Finding creative ways to extend your living space into the outdoors begins with a unique vision and landscape design. Although we don’t utilize our outdoor living space year-round, we can use it spring through fall and enjoy the view throughout our cold Chicagoland winters. Adding elements beyond the traditional patios, decks and walkways provides an opportunity to add additional living space. With the addition of the landscape trends, your family time and entertaining space expand dramatically.

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HGTV's Schmechtig Landscapes Project, Schaumburg, Illinois

Today, homeowners understand the value of taking their interior design style outside their homes. Traditional furnishings, artwork, rugs and decorative containers appear as part of the new outdoor rooms. Kitchens, firepits and fireplaces along with water features are key elements for your outdoor living space. Fountains and ponds bring the soothing sound of water into any space.

 

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Barrington Hills, Schmechtig Landscapes

Water works magic in any garden, providing a focal point and relaxing rhythm. Moving water provides delightful background music and masks the noises associated with living our busy lives. Another way to extend this outdoor living space late into the fall and even winter is the addition of a fireplace or firepit which should blend seamlessly with the home and landscape.

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Long Grove, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

Homeowners have an appreciation for special and distinguishing design features to make their home a unique and complete living environment. By unifying the interior and exterior spaces of your home you create a total coordinated environment calling you to enjoy yourself both inside and out. Knowing and understanding the power of design, interior professionals and landscape architects/designers, work together to arrange the fundamental points that are visible from the doors and windows of your home to extend the interior design through to your exterior spaces, providing you a total and inviting living experience.  At Schmechtig, we call this InEx-teriors  and we introduced this to our clients in 2009.  Chicago's Merchandise Mart invited us to utilize this concept and be the first landscape company to design the outdoor space for its 2010 DreamHome.  By incorporating colors and textures, furniture, fabrics, lighting, water features, art, container pots, accessories, etc. your landscape becomes an extension of your home, not just an accent.

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Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out this weekend's offering at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. 

It is one of our favorite places to spend time and get inspired. There truly is something for everyone.

Here's this weekend's schedule or visit: chicagobotanic.org

Saturday, August 3rd

9 am

Monthly Photo Walk – the first Saturday of each month join the Gardens staff photographer for a free photo walk.

 

10 am

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities – get close to nature while discovering where food comes from and how plants grow.

Kleinman Family Cove Drop-in Activities – enjoy hands on activities for families and children.

Ikebana International Show – The Ikebana International Society presents and exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

 

1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Garden Chef Series - Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegtable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

 

5 pm

Nature Nights Aquatic Adventure – Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Children ages 4 to 10 and families will explore different areas of the garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities.

 

Sunday, August 4th

9 am

Farmer's Market – The Garden welcomes local and sustainable farmers to this public market

Book Signing by Jeanne Pinsof Nolan – The Organic Gardnerer Jeanne Pinsof Nolan will be at the Farmers Market to sign and sell copies of her new book "From the Ground Up"

 

10 am

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities – get close to nature while discovering where food comes from and how plants grow.

Kleinman Family Cove Drop-in Activities – enjoy hands on activities for families and children.

Ikebana International Show – The Ikebana International Society presents and exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

 

11 am

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activites related to Japanese arts and culture.

 

1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Garden Chef Series - Noted area chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

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