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 Happy Monday! The Reseda project is done and today I’m sharing the front of this California cottage.

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Although, the home needed extensive work on the interior, I knew after walking around the property that the exterior was going to be the bigger issue. The home was hidden behind years of overgrowth, the pool had ivy growing in it and the backyard was one large concrete slab.

In order to soften up the exterior, I eliminated all the concrete and replaced the pathways with pieces of large blue flagstone. I painted the entire home ‘Milk Glass’ by Dunn Edwards and added black accents to give it a clean classic look.

I also moved the the porch light from the back wall, where it was hidden, to the ceiling to add extra charm from the street.

MISTER LINCOLN

Sometimes I debate whether or not to keep existing plants but whenever I come across an old rose bush that has remained prolific, even through so much neglect, I know it’s a keeper. This hybrid tea, Mister Lincoln, flourished despite its neglect and the fragrance is amazing!

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  Design elements + my favorite go-to plants for a cottage-style garden.

Next time, I’ll post the before and after photos of the backyard, and with 40 + years of overgrowth it turned out to be quite the transformation.

 

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Currently I’m searching high and low for exterior paint inspiration for a bungalow project that I’m working on and came across this gem. Take a look…

By using dark shingles and painting the porch white it really brings the focus to the porch. The baby blue accent on the shutters adds a touch of softness and color — perfection!

I love how the arches on the porch frame out the light fixtures and hydrangeas perfectly!

Love the hydrangeas in black planters!

All photos via Lissy Parker

Have a great Wednesday!!

~ Shannon

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Situated high on a cliff with gorgeous views of the sea is the botanical garden, Santa Clotilde. It was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in 1919 and was claimed to be the most important private garden of 20th century Spain.

 

The garden is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance style with manicured shrubs, statues and beautiful fountains.

It’s a gorgeous garden with Italian cyprus, agaves, cactus, purple & white Agapanthus, ivy, oleander and many more lovely plants.

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Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.

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SEVERAL PLANTS I USED ON THIS PROJECT

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

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It’s always exciting to illustrate how a few uncomplicated changes can transform your home. Although we’ll still add a courtyard in front, I’ve been anxious to share this Austin project with you.

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1.PAINT + NEW PATHWAY

Since the original pathway was a bit narrow I really wanted to open it up to allow for more walking space. We then dressed it with Silver Mist flagstone and added a decomposed granite (DG) pathway to the left. Eventually, we’ll add another DG pathway on the right leading towards a sitting area.

We added Silver Mist flagstone to the front porch as well in order to create continuity between the two spaces.

2.PLANTS

I chose plants with a lot of structure, and once established, are reasonably drought tolerant; plants like Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Nellie Stevens, Boxwood and Agave.

Testing out the artichoke plant with planter

My client’s dog and I watching the progress

3.EXTERIOR SHUTTERS, NUMBERS + HARDWARE

Some of my favorite things to add to the exterior of a home are light fixtures, hardware and anything that will give it a bit of character. Here we added the address which will be lit at night, exterior shutters and beautiful light fixtures that will softly light the walkway to the front door.

 

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Because I’ve been working on this project since 2010, starting with the interior, it’s going to be really hard to let this one go. It’s been so much fun working with the clients, I wouldn’t mind if the project went another 7 years!

Next time — before & after photos of a landscape project along the California Coast.

  Cheers!

~ Shannon

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One of my favorite items to place in a garden — is the garden table. It can be placed pretty much anywhere — on the patio, courtyard, or a corner in the garden. It’s a great platform to display your favorite plants & garden objects. Below, are some of my favorite ways to use a garden table.

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via Room Seventeen

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There are really no rules to using a garden table. It can be an elaborate or simple table —  small or large. You can place tons of stuff on it or just a few of your favorite items.

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A perfect example from my last garden tour in Santa Monica.

Some of my favorites …

1. Ikea | 2. Wayfair | 3. Wayfair | 4. Wayfair

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~ Shannon

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While looking for inspiration to get my day started, I came across some beautiful Interior & Exterior Ideas from Pinterest.

via Leslie Cotter Interiors

Love this gorgeous kitchen from Leslie Cotter Interiors. Although, the overall palette is quite simple she added understated elegance with a gorgeous range hood, pendants, and bar stools.

via Luxe

Great idea for those that have an expansive backyard and can add a stone wall & fireplace like this — not only does this help take up some lawn space but it’s also a beautiful focal point.

via BECKI OWENS

By selecting these amazing dining room chairs and gorgeous light fixture, Becki Owens added so much interest & texture without adding tons of color, love it!

via My Design Chic

I always love the idea of adding a table outside to display plants and objects.

Happy Tuesday!

~ Shannon

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