Homes are meant to be lived in. The garden should be an extension of your home and your style, from planning space to play, to creating privacy and serenity where you need it. My favorite projects usually also involve looking at the curb appeal of the entire property. Your home will welcome you at the end of each day, and will help you greet and entertain family and friends. Just as you put your best face forward every day, so should your home!
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Here are a few of my posts about specific gardens:
Elements of a stock play structure tucked into a formal garden and painted to match the home.
Pottery and garden ornaments enhance the architecture.
Let’s go for a walk…
A curb appeal makeover.
Perennials create waves of color around this entry fountain in Saratoga.
A custom stain color and bold handle transform this courtyard gate into an elegant entry.
Echeveria and Sedum ‘Vera Gates’ tangle in a coast side garden.
‘Rose Chiffon’ California poppy with Diascia and Cordyline ‘Festival Grass’ make a showy combination against the neutral gold gravel.
Decks create entertaining and play space while protecting the roots of this heritage oak.
California poppy colors inspired the furniture and fabric choices for this playfully elegant garden.
With some clever adjustments and an understanding of how these structures are assembled, it’s possible to work with a local playstructure distributor to achieve a customized unit that works for your garden and your budget.
The ladder from the front and the firepole from the side are lined up with the formal paths that create circuits through the garden.
This playhouse was shipped as a kit, and assembled by the homeowners. With a cheerful paint job and some custom touches, it creates a wonderful private hideaway for the kids within a small garden.
Putting the finishing touches on a paint transformation.
This perennial border includes grasses, lavender, lamb’s ear, and bright magenta penstemon.
AFTER: The camellia in bloom with freshly planted moss. Lambs Ear and poppies visible in front.
Red chair with Cecile Bruner roses.
A ‘Lady Banks’ rose tangles with a cherry against a mocha wall.
Colored concrete with a baking soda treatment gives a modern edge to these otherwise very traditional textures.
Imprint of a fern frond from the garden. The irregular pockets in the finish are a result of the baking soda bubbles. Baking soda creates a little finer, more irregular pattern than salt.
Tropical flowers and foliage create a lush feeling in this small Palo Alto paradise.
A tropical oasis in Palo Alto.
These caribbean blue chairs were actually made by the homeowner.
The homeowner did not have a fireplace inside, so an outside fire feature was high on her list.
A special retreat just for the kids.
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