Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents Upon entering this Cottesloe
garden, the eye is immediately
drawn to an unusual sculpture
hanging in the front courtyard.
e large silver ring catches the sunlight
and its reflection glistens in a strip of
water below. It's a clever arrangement that
demonstrates the ingenuity of landscape
designer Jo Taylor, of Taylor Landscaping.
" e water sort of doubles the effect of the
sculpture," she explains. "It was on a stand
originally, but we took it off that and wall
mounted it. is way the sculpture becomes
a more integrated part of the garden, rather
than just sitting somewhere."
However, the sculpture isn't the only
design element reflected in this landscape.
"We always take our cue from the
architecture," Jo says on her design
philosophy. "I think our role is very much
to create a garden that looks like it was
always meant to belong with the house."
e structured shape of the home
translates into clearly defined outdoor
spaces, where straight lines are softened
by thick foliage and water views are
seen from every aspect.
Even the subdued tones of the home's
interior are echoed outside through the use
of natural materials and soft-grey decking.
"We wanted to keep with this light,
beachy, feel because it's so close to the
ocean," Jo says. "A laidback look was also
something that appealed to the clients. With
their kids at an age of coming and going
from the house, it seems to work quite well."
e owners didn't request anything
specific in the garden, allowing Jo to take
full creative control. " ey were super-
supportive clients and extremely nice,"
Jo says. "So we just developed our own
ideas and worked from there."
e only thorn in this project's side
was poor access to the backyard, which
hampered the construction process. Limited
space along one side of the house meant
workers had to carry large tools and
materials through the interior instead. "It
was a bit tricky," Jo says. "We've had to build
our way out of the garden, starting at the
back and moving forward."
FLOW MOTION: A fireplace creates a cosy outdoor
sitting area at the back of the home. (opposite) Water reflects
a circular sculpture featured in the home's front courtyard.
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