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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Designer Interview: Oxford Garden

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March has come in like a lion but it’s time to start  thinking about outdoor spaces. Go to the garage or shed and dust off that garden furniture, figure out what you need to repair or replace, then check out the fantastic selection from Oxford Garden to fill in the gaps. The Louisville, Kentucky based company offers up styles from traditional classics to contemporary, inspired by a range of precedents from English cottage garden to Scandinavian modern.
Today we’re sitting down with the President of Oxford Garden, Randy Meek, to learn more about the brand and what they have available.

Where did the name Oxford Garden come from?
Oxford Garden began as Oxford Garden Designs and the name developed from the romantic, centuries-old English gardens that nearly always included a finely crafted sitting bench.

How did Oxford Garden come about? What are your goals for the brand?
Oxford Garden began in 1997 as the interest in outdoor living had huge growth in America and the availability of quality outdoor furniture was in short supply.  After establishing itself with high-quality wood benches during its first few years, Oxford Garden methodically expanded furniture collections, offering a wide range of items, styles and materials.
Our products are designed and produced to provide a well-styled unique visual appearance, while maintaining quality materials and workmanship.  Of equal importance is our goal to deliver these quality products at moderate prices.
How would you describe the Oxford Garden style and how does this help freshen up outdoor spaces? What inspired your current collection?
The Oxford Garden style is a refinement of comfort, shapes, simplicity and practicality.  We aim to produce outdoor furniture that is comfortable, applies practical use of materials through simplicity of design and delivers a captivating appearance.
For example, in one of our current collections, Siena Deep Seating, we use straight and simple shapes with just slight emphasis on key areas of the furniture; the subtle lines of the arms and angled legs add interest to an otherwise simple design, creating a striking and graceful piece.
Did you see a hole in the outdoor furniture market? If so, how are you filling it?
We believe we fill the narrow space where good design and practical pricing meet.
Where should homeowners begin when furnishing a patio, deck, balcony or garden?
The key question for homeowners is “What atmosphere do you want to create?” Think of space outside as outdoor rooms and work from there.
For example, some homeowners want a relaxing environment that brings their indoor living room to the outdoors. In this scenario, we would recommend a warm, comfortable conversation set such as our Siena Deep Seating group:
Others may love to entertain and desire a large dining group where they can enjoy parties and family dinners outside and need a versatile dining set such as the Travira or Hampton:
Thanks to Randy for taking the time to introduce us to Oxford Garden today!
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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Color Inspiration from the Mediterranean Coast

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Last week four of my girlfriends and I hit the Mediterranean Sea and stayed in Collioure, France. This is an absolutely stunning coastal village with a history that dates back to the Phonecians. It is also the place that inspired the Fauvists, after Henri Matisse and André Derain spent a summer collaborating and painting there. The views, people, architecture and colors continue to inspire today. While Collioure has it’s own unique style, culture and spirit, I have picked a doorway that shows off one of the most well-known French color combinations. It’s a beautiful warm yellow and bold blue, outlined in white stucco, with a few accents provided by terracotta tile and some gorgeous greenery:

To find this very French blue and yellow combination, I recommend Pantone 18-4148 TPX Victoria Blue and Pantone TCX 14-0756 Empire Yellow.

With these colors in mind, I decided to plan my dream contemporary, French-inspired dining room. I did go a little more powdery with the blues I chose.

Based atop a cherry yellow and white striped rug from DwellStudio, added a simple maple table from STAACH, added a few Misewell chairs that combine metal and wood, added a few accessories including a limited edition Parvez Taj canvas that reminded me of all the fishermen I saw catching dinner along the sea, a pop of green provided by a Chilewich three-tiered tray and a super-cool pendant light from Joug. While the light fixture is made of plastic, it’s unique texture and glow remind me of the light hitting the stucco walls of the buildings in Collioure. For purchase information, click on the links next to the thumbnails below.

Collioure Color Inspiration

STAACH Cain Collection Table 2
$1,590 - designpublic.com

Parvez Taj Wall Prints Riad Akka
$358 - designpublic.com

Oras Stripes Jura Wall Mobile Oras
$180 - designpublic.com

Misewell Lockwood Chair
$510 - designpublic.com

Chilewich Three Tier RAYTray
$125 - designpublic.com

Liqueur Glasses – Set Of 2
$55 - designpublic.com
P.S. Thanks Polyvore! You’re my favorite fun internet activity!

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Mondrian Shelves

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For this week’s Flickr fave of the week, I am loving these floating shelves from Jeremy Levine Design. I’m also digging the way they used the stacking shelves on the left side. Thanks for adding it to our Fresh New Spaces Group!

By the way, this was an addition and remodel to a residence. The house was built around three trees and includes: grey water recycling, storm water capture, recycled coal fly ash concrete, solar energy, recycled lumber, passive cooling, thermal rock wall, and mobile shade panels.

Office of floating shelves

Photographer: Tom Fowlkes

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