Update Your Landscape!

Completely demolishing your backyard to redesign a new landscape can often times be quite expensive. Here are 5 unexpensive ways to update your landscape on a budget:

1. A series of potted plans each using the same pot with the same plant is a good way to create a fresh, unified visual focal point.
2. Add lighting. This is a great way to create contrast in your garden; not to mention at night, it creates a beautiful ambience. Solar lights are a great option for saving money and contributing to helping the economy.
3. Mix up the materials; add river rocks to some of your potted plants, use stone steps as a walk-way instead of concrete. Grass isn’t the only option!
4. Add a water feature; this only requires an electrical outlet, but can add a peaceful sound which contributes to a new fresh garden!
5. Add an outdoor area rug to your patio which may hide some of those backyard flaws, not to mention provide a decorative accent by adding color and texture.

To get some inspiration for your landscape update, visit some of these gardens in the Los Angeles area.

Getty Center, Los Angeles CA
Norton Simon, Pasadena CA
Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
Huntington Library, Pasadena CA
Virginia Robinson Gardens, Beverly HIlls CA
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge CA

DESIGN EVENT: NeoCon Express

NeoCon Express is a special event for designers and consumers to learn about new innovative products, meet leed industry executives, and expand their knowledge through a variety of key speakers and seminars. Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 22, 2007 to August 23, 2007 it is a great opportunity for students, designers and consumers to continue learning about the design world and all it has to offer. If you would like further information about this event please visit http://www.asidla.org. Here you can inquire about tickets and registration.

Also, check out the September 2007 issue of Metropolitan Magazine. The home featured in this issue is absolutely beautiful embracing some incredible design elements!