Before & After: James’ Paddington Pad

james alexander sinclair paddington london garden design

From dumpsters and car parks to an urban oasis, this first before and after was designed by James Alexander Sinclair.  It is such an extraordinary transformation of a London Town garden that I had to double check the before pictures to make sure James wasn’t fooling with us and it really was the same place.

james alexander sinclair paddington london garden design before and after

james alexander sinclair paddington london garden design before and after

James cleverly uses a great designer trick to make small spaces feel larger.  That is to make the lines of the garden as long as possible by going at an angle rather than square to the walls or boundaries.  Diagonal lines are more dynamic and  lead your eye to longest views making the whole space seem larger.  Click through to see more the design details including the vertical slat cedar fence and the water feature lighting.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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