This courtyard in London’s Camberwell might be small in square metres but it’s a little oasis in a big city. A place to break out of the house to enjoy the greenery and space for al fresco cooking and dining. The impactful but simple material palette of composite decking, larch cladding and borrowed brick combines with repetitive plantings. A little makes a big difference in this garden by Andy Stedman.
“Nestled in the historic Presidio Height neighborhood of San Francisco, this Colonial Revival home had beautiful bones but needed to be reformatted spacially to gain more kitchen and living space, grow the bottom level, allow more natural light, and update all finishes. Careful attention to millwork details, natural stone, and special wall finishes took precedence on the architectural side. While on the decoration front, we placed emphasis on a mix of classic and modern silhouettes, with heavy use of vintage pieces to add a European sensibility.”
Serene sophistication with a timeless mix of old and new. Washington Residence by Lauren Nelson.
Photography by Michael Clifford.
Nestled on a hilltop with a stunning view of Whale Beach, this garden seamlessly integrates into its surroundings, appearing as though it naturally evolved from the earth. The landscape achieves harmony by blending new design elements with the existing natural environment, including a yoga deck, steel-lined pathways, and strategically placed sculptures. Addressing the challenges of the steep site, the plant selection, featuring Casuarina She-Oak, Gymea Lily, and Spiny Saltbush, aids in environmental sensitivity, stabilizing the hillside, and preventing erosion. Shaped clusters of Casuarina She-Oaks mimic the rocky terrain, echoing the architectural brilliance of the Peter Stutchbury-designed house. The meticulous integration of each element creates a tranquil retreat for clients and a sanctuary for local wildlife. Outcrop House by Pepo Botanic Design.
Photography by Nick Bowers.
“Perched on a hill this small beach shack, which has fabulous treetop views over Portsea and Sorrento, underwent a dramatic transformation. An extensive renovation doubled the space with an additional level built underneath with pool deck area into the steep hill. It was important to keep the original elements of the house, such as the limestone walls and angled exposed beam ceiling. A minimal all white palette with custom furniture and select vintage pieces and objects create a calm and relaxed environment for the many visitors during summer months.”
A serene, summer-ready haven by Melbourne-based interior designer Rebecca Clark.