When two or more paths come together, using different stone patterns can signify a change. We often call these “turning points” in design. These can be places to pause and look around at your surroundings, as you decide where to go journey off to next. These can also be places to sit down, and take time to literally stop and smell the roses!
3 Examples to Bring Paths Together at a Turning Point:
Utilize a completely different stone.
Change the pattern using the same stone product.
Add different shapes such as a circle, mixed with a linear path.
3 medium beets, peeled and sliced into thick matchsticks
3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut crosswise into thin rounds
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
handful of baby kale leaves
Ingredients for Sherry Vinaigrette:
1 TBSP sherry vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. mustard
salt and fresh ground black pepper
4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar and salt in the sherry vinegar and 1/4 cup of water. Add beets and toss to coat. Set aside for an hour to create a quick pickle. Drain beets and blot dry on paper towels.
On a pretty serving plate, stack the beets, parsnips, apples, and kale in alternating layers to make a good-looking heap.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sherry vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste, whisking until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the oil until emulsified. Add the shallot to the dressing.
Drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette just before serving.
The natural stone of the pillars, combined with the cedar pergola, coupled with the concrete dining table atop the carpet of unilock pavers, gives this outdoor space an exceptionally timeless look and is a beautiful marriage of materials. These elements not only look impressive now, but will also age to a distinct perfection.
By working with a Plant Life Design’s designer, we not only help you select the materials that start out looking beautiful, but will also educate you on how the selected materials will age in the years to come.
We have all seen it, and we may even be living with it. The new construction homes being built these days incorporate a standard element; the wooden deck that towers over the yard as it is placed over the walkout basement. With this common deck design, lack of privacy, shade and even space can limit us from using and loving our outdoor living area. At Plant Life Designs we are always striving to maximize your outdoor living, and we have some ideas that will do just that!
Recipe taken from ’66 Square Feet’ by Marie Viljoen
FOR THE SALAD:
5 cups of thinly sliced white vegetables (parsnips, turnips, radishes, etc)
1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced, sprinkled with lemon juice
FOR THE DRESSING:
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sugar
fresh ground black pepper
5 TBSP walnut or hazelnut oil
2 heads of Belgian endive, leaves separated
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
In a bowl, just before serving, whisk the lemon juice with salt to taste and the sugar until they are dissolved. Add pepper to your taste. Whisk in oil until dressing is lightly emulsified.
Using your hands, gently toss white vegetables and apple slices in the mixing bowl until they are covered with dressing. Heap the salad in the middle of a serving plate with the Belgian endive either in among the vegetables and fruit or around the edges. Scatter pomegranate seeds over top and serve at once.
Our guests had a memorable evening in the greenhouse, learning and creating a fresh holiday wreath for their home. We all enjoyed meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones. It was definitely a night to remember. Cheers to the holiday season and to “living among your plants”.