The homeowner's love for modern design is merged with the native forest and grass meadows of the Midwest on this 24-acre Ohio property. Designer Nick McCullough created lush mixed borders that transitioned between the dark modern pool house and the classic Georgian architecture of the brick main house. Plants with dramatic foilage, including 'Black Magic' elephant ears, add to the modern look. This project won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
That awning actually wraps around the side of the guest house, serving as a breezeway to protect visitors from the elements. Trees, shrubs and a few boulders fill out the space between the guest house and the fence and make the property feel a little more private.
Houseplants and flowers are a great way to make an airy space feel more vibrant and lived in. From the 8-foot-tall variety (hello, fiddle-leaf fig!) to smaller house plants with lush foliage, you can't go wrong with greenery. Several placed around the room will go a long way to bringing the outside indoors.
The kitchen bay windows frame a view of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful walnut cabinetry frames the space, topped with a green granite. Glazed gray floor tile compliments the muted tone of the countertop to ground the space. Colorful house plants decorate the countertop for a bright and homey finishing touch.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates