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Don Totu Dimora Storica is an 18th century palazzo turned six bedroom B&B in Puglia. I love how the texture and color of the exterior walls acts as the perfect backdrop for the different varieties of cactus, lavender and other plant life. Super gorgeous and inspiring!

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Happy Monday!

~ Shannon

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A little inspiration heading into the weekend — this gorgeous home designed by Michael Smith on the island of Mallorca. Just beautiful!

Have a great weekend!!

~ Shannon

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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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