In June 2013 when I was working on my landscape transformation, I was at the Nursery and I called Mary Anne White (my Landscape Designer) because I was shopping for Hostas and this was how our conversation went:
“Mary Anne, I’m here and there are so many beautiful Hostas, I can’t decide! There’s yellow ones, I love those, then there’s these green and white ones, green and creamy ones, should I get some of each?”
“Get 12 Yellow ones.”
“Oh, Okay” I said. “You’re right.”
I’ve probably told this story to most of my clients since then when we talk about finishes for the house.
Here’s a sample of an email I get almost every day in some shape or form:
“Loved your backsplash article. I am at the point of our kitchen remodel where it is the moment to choose a backsplash to compliment Neptuno Bordeaux aka river Bordeaux granite counter tops.
One thing I have already realized is that I need to wait a day or two until the LED under counter lighting is installed. I realized this when I used an LED flashlight to look at the granite and saw quite a bit of golden hues I never knew were there with regular or daytime lighting.
I love the movement in this granite, and know I want it to shine as the focal point.
My husband and I are going bonkers trying to decide…. He is wanting, I think the size is 1×3 split faced rough marble that has different thicknesses in a beige/ ivory. While I love it on the sheet 12×12, I fear it will be too much. Based on your article – you will probably agree.
I will be thrilled to send you photos of my granite and cabinetry if you like. I would appreciate your thoughts and/ or suggestions.”
Here was my response:
“Yes absolutely the choices you are considering are WAAAAY too busy. Cream subway tile is the most timeless choice and will allow your granite to be the most important element in your kitchen as it should be.
I mean it.
Are you still reading this?
You will hate everything else very soon.
Okay that’s it, haha.” Maria
My reader was a great sport and replied:
“Haha!!!! We loved your response email… Tell us how you REALLY feel!! Ha!
Bottom line – after reading your email, my husband said, “I think she might be right.”
I can’t wait to get some samples now instead of my previous floundering.”
However, since landscape design is not my area of expertise I notice that I’m behaving in the same way my clients do!
I love everything, I’m so happy to have the luxury and privilege of designing my yard so it looks exactly the way I want, I think it should all be there (within reason, you know what I mean).
And over to you my lovelies. How many kitchens in our lifetime do we get to renovate and then choose exactly what we want? For some of us one, if we’re lucky.
So then we think EVERYTHING THAT WE LOVE has to go into it.
That’s when it gets crazy and we end up with a look that we don’t love because we did not follow the simple and boring rule.
Read on and you’ll see where my Hostas were planted.
Remember this (above)? This was what we inherited beside the house towards my design studio, I can’t wait to show you what it looks like now, it’s so incredible, every day I can hardly believe this is our house! I’m waiting until some more flowers bloom before I show you the after picture.
I owe it all to Mary Anne’s vision of course, she’s spectacular. If you can even do a consultation with a drawing and a plant list with her you will be sooooo happy like me.
Here’s the after I posted last year after I cleaned it up, but I had to look at this for a whole year.
Funny story, after the demolition of our yard, we were having a chat with our neighbour who said:
“If you’re not going to maintain it, you should hire someone!!!!”
Later I said to Terreeia “Do we look like people who would not maintain our yard? They have seen the inside of our house right???”
Then of course I realized it’s because we did not even pull weeds at all last summer. The only thing we did to maintain our yard was cut the grass. The dandelions would grow along the side of the driveway beside the bed that sat there and only if there was a really large one in front of me when I stepped onto the walk did I stop to pull it out.
I mean truly, was it going to look any better pulling the weeds out considering it was soooo ugly? No.
So we left it as is. Understandable that our neighbour would be worried. No one needs more dandelion seeds blowing on their grass. I get it now, haha.
So here are my 12 beautiful yellow hostas along with white Astible and bleeding hearts. Oh and white hydrangeas towards the front of the house on the left.
My entire garden is white flowers with the exception of the yellow knock-out roses that will grow long my white decorative fence in front of the vegetable garden in the backyard.
It’s so exciting to watch it come together!
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