Design assistant


It’s another soggy day here in Vancouver, and because the weather report tells me I won’t be spending any time in my garden this weekend, I’m substituting actual gardening with the online version of a garden tour. I’m talking about Design Assistant, from

It features all kinds of interior and outdoor rooms and treatments from various magazines (Sunset, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, etc.) that you can sort according to various categories. For example, I liked the garden shown above, so went to “browse for similar” and clicked on Outdoor Areas – Contemporary and found a slew of interesting designs. Each featured garden has a how-to area, so if the garden has a gravel patio, for example, and you want to know how to recreate that look, Design Assistant will lead you to an appropriate source.

Be prepared to spend many hours here – it’s the perfect rainy day cure!

Photo by Thomas J. Story from Design Assistant.

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