In the backyard of this midcentury modern home, planter boxes line the windows and the landscaping is kept simple, yet elegant. Limestone decking leads the way to the narrow, elongated pool complete with lounge chairs and a spa for relaxing and enjoying the view.
A ring of charred wood pieces on the upper terrace of the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase call to mind fire-scarred tree trunks in the old-growth forests in California. Landscape architects Branden Adams and Jennifer Ivanovich simple, sculptural element complements the graceful olive trees and Italianate railing.
Supported by a stone structured base, this porch is adorned with brown lounge chairs and a white railing topped with iron decor. The sconces add light to the porch, illuminating the lounge space. The landscaping is kept simple with small foliage planted around the porch base.
This large stepping stone path is part of a private vista garden located in the North Carolina mountains. A large rock serves as a resting bench for those traveling on the walkway. The landscape is kept simple so the mountains become the space's main focal point.
Taking its cue from the beautiful surroundings this modern luxury home does not disappoint even when it comes to a simple hallway. This glass enclosed hall opens out to both the home's elegant foothill views as well as a lushly landscaped back terrace depending on how you wish to enjoy your time outdoors.
What a fabulous spot to take a dip! The rectangular pool features a wide concrete and brick edging, making sitting and dangling feet in the pool easy and fun. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are a must, of course! Landscaping is simple, allowing the natural trees around to frame the yard and home.
Inspired by local parks and landscapes, this eclectic home office uses a mixture of natural colors and textures. A reclaimed wood accent wall anchors the comfortable rolled-arm sofa, while a weathered wood table is used as a simple desk. A grassy green dresser adds a touch of bold yet earthy color to the space.
Simple, low-water landscaping highlight this contemporary outdoor living space, creating a seamless transition with its natural surroundings. The inviting outdoor kitchen and dining area sit under a sleek pergola, which helps to define the space and provides shade during the daytime. A fire pit with modern armchairs is the perfect spot to enjoy the evening.
This beautiful living room features a grand piano, cultured white stone, wood-burning fireplace and plush white furniture. Subtle touches of beach decor blend beautifully with the sophisticated design, and shelf lighting illuminates the simple and classy display. The warm environment is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with family. Eclipse doors extend living space to the landscaped patio, pool and ocean.
You don’t need fancy equipment to water based on weather. Keep track of rainfall with a simple rain gauge so you can avoid watering when storms have provided sufficient moisture. For most landscape and vegetable plantings in average soils, about an inch of water per week provides enough moisture for strong growth.
Knowing that his clients wanted a building that had presence in and subservience to the wild landscape, architect David Coleman and his team designed the building forms to be angular and elemental, not unlike the surrounding mountain peaks. The result is a dramatic design that's deceptively simple, deeply rooted in the site and unexpectedly crisp and modern.
Because New York City has fire regulations specifying the amount of SYNLawn artificial grass an occupant may use, the landscapers made an efficient choice by placing a simple children's play area atop a bed of the grassy stand-in. Children can play in this Soho backyard while adults enjoy a beautiful day outside in the pergola only a few feet away.
Designers were able to successfully mix styles by keeping with the home's exterior neutral color scheme across the outdoor furniture and accessories. The more contemporary patio furniture blends well with the French Provincial theme because it does not take a lead in the overall scheme; rather, the furniture's simple lines and structure blend with the evenness of the architecture. Landscaping by Mark Scott and Associates.
Imagine swaying palm trees, a gorgeous hilltop view, pristine gardens and an inviting swimming pool and you are set for a relaxing day in Santa Barbara! Mark Scott and Associates created an exciting landscape design that harmonizes with all the great features of this home's architecture and its adjacent surroundings. The simple design of the pool and patio help create a serene yet seductive retreat.
For a multifunctional outdoor living room that would serve as a family gathering space and a meeting area for the owners’ clients and colleagues, landscape architect Mark Tessier created an accordingly varied lighting scheme. Traditional outdoor lighting illuminates the area without making a statement, while style enters from above and below, via a flickering fire pit and paper lanterns of various sizes hung randomly throughout the space. “After dusk, these lights cast a warm, inviting glow festive for simple or elegant gatherings any time of the year,” says Tessier.
Out the door and in a few short steps, owners of this French-inspired home can take a dip in a lovely swimming pool of a straightforward design. Mark Scott and Associates' landscaping in this exterior area draws focus to the back of the home's structure by placing a scattering of simple and shrubbery and grasses next to the pool and patio. The result frames the picture of this home's perfection.
Offset and somewhat hidden away from the front of this majestic home is a side driveway and three spacious garage entrances for the homeowner. The garage doors are arched and fabricated from weathered wood to blend with the rest of the home. The landscaping here, as designed by Mark Scott and Associates, is simple but camouflages the utilitarian purposes of the space.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”