Inspired by the verdant Italian gardens of the 16th century, in this project we sought to create a tranquil environment—layered hues of green with the occasional hint of a bloom. Walls of ivy, climbing hydrangea, euonymus and boxwood hedges take center stage. White climbing hydrangea being the sole flowering plant in the garden. A selection of additional bloomers are potted, and interspersed seasonally.

Eco-conscious structures emphasize the indoor/outdoor nature of the property and provide a seamless transition from house to garden. A pergola with an outdoor fireplace, a terrace, a new covered porch and the pool house—each unique environments unto themselves—collectively make a fluid whole, and provide for living en plein air.

The weathered grey shingles of the pool house and main house, and the grey paving stones surrounding the pool, are off-set by crisp white architectural trim. Matching white walls within the pool house flood with seasonal light, bringing more of the outdoors in. The client’s vintage Salterini furniture punctuates the outdoor spaces, and a selection of modern pieces round out the furnishings.