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Dawn
While I agree with using the surrounding landscape as inspiration, some of us pine away for different surroundings. I live in Alberta, Canada - far away from any ocean, yet I can see myself creating the spiral shell inspired firepit in my backyard. Many of the things inside my home, my jewelry and, I admit guiltily, my landscaping, are inspired by the ocean. My spirit cries for coral shapes and colours... what can I say? Perhaps the woman you refer to also has that same spirit and need to be surrounded by reminders of an alternate location...
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Celeste
My family and I have recently moved to the country and I absolutly love to landscape! The third picture has me drooling! It's BEAUTIFUL! We have a similar, but smaller scale, view of tree covered hills and I would love to landscape around the house in a very natural looking way. The stone work in the picture looks amazing! I could live in that picture.
   
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moderngirl
Great post and amazing photos!
   

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