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Friday, September 13, 2013

Distinctive Design Trends for 2014

Garden Media recently released its 2014 Garden Trends Report. One of the many garden trends noted in their press release related to design. Here’s what they had to say – “Neat clean lines are out as explosions of color in fractional shapes like triangles, circles and squares dominate design.”

What does it take to be ahead of the trends? It often requires what author and inspirational speaker Mark Sanborn recently stated in his newsletter - being ‘distinctive’ rather than just ‘excellent.’ He points out that, “Success in 2013 and beyond isn’t about being excellent, good or even great. It is about being distinctive. Excellence is relatively easy to accomplish. A good copycat watches what the industry leader is doing and then does the same things…The biggest problem with excellence is that it isn’t distinctive.”

So back to this design trend of breaking neat clean lines. It takes testing the conventional to create great design. It requires removing oneself from that comfort zone and taking the leap beyond the usual to break those conventional lines. When the ‘biggest problem with excellence is that it isn’t distinctive’, don’t roam with the copycats. As Mark Sanborn points out, “Excellence is a moving target. Today’s “excellent” can be next month’s “mediocre.”

These final Friday thoughts, which echo our design philosophy - break away from the conventional; always be distinctive.  

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Check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  You can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.) Visit our landscape architectural design firm's website where creating design with balance and harmony is our story. http://www.bilowzassociates.com/

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