Eckley reduced the size of the lawn and laid down a wide border of crushed stone. On a typical Seattle foggy day, the golden color brightens up the garden, especially when looking onto it from indoors. On wet days, the border allows visitors to hang out on the furniture and experience the garden without tromping over wet grass. In the wintertime, Eckley replaces the furniture with three terra-cotta pots planted with boxwood spheres. “They become a really simple, elegant focal point,” says Eckley.