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Floating stairs

I wish I could take some credit for these gorgeous floating concrete stairs, but these were done as part of a remodel before I was lucky enough to be on site. I think these stairs were so well done! The deep cantilever helps aid in the illusion that the stairs are not anchored to the ground in any way, and the acid finish on the concrete is very clean, giving them an almost industrial look. Bravo. 

The Hanging Gardens of Adams Ave

After two years of loyal service, our hanging terrariums here at the Sage offices were in need if a refresh. Want to try your own? Pigment, on 30th street in North Park, has all the supplies you need to make your own creative little mini world, full of color. 

Lawnless front yards part one

One of the questions I get most often is how to pull off the front yard with no lawn. A lot of people love the idea of saving water and being more environmentally responsible, but just can’t get a clear picture for what that would look like and how it could possibly be beautiful. So I’m going to start scouting beautiful lawnless front yards in and around San Diego.

This is one on a steep hill in Point Loma. The house itself has a slightly Asian appearance. I love how they pulled off a beautiful front yard with only four different types of plants: Loropetalum Razzleberry, Plectranthus, Black pine, and a groundcover echeveria. 

Crane day!

Who says rocks can’t fly? 

The crane drivers at Southwest Boulder and Stone are magicians with a crane. They can twist, tilt, and rotate the boulder with amazing precision. Then the guys at JCMS Landscape move the dirt under the rock until it sits just-so. When it is all finished, we’ll have a natural garden bench!

Outdoor daybeds: a hot trend in outdoor living

I’m a big book nerd and love to read for hours on end, so to me an outdoor daybed sounds like a dream come true. I have been noticing that a lot more of my clients are asking for a cozy spot to nap, read, and lounge outdoors. So what do you think? Should we add outdoor bedroom to our list of popular outdoor rooms?

The daybed shown here is by Justin Long Design of Sydney Australia.