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For “Flashback Friday” I decided to dive into the archives and pull out this rehab from 2010. Although, at one time, atriums were the best thing since sliced bread, my clients and I decided to go ahead and remove it in order to enlarge the dining room.

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Before

 

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During the project when atrium was no more

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After

Happy Friday!

Serena&Lily

With summer upon us many of us are looking for ways to freshen up our patios and make them even more enjoyable! I love all the blues in the photo above — perfect for a summer evening of entertaining.

How to get the look!

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Outdoor Hampstead Painted Sofa from Pottery Barn around $1,400.00

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Hampstead Painted Rectangular Coffee Table from Pottery Barn $305.00

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Alderman Arm Chair from Wayfair $300.00

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Lido Stripe Rug (9’ x 12’) from Serena & Lily, $995.00

+ all the wonderful accessories…

 The beautiful accessories listed above are from Serena & Lily.

In order to replicate the look of our inspiration photo, everything added up to around $5,000.00.

For those looking to save a little, I’ve included a couple of different options below.

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One more tip for freshening up your patio is to add a couple of fresh potted plants. They’re inexpensive and can be easily replaced if they go south. Happy Decorating!

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Do you have an area in your garden that is just missing a little something special? A focal point to make that corner or walkway a little more interesting? By adding a piece of pottery to that area, you’ve not only created a more interesting space but also added beauty & texture. Below are some of my favorite examples.

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If I’ve convinced you and you’re ready to add a piece of gorgeous pottery to your garden, I would visit your local nursery or antique store for that perfect piece. Two other resources I really like for pottery are Restoration Hardware & Eye of The Day.

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Get the Look!

Everything you need in order to create this beautiful Living Room + Kitchen, and only a click away.

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Serena & Lily

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Barton Sofa

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Chelsea Ottoman

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Canyon Chair

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Santa Barbara Pendant

More Accessories

A neutral yet pretty palette overall but once everything is brought together and you include a brightly colored throw and some greenery, it becomes a beautiful space.

Happy Decorating!

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The garden was designed by the late Owen Peters in 1990 and surrounds a Thornton Ladd-designed modernist house completed around 1950. The garden was then again updated in 2012 by Amy Korn and Matt Randolph of Korn Randolph, as well as by landscape designer Judy Horton.

unnamed-18The Agaves were my favorite, along with Purple Smoke Bush in the background — so pretty. Other plants in this area of the garden are: Westringia, Olive, White Crepe Myrtles, Rosemary, Waxleaf and deciduous flowering Magnolia.

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A big thank you to The Garden Conversancy’s volunteers, as well as all the hosts who so kindly opened up their homes to allow us into their private world for a day.

This Saturday, it’s the Los Angeles Open Days tour, which covers mostly the westside of Los Angeles. If anyone is interested in going, click here for more information.

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One of my favorite things to do each spring is to attend The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days which are held all over the country. This past weekend the tour took place in Pasadena, which never disappoints.

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Many homes in Pasadena are built on hillsides which makes it a bit more tricky when designing. This home sits on 2 1/2 acres and was originally designed by architect Louis DuPuget Millar in 1908. It was recently updated by architect David Serrurier. This photo looks out onto the pool terrace from a wisteria-laden dining terrace seen in the photo below.

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The outdoor dining terrace situated under beautiful wisteria.

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The homeowner chose some gorgeous lights to hang above the outdoor dining table.

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All the gardens on the tour were beautiful, though I unfortunately missed one of the gardens designed by Judy Horton. Of those I viewed, I especially enjoyed the garden designed by Nod Eriksson (featured in this post). He was on site answering questions and talking about his work on this particular project.

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Me, taking a photo of the lovely fountain pictured below.

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Trimmed boxwood and antique urns lead guests into the rose garden.

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My photo doesn’t do this main entrance justice. The details were really lovely. Especially delightful were the water feature, herringbone brick walkway and beautifully potted gardenia. Other plants used in this area were, iceberg rose, boxwood, and lamb’s ear. Not visible in this distant picture, are delicate pink roses, called Eden, outlining the entry.

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Beautiful potted gardenia

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Clipped Boxwood and Pittosporum

Later in the week I’ll post another garden which had the most gorgeous agave.

If you would like to see more lovely gardens, just click on my category “garden tours” on the right.

Cheers!

Shannon

Since Mondays are always a little difficult to stomach, I thought I would do a quick post on some of my favorite Pinterest pins from the weekend, along with my ideas behind them.

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Idea #1: A very clean and beautiful idea for a patio — using different size pavers, gravel to outline the seating area and trees to frame it!

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Idea #2: Paint a focal point wall a strong gorgeous color and then hang a collection.

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Idea #3: Add a picture shelf above the tub for artwork & candles.

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Idea #4: When designing a mother-in-law suite I sometimes have to include a small kitchenette — I like this idea of a small wall to separate main living area and kitchenette.Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 2.01.07 PM

Idea #5: As many of us are looking for alternatives to grass these days, I love this simple and pretty idea of just rounded Pittosporum, bush germander and lavender. For those that want a bit more color, think about spreading plants out a bit more and adding your color in between.

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Idea #6: Another alternative to grass is adding some gravel, boxwood and a very zen like fountain — pretty.

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Idea #7: An easy way to add color and texture to a kitchen or bathroom is to add a fun and beautiful backsplash like the one in the photo above.

I hope this gave you a little inspiration as we head into another work week. Happy Monday!

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