4 Seasons Recommends: Succulents

Succulents are a wonderful plant for adding texture and color to a room, garden or any space. They come in wide varieties and are low maintenance, requiring little watering. During the winter, be sure to keep them in a room with a lot of sunlight as they prefer warm conditions.

I keep quite a few succulents in my home and garden as they provide a variety of texture and color that I simply love. I hope you enjoy the pictures of my little “collection” below and are maybe even inspired to bring a few into your own home.

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

Backyard Deck Containers in Chicago

We provided these Chicago clients with the privacy and color they desired for their backyard deck with a few choice container plants as pictured below.  The evergreens planted in the containers near the grill provide the privacy they desired along with the beauty and aroma of nature.  We also planted a hydrangea and some mums below for added color in the spring, summer and fall.

Empty containers before

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Filled with container soil

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Hydrangea and mums

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Evergreens for privacy

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

View from the bottom

backyard deck container garden in chicago

View from the top

backyard deck container garden in chicago

 

Painting: Bungalow Home in Chicago

We painted these rooms for a client who just moved into a Bungalow in Chicago.  Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!  I just love the way the paint really brightened and modernized the wood paneling in their bedroom.  As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.  We offer free color consultations to everyone who signs a painting contract with us.  Give us a call to schedule your free estimate!

The basement before (with primer) and after.

painting Chicago bungalow

painting Chicago bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen before and after.

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The living room before and after.

painting Chicago bungalow

painting Chicago bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stairway before and after.

painting Chicago bungalow

painting Chicago bungalow

The bedroom before and after.

painting Chicago bungalow

painting Chicago bungalow

The bathroom before and after.

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The master bedroom sitting area before and after.

painting Chicago bungalow

painting Chicago bungalow

Using Paint to Transform Your Space

As the weather begins to cool, we’re starting to put away our gardening tools and bring out our paintbrushes.  Here’s a look at some of the projects we did for clients last fall and winter.  We are proud these rooms and the way the colors really transform each of these spaces.  Leave a comment to let us know what you think!

These two accent walls show how just a little color can add richness and depth to the entire room.

painting highlights

Before …

painting highlights

and after!

painting highlights

Lighter hues go a long way in transforming this basement from outdated to shabby chic!

Before …

painting highlights

and after! painting highlights

Adding a chair rail to the wall and using two complimentary hues brings a sophisticated style to this dining room.

painting highlights

The same two-tone concept in this bathroom uses beadboard on the bottom for a clean, bright look.

painting highlights

Soon, we’ll be sending out our fall newsletter with a bunch of great stuff: tips on using color in each room of your home, some of our favorite DIY and crafting pins from our Pinterest boards, and some ideas for beautiful fall-inspired container gardens.  Send us an email or message us on Facebook and we’ll add you to our mailing list!

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

 

Small Backyard Clean-Up & Garden Design in Chicago

We cleaned up this small backyard and then installed a few new plants.  We have a few before pictures, followed by the afters. Make sure to scroll all the way through because it is quite an incredible transformation! We are so pleased with the charming sitting area it has become. Please leave any questions or comments in the section below. Thanks for checking us out!

 

THE BEFORES:

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

Kris before and afters garden 036 before

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

THE AFTERS:
Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Backyard Install in Evanston

Last week, we installed this backyard landscape design for a client in Evanston. We had a large amount of space to fill and tried to use as many shrubs and other plants that provide year round interest as we could. We used a few shrubs that they already had and planted around them, but mostly installed many new shrubs and evergreens, along with perennials to fill in the space. Please leave any questions or comments and we will get back to you! Thanks for checking us out!

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Small Front Garden in Chicago

We spruced up this corner lot in Chicago by adding quite a few shrubs to what was once a dry and desolate space. Even by adding plants to only this one space of their yard, we were able to make quite a big difference in their home’s curb appeal and overall first impression. An area that was once dry and bare is now full and vibrant with a variety of plants that will bloom and interest throughout the year. With time and care, they will continue to grow and fill the space. As always, please leave any comments or questions below and we will be happy to answer them.

Front Yard before:

Front Yard Garden in Chicago before

And after:

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Backyard Garden Design in Skokie

We designed this backyard for a client in Skokie a few weeks ago. Mulching out a curved space along the fence, we planted a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, including some evergreens. We gave them a variety of textures and colors, as well as plants that bloom in different seasons to provide year round interest to the space. With time and care, the space will continue to fill in as the shrubs continue to grow. As always, please feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comments below!

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Front & Backyard Garden Designs in Chicago … Containers too!

It’s been a busy summer! A couple of weeks ago, we designed a front garden for this client in Chicago. We removed a couple of shrubs that weren’t doing well or had already died and replaced them with thriving new shrubs, appropriate for the light conditions in the yard. With time and care, the shrubs will continue to grow and fill in the space. The variety of color, texture and blooming seasons will give this space interest and beauty throughout the year.

front yard garden in chicago

front yard garden in chicago

front yard garden in chicago

After cleaning up the space in the back, we planted a few shrubs in front of their Limelight Hydrangea shrub and a few other plants to fill in the space even more.

back yard garden in chicago

back yard garden in chicago

back yard garden in chicago

We also filled planters on the front porch and back deck with a variety of flowers and plants, mostly suited for shady conditions. We even created a small planter for her children to grow some small edible plants.

container garden in chicago

container garden in chicago

Landscape Design on a Dime in Chicago

Similar to the HGTV show, Design on a Dime, this client needed their parkway done on a tight budget. We were able to use some of their existing plants from the backyard in addition to a couple new shrubs. With new soil and mulch to top it off, we were able to fill the area and stay within their budget. With time, the plants will continue to grow and fill in the space. A beautiful garden is certainly possible on a smaller budget. Take a look at the pictures and let us know what you think! Any questions or comments are always welcome. 🙂

The parkway area before:

landscape design on a dime in chicago

And after:

landscape design on a dime in chicago

landscape design on a dime in chicago

landscape design on a dime in chicago