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Western Romance

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Western Romance

Set high on a hill in Murrieta, this property combines the rustic nature of the surrounding environment and the owner’s more modern sensibility. The real inspiration for this project came from 20 years ago, when the client camped on the land before there were any buildings at all. Our challenge was to create a modern day cowboy house based on Spanish Haciendas.  The clients wanted something that felt like it was “one with nature”, growing out of the rocks and the mountain. With a large circular driveway in front of the house and grounds dappled with wild flowers and native grasses, there’s an immediate sense of romantic elegance that is welcoming and casual. The...

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North Laguna Retreat

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North Laguna Retreat

The design challenge for this project was to create something appropriate for a newly married couple and the wife’s two teenage children. To provide a space that would work for intimate gatherings or family entertaining, we decided on a design with a modern organic feel, incorporating steel, glass, concrete and wood. More private spaces were created in the lower rear garden. A glass tile veneered circular fire pit is surrounded by another circular wall and bench design, providing both visual interest and a place to enjoy family life. This project required a 360-degree perspective, encouraging us to think about how it would be seen from all sides and angles. Since the...

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Craftsman Gem

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Craftsman Gem

This home rests high in the hills of Laguna Niguel, offering expansive views of the town below, and it’s nestled under the shade of mature trees that provide wonderful light quality to plan a garden under. The design approach for this garden remodel was a “Craftsman-Zen” style. The clients had a clear vision of what they wanted to see, and they’d collected many Japanese garden items they wanted integrated into the design, but they had no idea how to make it all come to life. To satisfy their “yen for Zen”, we designed the garden with flagstone footpaths meandering through grounds that feature woodland plants and Asian water features. To enhance the...

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Beachside Cottage

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Beachside Cottage

This garden is all about showcasing the plants.  In this very large beachside property in South Laguna, we created several distinct garden spaces.  All are meant to entice you in and allow you to enjoy the colors and textures and the flow of the ocean breezes. The enclosed front courtyard welcomes you in to sit and enjoy a space surrounded by sycamores, birch, camellias, and a stately angel’s trumpet tree by the front door. This garden’s theme: exploring the many different shades of the color pink, so we selected grasses, succulents, and other drought tolerant plantings that support and complement the concept. The highlight of the back yard is the expansive...

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Mid Century Modern

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Mid Century Modern

This mid-century modern house was a little gem to refurbish.  Set on a hillside with an amazing view of the Pacific, the house’s charms included a front patio with a spectacular spot to enjoy the afternoon and sunset. The house was slated to be completely remodeled in several years, but until then, the clients wanted it to be a fun, casual garden to enjoy until the time came to scrap. Informal pea gravel paths wind around the house, providing views of lush bromeliad shade gardens, drought tolerant succulents and grasses in the sunny areas.

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Huntington Beach House

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Huntington Beach House

After: This new house on the water in Huntington Harbor blends contemporary and ranch with a touch of Asian influence.  This expansive house was designed for a large family who loves to spend many hours outdoors. To create a sense of privacy in the front yard, we built a large front walled garden and narrow entryway, with a faux bridge that takes you to the private entry.  Once inside, the house opens up dramatically with an impressive indoor- outdoor dialogue. For the back patio, we created entertaining spaces that blend seamlessly into the house itself, with no barriers.  Using the same travertine flooring throughout and pocket doors, the pool and dining area flows...

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