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‘Best Of Houzz 2014 Award’

5 Feb

Rollin Landscape Design of Sonoma Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

 Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

[Sonoma, CA], February 4, 2014 Rollin Landscape Design of Sonoma has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The landscape design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Rollin Landscape Design among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Rollin Landscape Design to those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About Rollin Design

Rollin Design is a multi-disciplinary, award winning landscape design and architecture firm, recognized for expertly planned, detailed, and managed work.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com



Three Great Places to Stay in Wine Country Where I Designed the Landscaping

13 Aug

Here are three wonderful places to stay in Sonoma where I designed the landscaping

Ches Frédérique: for more photos, see my page, Mod French jewelbox garden

Chez Winnie:  for more photos see my page, Sonoma Cottage Garden


Hidden Oaks Bed & Breakfast, where we took out the lawn and added raised beds, espallier citrus, lavatera roses … and participated in Sonoma’s Cash For Grass Turf Rebate

Work in Progress

28 Apr

This was one of my stops today in Marin. We had a plant delivery here.


We’ll be putting ecolawn between these pavers.

Working on the stucco walls in the back

The guys were finishing off the pool today


Landscape design often misses the mix of modern and old

20 Apr


I took this picture from a digital magazine on my iPad  with my iPhone. Thanks zinio. It’s from the May/June Vogue Australia.

I like the use of recycled cabinets made into a puzzle art piece.  There’s usable space with modern sleek Duravit  sinks below.

Landscape design often misses the mix of modern and old that the more innovative interior designers employ.

The landscape that typically accompanies modern architecture too often is devoid of beautiful landscapes.  More typically there’s just a swath of water-thirsty lawn.

Why can’t we have beautiful plants in front of modern homes?

Interior design is way ahead of landscape design and architecture in terms of mixing styles and genres.

Nothing’s more beautiful than a super modern interior with a Louis XIV anything.

Putting up clematis avalanche

6 Oct

On steel trellises fabricated by Steel Geisha.

It’s the White Evergreen Clematis from San Marcos Growers

The time to plant in Northern California is now

9 Sep

If you don’t already know, the best time to plant in Northern California is during the fall – not during the spring. It’s best to get the plants in the ground just before the winter rains start so that they can root in and get the water they need. The plants can then focus on the roots and not on trying to leaf out or flower. Our winters are mild in Northern California – the ground isn’t frozen. If you put your little babies into the ground during spring, they can fry. Before you know the hot sun is beating down and the plant is trying to leaf out and flower and the roots are not established – so the plant’s growth is stunted.

I was reminded of this when I received my newsletter from the San Francisco Botanical Garden: As curator Don Mahoney says:

Autumn is planting season, especially for California native plants. In our Mediterranean climate almost 100% of our rain falls between October and May, which means our native species are adapted to grow in the wintertime. By planting in the fall, Mediterranean climate plants are able to become well established before the spring rains end and often can get by with no supplemental water the following summer. This is particularly important for shrubs and trees, like most manzanitas, Ceanothus, and Fremontodendron that tend to develop root problems from summer watering. More of these plants are lost to overwatering than to underwatering if they are established in a garden.

Also, check out the San Francisco Botanical Gardens’ website for beautiful prints and, especially, upcoming workshops. I want to go if I can can fit it in, although I’m quite busy planting these days because it’s fall.

Cafe String Lights Above Bocce Court

20 Oct

Check out these lights over this bocce court that I designed in Napa. You can get similar ones like these for a lot less at Pottery Barn (see photo below from Remodelista). While you’re at it, check out other outdoor lighting ideas there.

Welcome to the Rollin Landscape Design Blog

11 Oct

Hello and thanks for being here. This is the home of the Rollin Landscape Design blog.

I’ve put this site up to share photos and offer some occasional insight from the field.

The picture below is from a job in Sonoma Valley for my clients who founded the company, Design Within Reach


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