From Jennifer Heyns on November 25, 2009 in Decks and Patios
D. Garden Collection offers unusual banners for outdoor spaces that call for a little extra something…
… or a lot of extra something.
Made from durable premium fabric and ink to withstand elements (and the washing machine), the outdoor tapestries are the creations of graphic artist Deborah Sommers. Her award-winning work is acclaimed in high-end decorating magazines for its very viable use as a design element with a punch.
Sommers’ love of gardening is her inspiration for both the banners and their graphics, which range from earthy to include flowers, grasses and stones to African print to hip geometric patterns.
There are even more creative ways to use the banners as there are designs. They can be custom-made in any size you wish to truly make your outdoor space your own. Hide an ugly wall or appliance, create a “room” on your deck or lawn, make a bold statement or create a small border for your garden. The gallery at DGardenCollection will give you ideas you haven’t seen anywhere else. Don’t forgo the idea of using these indoors as well.
When I saw these, I thought of my old Colonial house with its large porch and spacious lawn, and proceeded to mentally beautify it. I had a stone terrace overlooking a valley with a few small benches and table. I bordered it along the back with arborvitae, but they seemed to dwarf my furniture, making the space look lost and insignificant. Artfully arranged banners hung at the height of the patio set to the ground would have perfectly framed the area and made it a fabulous nook instead of a set of chairs in the distance.
My favorite is the garden tool series. It’s unique, original, homey and a little fun. The artichoke-green squares and starkness of the implements keep it retro-funky and not at all old-fashioned. But the squares also come in orange, lime, and hot pink if you don’t agree. Choose from shovel, pitchfork and forche.