Monthly Archives: August 2015

National Dog Day

There is no doubt that pets add so much to our lives.  Therefore, we could not let National Dog Day pass us by without giving a nod to our wonderful Iris. Iris is our pitbull that we rescued from The … Continue reading

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Yet another early grape harvest for California wineries

History has a way of repeating itself.  Back in August of 2013 we wrote about the early grape harvest and the reasons for it (weather related) and it appears that the grape growers in California are experiencing yet another early … Continue reading

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Green design trends to watch for in 2016

It’s no secret that our natural resources continue to dwindle.  Therefore, the design of “green” or environmentally friendly buildings, including hotels and restaurants, is no longer just a trend but rather, a requirement set by both local and federal governments … Continue reading

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Before, during and after- our drought tolerant garden update.

When we last updated you our backyard looked something like this– And now, with the drip system in place we have been able to plant many varieties of drought tolerant plants and this area now looks like this– Before the … Continue reading

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What was your most memorable vacation–as we revist past vacation posts

Summer is nearing the end and our vacation destinations this year have been relatively close to home so I thought it might be interesting to relive some of our past vacations, both to far away places and nearby: England In … Continue reading

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Lighting options–Wall sconces

Residential and hospitality designers alike know the power of a good lighting plan for interior spaces.  Accent lighting is equally as important to a room as ambient and task lighting and can be achieved using various types of lighting fixtures. … Continue reading

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Five elements of a drought resistant garden

Mediterranean Landscape by Santa Barbara Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Pat Brodie Landscape Design We recently shared with you the beginnings of a new landscape project in our garden–in other words turning our backyard into a drought resistant oasis.  While … Continue reading

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