Sanctuary in the City

An Elegant California Escape to the Italian Countryside

Sophisticated old-world styling transformed a typical suburban backyard into an elegant escape in the Italian countryside. The initial challenge for landscape designer Scott Cohen was to create privacy for a family who likes to entertain but whose Calabasas property backs up to four neighboring properties and a home on the left and right. “We wanted to make it a sanctuary, which meant we had to add privacy” says Cohen. To create a sense of privacy in such a visible location, Cohen designed a Tuscan-inspired garden enclosed in greenery and stonework.

Cohen decided to create multiple levels using structures and furnishings that would enhance the family’s enjoyment of their yard as well as serve as a screen in addition to layers of new plant materials. Per the request of the homeowners, Cohen developed a cohesive setting with a decidedly Tuscan flair. A raised centerpiece features a 14’ chimney with a mantel, hearth, fireboxes, and a spacious seating area underneath a columned pergola.

On one side of the backyard, Cohen built a Romanesque swimming pool and hot tub, both of which are bordered by an arbor with columns wrapped in Royal Trumpet vines. Not only did this create a beautiful backdrop for the pool, it also contributed to an added element of privacy. These carefully placed water features also helped to drown out the city noise with the gentle flow of water. For the opposing side of the backyard, Cohen created an outdoor living space by installing an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

In an effort to further develop a sense of Tuscan authenticity, Cohen chose to dress the fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and swimming pool with Eldorado Stone’s Sequoia Rustic Ledge. Cohen states, “I choose Eldorado stone because I think their products mimic natural stone better than other offerings I have seen on the market. On this project, Eldorado’s Sequoia Rustic Ledge was the perfect texture and color to streamline our Tuscano theme.”

Eldorado Stone Featured: Sequoia Rustic Ledge

Landscape Design & Construction: Scott Cohen, Green Scene Landscaping and Pools
Phone: (800) 675-5296

Photographer: Deidre Walpole
Phone: (818) 716-4765

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