A flowering, shrubby vine grows up the pergola to eventually provide full shade over the front porch. The spherical yard decoration made of driftwood is representative of the home's owners appreciation for art, which is evidenced by numerous collected pieces displayed throughout the house.
Large eccentric wall art decorates one wall of the dining room. More eccentric art sits on the opposite dining room wall, with large single hung vinyl window with energy-efficient insulating glass that overlooks the home’s front yard on the wall in between.
Modern lanterns and a large pendant brighten the exterior at night, ensuring that guests can safely ascend the front steps. At the same time, landscape lights showcase the yard's greenery like works of art in a gallery.
Landscape designer Katharine Webster used art installations and plants to fill otherwise empty spaces in the front garden of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. "When I first came to the space, it was a very long, rectangular, bleak space," Webster says. "I thought it was important to move the eye along. As it turned out, the art elevated the landscape and the landscape elevated the art, balancing each other."
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.