My husband & I closed on our 1929 ranch a month before our daughter was born. So it only seemed fitting that we embark on a landscape overhaul before she started walking. We hired landscape designer Doug Shemer of Groundswell to navigate us through the project. Having like-minded aesthetics nailing down the design came quickly. I included the original listing images so you can see the dramatic before and after.
Original MLS images showing the wood shingled roof, front porch, white painted eaves, blue wainscot & tee-nini sconces.
The front yard was enclosed with a light grey stucco wall. It was imperative Amalia have a secure area in which to play. A new concrete patio and stepping stones were poured and drought tolerant plants installed. The roof changed to a grey composite shingle and the woodwork was swiftly painted dark grey.
The simple black terrazzo & ceramic planters were purchased at Rolling Greens. I proudly planted them with an array of succulents. The vintage bamboo chairs are an ancient Ebay find & I still LOVE 'em!
Original rear yard images.
The flagstone patio was replaced by an acid washed concrete one. The original trellis was also removed and a far more substantial structure was built in its place. The trellis and rear cinder block wall all received the same grey paint as the façade.
We fell in love with the idea of using a Malm fireplace. Our red beauty was found at Foothill Five Fifty in Glendora.
The four, surprisingly comfortable, lounge chairs were purchased at Ikea and the wire nesting tables were a thrift store find.
This cheeky pair make good use out of the retro table and chairs I found at a local flea market.
We were in dire need of a storage shed. Our wildly talented friend and contractor, Brian Tarr, of BT Custom whipped up this sleek structure in a matter of days. I realize that my request for a single light door on a storage shed was a bit much but I think it looks fab!
This is a detail of the mosaic floor at the base of our storage shed. It was made by, none other than, my mother in law!!! Though commissioned for a balcony at our old condo, we knew it could be repurposed someday in our new home. Voila! The perfect mini patio.
We purchased a dining table and bench from West Elm to further enhance our al fresco lifestyle. The chairs and umbrella are from Crate and Barrel.
And I happily leave you with this cute duo.