We immediately decided to recycle in style after we spotted a unique garden feature–rusted bedsprings attached to a brick wall–in the suburban Melbourne garden of designer Andrew Plymin.
As for his sourcing secrets, he said: “There’s lots of rusty things…I just find them on the junk piles and stick them in the back of the car when I’m driving past and drag them home and they all start to work together as a group.”
Above: Our inspiration, from the garden portfolio of Australian photographer Simon Griffiths.
As Plymin explained on the public-access program Gardening Australia: “This garden’s very much a personal space, and I just fill it with things that I like. I don’t really care if they’re fashionable or if they actually all go together.”
Above: After some sleuthing, we realized that vintage box springs and mattresses are surprisingly hard to find. Our recommendation would be to call your local salvage yard and say you’re on the lookout for a rusted box spring. An online option: A Vintage Metal Bed Frame With Springs is available for a $60 on eBay (if you click “Buy It Now”).
Above: We like the mix of wood and metal textures in Plymin’s garden. For more our favorites, see 10 Easy Pieces: Picnic-Style Dining Tables.
Above: Tolix Short Stackable Tabouret Stools are available in several shades of blue. Contact Antiquaire for pricing. (In the UK, Cult Furniture sells a Tolix copy called the Xavier Pauchard Stool in powder coated blue for $48.12.)
Accessories and Plants
Above: This terra cotta Italian Low Bowl is available in six sizes starting at $7 from Arizona Pottery. To recreate the look above, we’d recommend an 18-inch-wide bowl; $37.
Above: To create a rusted wire crown atop the bowl of succulents, Vintage Rusty Bed Springs are $1 apiece from Parts2Spare via Etsy.
Above: Fill with any mix of succulents; Ikea sells an assortment of Potted Succulents for $3.49 apiece.
Steal more looks: try Water Troughs as Raised Garden Beds, A Mod LA Patio with Twinkly String Lights, and A Starry Night Outdoor Dining Patio.
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