Dreaming in color

Use vivid hues to make your backyard come alive

The palette's genesis was the imposing citrus yellow fireplace, designed to pop out of a gray retaining wall. Plantings emphasize lush textures and graceful forms rather than color, allowing hardscape and accessories to take center stage.

The yard is treated as rooms: a personal retreat, a dining patio, and a living area, where the couple can cozy up to the fire in lounge chairs (Gisele chairs, $950 each; Design Within Reach; 800/944-2233).

INFO Landscape design: Rob Pressman, TGP Landscape Architecture, Encino, CA; 818/907-8460. Architecture: Jeffrey Michael Tohl, The Architecture Studio, Los Angeles; 310/652-7890.

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