A decadent white dining table is surrounded by 8 white leather chairs and sits on a stunning gray Barbara Barry area rug. A unique wooden wall treatment features plenty of windows to allow in natural light and views of the garden outside. Modern lights hang from the warm wood ceiling beams, creating a soft ambiance for dining.
Though it's located on one of the best streets in La Jolla, Calif., the back of this home was once overrun with myoporum and acacias that blocked views of the canyon and ocean. To help reclaim the rear garden, the Torrey Pines Landscape Company cleared away the plants and added a modern living and entertaining space beneath the pergola.
Creating welcoming warmth within the flowing spaces of open-layout floorplans is important—and sometimes difficult to achieve. Designer Brett Mickan turned to color to do the trick in this Sydney, Australia kitchen. “The deep green hue makes the walls recede so the pieces within the room stand out. And, because the room looks out through a series of large glass doors towards the garden, I used a deep green tone with a grey base to create a color connection to the garden and focus the view out the windows,” he says.
This minimal open-floor plan home required a garden that reflected the owners’ love of simple clean lines, open views and a feeling of space. The hardscape was designed with a conservative use of materials to create the illusion of space with the planting used in a more architectural way to mimic the interior of the house.
Adjacent to the petit salon, this limestone terrace has been transformed into a Tuscan fantasy garden with rolling hills and trees of varying heights. The landscape not only adds a refreshing touch of green to an otherwise urban setting, but also creates a forced perspective for the viewer.
This is the view from the rear of the owner’s residence with its elegant swimming pool and well-tended rose garden (on the right beyond the frame of the photo). The ultimate outdoor space for entertaining guests, it now adjoins the newly landscaped property on the right side of the estate.
Across the serene swimming pool, a poolhouse provides extra entertaining and relaxing space for the homeowners. One one side of the double fireplace, a bar and conversation space allows for relaxing after an exciting day of swimming, while the dining area on the other side has a great view of the home's expansive lawn and gardens.
This outdoor design from Ryan Hughes packs a powerful wow factor through the creation of a unique entertainment spaces for this South Florida Home. From the view of the covered lounge area, visitors can see the unique sunken conversation area within the swimming pool, the varying textures provided by an array of palm trees and the strong formal elements provided by the feature walls against the garden.
A low garden wall separates this Spanish bungalow from the street, making the home feel secluded, even in Los Angeles. Poured-in-place concrete steps and a custom laser-cut metal gate mark the entrance to the courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado
A privacy screen shuts out surrounding views, while a burbling fountain covers outside noise with a natural sound. Other options for cancelling nearby noise include wind chimes, outdoor speakers (play nature soundtracks) or even a tabletop water garden. For a deck retreat, define different rooms in your retreat by incorporating elevation changes in your deck design. Plantings in this retreat include Bonfire begonia and Festival cordyline.
So much to love about this gorgeous countryside estate in South Salem, New York. The property backs up to the 4,300 acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, so there's always plentiful views of nature and wildlife. As for the estate itself, it has a three-stall barn, falcon house, swimming pool, gardens aplenty and a four-bedroom, five-bathroom main residence.
This design features a long curving hall that sweeps through the house. The result is a deep focus space with an unimpeded view from the front door across the entire house and out to the back garden. This continuous space dramatically enhances the circulation of natural ventilation and light. Clerestory windows throughout the house significantly lower the need for artificial light, adding to the house’s sustainability. Cutouts in the wall house simple decoration for added color.
A stone fence on an 2.5-acre Atlanta estate, called Rivermeade, by Harrison Design, adds a design element without blocking views of the natural meadow behind the property. The residence has been featured on the tours by the Atlanta Botanical Garden and The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and was featured on a TV show, Tyler Perry’s "For Better or Worse" sitcom.
This minimal open-floor plan home required a garden that reflected the owners’ love of simple clean lines, open views and a feeling of space. The hardscape was designed with a conservative use of materials to create the illusion of space with the planting used in a more architectural way to mimic the interior of the house. Privacy was also very important but it needed to be done in keeping with the aesthetic of the property maintaining the clean lines and open spaces.
You may not think of a chipmunk as a pest, but when it starts digging under shrubs or patios, your view may change. Chipmunks actually cause the costliest damage to established landscapes, unseating retaining walls, destabilizing walkways and even killing mature roses or shrubs (by digging directly under the trunk). Once chipmunks dig tunnels, other critters arrive to set up housekeeping in those tunnels, including voles, shrews and snakes. Chipmunks visit gardens with bird feeders and other ready sources of food or water. An outdoor cat or dog can help keep these critters at bay, as can garlic oil pegs you toss into tunnels or various repellents you sprinkle onto flower beds or near tunnel openings.
Just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fall color of a sugar maple. Look for this beauty: Apollo maple (Acer saccharum ‘Barrett Cole’). Apollo grows tall but not wide, making it the perfect choice for small urban yards or a side yard garden. The tree forms a pillar covered in classic green maple leaves all season long that fade to blazing hues of orange, gold and red in fall. This maple makes a good choice for a street planting or along a driveway, where its branches won’t block the view. Trees grow at least 25 feet tall and just 10 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.