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Issue 14 · Warm Minimalism · April 11, 2014

Trending on Gardenista: Simplicity in Full Bloom

Issue 14 · Warm Minimalism · April 11, 2014

"Why did I not realize for so long that less truly is more?" writes Michelle. All week she and the Gardenista team have been leading us to pared-down wonders: the world's prettiest paper flowers, a sunken swimming pool set in a meadow, palm-sized heads of lettuce, and a ground cover known as DG (read on to crack the code).

From the Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers | Gardenista

Above: Who knew? Paper flowers can look like this—and you can make your own, thanks to Liva Cetti's new book, this week's Required Reading.

Ayelet Waldman Michael Chabon Writing Studio Berkeley/Remodelista

Above: Want to see where Berkeley's first couple of letters, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, collaborate? Go to The Ultimate Writers' Studio, Berkeley Edition.

Decomposed granite colors for ground cover | Gardenista

Above: Looking to simplify garden maintenance and cut back on water usage? Get to know DG: that's decomposed granite. Natural, permeable, inexpensive, and available in a range of shades, it's this week's Hardscaping 101.

Square planters from Out-Standing of Belgium | Remodelista

Above: Square wooden planters free of fuss and filigree are often the trickiest to source. Allow Janet to show you 10 Easy Pieces (the ones shown here are made in Belgian and available from Trelliage).

. Steal This Look concrete bath by Brio Architects in India | Gardenista

Above: An open-air yet private bathroom (yes, you read that right) is this week's Steal This Look. Meredith sourced all the key elements. Homegrown granite bed, anyone?

Bernard Trainor desiged swimming pool in a garden | Gardenista

Above: Some swimming pools know how to commune with nature. This one, set on a hill near Monterey, CA, is the work of landscape architect Bernard Trainor. Go to the World's Most Beautiful Swimming Pool to learn about the seamless mix of native and new plantings.

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