Beverly Hills, California
Nestled at the top edge of Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills, with expansive views to the south and west, this sun-drenched garden with a generous lawn and pool was mostly complete, post-renovation of the home. Yet the opportunity to take a forgotten wooded part of the garden defined by broken concrete, an abandoned Airstream and a shed, badly needed to be addressed.
We said goodbye to the shack, sold the Airstream, and had the Aleppo pines judiciously pruned. We built a mangaris wood deck to extend the living room out to this new woodsy retreat. Here, I repurposed the organic shaped concrete pavers and planted Dymondia margaretae in between them. I designed a corten water feature, planted strawberry trees to impart more intimacy, and an outdoor reading room was born under the shade. Lemon and kumquat citrus trees in containers grace the new deck. Sculptural ornaments, purchased by the owner and designed by a local artist, hang from the trees and add a whimsical touch to the space. A selection of succulents mixed with iris and lamb’s ear serve as a soft transition between the room and hillside edge. Boston ivy and bougainvillea planted at the base of the fence will grow in as a plush background. At night, this lounge, compete with a corten fire pit, is a more intimate space to entertain friends and a perfect gathering place on cool California evenings.