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This home belongs to an elderly couple whose children and grandchildren visit on the weekends all summer long. The initial plan had been merely to update the home, but after Hurricane Sandy damaged the space, the couple decided to move forward with a full renovation. I collaborated with a landscape architect to redo and expand all patios and walkways using brick and limestone, and then brought in new awnings and some new pieces of furniture to modernize the backyard paradise. I refinished and reupholstered the couple’s existing furniture to tie all the pieces together. The cabana also got a major facelift via a new floor and updated bathrooms and décor. To give these gorgeous outdoor spaces a fitting modern landscape, we added more than 2,200 new plants. The result is a backyard that’s just 17 miles from Manhattan but feels a million miles away.
(Photo credit: Mary Jane Whalen)