We started our own “Big Dig” in our backyard since I last posted and I knew it would be a lot of work – but I had no idea how truly large our yard would seem once we removed everything from it. My friend Joyce happens to be a Landscape Architect and she’s been helping us remotely with the project. It’s mostly Dave doing all the work and it’s been overwhelming at times because of the sheer size and also because we’ve never done anything like this before. We rented a skid steer and basically took everything out except for one pond.
I haven’t felt inspired with this backyard design. I’m very comfortable and cosy when it comes to interiors. I can look at, talk about and think about interiors until you would collapse beside me from boredom. However, when it comes to outdoor landscape design I feel untethered and troubled – this is just not my wheelhouse. I see some images I like, but most of it doesn’t appeal to me or doesn’t seem attainable. Here’s one thing I’ve learned: when you type in “rustic casual backyard” all you get are wedding inspiration photos! I had no idea weddings have the corner on the “rustic casual” market.
In my sporadic landscape inspiration searches – I stumbled across a short blog post by Clyde Oak that spoke to me entitled “Clients Hire Me to Take Things Away.” Here’s the big idea: “The more taken away the more gained.” The article relates this to the more plants you have, the less impact your design will have. This speaks to me for interiors also – the more design elements you employ, the less impact your design will have.
This “taking this away” sentiment also feels important to me at this point in my somewhat hectic modern life. I don’t want or need to be so connected to work every minute of the day. I don’t need to fill my child’s life with activity every hour of the day. I don’t need to fill my own time that way. Having space to think, enjoy a good meal, read a book, play a game with my family, and even (literally) look at the stars – all of these things are more important than we realize and can only gained by taking things away.
Here are some landscapes I like the look of and before you tell me – I do know that a lot of these aren’t in our zone and most of these are quite out of my price range. But, dreaming is fun and I’m quite good at it.
I just now realized that all of the above photos have stone troughs. I think I must really love stone troughs filled with water!
Taking things away = more gained.