This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
A white pergola lets sunlight sneak through to illuminate the long, contemporary dining table with bright, summery table settings. Bold orange accents pop against the industrial furniture and neutral floor. A grill is surrounded with counter space for additional seating or prepping.
The golden stucco exterior of this Tuscan-style home provides a rich backdrop for an outdoor bar and eating area with an attached pergola. Luscious climbing greenery further blurs the lines between indoors and out, providing a natural, romantic outdoor space. Design by Joan Grabel.
Lighted gray stairs lead from the backyard to a spacious porch. A white pergola stretches over a bar and seating area. A fire pit is situated on the other side of the porch with cushioned seating for cozy outdoor nights.
Heat lamps mounted to the white pergola ensure that outdoor dining can be comfortable in many temperatures. A garden lines the border of the porch, adding layers and life to the landscaping. A mix of outdoor contemporary furniture allows for ample seating.
Color is key to creating a lively Spanish-inspired outdoor dining area. The yellow pergola, Talavera tile behind the grill, Saltillo patio tile and cobalt-blue seat cushions all work to enliven this festive alfresco space.
Perfectly kept grass gives a rich green floor to this beautiful backyard, and a neatly kept garden borders the grass. The white fence encompasses the area and highlights the natural colors of the plants. An orange bench is tucked between shrubs for a private sitting spot.
Designer Joan Grabel added a bold red accent wall, which makes the basalt fountain the focal point of the tranquil space. A privacy lattice fence, tiled floor and large shade trees complete this contemporary patio.
Beautiful, eye-catching plants add colorful decoration to this contemporary porch. Rectangular planters give the plants height, and a wire railing keeps the space feeling open to the backyard.