The landscaping needed to be drought tolerant, given this home's location in San Luis Obispo, California. So texture dominates the landscape design, a stylish blend of gravel, wood, concrete and succulents. Low-voltage lighting gives off an inviting glow.
The use of lighting from all directions accentuate the tropical feel of this outdoor space. Lights within the pool, landscape lighting illuminating the waterfall and foliage, and recessed lights set low in the cabana provides a serene view of the lagoon-like pool area.
Large-format, low-maintenance natural slate and attractive, easy-care landscaping blend the low-profile home with its ocean-front setting. Brown wicker furniture creates a relaxing outdoor seating area and a comfortable, covered outdoor dining area. Blue patterned and striped throw pillows add some light color to the natural outdoor setting.
This elaborate landscape design features a stone walkway and pond with ample outdoor lighting. Large stone boulders line the perimeter of the space with multiple seating areas, including a bar under the wood pergola and lower level with a cozy fire pit.
Add a light fixture over an outdoor dining area, whether it’s completely covered or underneath a pergola. Nievera Williams Design designed the pergola, which is covered in low water bougainvillea, in this Palm Beach, Fla., yard that won a Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award.
A low concrete tub is set into concrete floors in this sleek, modern master bathroom. Neutral colors and natural materials rule the day in this space, part of a modern home nestled into the northern California landscape. Broad windows maximize light in the space and take advantage of the home's stunning views.
This backyard art studio is designed as a contemporary work space outside of the main residence and paired with a functional and beautiful low-water landscape with clean lines to match. The studio features sliding glass doors and clerestory windows to maximize natural light and is surrounded by sleek concrete pavers and Mexican pebble joints.
Paired with a functional and beautiful low-water landscape with clean lines, this backyard art studio was designed for a client who wanted a contemporary work space outside of the main residence. The shed-style, finished studio structure with two sliding glass door entries and clerestory windows maximizes the natural light entering the space.
The homeowner/designer took a "less is more" approach to the kitchen redesign, opting for Scandinavian inspired simplicity. Gleaming white floors and cabinetry punctuated by black countertops and light fixtures let the large steel windows showcase the lush landscape beyond. The original ceiling was low and made the galley kitchen feel claustrophobic. Removing the drywall to reveal the sloped roof line injected some modernist magic back into the space.
Perfect for pots or the front of a border, ‘Burgundy Bunny’ miniature fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) brings cute color to any setting. This small ornamental grass showcases light red hue in summer, followed by blazing reds in fall. The small seedheads appear in late summer and linger until harsh winter weather blasts them apart. This grass works well in rock gardens or low water-use landscapes. Plants grow 12 to 16 inches tall and up to 16 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.