The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.
Opulent furniture and heavy drapes are accented by the gold walls in this living room. A heavy, ornate, iron and jewel chandelier hangs low above a glass coffee table, which has a large garden urn filled with autumnal flowers as a centerpiece.
This bocce court provides another entertaining activity for family fun while reducing lawn size and water use. The retaining wall was set at 18-20-inch seat height to give players a place to rest during intensive matches of lawn bowling. The sloping garden is draped in ornamental grasses and climbing vines.
This bedroom creates a lounging area by pairing a traditional slipcovered sofa with a gallery wall made up of clever, colorful, do-it-yourself art projects and straw gardening hats. With a whimsical lamp made of rope and natural light streaming through the window, this is a delightful spot for relaxation.
This water fountain sits next to a garden patio, so the sounds of the water can be heard while relaxing in the sun. A beautiful stone wall and lush green plants surround the fountain, making it pleasant for the eyes, as well.
This classically styled French Provençal home is situated on the high side of a sloping lot with views to the Pacific Ocean. Terracing the hillside with stepped retaining walls help to create privacy from the road and also provided a place for the homeowners to garden.
The pale pistachio used on the walls of this bedroom keep it looking like a spring garden. Understated damask wallpaper and cottage-style fabrics create a charming atmosphere in the space. The upholstered x-base bench is an unexpected twist to the design, and keeps the look feeling fresh and updated.
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.
The stone pool terrace is lined with boxwood hedges to balance the soft textures of the trees and flowering shrubs. A custom timber beam pergola is anchored by stone piers and a low stone wall that defines the pool garden terrace space while framing expansive and captivating views of the property beyond.
Next to Rollins' kitchen garden is a shady space where a previous owner planted bamboo for privacy and a tall stone wall gives the feeling of being in a hidden oasis. Begonias, Japanese maple and geraniums kept in simple terracotta pots mean Rollins can move them around for parties, or bring them inside when the weather gets cold.
Water is an integral part of this contemporary home's design. A walkway creates a unique experience as it floats above the water to lead up the floor-to-ceiling glass entryway. The home welcomes in its natural surroundings through the use of stacked stone walls, warm woods and even a stone pebble garden at the base of the stairs.
This terraced stone patio provides multiple outdoor entertaining areas with a view. Guests are led down a path to the formal stone water feature which picks up on textures used throughout the garden. A comfortable seating area surrounds a custom stone fire pit and is framed by a soft green lawn and a curved stone wall.
A high-ceilinged foyer is surrounded by shiny metal beams and topped by a gridwork skylight that brings loads of natural light into this contemporary Reno home. Modern metal rails line the stairway and enclose the upstairs balcony, while bright vermillion walls give the space strong presence. A live tree in a mini-garden brings the outdoors in.
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.
Natural stone architectural features like walls, bridges and waterfalls are arranged to create layers of texture in this Colorado garden. An arched bridge leads visitors over a natural wetland inspired pond surrounded by a bounty of native plants which help to soften the stone features.
A backyard featuring a fun pool for the kids, but with an adult feel..The solution was to craft a vessel that would sit within the multiple terraced gardens, that was created with dry stacked stone. The first challenge was getting into the backyard with minimal disruption, this would require importing soil to fill in areas creating ramps over walls and developed areas.
Host Jamie Durie of The Outdoor Room transforms the swimming pool area at the home of Anne Heche and James Tupper from an overly sunny and hot yard into a shaded garden fit for Hollywood entertaining. A wall of hedges provides shade and privacy, while the pool features a lounge-like gazebo on one end and a hot tub on the other.
This area begins the walkway that invites you out into the backyard oasis. Warm landscape lighting gives a cozy and inviting feel to the paver patio. Mulch in the surrounding garden area and a natural rock section of the home's exterior wall add texture to the design. A screened in gazebo sits opposite the house connected by the patio space.