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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a sunny visit to designer Paul Wiseman’s Northern California home. Thoughtfully restored to maintain its original foot print and floor plan, this 1912 gem has been updated using “green” materials that have the appropriate sensibility for a historical restoration in the 21st century. These sustainable materials, such as custom bronze casement windows with energy saving glass, a zinc roof and LED lighting, reduce long term maintenance while preserving the unique character and spirit of the architecture. What a brilliant coming together of modern technology and beauty! From the breathtaking water views to the perfectly edited interiors, this house has it all! Please enjoy!

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend filled with sunny skies and a lovely breeze!

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Above and below ~ photography by Matthew Millman for The Wiseman Group

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To read more about this masterful property, pick up the 2013 May-June issue of Veranda!

Below ~ photography by Laura Resen for Veranda

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Born in Tuscany, educated in London, landscape designer Luciano Giubbilei blends the heart and soul of his Italian heritage with the rigor and discipline of his academic/professional years spent in London. It is this unique combination of passion and precision that sets his work apart. He describes himself as an interior designer for the outdoors ~ “like interior designers, I consider the texture, style, colour, and atmosphere of my gardens, and particularly how people might interact with the space.” These magical outdoor rooms are altogether alluring yet highly functional works of art ~ perfect for lounging, dining, entertaining and of course, dreaming…

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“My gardens are about atmosphere…and the simplicity of the design leaves room for real magic – in the dappled shadows of sunlight through leaves on the lawn, for instance, or subtle uplighting through branches after dark. These are features you have to feel as well as see” ~ Luciano Giubbilei, House & Garden

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above and below ~ Addison Road

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“We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of experience and expression…yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment – a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and then we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.” ~ Luciano Giubbilei from his book titled Nature and Human Intervention

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above and below~ The Laurent-Perrier Garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, garden design Luciano Giubbilei, architect Kengo Kuma, and sculptor Peter Randall-Page

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“I was studying banking and living with my English girlfriend, Sarah, in a walled garden in Chianti. I became obsessed with the lawn, irrigating it every evening, and friends loved coming round for dinner there. One evening I mentioned to Sarah what a great job it would be to create such spaces for other people, and she told me there was this career in England called garden designing.” ~ LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Morocco

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“English flower gardens – I just loved them completely. I would go to Kew and to Wisely and write down all the names. But gradually I really got into the structure of gardens. I suppose it all goes back to those photographs of the Gamberaia…I like a strong axis, projecting the lines of the house out into the garden…I try to make everything beautiful at night – trees and pots picked out with uplighters.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Barcelona

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“My gardens are really installations. I would not want you to compare what I do to an English flower garden, where there is such understanding of nature. This is different and has a different function, and the results can be quite instant.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ The Boltons

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“Gardens are simply rooms. I’m really just an interior designer, outdoors.” LG from Design Week

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above and below ~ Holland Park

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opening quote from Design Week Magazine, photographs from Luciano Giubbilei

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dreamy landscapes with a blush of pink…

photos from houzz

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Ethereal brushstrokes bring long shadows and flowing water to life…take a relaxing stroll down a shady garden path or cool off next to the beauty of an ornate stone fountain…a taste of summer as seen through the eyes of John Singer Sargent

Spanish Fountain ~ John Singer Sargent, 1912

Florence Fountain, Boboli Gardens ~ John Singer Sargent, 1906-1907

Fountain at Bologna ~ John Singer Sargent, 1906

Shady Paths, Vizcaya ~ John Singer Sargent, 1917

Bologna Fountain ~ John Singer Sargent, 1906

Boboli Gardens ~ John Singer Sargent, 1907

A Marble Fountain at Aranjuez, Spain ~ John Singer Sargent, 1912

Villa di Marlia: Lucca ~ John Singer Sargent, 1910

Vase Fountain, Pocantico ~ John Singer Sargent, 1917

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On the heels of yesterday’s post, I thought you might enjoy a more intimate look at Robert Couturier‘s Connecticut garden…landscape designer Clive Lodge, of Cornwall, Connecticut, rose to the challenge of creating a miniature Versailles on ledge and in a cold climate…Lodge brought in 2,000 winter beauty boxwoods to create two parterres divided by an allee of clipped hornbeam…

“The challenge here was to run it into the woodland…it’s a blend, a complete contrast between ultra-formal and natural woodland…” ~ Clive Lodge from an interview with Luxe Interiors and Design, Winter 2011

“I love being here in the country…the dogs running around, the cozy fires, and the smell like wet ashes when you come into the house…I walk in the garden with the dogs all day long…” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with House and Garden, June 2012

 “I use urns because they remind me of my grandfather’s house, which had a lawn that sloped down to a big lake. At the end of the terrace, where the lawn started, he had large marble urns that would frame the views. His white peacocks liked to perch and show off their beauty to whoever was around. To me, the image was of such perfect beauty, peace and timelessness that when the time came to punctuate my gardens with ornaments, urns were a natural choice. I do not use them in an orderly fashion. They are a personal decision based on my sensibilities and what I feel my gardens need. My inspiration throughout was French gardens. In France, our gardens are peppered with garden ornaments—they help civilize nature, and they tell stories about us.” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, June 2012

photos and resources from Luxe Interiors, House and Garden, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and Veranda via Robert Couturier

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over the hedge

I have always loved the look of a boxwood hedge…whether grand or petite, its sculpted form lends order to our outdoor world…these organic “walls” highlight the beautiful flora around them, almost the way our interior walls highlight beloved works of art

photos from houzz.com

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The simple pleasures of a summer garden…golden light, flowers in bloom, butterflies in flight, long days and warm nights…enjoy!

photos from house to home

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