This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.
This gabion wall was installed in the back of the garden to help prevent erosion in the dry climate. The cacti and the yucca plants give the wall a pop of color, while the grey stones in the flower beds add an elegant touch to this desert landscape.
This room envokes a feeling of being in your own five-star hotel room. The tasteful minimalism includes cinnamon-colored side tables, white leather furniture and oversized lamp shades. The real star of the room is the wood-planked ceiling. This particular home is a weekend getaway in Palm Springs, hence the tall cactus. The carpet and wall covering are made from recycled materials.
Smooth stone pavers guide visitors into the home's courtyard, where water and a planted tree create a calming, earthy setting. Sliding glass doors open the home's interior to the outdoors and so encourage a sense of flow.
The entryway of this Arizona retreat opens up to a large living room and bar area. Exposed beams and stacked stone walls and fireplace create a rustic vibe, while accessories and cacti plants bring in an element of the southwest.
This modern Southwestern style home is eco-friendly-something the homeowners are concerned about. The drought resistant plants will hold up in the harsh desert climates, and instead of grass, the homeowners have used gravel and other rocks to cut down on their water consumption.
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.
To the side of this modern, Southwestern style home, rests a long, slender contemplation pool. This pool is lined by drought resistant plants, and stylishly separates the upper level from the lower patio.
The homeowners wanted a backyard design that would blend into the desert surroundings rather than compete with it, so designers chose native plants like gray-green cacti and natural colored hardscape such as warm, caramel stones and pale, sun-bleached wood that would reflect the warm, desert tones to create the look.
To add dimension to this front yard, the homeowners have used their steps to give the space height. Instead of adding plants of varying heights that could obstruct a direct view of the house, the homeowners have terraced their steps, and also their flowerbeds, to give their drought friendly front lawn a little extra pizzaz.
These arrangements can be created by cutting succulents or planting living plants. If you choose the live option, fill the bottom of the container with a layer of rock. Fill with cactus potting mix and then add barrel cactus and hawthoria. White aquarium pebbles complete the look. "Purple agate, amethyst and porcupine quills add the sparkle and height," says Sara Fried. And don't forget to water: every two weeks about one tablespoon and keep your arrangement in a bright indoor spot.
A pocket door divides the two sides of this bathroom; the floor's pattern visually unifies them. A desert theme is carried through both spaces via the sandy-colored cabinets, the rug and cactus accents—artwork and the real live plant!
The designers of this beautiful Southwestern style landscape use natural colors to make the space standout. The brown hues of the rocks in the gabion wall and the tile accent steps compliment that natural green hues of the desert plants that surround them, making the landscape of this house match the natural landscape of the land that surrounds it.