A driveway made up of gravel and large, irregularly shaped stones makes for a warm welcome at this property, plus sets an informal tone that’s appropriate for the cottage style of the home. Lush green plants line the driveway and harmonize with the wooded, mountainous surroundings.
Instead of a front lawn, which requires lots of water, landscape designers planned a simple, green-on-green garden mulched in pea gravel. A Stewartia is the focal point. Irregular stepping stones help soften the crisp angles of the house.
When trying to create a rustic look, opt for pavers that appear to be chiseled, such as these irregular-shaped Belgard pavers with the look of flagstone. The blocks used to create the fire pit have a rough-hewn texture.
An irregular bluestone pathway flanked with pachysandra leads to an Asian-style gate with pergola. The gate draws the eye through to frame the rear yard and entices one to enter. Designer tip: You do not need a fence to have a gate. Simply tucking an arbor gate into the landscape will draw the eye into the garden.
A round fire pit is set into a patio made of irregular flagstone and created by Southview Design, based in Minneapolis. The fire pit patio is made of Chilton natural stone and the wall block is Anchor's Highland Stone.
The farmhouse-inspired kitchen has a large irregular-shaped island with barstool seating at one end. Rustic stone, the same used on the house's exterior, creates a beautiful focal wall around the wood-fire oven.