Mexico with Wicker pieces from Restoration Hardware and Pier 1.
#4 Combine the Old and New
Here on my front porch, I have a table and chairs from Mexico, a bunny statue I picked up somewhere, studio mcgee for target pillows and a target bowl that I turned into a planter.
On our front porch is a bell from Portugal that was a gift from our blacksmith. The Vintage Wine Hotte on the front door came from Patine, the stone planters were new (although almost everything at our house is old now!), and the number sign was purchased on one of our trips to Mexico.
#5 Add Collected Treasures and Artifacts
The angel on the fireplace we picked up in a junk shop. The faux bios planters came from a great local shop Wisteria. The bowl on the table is Romanian redware filled with not old repro fishing floats.
#6 Add Structure with Trellises, Gates, Obelisks, Statues, Fountains, and Fences
We found this fountain many years ago at a local Mexican import place (no longer in business). We loved it because it had a colonial look to it.
We purchased two of these statues many years ago at our local nursery Bokay and place one at each path intersection
Our good friend who passed away built two of these tuteurs for me for my birthday one year. I think of him every time I see them. They are surrounded by plumbago and lavender.
#7 Mix and match pots and planters
In my garden, I have a mix of repurposed iron pots, stone, terra cotta, and vintage vessels. Mix up your containers for interest.
Our front porch is large and our house is a two-story Monterey Colonial with a large balcony spanning above. This space called out for something oversized. A bunch of small pots would look silly. We located this old farm wagon years ago at an antique store. Steve has had to rebuild the box a few times but we still love it. It is filled with geraniums, lavender, and ivy.
In the center of my herb garden, I have a large Mexican pot planted with a bay tree. This adds structure and interest.
On the back patio, I have a repurposed iron bowl filled with succulents flanked by olive topiaries in simple terra cotta pots.
If you are seeking a more collected look in your garden my advice is to be patient. Search for things you love that you can add over time. We had no money when we started our garden so it had to evolve. Anyone can achieve a cookie-cutter look with matching everything. It is much more fun to wait until you find that perfect piece often at the perfect price to give your garden character and a sense of you. Take your time and enjoy the hunt.
I hope you enjoyed The Collected Look in My Garden-How you can Get It. Have you spent more time in your garden this year and do you prefer a collected look? I would love to hear more about it.
If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy My Rose Garden What is Blooming Right Now, and How to Achieve a Collected Look on Your Porch or Patio. You might also enjoy following me on Pinterest where I share more garden inspiration, and on Instagram where I post way too often on my garden!
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