Nicola Hadfield's Beautiful Outdoors, by Nicola Hadfield
Nicola Hadfield continuously keeps her finger on the creative pulse by dividing her time between London, pastoral southwest France and her beautiful home in Cape Town. Nicola Hadfield's Beautiful Outdoors is her second book.
Designing a way of living that is a unique expression of ourselves is all about creating beautiful spaces that delight the senses and touch the soul. And we've come to realise that four solid walls need not define this. Transforming the nooks and forgotten corners of a garden into places of beauty has moved way beyond the practical. The garden is an extension of the house. Or is it that the house is an extension of the garden? The idea for a book on gardens came to me while travelling around the country photographing houses for my previous book. Beautiful Homes of South Africa. With this project I reaffirmed the importance of flow between an interior and its surrounds. Just think how many of the world's top garden designers began their careers as interior decorators. As the years went by there was a need for fresh creative ideas, and these designers came to appreciate the importance of enhancing their beautiful room settings by extending them into the surrounds. David Hicks, doyen of both interior and exterior spaces, led the way, greatly inspiring many other illustrious creative personalities. Some of his trendsetting work in South Africa appears in these pages. Since starting this book, I have met so many extraordinarily gifted garden designers, landscapers and green-fingered natural gardening experts, and have gained a new-found respect for the earth, plants and trees. Unlike decorating a room, which is finite, for a number of years at least, the garden demands constant nurturing. It is a living, breathing art form that must be cared for every day - a singularly pleasurable pastime. These designers also work with the elements, maintaining a level of eco-awareness with the inclusion of indigenous and water-wise plants wherever suitable, to ensure an ecological sensitivity so that we may protect our precious earth. My aim with Beautiful Outdoors is to embrace the stylish individuality and confidence of garden owners, some of whom shun conformity and convention, steering away from the cloned design trends that tend to be repeated in South African gardens. Instead, these individuals do it their way, with originality and flair. Some spaces have been styled by human hands, in others softly moulded edges and curves have yielded to nature's dictates. A few of the gardens form part of an owner's private hotel or wellness spa, as opposed to a personal home, but universal to all the gardens is the passion of the owners for the earth and nature, and their ability to push boundaries yet maintain good principles of colour, form, structure and design. 'You have to love your garden,' states one homeowner. 'Like a child, you have to be patient with your garden, nurture it and occasionally discipline it,'claims another. As the owners talk about their gardens, you discover the patience and level of acceptance required. Plants may not thrive, the reality of the original vision may disappoint, unpredictable weather may do huge damage. But they never give up. I am more than grateful to Plascon Paints for its continued confidence in and loyal support of my projects. I hope the brilliant colours in the photographs do justice to the range of paint colours for which Plascon is justifiably famous. Intentionally veering away from horticultural input, as this is not my line of expertise, I have left this to horticulturist Sandy Munro, who has expertly identified trees and shrubs. (...)
This is an excerpt from the book: Nicola Hadfield's Beautiful Outdoors, by Nicola Hadfield.
Title: Nicola Hadfield's Beautiful Outdoors
Authors: Nicola Hadfield
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781770076655 / ISBN 978-1-77007-665-5
Hardcover, dustjacket, 23x29 cm, 196 pages, throughout colour photo
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