Warmer January 2018 = Vivid Hues Arriving!

Last month we here in N. CA experienced record high temperatures; warmer days that usual January hitting mid 70’s for over 2 weeks.  This has brought on, or dare I say confused the many trees, plants and flowers into significantly earlier blooming cycles.   This morning, with camera in hand I visited 5 current clients gardens for a pretty morning stroll – in some instances it appeared as if the daffodil was talking to the nearby tulips and ranunculas!  The lighting for the camellias against a crystal blue sky was breathtaking.

The Gifts of Mother Nature photos – sorry! with no surround sound here included. Please imagine how I was joined in every garden by birds happily chirping and flying about, colors of the proverbial rainbow in epic vivid incredible hues as if all were created with natural crayons where my eyes and feet took me around and around in these Palo Alto and Los Altos clients spaces.

The Gifts of Gratitude of This Day February 13, 2018 in the Life of Kim,

A Blessed Garden Designer arm chair view for you today…

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Lawn Goodbye: Hello Urban Living with All Around Enjoyment!

This Urban neighborhood in E. Palo Alto, CA captures:

Hello Urban Living With All Around Enjoyment!

Hired to address these many underutilized small spaces with big potential opportunity for form and function and inviting destinations.
With utilizing many vistas from interior window views while practicality when outside adding privacy from neighbors on 3 separate sides.

This client found me on Houzz.com, requesting her outdoor spaces to be offering a place to have her hands in the earth,
frequently looking forward to tending to her home garden.
Also, to enjoy growing annual flowers for bringing indoors for bouquets;
or delighting being surrounded with bolder, bright colors for brightening the front sunny spaces and backyard mostly shaded by many neighboring trees and 2 story houses nearby.

The goal for me as the designer is to create an inviting space with function and practicality, each space as easy on the eyes, with comfortable, functional design —
utilizing the separate small spaces to the ultimate maximal use of every available area for many seasons to come.

The challenging aspect from the former lawn in back had the established tree roots dominating at soil line due to years of lawn being watered before the drought. In order to not compromise and maintain the health of the tree, the work around was my designing the seating wall. A Win Win Solution !

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An incredible addition for the benefit of additional stunning lighting from inside vistas to expand bringing outdoors inside or when outside entertaining and her invited guests to relax by the fire expanding the built in added seating across from the fire pit with the mentality the more the merrier!

Creatively Adding Napa-esque style a custom painted water feature fountain is soothing just looking at it. The colorful plantings by day and many hummingbirds and birds already, natural relaxing sounds are effective. In the evening, with additional low voltage lighting controlled by a dimmer changing the tone and mood in subtle yet soothing complimenting plantings nearby. Subtle and stunning from inside or out.

The time is here and now for this homeowner to enjoy any time of day her new completed landscaped spaces and conversation or dining areas in her maximized narrow spaces!

An absolute win win for everyone & flying feathered guests coming and going!

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In A Client’s Own Words: What This Garden Means to Anne

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Hi Kim, “I love being in the garden you were so instrumental in creating. It is a place I can go when I really need to lose myself and relax. Then, unknowingly, I find various plants and flowers vying for … Continue reading

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End of Summer Tour 5 Gardens Inviting Spaces to Enjoy ~Virtual Garden Tour For You~

An Armchair Virtual Garden Tour For You showing with what my camera in hand captures visual moments of these 5 ongoing clients gardens where pausing to witness thriving flowers and plants Summer 2017 clients gardens…

The reward for me as a designer is the collaboration with clients and maintenance and always the energy of joy and love, mingled with the magic of time…

No Reservations Required for these Home Owners!

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End of Summer: Growing “Alto” in Palo Alto (Alto in Spanish is Tall!)

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Who I AM

I feel passion when hired by people to extend their living spaces to their outdoor spaces. Arriving at this dirt canvas with my enthusiasm, creativity, high energy, and an eye for less obvious significant details. I just intuitively know (and repeatedly hear) how the homeowners residing with newly created dirt canvases are lured to their outdoor gardens unlike ever before. I feel more excitement when I walk upon an “underutilized outdoor space.” knowing what is about to unfold and transpire. I am most at home when creating with my favorite medium – a dirt canvas. When I apply the paint upon these canvases with unique, seasonal plantings, I know sooner than later magic will engage the viewer with seasonal, year-round newly found garden enticement.
Time after time again, I feel anticipation and sheer delight to be able to manifest this landscaping for the garden-owners, who wonder why they waited so long.

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Lawn Goodbye: Hello Putting Green

Our backyard is now the perfect place to entertain, dine, relax and play!” – John & JulieDSC00066

This 2017 Project begins with a wonderful Palo Alto family of four wanted to get more use of their backyard.  Their existing backyard had served its purpose for many years when their children were young. Now their children in college, it was underused and in desperate need of an update.

Having lived in their home for 19 years, my clients communicated clearly with goals to take advantage of the reason they moved to Palo Alto in the first place.  Both desire spending more time for themselves enjoying our year round climate in Northern California. By initially addressing the specific request to decrease the water usage and the accompanying utility bills, objective for addition of a fire pit to the existing spa destination; both sharing their spaces for also a new destination of the turf for the husband, and avid golfer. John had always wanted to practice in his own backyard.  Viola! The perfect place to entertain, dine, relax and play!


A very comfortable, attractive and inviting new outdoor living room has been created!

Welcome Home!

Providing a looks-like-it-was-always here!
Dining table relocated closer to the new fire pit area.
Chaise lounges relocated where the dining table once resided.
Hammock awaiting nestled under established bougainvillea

Night Time Ambiance!

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