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The relationship between the interior and exterior rooms of a home can be enriched through careful placement of focal points and plant material. Consider the dominant views of the landscape from inside your home. Can a particular view be enhanced by planting a specimen tree or installing a small water feature? Windows are ideal for framing views and drawing exterior features such as sculptures and fountains indoors. Here, a large picture window frames the water feature in the Secret Garden, bringing the view into the family room where it becomes part of the interior design. Plantings also work to frame and support focal points. In this design, a layered backdrop works to emphasize the feature while also providing contrast to draw attention.
Color and fragrance can also create an indoor-outdoor connection. A fragrant vine outside a bathroom window adds to the calming mood of a soaking tub. Likewise, a brightly blooming shrub viewed through a bedroom window offers a cheerful morning greeting.