Here at Floor Coverings International Shallotte, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable design advice they can apply to their own homes. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce child friendly gardens designer Robyn Pope of Gardenrooms. You can follow Robyn on Instagram.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a maker. After creating floral projects for Smith and Hawken, Pottery Barn, and Gardeners Eden, I began a business designing gardens for friends with small children and pets. This was perfect for us at the time as my three 3 daughters were so young and I could work from home on the design. The business blossomed by word of mouth and referrals. Many of the gardens I’ve designed in the past 20 years are child friendly and easy to care for. Recently I’ve designed projects for empty nesters and pet enthusiasts.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
My friend Megan contacted me 8 years ago about her then new blog beachbunglow8. She also kindly featured me on SFGirlbybay. It really encouraged me to start my blog. Gardenrooms has definitely evolved over time. I take all my own photos now and use it mainly to chronicle life in the garden, kitchen and as a travel journal. At times I do post photos of my children and pets and I’ve met some truly amazing people from all over the world and products and makers from everywhere.
How would you describe your design style?
Always changing and whimsical. When I’m living in a house or when I’m designing a garden, I always incorporate the elements that are needed and wanted into the property as a whole. Personally my design style gravitates toward vintage, some modern and a less is more philosophy but I’m happy to design any and all types of gardens.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
In nature and all that is alive and green, in water. Music, organic foods and the curiosity of a child are also inspirational to me.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
Last December I was hired to design an outdoor room for a young couple with 2 active dogs. They have a very large back yard so we concentrated on the garden space directly behind the house. The project took about 3 months to complete during the winter. I’m super happy with the results and hope you enjoy the photographs I’ve attached of the project.