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Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! My days have been filled with some exciting new opportunities and time just seems to be flying by! It’s nice to be back with you today…

Let me start off by saying how much I adore this first image…just perfect in every way…what a beautiful and unexpected collection of container plantings…living sculpture at its best…the variety of color, texture, form and scale works like magic in this lush outdoor setting…the talent behind this artful beauty? Landscape designer Scott Shrader…his California home is a tutorial on how to live with your surroundings…his home embraces everything I love about interior and exterior design, blending textures and palettes into one cohesive vision…a petite and peaceful gem…what a nice way to start the week

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above and below ~ photos from Great Gardens in Small Spaces, California Havens published by Rizzoli

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A 12 foot ficus hedge surrounds the perimeter of the property while the garden is partitioned with two eight-foot hedges, each with a broad opening to allow easy flow within the gardenscott shrader 4

Pairs of seventeenth-century French limestone fence posts mark the garden entrances

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below ~ photos from Shrader Design

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Nineteenth-century Guatemalan paving tiles cover the ground in the center garden

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A water lily pool with a soapstone foundation serves as the base for a bronze statue of Icarus

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To learn more about this remarkable talent and to see photos of the interior design, pick up the current issue of Veranda (September/October 2013)

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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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