I am quite enamored with modern landscaping. I always have been and probably always will be. I see pictures of amazing modern houses in California with a modern and minimal landscape and wish that my yard looked more modern. There’s a lot going on in my yard and it’s somewhat on the busy side. Some of the pictures I like best, while there might be a lot in the yard, are more refined and less chaotic.
I found this website for SQLA, Inc., a landscape architectural firm in Los Angeles. They are absolutely amazing. AMAZING. If I had all the money in the world, I’d hire them to come and create my vision. Sadly, I don’t have all the money in the world, or even a drop in the figurative bucket, so I’ll have to settle for drooling and copying in small bits. Here is some of their work.
This next one isn’t so much landscaping as it is the ultimate party deck. The fireplace, the loungy bed thing with the canopy in the corner, the water feature, the conversation area – I can’t express how much I love this space.
This house is located in Palm Springs and was for sale in 2010 for a mere $1,195,000. Just look at all that gorgeous cacti and those palm trees.
Here’s the back. Just look at that pool… sigh. (Pools, other than public ones, here are stupid. Sure people have them but there are really only 3-4 good months of pool use here. People end-up spending more of their time cleaning them and covering them up for liability purposes than actually using them. I’ve known quite a few folks that have had them removed because they just aren’t worth it. Doesn’t stop me from drooling over the idea, though.)
So where is all of this leading? If you recall, last year we started on Operation ‘Make it Purty’ to enhance the curb appeal of our house. Not only do we try to stay within the characteristics and lines of our house on the inside, we’re trying to do the same with the outside as well, at least within reason. Last year we had a list of four things we hoped to accomplish:
1. Replace the hideously ugly white storm door with something much less obtrusive. It just sticks out like a sore thumb on the front of our house. Plus, it’s not in the best shape and only latches half the time. And, did I mention that it’s ugly, because it is UGLY. I think it’s becoming my Moby Dick. You can call me Ishmael.
2. Fix the front door that N broke by pushing on the glass repeatedly. We’re also going to paint it a different color, something that stands out a little from the street (but in a pleasant way – not the way the ugly white storm door stands out).
3. Replace the inappropriately paired coach light at the end of the drive with something more modern to blend in with our house.
4. Replace the house numbers with modern numbers. Not only will this improve the aesthetic of the numbers, the other ones are just old, rusty and faded, making them pretty ineffective for people looking for our house.
Of those four things, we only accomplished one last year, which was fixing and painting the front door that our son had broke. We ended-up painting it the same color as the trim, though, because J was not on-board with a contrasting color. He very rarely puts the proverbial foot down, but in this case he did. In hindsight, I think he was right because another color would look strange with the brown trim and inexplicable @$)&#@ white screen door/garage door. That still leaves replacing the hideous screen door, outside light fixtures and house numbers. Therefore,
we I (I can’t blame J for this) decided to focus on replacing the flowerpots by the swing. Follow me? Of course not. It doesn’t make sense.
Stay tuned for part 2 where I outline my ‘vision’ for you. It’s getting crazy up in here. (Okay, not really.)