Case Study: "Durie Garden" - featured in
Magazine June 2007.
Bloor West Village, Toronto.
In the Bloor West Village area, homes tend to be quite small
and so the garden becomes an integral part of this home's
Lisa worked on this private project to transform a bare backyard
to a beautiful, lush oasis. Lisa needed a design to "widen"
the garden, hide the storage area and provide a choice of
outdoor "rooms" that extended the indoor space into
The entire design, from concept to completion was Lisa's
- including all flowers, pots furniture, accessories, all
hardscape, softscape, placement, lighting and fabrics. Lisa
was aided by
Andrew Smith Contracting to build the pergola - which
is now surrounds the family's favourite summertime dining
room. Strategically placed lights illuminate the garden at
night and transform it into magical patterns of light and
shadow. Spotlighting the pergola's sturdy open lattice at
the end of the garden creates a focus, and usable evening
As for storage, the ugly shed never makes it into Lisa’s
gardens. In this instance, the challenge was for Andrew to
take the antique doors from a Cabbage Town home and make that
the focal point of attention, hiding the “shed”
area in behind. The height of the doors helped to camouflage
a very unattractive and large shed in behind the home. Andrew
cleverly installed them on a sliding system so they wouldn’t
take up as much room either opened or closed. This has become
a main attraction in the back dining area
Last but not least, Lisa would like to thank her faithful
dog, "Toto" for
his constant presence and support.
From a selection from "Canadian
Living" magazine. Read more here:
photos on this page courtesy of Brandon Barré Photography.
All other photos by: Avocado Communications.