Heres a mix of decomposed granite (top) and pea gravel (bottom), separated by a line of blue fescue (Festuca glauca).

Heres a mix of decomposed granite (top) and pea gravel (bottom), separated by a line of blue fescue (Festuca glauca).

Spring has Sprung; Mid Century Garden DesignAlmeida Mid Century Furniture Sales Interiors and Curios

Spring has Sprung; Mid Century Garden DesignAlmeida Mid Century Furniture Sales Interiors and Curios

Life In The So-Called Space Age: Mid Century Yards And Patios. Pinned by Secret Design Studio, Melbourne. www.secretdesignstudio.com

Life In The So-Called Space Age: Mid Century Yards And Patios. Pinned by Secret Design Studio, Melbourne. www.secretdesignstudio.com

If artificial turf isnt your style, but you want a surface you dont need to water, look for a ground material that will provide minimal bounce. Decomposed granite, sand or crushed oyster shells are all options that do not require water. These are especially appropriate for arid climates and for re-creating an authentic Italian villa feel.

If artificial turf isnt your style, but you want a surface you dont need to water, look for a ground material that will provide minimal bounce. Decomposed granite, sand or crushed oyster shells are all options that do not require water. These are especially appropriate for arid climates and for re-creating an authentic Italian villa feel.

The trampoline, where David and Liz resolve any arguments, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. “Trampoline sounds like an age thing, but it’s not age specific,” laughs David. “We’ve had Jeanne Tripplehorn jumping up and down on it refusing to sit down to dinner.”

The trampoline, where David and Liz resolve any arguments, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. “Trampoline sounds like an age thing, but it’s not age specific,” laughs David. “We’ve had Jeanne Tripplehorn jumping up and down on it refusing to sit down to dinner.”

Build a platform deck where the red shed is...maybe put the fire pit there?  A flower garden where the shallow wall wraps around....

Build a platform deck where the red shed is...maybe put the fire pit there? A flower garden where the shallow wall wraps around....

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