Alan Klein Supervises Planting at Elle Decor’s 2012 Modern Life Concept House at the Dillon on West 53rd Street
NEW YORK, NY, May 11, 2012 – International design authority ELLE DÉCOR will produce the second annual Modern Life Concept House opening on May25th at The Dillon on West 53rd Street in one of the property’s exclusive townhouses. Renowned international designer and judge of BBC’s ‘House of the Year’ Michael Tavano has tapped Jeffrey Erb, to design and install the plantings for the 600 sq. foot courtyard, the only outdoor space of the property.
“Green space and outdoor living are elements which have a profound impact on the quality of modern life in an urban environment. We are thrilled to work with Michael Tavano to create a vision of innovative living and contemporary design concepts for this urban landscape,” said Jeffrey Erb. “A great landscape designer is to an outdoor space what a great architect is to a home,” added Michael Tavano.
Michael is an internationally renowned interior designer, product designer, home fashion stylist, visual merchandiser, table designer, judge of BBC’s House of the Year series.
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NYC Terrace Newly Planted in Preparation for Listing
Staging your outdoor space can be one of the best ways to set your property apart when listing it for sale. In my experience, exterior spaces often get the short end of the stick when it comes to staging, and it’s a missed opportunity. Especially in cities and urban environments, buyers want the exterior of their home to look and feel just as fabulous as the interior.
Alyssum, Yucca, Heuchera and Nemesia Add a Splash of Color Outside the Main Living Room Windows
We recently staged a penthouse terrace where we maximized the appeal and visual interest of the space. Of course, if you already have existing elements, it is best to incorporate them into the final design whenever possible. We added to existing furniture and brought in coordinating pieces, planters and accessories to warm up the space.
Existing Furniture Was Rearranged to Maximize the Layout of the Garden
We focused on plantings that had the most impact and color for this time of the season. Many deciduous plants are still pushing leaves and we used a combination of evergreens and deciduous shrubs to get the best results. The view from inside the apartment was also key. When a buyer enters the apartment and looks out the window, I want them to see color, depth and a space that they can incorporate into their lifestyle.
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The Entry Garden at 201 West 70th Street, NYC
201 West 70th Street is unique because the entrance for the building is off of the street and through a courtyard. The courtyard is planted very nicely and there is a private garden for the building adjacent to the entry area. Trees are planted into semi-submerged steel boxes that act as frames throughout the garden beds. I actually like this idea a lot, and the design was executed nicely.
Which does not belong in this planting: Magnolias, Pachysandra or Electrical Outlets?
….That is until I walked further down the sidewalk and noticed these electrical outlets sticking out of each steel frame. It doesn’t seem to make any sense to have them there and that is one detail that shouldn’t have been overlooked. I like the design but I can’t let that one slide. I know that sometimes as a designer, we can’t always control these things, but there has got to be another solution to help disquise them!
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Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had a plethora of gardening friends and fellow plant enthusiasts who were very generous in sharing plants with me. My neighbors made significant contributions to the garden I created in my parent’s backyard including Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), a slew of aquatic plants and most notably, Lysimachia clethroides. Lysimachia clethroides, commonly referred to as Gooseneck Loosestrife, was my first love in the Lysimachia genera of plants. With 12-16″ curved stems with spiky white flowers in summer, Gooseneck Loosestrife fills patches of garden beds quickly.
Purple Foliage of Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’, commonly referred to as Hairy Loosestrife is a species that boasts purple leaves with bright yellow flowers. It grows up to 24-30″ tall and is hardy in zones 5-8. It can grow in aggressive patches so it is best placed in a perennial border where it has space to grow. Pair it with variegated leaves or fine textures for maximum impact.
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