For this barbeque countertop, designer Scott Cohen of The Green Scene had it hand-seeded with a variety of colored glass. The countertop comes alive at night when fiber-optic cables attached to glass pieces throughout create a glittering, glowing effect.
Designer Scott Cohen of The Green Scene varies the flooring materials of this backyard patio to add visual interest as well as to help create separate outdoor rooms. The covered seating area features Sweetwater flagstone, while stone-textured concrete is used in the lounging area beside the pool's Baja shelf.
Get creative in your backyard outdoor room. Landscape artist Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., installed two hippo statues, one that spouts water into the pool, for a client. Your imagination is the limit: "Whatever you can do inside these days, you can do outside too," he says.
Designer Scott Cohen of The Green Scene found a craftsman in Mexico that follows the Old World technique of hand carving stonework, and he commissioned four fire torches to display on the pergola's columns. Cohen says he loves to use fire in hardscapes since it creates lighting and a relaxed resort-style ambience.
With gas prices and travel expenses rising, the backyard is becoming vital when it comes to leisure, says Scott Cohen, landscape artist of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif. Taking vacations at home means designing your backyard like a resort with all the amenities. Waterproof plasma flat-screen TVs and swim-up bars are all fair game.
Before stepping down into the backyard, the homeowners first walk out onto a curved patio, which acts as an extension of the living room. Sofas mimic the shape of the patio and provide a cozy spot to gather under the pergola. To tie the patio up to the pergola, stacked stones create the lower half of the columns, and Sweetwater flagstone is used to veneer the patio. Design by The Green Scene
Preparing food outside is half the fun of having a yard. When you're designing your outdoor kitchen, think big: "Everything in the outdoor kitchen is big, from beverage centers to warming doors, through-the-counter trash chutes, griddles for pancakes for brunch, wok plates, smokers, rotisseries," says landscape artist Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif. Also, "make sure that the host doesn't have his back to the guests when he's cooking," he says.
To create this kids’ dreamland, Shades of Green transformed an ordinary wall into one for climbing and added a parent-approved fall surface made of recycled tires. Bamboo plantings bring a touch of green to the playful scene.
A Mediterranean-inspired staircase is decorated with blue, yellow and green tile that creates a pastoral scene. The stairs lead from a clay tile floor in a hallway with a religious artwork gallery wall.
Towering evergreens set the scene for this rustic home overlooking a golf course. The cabin-style home features a mix of stone and natural wood in its exterior with prominent balconies facing the green.
A green glow from the neon light fixture at the front door adds a bright color this cozy bar scene. The green neon also compliments the bar chairs lining the long bar facing a colorful liquor bottle selection. Leather bench seating is flush with the wall leaving open floor space to move about the room.
Vibrant jewel tones fill this living area with energy. The boldly patterned armchairs in the living room pull in the beautiful green walls of the adjacent dining room. Bright red accents are lively punctuations to the scene.