Case Study: Backyard Lounge, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles 90068

Believe it or not this residential backyard used to be covered in a wall to wall backyard putt-putt course! I guess some lucky kid must have asked for that instead of a pool back in the 1980’s. Time had not been kind to the putt-putt course and it was getting kind of post apocalyptic looking. So we got out the jackhammers and ripped out all the concrete, except for a long low retaining wall.

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We turned the retaining wall into a built in 40′ long bench that acts as seating for the dining area and a transition to the lawn level. It also allows you to hang out and really appreciate the succulent collection close up.

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Agave attenuatta, lavender, aeonium and senecio act as a transition between the gravel zone and the lawn.

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Outdoor dining are is flexible for hosting small or large groups.

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I love how different the chairs are. You don’t want things too matchy-matchy.

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We are working on designs for the front yard right now that will pick up on some of the themes in the backyard. Stay tuned.

12 Awesome Outdoor Couches


Above: Ebb Outdoor Sectional by CB2. Designed by Amanda Ip of Slate Design. $1077 this configuration.


casbah-outdoor-sectional-piecesAbove: Casbah Outdoor Sectional from CB2. Designed by Francesca Braga Rosa + Ivano Vianello = $1796 this configuration.



Above: Java Sectional Outdoor Couch by CB2. This is backordered right now. Some pieces may be available. Several of my clients have bought it this season and really liked it.



Above: Montacito Daybed by James Perse. Call for pricing.



Above: Haringe Outdoor Couch by Joacim Wahlstrom and Carl Jagnefelt for Skargaarden. $2601 this configuration. Cushions sold separately.



Above: Finn Three Seater Sofa by Design Within Reach. Teak frame and Sunbrella cushions (white or black).

applaro-hallo-seat-sectional-stool-outdoor-brown__0257317_PE401341_S4Above: Applaro by IKEA. $840 this configuration.

arholma-seat-sectional-stool-outdoor-brown__0124384_PE281002_S4Above: Arholma Sectional by IKEA. $795 this configuration.



Above: Tillary Outdoor Sofa from West Elm. $575$1,438.




Above: Palmetto All-Weather Couch by Pottery Barn. $849$2,399.




Above: Madera Teak Sectional by Pottery Barn. $99.99$1,844. Lots of Sunbrella colored cushion choices!

jibe-modern-outdoor-left-sectional-sofaAbove: Jibe Outdoor Sectional from BluDot. $3,998.

Do you have other favorites? Let us know! 

8 Easy Ways to Improve your Curb Appeal


1. Paint your front door a fun bright color. It makes the house look well cared for and adds a pop of color.

2. Replace dated address numbers and/or mailboxes.

3. Trim back or remove overgrown trees and shrubs that are hiding the charming architectural details of your home.

4. Add some landscape lighting to you front path to make the house more inviting at night.

5. Add an outdoor bench to your porch or entry sequence. It is inviting place to wait for someone, put on shoes, leave packages, use as a plant stand. Think of it as your outdoor landing strip.

6. If your parkway is empty, consider adding shade trees. The city of Los Angeles gives them away free.

7. Add some potted plants, hanging baskets or window boxes to you front porch/steps.

8. Re-mulch all your front plant beds. The city of Los Angeles gives mulch away free.