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.
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.
A pergola perches above a flagstone patio to form an outdoor living space adjacent to a hillside. The flagstone creeps up the walls of the grill to create an organic yet contemporary look appropriate for updating this 1920s-era farmhouse.