Garden stalking : The Noosa Edition
Other than indulging in my love of houseplants and creating a jungle in my living room (see my instagram post!) my other resolution for 2015 is to get out and about more and be inspired by others. Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved a Sunday drive which is another way of saying a good old fashioned neighbourhood sticky beak. We’d pile into the family wagon with bribes of a snohagen ice cream if we were good (we are talking the 80’s here) and cruise the suburban streets critiquing the neighbours homes & gardens from the safety of the station wagon. These days kids have iPads to keep them occupied in the car but I honestly loved stalking the suburbs and as I’ve grown older I realise there is no better way to keep an eye on trends and to see what is happening than to get out there and see for yourself. I’m all for Pinterest & Instagram inspiration and spend WAY too much time indulging in both, but to actually be there gives a better understanding for the place, its style & design aesthetic. And so I confess, I am a garden stalker. I have continued the tradition and now I bribe my own kids (and husband) to take a Sunday drive in the suburbs so I can keep my finger on the pulse of outdoor trends and take a snap or two of things that really inspire me. Is it illegal, maybe, but I’ll be upfront and state that I stop at actually climbing over fences (mostly) and as with most things in life my philosophy is that its better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission!
Noosa design has always been a unique blend of stunning natural beauty, low key architecture and tropical landscapes. Its the anti Gold Coast and the opposite of anything vulgar, flashy & beach ritzy that keeps people coming back for holidays. We’ve all seen Hasting Street & Sunshine Beach design but what’s happening in the front yards of the people who actually live there – the garden stalker took a drive to find out.