A Mid-century, Modern, Christian Dior, Inspired Fashion Garden

June 13, 2024

It’s time for another garden inspired by fashion, and once again, I have found something that I think is really fun by my new favorite fashion illustrator – goodyfinch at Can’t not Know. Really, almost all of my inspirations lately are coming from this amazing artist. This one is titled Christian Dior 08, and I think it evokes a mid-century feeling with an Asian, South Beach touch.  Don’t you think? 

For some reason, I also feel like this girl lives in Copenhagen and visits Tivoli Gardens for afternoon walks with her chi-poo (cross between a chihuahua and a poodle). I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that hat in the form of a lighting fixture in that garden. That is my Copenhagen connection. Would you agree?

The inspiration for this garden – A Christian Dior Fashion illustration by by Can’t Not Know
A collage featuring various design and nature elements: a modern building with greenery, an orange pendant lamp, a moss-covered floor lamp, stone stools, orange flowers, a colorful floral-patterned sphere reminiscent of a Christian Dior garden, white garden chairs, and a close-up of a spiky plant.

The top image is from a photo by Steven Gunther was found at Sunset Magazine. The wide steps and controlled contemporary-style plantings that are textural and sophisticated are a great backdrop for a gardener who needs a place to take images of her amazing outfits. Also, because she seems so euro chic, I imagine her in a modern home – though not today’s modern but more of a mid-century modern (it’s the hat right?).

Clockwise to the right – Lighting is the first thing that comes to mind as I think about this garden’s style.

A vintage Verner Panton Flower Pot Lamp is a bit of a hunt, but worth it. You can also get new reproductions for much less.  This picture came from the Furniture Store Blog.  The La Lune light complete with its Spanish moss lampshade was found over on Gaspard Live.  Special event lighting or just for some summer fun, these fish bowl lanterns capture the colors of our girl (from Luna Bazaar).  I think they would be perfect draped over a sparkling pool. 

This is how I would hang the lanterns:

Lots of them…

A tree trunk in the garden is adorned with multiple glowing red paper lanterns hanging from its branches. The lanterns cast a warm, festive light against the dark night background, creating an enchanting and vibrant display reminiscent of a Christian Dior fashion show.
Spirit Lantern Festival, Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh by photojenni.

Agave and Campsis vines (trumpet vine) are easy plants for an arid environment that add bold color. They are both focal point plants, but because one is a vine and the other a living sculpture, they work well together.

Meadowcraft faux bamboo chairs are made from sleek white metal. I found them at (but you can find other similar pieces, like tables and loungers by perusing vintage furniture sites ) I’m a fan of Palm Beach Regency for fun pieces like this as well as an amazing looking store in Atlanta called Pieces.

Spindle Planters – You can find these many places (both repros and vintage – these are from 1st dibs which is a reliable place to find lots of interesting vintage pieces).

Retro scene: Woman and children playing with a ball beside a kidney-shaped pool, surrounded by breeze block walls reminiscent of a Christian Dior garden.
Top image: An original Ad for breeze Block walls found at pinklincolnchic.
Middle Image: A midcentury home an garden, designed by Dazey Den in Palmsprings.
Bottom Image: Who else loves a breeze block screen wall? This Grecian inspired backyard is an entertainer’s dream, complete with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. Designed by @exterior_arch? Found via Adore- adoremagazine. 📷 @theunfold, Styling: @lowiinteriors, Landscape build: @urbanjunglelandscapes

Anyway, What do you think?  Love this garden? What would you add?

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  1. Love the color combination and I especially love the Japanese inspired lanterns! They would be really nice reflecting over a pond or water feature of some kind.

  2. Lovely colors! That lantern is wonderful!

  3. Helen says:

    You have put together the most wonderful colors and textures that all relate to the fishbowl lantern. Gorgeous! I’d love those lanterns in our garden.

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