Small patio turns masterpiece

West Hollywood, CA. Who says the ultimate space for outdoor living has to be large? This cheerful garden, inspired by owner Marcia Smith’s visit to a Mexican beach resort, proves that many amenities can fit into an area just 17 feet long by 15 feet wide.

Landscape designers Pamela Berstler and Alex Stevens turned the formerly bare terrace floor into a giant work of art that gives the impression of water swirling over granite. The paving is made from colored concrete stamped to look like granite. Blue pool tiles are embedded in the concrete. A built-in daybed provides comfortable seating.

DESIGN: Flower to the People, Los Angeles ( or 310/312-5076)

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