Beach style design guide

Bring the beach home with these coastal-inspired design, decorating, and landscaping ideas

Beach patio design tips

This water-wise, easy-care oasis offers lessons for yards everywhere

Chris Leschinsky


The lawn at Gordon and Julia Held’s beachfront home in Cayucos, California, never felt quite right. The grass guzzled water, and looked out of place against the sand and surf. Seeking a lower-maintenance alternative, the couple hired landscape architect Jeffrey Gordon Smith. His solution: to turn the 20- by 60-foot yard into what he calls a “soft hardscape,” combining pavers with a “wind-whipped plant palette.”



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