Several of you guessed B, but option C is the correct answer. Landscape designer Jamie Durie placed a half sphere fire pit in the outdoor sitting area to mimic the adjacent over-sized iron planter.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Stacey D. is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV magazine, an HGTV FrontDoor scarf and HGTV mug. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
I’m an off-season traveler. So for spring break, I opt to stay home. Now I just need a backyard that’s peak-season staycation worthy. Here are my three favorites. Would any of these convince you to avoid hoards of beach-bound sunbathers or long lines for the ski lift?
Exotic Outdoor Rooms by Jamie Durie
Jamie Durie found his inspiration for this design on a trip to Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. India is on my bucket list, but for my spring break staycation, you’ll find me poolside, sipping a mango lassi and listening to Malkit Singh.
Next Stop: Italy, Then Thailand
Now that all of the dollhouses and our garden…
…are in at Operation Dollhouse, Curbed wants to know which is your favorite. Of course, we want it to be us!
So GO VOTE for HGTV’s Zen garden…and feel free to Facebook it, Twitter it or even call your grandma…you’ve got till 6pm, tomorrow, Oct. 15.
If we win, we might even share our leftover bird seed.
Karli plays Vanna with the extra bird seed.
When Curbed went national at the end of September, they sent six dollhouses to top shelter mags asking their staffs to decorate them, then return pics of the results. We loved the idea so much that we wanted to play, too, so we submitted a garden, modeled after the cover image on our own Jamie Durie’s book, Inspired.
Here’s Jamie’s Zen-inspired outdoor room:
And here’s ours:
Everything we used came from the hardware store or our yards, including concrete pavers, tiles and plants (cactus, thyme and moss). We used acorn cups to approximate the planters on the wall and cut water lilies from larger leaves. The edging pebbles are actually crushed bird seed.
Our goal was to provide a garden that would complement all the dollhouses (even Dwell’s chicken coop…thus, the bird seed).
Want more on the project? See the making of; read how we decided to play along.
And now that our mini-garden is complete, we’d like to see your projects-in-miniature. Got a dollhouse, terrarium or other lovely little you’d like to share? Upload them at HGTV Dollhouses.
Remember that post we did on Curbed’s Operation Dollhouse? Our miniature garden is finished and being photographed today. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the project before it goes live:
Our Assistant Editor, Karli, gluing down tiles. She’s putting those interior design skills to work!
The bed, the door, more glue…and binder clips for clamps. Here’s to raiding the office supply cabinet!
Brenna, our intern, with Karli, and the fan that kept the glue fumes to a manageable level.
We’ve got a fresh, action-packed episode ready for you this Sunday night at 10/9c. Host Jamie Durie challenges our celebrity teams: Sabrina Soto (Get It Sold) and Drew Lachey (host of HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge) versus Matthew Finlason (The Stagers) and Kristi Yamaguchi (yes, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi) to see who can best update this seriously dated bonus room in just four hours.
Will they ditch the ugly flooring? Pry the barn wood off the walls? De-plush the support beam? What would you do to update this room?
On the topic of your thoughts, how would you caption this photo?:
I’d say, it looks like Charlie’s got a new Angel. Got a better one? Head over to the Showdown blog and bring on the funny.
I don’t know about you, but I am excited about the new host of HGTV Showdown. Aussie Jamie Durie opened the second season of the show that pairs up HGTV talent and then pits them against each other. The drama plays out on a soundstage, so viewers get to see the good, the bad and the ugly – it’s basically an all-access pass. (Just before the competition began, Jamie divulged that carpenter and contestant Eric Stromer had been in a car accident. His car rolled over and hit a tree, but he was ready for the Showdown. Do we have dedicated hosts or what?)
It’s been a while since United States’ audiences were introduced to a rising Australian star, and Jamie is no newbie to the spotlight. A horticulturalist and landscape designer, Jamie has hosted lifestyle television programs in Australia, hosts Victory Gardens on PBS and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He designed a line of outdoor products (PATIO) and has written several books. He is an environmentalist and volunteer who has worked to raise AIDS awareness in Uganda and advocated for the Children’s Cancer Institute.
Jamie’s resume is as impressive as how he commanded the Showdown stage. I hope to see more of him and his designs on HGTV. Do you? While you’re at it, what did you think of the show? Did you pick the winner? Will you watch next week?
Want to keep gabbing about HGTV Showdown? Make sure and click over to the Showdown blog. Also, catch behind-the-scenes video, a sneak peek of next week’s challenge and more!