Polished concrete planters add refinement to the urban garden, which already had a massive concrete wall. The designer used Chinese and American wisteria, English ivy and climbing hydrangeas in the outdoor space.
Here's another example of taking advantage of the traditional Craftsman deep porch to make a house feel more like a home. Note the comfy seating area in front. The paint colors are by BEHR: Quail Ridge, Pebbled Shore and Blooming Wisteria.
When designing the outdoor space, it was realized the strong roof line detracted from look. A pergola structure is built along the garage and entrance to incorporate the roof into the space. Newly planted old-growth wisteria wraps around large reclaimed barnwood beams used as posts.
The waterfall is a focal point in this modern, urban garden. The designer wanted to show the passage of seasons and wanted the existing concrete wall, which seems like a massive bunker, to be part of nature. There are multiple vines, including English ivy and Chinese and American wisteria, on either side of the waterfall.
Chevron wallpaper by Schumacher and abstract prints from Four Hands Art Studio give the room major presence, as do a teak table with a slatted base from Wisteria and molded plastic chairs from Industry West. Gold touches, including a chandelier from Lamps Plus and a bar cart from Pier 1, take it to next-level glam.
More floral wall coverings in a lilac that plays very well with spring-evocative greens and contemporary art keeps this bedroom from Catherine M. Austin Interior Design from registering as too saccharine and girly. The color scheme was inspired by Austin’s time spent in Italy in the spring and the purple wisteria she saw there. Think about using your travel photos for both design and color inspiration.
Benches have a more informal and inviting vibe than the usual set of chairs, plus you can fit extra guests. It’s OK if the wood finishes don’t match—they’ll blend just fine. If you want to pair an upholstered bench with upholstered chairs, stick with equally rich shades, like these yellow and blue jewel tones. Find upholstered kinds with turned legs from Wisteria or get them secondhand. The diamond-print fabric on this one is by Perennials. (Room design by Jenn Feldman Designs)
A terra-cotta-color wall brings in warmth year-round. “The tone shifts over the course of the day, like a sunset,” says Katie. The oversize art from Four Hands Art Studio makes it even more glorious. For seating, the dated brown sectional that dominated the space got replaced with a chic blue wool-blend sofa by American Leather, a curvy armchair by Taylor King, and two leather slingback chairs from Wisteria. Friends at the couple’s giant potluck dinners spill into here, so the large coffee table by Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture comes in handy. The rug is by Jaipur Living.
Rod recommends starting small when planning your garden. Break your garden planning into pieces and test plants out before you plant them. Rod likes to place plants still in their pots where he wants to eventually locate them, to check the light conditions. If they do well, you can go ahead and plant them. His partner sometimes jokes about Rod's "black pot garden." Lisa Bartlett of Gramma B's is the landscape designer for this space. The topiary here is Juniperus procumbens 'Nana', and underplantings include dipladenia, Kong coleus and sweet potato vine. The vine on the pergola is wisteria floribunda, 'Amethyst Falls'.
Keep an eye on trees on your property and make an effort to keep them free of woody vines, which can overrun a tree and ultimately kill it. Depending on where you live, the vining culprits might be grape vine (shown), poison oak, trumpet vine, Chinese wisteria, kudzu or Virginia creeper. Cut vines at ground level, removing a section of vine stem to start the process of killing off the invader. Treat stumps with brush killer.