My name is Matt Allison.
I go by many titles with over a decade of experience in the design industry. My work has been featured in various lifestyle publications including Home, House & Leisure, Elle Decoration, VISI, Real Estate, Good Taste & The Sunday Times.
Based in Sydney, Australia my approach to interior styling and design is clean and timeless. I believe in creating spaces that are simple and functional, yet practical enough to deal with the ever-growing demands of daily life.
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Category Archives: Gardening & Landscaping
I’m finally at a point with our landscaping that I feel I can share a few pics.It’s taken a while to get here, we are not done, but it’s moving forward.
As shared in my previous landscaping post the idea was to subdivide the garden, which was largely lawn by creating space for a patio, a playhouse for Nathan and pockets of form plants and textures. My deadline was June 17th, I missed it, but as of today I’m where I wanted to be.
I went a little overboard on the playhouse, which became a black Nordic inspired cabin with a deck and almost floor to ceiling wrap around window, but I LOVE it!
Sadly I had a fight with my contractor and threw him off site during the building, which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself, action-ed in dribs and drabs with all this rain we’ve been having.
I designed and coordinated the hard and landscaping, but enlisted the help of my friend Anton Fourie from Stonescapes and his staff to action my ideas, something he does with efficiency and precision, a rare trait today!
As regular readers know, I’m a modernist, I prefer clean lines and have a penchant for mid-century design, including landscaping.
I wanted to work largely with evergreen form plants, sculptural plants in shades of green, grey, crimson and salmon pink.
I found an invaluable landscape resource over at the Eichler For Sale website with a list of commonly used mid-mod plants.
The selection is minimal, two varieties of New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax), some Lily Grass (Ophiopogon Variegata) and Blue Mountain Grass (Festuca Glauca) in one bed. Cape Reed Grass (Chrondopetalum Tectorum) in another and lastly Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa Multiplex) in another.
The Flax will grow rather tall and create a nice hedge in time, as seen below.
Bamboo is a tricky one as most Bambusa varieties are runners, once you get them in the ground they can send out meters of invasive shoots. This particular variety, Bambusa Multiplex, doesn’t do that, it forms cumps that grow into hedges in time, about a meter wide and up to 5 meters high, as seen below.
Part of the mid-mod ethos is inspired by the simple lines of both Scandinavian and Japanese design. I wanted to include a stone garden and spent a few hours scrambling through a granite quarry to find these particular rocks. I plan to culture moss on them and when the weather warms up end July plant a beautiful Japanese maple to accompany it.
All that remains is for me to put the final touches on and in the cabin and the arrival of our patio table (which I designed) and chairs.
The July issue of Home Magazine is out and features a great piece on indoor gardens.
In it I give tips and advice on choosing and growing houseplants, they’ve even included my ‘How to make a terrarium’ post for you to get your craft on.