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

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Chris Leschinsky

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With their Mediterranean colors, the native and adapted plants he chose blend naturally into the landscape, and require less attention than a lawn. “Now we spend less time looking down at weeds that need pulling and more time looking at the ocean,” says Gordon Held. “We feel a part of the beach scene.” What's more, with the new design, “The garden uses 10 percent of the water it once used—a savings of about $50 per month.” Design: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, Baywood Park, CA; jgsdesigns.com

Even the landlocked can adopt the low-water elements from the Helds’ yard. Click ahead for the designer's top tips for how to try this at home.

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