Client Me Myself And I Can’t Make Up My Mind // Reveal, Pt. 6

I’ve spent the last few posts talking about all things interiors and guiding you through every nook and cranny of our home, but now is the time to give proper and undivided attention to the exterior of our house. We’ll start from the front, then head back and talk about every detail along the way. Our home sits on nearly an acre of land, and we wanted every inch of the property to feel like our own little oasis in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, surrounded by trees and privacy. My vision was to transport us somewhere between the Belgian countryside and the Californian coast. I have always been inspired by old European architecture, the cliffs along the California coast and all the colors of nature that I feel deeply and love so much. I certainly feel like this is where we live now, and I’m not complaining at all. Our outdoor spaces have become such a blessing to my little family over the past few months, crouching at home, and I’m so excited to finally show you a little more. Can’t wait for the day when I can throw a huge pool party and BBQ for all my friends and family, but until then … I’ll be sharing some cute photos instead 🙂

If you missed any of our mini reveals, take a look at our previous visits and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Part 1: Entrance and living room

Part 2: Kitchen and dining area

Part 3: Family room

Part 4: Bathrooms

Part 5: Master bathroom, bedroom and hallway

xoxo amber


front yard

As soon as I enter our front yard, I instantly feel a sense of Zen. Let me paint you a picture: you can hear the sounds of the fountain trickling and the breeze rustling through the old olive trees, and you can smell the citrus notes of the orange tree and jasmine of the vines growing on stone. The sound of walking on the Pea Gravel makes me feel like I’m on a ranch, and it’s a feeling I love more than anything.

One of the first design decisions I made for the exterior was to choose stone. I quickly settled into the beautiful Horizon Stone and their 19th century series in the color “Hermitage”. I knew I wanted to incorporate an entire stone in some way, and eventually decided to mix in some vertical plank siding as well, to add a bit of a modern vibe, while still feeling overall traditional and timeless. I worked with my amazing mason to create a custom color grout that felt shiny, but also blended in perfectly with the lighter stone. As for the color on that vertical, well, I hesitated for a split second on what color I wanted to choose. I always wanted it to be black, but we live in a place that gets HOT in the summer, and I was worried our selection was just… HOT in the summer. I’m here to point out… it’s the perfect color for us, and we didn’t notice a difference in the summer heat. I’m so glad I kept my first instincts. You know i like a ambiance, and it was 100% the right call for our space.

I worked with Ryan from GSLA Studio on our landscaping, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We already had beautiful mature trees but added a lot more throughout the property making the exterior feel complete. She is the best if you live in LA and need a BTW Landscape Architect!

I can’t forget to mention our reclaimed barn wood garage doors from Crown Garage Doors which gave a bit of the rustic feel I wanted to get. Add a few of my favorite Swan Neck outdoor wall sconces, and voila!

sources
Pierre // Horizon Stone 19th century hermitage with custom grout
Siding // Vertical siding in Hardie panel
Landscaping // GSLA Studio
Windows // Ultimate Marvin Signature Collection
Outdoor Wall Lights // Darya Swan Neck Wall Lamp by Shoppe Amber Interiors
Driveway // Chip joint with pea gravel
Roof // Berridge “Dark Bronze” Corrugated Metal
Planters and fountain // Vintage
Garage doors // Crown garage doors


courtyard and swimming pool

Our backyard was designed with the ultimate goal of hanging out and relaxing with our family, really strong. And of course I have a lot of grass so that my child and animals can run around freely and freely. Life in California means we can practically sit outside 365 days a year, so I made sure to create spaces for us to enjoy all kinds of times throughout the year, whether it’s to have a barbecue with friends, lounging in the pool or sipping hot little buddies. near the chimney. I hired Brian from PCH Construction who worked with me to make the entire landscape, pergola, outdoor kitchen and front driveway a reality!

I carried the same stone from the outside of the main house to the outdoor fireplace and built a large pergola with reclaimed wood and vintage pendants. As I mentioned before, our property is surrounded by the most beautiful oak trees so I wanted the entire back yard to be earthy and tonal to make us feel removed from the city.

Last but not least, our pool is one of our favorite spots throughout our house, especially Gwynnie! And I don’t blame her at all! As I mentioned above, summers get really hot in LA and she has definitely found her happy place. I edged the entire pool with “ basalt ” Fireclay tiles, which makes the pool look and feel elevated. I also spent a good part of the summer in there with G. How can you blame me ?!

sources
Pool tile // Fireclay in basalt
Pierre // Horizon Stone 19th century hermitage with custom grout
Coating // Vertical Hardie Panel Cladding
Landscaping // GSLA Studio
Outdoor landscape and outdoor kitchen // Construction PCH
Windows // Ultimate Marvin Signature Collection
Outdoor Wall Lights // Darya Swan Neck Wall Lamp by Shoppe Amber Interiors
Pergola // Reclaimed wood
Floaties // Oliver James (use code Amber2020 for 10% off!)
Pendants // Vintage

shop the look

Darya gooseneck wall light

$ 520

Jonty outdoor dining chair

$ 749

Mantell outdoor chair

$ 1,470

Kelan outdoor chair

$ 1,180

Wooden market umbrella

$ 89.99

Levy outdoor dining table

$ 1,550

Outdoor cushion Lazo Granite

$ 185

Lazo Papyrus Outdoor Cushion

$ 185

Outdoor cushion Lazo Snow

$ 185

Outdoor cushion Lazo Granite

$ 185

And that’s all for now! I have a few more posts from home coming up … but in the meantime, leave a comment below and let me know what you think! xoxox amber

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