Blu home Sonoma


Day Trip for Specimin Trees for California Couture Landscape

Great trip to see Valley Crest Tree Company with my wonderful client today.

We were looking for some large specimen trees (Valley Oak, Arbutis, Olives, Magnolia Grandaflora cultivars) for the beautiful home she’s building in Sonoma.

See more inspiration at my California Couture board on Pinterest.



Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse

Here is a throwback to one of my favorite projects. I absolutely adore this restored historic farmhouse, and it was fun working on the design in front, and putting in the pool with the lawn flanking the Ipe deck. Check out the Canary date palms and stucco planters. See more pictures of this beautiful house, including the interior, over at Birdman Inc location scouting

Landscape design often misses the mix of modern and old


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.


Marin Fixer Upper: Getting Ready to Put the Pool Coping On


the pool coping was supplied by Mike Stone

Marin Fixer: Pool Coping Grout Color


We matched the coping to the Chateau color – it’s a pretty good match I think

Marin Fixer: Grout for pool tile


It’s hard to see from the picture but the color we chose was “antique linen” – the closest match (toward the top)

Colors for Outside Architecture


This is a job I’m working on in Marin, a “$3 million fixer-upper” This is a picture of the tile, the pool coping, the pool tile and the checked-off Davis color. This will be the color of the cement. If you go lighter you have to use white cement as your base and the price more than doubles. It is also nice to have some contrast and it will be easier to keep clean because it’s darker.