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Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a place to unplug, unwind & get healthy in a gorgeous setting then the The Ranch Malibu is the place to go. I came across it several years ago because I love the work of Scott Shrader who did the landscape design for the The Ranch. However, as you’ll see in the photos below the interior design is just as beautiful!

Have a great Weekend!

~ Shannon

 

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In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing one of my favorite houses in Mexico — El Mirador House. Located in Valle de Bravo, a popular vacation spot just two hours southwest of Mexico City, El Mirador is a 5,000 square foot home by CC Arquitectos.

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Have a great weekend!!

xoxo

~Shannon

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Arijiju is a beautiful private home, retreat and spa set in the Borana Conservancy in Kenya’s Laikipia County. There’s an understated elegance to the design of Arijiju and its unobtrusive structure seems to blend seamlessly into Kenya’s landscape. The architecture is by Alex Michaelis of London-based Michaelis Boyd and Johannesburg-based architect Nick Plewman. The interior design is by Maira Koutsoudakis of Life Interiors Architecture Strategic Design. Scroll down to see more of this gorgeous retreat.

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Recently, I’ve been posting BEFORE + AFTER photos of a California Cottage that I just completed in Reseda, CA. Today, I’m sharing the transformation of the backyard.

BEFORE

It took almost a week to clear the overgrown brush, two dumpster trucks to remove it and almost another week to dismantle the chain linked fence with the 40 + year-old ivy intertwined between it.

It was a debate whether or not to keep the pool, but with temperatures reaching 100 + degrees here in the San Fernando Valley, we decided it would be a worthwhile bonus.

BEFORE

 

AFTER

I decided to keep the design very simple. The pool would be the main feature, then I added a bocce court and low-maintenance plants. I added ‘Blue Gem’ Westringia around the bocce court with boxwood and iceberg roses at the back steps and around the pool equipment. When matured, they will disguise the equipment nicely.

BEFORE

 As with the front yard, we removed all the old concrete, which took up most of the backyard and replaced it with sod and blue flagstone. 

AFTER

 

‘Blue Gem’ Westringia line the bocce court.

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Happy Friday!

~Shannon

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 Designing exteriors is one of my favorite things to do and when I get the opportunity to design an exterior, my first step is to determine the overall style. Once this decision is made, it really sets the tone for the rest of the project — including the landscaping and what happens on the interior. A couple of days ago I received a project in Santa Clarita, a city just north of Los Angeles, and below are several style options that I’m considering. Which is your favorite?

1. A MODERN MEDITERRANEAN APPROACH

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 2. A NEW ORLEANS VIBE

3. A COTTAGE FEEL

A simple, yet elegant, approach for an exterior — with beautiful light fixtures and a couple of potted plants, this may be the winner.

In a couple of weeks I’ll post the winner plus the before + after photos. Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

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 Happy Monday! The Reseda project is done! Today I’m sharing before + after photos of the front of this sweet California cottage.

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BEFORE

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.

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

Have a great week!

 

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This past summer in Mallorca I discovered the gorgeous design firm called Moredesign while reading the magazine, Ideas y Tendencies Interiors.

Founded by Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva, they offer services in architecture, design and landscaping.

There is an ease and elegance about the work of Moredesign — it’s unpretentious yet sophisticated. Love it!

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Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

 

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