What I’ve Been Up To

A month or so ago, I published this photo of the landscaping plan for our house:

After meeting with an super cool lady with a background in Horticulture, I was reminded that we can’t change the grade of the back yard of our house (changing the drainage could be disastrous to our house and our neighbors).  Some modification would need to be made.  Instead of having beds flush with the ground, we need to have some raised beds.  Perhaps something like this:

Or this:

The cool horticulturist lent me some books in the hopes that I would find some things I liked for the beds.  

Heck yeah, I did:

Some of these

Oh yes, and those

Sure, have to have those as well

yes, those are lovely

Uh, huh, those too.

Ohh, those are neat


I am sure I can find a spot for those as well

What lovely colors!

I must have some of those as well!

Surely I have a foot or two for these.
Well, since my yard is not the size of a botanic garden somewhere, my current task is editing.  What do I like the best, what will work best in our climate, sun exposure and soil.  Thankfully, I still have some expert advice available.

The next thing I tackled was an actual drawing of our property, where the hardscape is going, where to place the raised beds, how to incorporate the look of the front yard with the back yard.

Here is the plan so far:

WordPress is not letting me make this photo large enough for you to see detail.  In the front there is a curvy retaining wall that will go all the way through our side yard.  We have 4 ornamental grass plants that are thriving so we are working with them.  We have a lower half-circle bed that will be planted seasonally with something colorful.  The side yard (also our dog run) will be have planter boxes full of dog friendly plants.  The back yard is bordered by upright juniper bushes/trees.  Again, they are thriving, so they are staying.  The planter boxes in this area of the yard will be divided into 2 filled with perennials, 2 filled with annuals and 2 used as a small garden.

This week we are focusing on the front yard and just had our sprinkler system upgraded today – yippee!  Hopefully I will have something photo-worthy by the end of the week.

It is a great week for me as a design-nerd and as a social butterfly.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share some of the awesomeness.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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